BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Brownsville Gateway International Bridge arrested a local man wanted on alleged aggravated assault charges dating back to May 2012.
On July 15, CBP officers working at the Brownsville-Matamoros Gateway International Bridge encountered Victor Manuel Hernandez, age 26, returning from Mexico as a pedestrian. When Hernandez arrived, he notified the officers that he wanted to turn himself in as he had an outstanding warrant against him. CBP officers immediately secured him and escorted him to secondary where biometric checks through law enforcement and CBP databases confirmed that he was a match to the aggravated assault with a deadly weapon warrant, a first-degree felony issued on May 11, 2012 out of the Brownsville Police Department.
Hernandez is alleged to have shot his 23-year-old girlfriend at her residence in Brownsville and then fled to Mexico where he had been hiding since.
CBP arrested Hernandez and then released him to the custody of the Brownsville Police Department who transported him to the city jail where he will wait for judicial proceedings.
"This alleged fugitive of the law was captured due to CBP's excellent commitment to query all arriving travelers who wish to enter the U.S.," said Michael Freeman, Brownsville port director. "This is another fine example of how we assist local and federal law-enforcement agencies capture those violators that have outstanding arrest warrants."
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.