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Collection of criminal encounters in the Rio Grande Valley

Release Date: 
March 20, 2018

EDINBURG, Texas – The Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol continues to capture sexual predators and gang members.

On Wednesday, March 14, agents arrested a Mexican national near Mission, Texas as he attempted to illegally enter the United States. Record checks confirmed the man had been arrested by the Sarasota, Florida Police Department for a sexual offender offense and was sentenced to 6 months in prison.

The next day, Kingsville agents apprehended a Mexican national just north of the Sarita Checkpoint. Criminal records revealed the man was previously arrested by the Jonestown, Pennsylvania State Police for sexual assault and received a 3 to 6 year sentence of confinement.

On Friday, March 16, agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Station arrested a Peruvian national near La Grulla, Texas. It was later revealed the man was convicted in Lake County, Illinois for felony criminal sexual abuse.

That same day, McAllen agents arrested a Salvadoran national near Madero, Texas who was later identified as a member of the notoriously deadly, Mara Salvatrucha gang.

On Sunday, March 18, a Honduran national was apprehended near Hidalgo, Texas. Record checks revealed the man had been arrested by the Jefferson, Louisiana Sheriff’s Office for carnal knowledge of a juvenile and sentenced to a period of 5 years unsupervised release. Furthermore, the subject had been previously repatriated to his native country of Honduras.

Later that evening, Weslaco agents arrested a Mexican national near Donna, Texas. The man had been arrested by the Weatherford County, Texas Sheriff’s Office for sexual assault of a child and was convicted of the lesser charge of injury to a child with intent bodily injury and sentenced to four years in prison. The man had also been previously repatriated to his native country of Mexico.

All subjects will be processed accordingly.

The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and to help save lives by reporting suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.

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Last modified: 
March 21, 2018