Hidalgo, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested a northbound pedestrian wanted by the McAllen Police Department on a state charge of alleged strong-arm rape.
On June 29, CBP officers working the northbound pedestrian lanes at the Hidalgo/Reynosa International Bridge came in contact with a male traveler identified as Gerardo Rojas He was further identified as a U.S. citizen, age 43 from McAllen, Texas. A CBP check of a national crime database identified Rojas as a fugitive wanted by the McAllen Police Department on an alleged charge of strong-arm rape.
After his arrest, Rojas was transferred to the McAllen Police Department where he remains incarcerated.
Efrain Solis Jr., acting CBP port director at Hidalgo/Pharr said, "Our frontline officers continue to screen arriving international travelers and arrest those that are identified as fugitives. I commend our officers for their work arresting and transferring this fugitive to state custody."
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.