BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry encountered two wanted men, the first for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and a second for continuous sexual assault charges.
On April 16, CBP officers at the Veterans' International Bridge escorted Gerardo Montejano Jr., 18, a U.S. citizen and resident of Brownsville, Texas to a secondary examination after a primary check revealed a possible active arrest warrant for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges. Montejano arrived at the port of entry as a passenger of a white 1992 Ford Explorer.
A CBP officer's checks of a CBP database identified Gerardo Montejano Jr., as the subject of an outstanding arrest warrant from the Cameron County Sheriff's Office in Olmito, Texas. Pending charges against Montejano were confirmed for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. CBP officers arrested Montejano and subsequently turned him over to the custody of the Cameron County Sheriff's Office. Montejano was transported to the county jail to face pending charges.
In a second case, occurring at Gateway International Bridge on Tuesday, April 16, a CBP officer's query on primary resulted in a referral of a man identified as Refugio Escalante Araiza, 41, a Mexican citizen who resides in Garland, Texas for a secondary examination. A CBP officer's secondary checks of a national database revealed a possible active warrant for continuous sexual assault for Refugio Escalante Araiza. CBP officers confirmed the active warrant for Refugio Escalante Araiza with pending charges of continuous sexual assault. CBP officers arrested Refugio Escalante Araiza and subsequently turned him over to the custody of the Cameron County Sheriff's Office in Olmito, Texas. Refugio Escalante Araiza was transported to the Cameron County jail pending extradition to the Riverside County Sheriff's Office in Riverside, California to face pending charges.
"These wanted fugitives are off the streets and will now face pending charges in Cameron and Riverside Counties. CBP officers face wanted fugitives on a daily basis as they attempt to stop them from entering or exiting the country," said Michael Freeman, CBP port director, Brownsville 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.