Santa Teresa, N.M. - A suspected child-sex offender was apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol agents from Santa Teresa, N.M. over the weekend, and will be extradited to Colorado for pending offenses as part of a collaborative effort to bring the subject to justice.
The arrest of the subject occurred early Sunday, Dec. 18, while agents assigned to the Santa Teresa station were working in the Sunland Park, N.M., area. The agents, using night vision technology in combination with tracking techniques, were able to apprehend both subjects attempting to hide in the brush near Mt. Cristo Rey Mountain.
Upon arrival at the Santa Teresa station, the subjects' biographical and biometric information were submitted into the Integrated Automated Identification System (IAFIS) and additional databases. One of the two subjects was later identified as 28-year-old Erick Daniel Garcia-Garcia, a citizen of Chihuahua, Mexico. Garcia's background information revealed that he was wanted out of Boulder County, Colorado for "Failure to Appear in Court for Sexual Assault on a Child/Felony" and "Crimes against Persons".
The Boulder County Sheriff's Office was contacted and confirmed an active warrant for Garcia. Boulder County is currently seeking the subject's extradition to Colorado. In the mean time, Garcia will be prosecuted for illegal entry into the U.S.
This latest arrest of a suspected sexual predator is another prime example of the U.S. Border Patrol's ongoing efforts to bring law violators to justice while partnering with various law enforcement agencies across the country in an attempt to reduce criminal activity in the U.S. while ensuring safety and security in our own respective communities.
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.