Pharr, Texas— Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Pharr International Bridge arrested a 26-year-old male United States citizen from McAllen, Texas who was wanted on homicide charges from Alton, Texas.
“Our ability to inspect and perform database queries on every person seeking entry into the United States has allowed our CBP officers to detect this person who was wanted on homicide charges,” said Efrain Solis Jr., port director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “Having biometric verification tools at our disposal is an asset towards the identification of persons and allows us to assist our law-enforcement partners with the detection of fleeing felons.”
The arrest occurred on Friday night, Dec. 13, at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge after CBP officers encountered Ricardo Navarrete Lozano attempting to enter the U.S. in a green 2000 Ford F-150 pickup truck. A CBP officer referred Navarrete Lozano to secondary for further inspection after he failed to present proper identification and entry documents. In secondary, biometric checks through CBP and law enforcement databases revealed a match to an outstanding warrant for aggravated homicide.
The warrant was for an incident that occurred on Nov. 26 in Alton where Navarrete Lozano allegedly shot and killed 31-year-old male with a rifle and had been wanted by the Alton Police Department as a suspect for the homicide.
CBP arrested Navarrete Lozano and subsequently released him to the custody of the Alton, Texas Police Department who transported him to the Hidalgo County Jail where he will wait for court proceedings.
CBP also arrested four other persons this weekend with outstanding warrants for violations ranging from credit card fraud, DWI, traffic violations to unlawful purchase of a firearm.
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.