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Convicted California Murderer Arrested in RGV

Release Date: 
November 18, 2020

EDINBURG, Texas – Border Patrol agents arrest a convicted murderer, and sex offender.

On Tuesday, Harlingen agents working near Norias, Texas, arrested a Salvadoran national after they discovered him traversing through the brush on Kenedy county ranchlands. During processing, record checks revealed Alvaro Humberto ALEMAN-Merlos had been arrested multiple times in California including once for murder in the first degree. A judge subsequently sentenced him to 25 years to life. Additionally, he has various robbery and burglary felony convictions that occurred in Los Angeles.

This morning, McAllen agents working near Hidalgo, Texas, arrested seven foreign nationals who were found to have illegally entered the United States. During processing, record checks for a Honduran male, later identified as Jose VILLATORO-Simon revealed a previous arrest by the Fairfax Police Department for aggravated sexual battery / victim incapacitated. A judge found VILLATORO-Simon guilty of the crime and sentenced him to four years imprisonment.

Border Patrol processed both men accordingly.

The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and report suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.

Even with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, human smugglers continue to try these brazen attempts with zero regard for the lives they endanger nor to the health of the citizens of our great nation.  The U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Rio Grande Valley Sector will continue to safeguard the nation and community against these criminal elements.

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Last modified: 
February 3, 2021