CBP in Southern California Catches 6 Fugitives with Warrants for Their Arrest
San Diego - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at three ports of entry along the California/Mexico border stopped six fugitives with outstanding warrants Monday, one with a warrant from the Federal Bureau of Investigation for sex crimes involving the transportation of a minor.
In the first incident, at about 6 a.m., Bartolo Mauleon Monge, a 33-year-old male Mexican citizen, and resident of Zapopan, Mexico, walked up to the Otay Mesa port of entry. He presented an I-94 document that stated he was allowed to enter the United States. The officer suspected that the document was counterfeit, and escorted him aside for further inspection.
Officers used the man's fingerprints to confirm his identity, and discovered an active, no bail felony warrant from the U.S. Marshals Service for producing marijuana. CBP turned Monge over to the U.S. Marshals Service.
In the second incident, at about 9 a.m., Raquel Interiano, a 34-year-old female U.S. citizen, and resident of Los Angeles, walked up to the San Ysidro port of entry. She presented a photocopy of her U.S. passport, stating that her original passport was lost.
When the officer ran her information through law enforcement databases, they received notice of an active, no bail felony warrant for larceny from the Los Angeles Police Department. She is currently being held at Las Colinas Detention Facility.
In the third incident, at about noon, Salomon Josef Quito, a 25-year-old male U.S. citizen, and resident of Benton City, Wash., also walked up to the San Ysidro port of entry.
After Quito presented his U.S. passport, officers queried law enforcement databases and discovered an active, no bail felony warrant for a sex offense from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Seattle, Wash. The warrant stated Quito is wanted for transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. He is currently being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center.
Ninety minutes later, Juan Ayala, a 39-year-old legal permanent resident of the United States arrived at the San Ysidro port of entry with his California Driver's License to apply for a lost or stolen resident alien card. When the CBP officer queried law enforcement databases, he discovered an active no bail warrant for dangerous drugs, possession of a controlled substance, from the Los Angeles Police Department. He was booked into the San Diego County Jail.
In the fifth incident, at about 6 p.m., Sergio Adolfo Terrazas, an 18-year-old male U.S. citizen, and resident of El Centro, Calif., arrived at the Calexico East port of entry as a passenger in a 1996 Ford Ranger. Officers discovered an active warrant for a probation violation, issued by a federal judge in California's Southern District Court. CBP officers turned custody over to a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agent.
In the final incident, at about 11:30 p.m., Mario Ramirez Sandoval, a 41-year-old male U.S. citizen, and resident of Yuma, Ariz., drove up to the Otay Mesa passenger port of entry. As the CBP officer ran queries through various law enforcement databases, he discovered a warrant from the Imperial County Sheriff's Office, with $25,000 bail, related to a stolen vehicle. He is currently at the San Diego Central Jail.
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.