HIDALGO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Hidalgo International Bridge encountered a wanted man as he presented himself for inspection at the Hidalgo Bridge pedestrian walkway.
On July 8, CBP officers at the Hidalgo International Bridge escorted Francisco Javier Gonzalez, 31, a U.S. citizen and resident of Mission, Texas to a secondary examination after a primary check revealed a possible active arrest warrant for homicide from a case in Hidalgo County. Francisco Javier Gonzalez arrived at the international bridge as a pedestrian.
In passport control secondary, a CBP officer's checks identified Francisco Javier Gonzalez, as the subject of an outstanding arrest warrant from the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office in Edinburg, Texas. Pending charges against Gonzalez were confirmed for homicide. CBP officers arrested Francisco Javier Gonzalez and subsequently turned him over to the custody of the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office. Francisco Javier Gonzalez was transported to the Hidalgo County Jail to face pending charges.
"The arrest of this wanted fugitive is a testament to the outstanding work by our CBP officers at our ports of entry. You just don't know who you will see next on the front door to our country, but with our continued training our CBP officers are always ready," said Efrain Solis, port director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
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.