EAGLE PASS, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents working in Eagle Pass arrested a man who was previously convicted of sexual assault on a minor.
“The men and women of the United States Border Patrol are committed to protecting and serving our citizens,” stated Del Rio Sector Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Matthew J. Hudak. “Our agents understand the types of threats that endanger our border and will work endlessly to keep citizens safe from harm.”
On June 24, Eagle Pass Border Patrol Station agents arrested Michell Tapia Tizcareno, a 26-year-old Mexican national, while patrolling the Rio Grande River in Eagle Pass.
During processing, records checks revealed that Tapia Tizcareno is a registered sex offender who had been convicted in 2015 of aggravated sexual battery (sexual assault by force) on a victim between the ages of 13 and 14 in Portsmouth, Virginia. He was sentenced to three years of incarceration and was subsequently removed to Mexico.
Tapia Tizcareno faces charges of illegal reentry after deportation - 8 USC § 1326 - and his prior order of removal will be reinstated.
The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is part of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. During FY 2017, to date, Del Rio Sector agents have apprehended 12 previously deported sex offenders. To report suspicious activity, call the Del Rio Sector’s toll free number at 1-866-511-8727.
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.