HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested a 46-year-old man from Florida who was wanted in Alabama on charges of child sexual abuse.
“Once again our officers have detected a person who is a fugitive of the law and in particular, an individual who has charges pending for allegedly abusing a child several years ago,” said Acting Port Director Javier Cantu, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
The incident occurred on Dec. 1, at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge after CBP officers encountered Tomas Lugo Medina, a legal permanent resident from Quince, Florida as he arrived from Mexico in a silver 2007 Honda Odyssey. An initial check on primary resulted in Lugo Medina being a possible match to an outstanding arrest warrant. After CBP officers escorted him to secondary, subsequent biometric verification through law enforcement databases confirmed his identity and the arrest warrant from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office in Columbiana, Alabama.
The arrest warrant issued in Oct. 2011 by the Pelham, Alabama Police Department was for an alleged incident which occurred in 2008 where Lugo Medina was accused of inappropriately touching his seven-year-old niece. He was charged with sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12, a second-degree felony.
CBP OFO arrested Lugo Medina and then released him to the custody of the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office, who transported him to the Hidalgo County Jail to await extradition proceedings.
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.