El Paso Sector Agents Halt Presence of Sex Offenders
Deming, New Mexico – Border Patrol Agents in Deming, New Mexico arrested a registered sex offender Tuesday with an extensive criminal history, capping a month of numerous sex offender arrests made throughout the El Paso Sector.
Early on March 31, Border Patrol Agents working in the desert west of Columbus, New Mexico, spotted six individuals running north from the international Border. After several hours of tracking the group through the desert, agents were able to locate and apprehend them while attempting to conceal themselves in the brush. After transporting the group back to the Deming Border Patrol Station for processing, it was discovered that one subject, 26 year-old Hugo Escobar Ramirez, of Mexico, was a registered sex offender who pled guilty in 2012 to charges of “Indecent Liberties-with-a-Child”, and was sentenced to 15-27 months in prison. After serving his prison time, Escobar was formally removed from the United States.Escobar has now been charged with Re-Entry, and is being held at the Luna County Detention Center while awaiting prosecution.
On March 25, Border Patrol Agents assigned to the El Paso Border Patrol Station arrested a male subject entering the United States illegally near the Paso Del Norte Port of Entry. After further investigation, 24-year-old Jose Carlos Fonseca Escamilla, of Mexico, was found to have two charges involving “possession of child pornography” and “child pornography prohibited” out of North Scituate, Rhode Island. Since he is a citizen of Mexico illegally present in the United States, Escamilla is pending removal from the U.S. at the El Paso County Detention Facility in El Paso, Texas.
On Sunday, March 22, Border Patrol Agents in Las Cruces encountered an undocumented Mexican citizen illegally traveling through the U.S. Border Patrol Checkpoint, located on Interstate 25 near mile-marker 26. After an immigration and criminal query of 56-year old Gilbert Duran of Ascension, Mexico, it was revealed that Duran had an extensive criminal history including assault on a police officer, prowling, and a conviction of rape-by-force, for which he was incarcerated for 36 months. Duran’s original deportation will be reinstated and will be charged with re-entry.
In total throughout the month of March, Border Patrol Agents from the El Paso Sector apprehended seven criminal sex offenders after illegally entering the United States. All of the subjects were detained pending prosecution.
The U.S. Border Patrol continues to work around the clock, 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, in all areas along the US/Mexico border and interior checkpoints, to keep our nation and communities safe.
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