SAN DIEGO — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa port of entry Tuesday caught a man wanted by the San Diego Police Department for a 2007 homicide in San Diego.
At about 1:30 p.m. on July 28, a 35-year-old male U.S. citizen arrived at the Otay Mesa border crossing driving a black 2011 Ford Taurus.
The CBP officer inspected the man, Martin Villalpando, Jr.; during the inspection, the officer discovered that he was wanted by the San Diego Police Department in connection to a 2007 homicide.
CBP officers used fingerprints to confirm his identity, and turned Villalpando over to the SDPD; he was booked into the San Diego County Jail.
According to the San Diego Police Department, Villalpando is wanted in connection with a 2007 homicide when Damon Green was shot and killed while at a donut shop on El Cajon Boulevard. Prior to the shooting, Green and two suspects exchanged words at the taco shop next door. Police have been soliciting information in this case throughout the intervening years, working to identify the suspects.
“Thanks to the hard work of the detectives in the San Diego Police Department, a suspect in this homicide from eight years ago was identified, allowing CBP officers at the border to take him into custody when we encountered him,” said Pete Flores, Director of Field Operations for the San Diego Field Office. “We work closely with our partners in local law enforcement to help make our communities safer.”
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.