TUCSON, Ariz. – Border Patrol agents assigned to the Ajo Station arrested a Mexican national Monday night wanted by King County Sheriff’s Office in Seattle for child molestation.
Agents arrested 44-year-old Rey Guzman-Vidals near Ajo, Arizona for illegally entering the United States. During processing, agents conducted a records check and learned of Guzman’s arrest warrant in Washington.
Guzman is being processed for immigration violations and will be returned to Seattle to face prosecution. Guzman is the second fugitive child molester arrested this week by Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents.
All persons apprehended by the Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using biometrics to ensure illegal immigrants with criminal histories are positively identified.
Federal and state law allow agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials welcome assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free.
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.