DEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents working near Eagle Pass arrested a man who was in the United States illegally and had a previous conviction for rape.
“The men and women of the United States Border Patrol face unknown challenges and hazards every day while protecting our nation’s borders,” said Del Rio Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Matthew J. Hudak. “Keeping dangerous criminals off our streets is just one way in which our agents work to keep our communities safe.”
On Oct. 20, agents arrested Victor Manuel Velasquez-Perez, a 42-year-old Guatemalan national, near the Rio Grande River in Eagle Pass.
During processing, records checks revealed that Velasquez-Perez was convicted in 2012 of felony rape of a child under the age of 12 in Georgetown, Delaware.
After serving time for the rape conviction, Velasquez-Perez was removed from the United States. He currently faces charges of illegal reentry after deportation - 8 USC § 1326 - with a possible maximum sentence of not more than 20 years.
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, Del Rio Sector agents apprehended 15 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.