LAREDO, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Laredo Port of Entry apprehended a Mexican national who was wanted on an outstanding murder warrant and listed as one of the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted Fugitives.
“CBP officers remain vigilant in intercepting travelers with outstanding warrants,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry. “This arrest demonstrates our CBP officers’ vigilance and dedication to securing the homeland and keeping our communities safe.”
The fugitive apprehension occurred on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 at the Gateway to the Americas Bridge. A CBP officer at primary inspection referred pedestrian Robert Francis Van Wisse, 51, a Mexican national, for a secondary examination. An initial check on primary resulted in Van Wisse being a possible match to an outstanding arrest warrant. After being escorted to secondary, subsequent biometric verification through law enforcement databases confirmed his identity and the arrest warrant from Travis County in Austin, Texas.
Van Wisse also was found on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list.
After confirming the warrant was active, CBP officers turned Van Wisse over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and FBI special agents for transport to Travis County Jail for adjudication of the warrant.
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.