Hidalgo, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested a McAllen, Texas man wanted on indecency/molestation charges, dating back ten years, from Edinburg, Texas.
“This child molester who has been running from the law for ten years has finally been apprehended attempting to enter the U.S. at one of our international bridges,” said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “This is an excellent example of how we assist our local, state and other federal partners in detecting fugitives who otherwise may have continued undetected.”
The arrest occurred on Monday, February 3, just before noon at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge pedestrian walkway. CBP officers came in contact with Jose Angel Roman Castillo, age 61, as he attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico and after he presented his lawful permanent resident (LPR) card, an initial systems query revealed a possible match to a warrant. Mr. Roman Castillo was secured and escorted to secondary where further queries, utilizing biometrics verification through CBP and law-enforcement confirmed his identity and the arrest warrant from the Edinburg Police Department for indecency/molestation of a child dating back to 2004.
Apparently, Mr. Roman Castillo had been accused by a family member of an eight-year-old female child of allegedly having exposed himself, and inappropriately touched the little girl.
CBP arrested the male and released him to the custody of the Edinburg Police Department who will transport him to the Hidalgo County Jail after being arraigned before a judge.
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.