CALEXICO, Calif. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Calexico downtown port of entry took a 27-year-old fugitive into custody yesterday who was wanted on felony charges for attempted murder of a Coachella Police Officer.
The incident occurred at about 4:25 p.m. on June 1, when Gildardo Davila, a U.S. citizen and resident of Coachella, Calif., was escorted on foot to the downtown port by Mexican law enforcement officials. CBP officers working the port’s pedestrian facility took custody of the man and escorted him to a secure area for further review.
A CBP officer conducted a query of the man’s fingerprints utilizing the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS), confirming his identity, and revealing that he was the subject of a felony warrant issued at the request of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office.
After the warrant was confirmed, the man was turned over to the custody of a Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy and transported to the Riverside County Jail.
Charges and allegations contained in criminal complaints are merely accusations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
CBP officers at the border crossings in Southern California routinely stop illegal activity, while processing millions of legitimate travelers into the United States. Those statistics can be found on the CBP Enforcement Statistics webpage.
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.