Laredo CBP Officers Apprehend Two Texas Fugitives Wanted for Sexual Abuse of a Child
LAREDO, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Juarez- Lincoln Bridge detained two Texas males both with outstanding warrants for sexual abuse of a child. The two men made entry from Mexico in separate, unrelated travel.
“Sexual abuse of a child is a violent act,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry. “CBP collaborates with agencies throughout the nation to bring those who face outstanding warrants for these heinous crimes to justice.”
The first fugitive apprehension occurred on Saturday, July 18th when a CBP officer processing vehicle traffic referred Jesus Arzola, a 55-year-old male Mexican citizen, for a secondary inspection. After escorting the passenger to secondary, subsequent biometric verification through law enforcement databases confirmed that the subject had an outstanding warrant for felony aggravated assault of a child pursued by the Harris County Sheriff’s Department in Houston, Texas.
A separate incident occurred on Sunday, July 19th when a CBP officer processing vehicle traffic referred Alvaro Hernandez Ruiz, a 54-year-old male Mexican citizen, for a secondary inspection. After conducting biometric authentication through law enforcement databases, he was confirmed to have an outstanding warrant for felony sexual abuse of a child involving forcible rape out of Tarrant County in Arlington, Texas.
Both warrants were confirmed to be active. CBP officers transported the wanted fugitives to Webb County Jail in Laredo, Texas to await criminal proceedings.
The National Crime Information Center (NCIC) is a centralized automated database designed to share information among law enforcement agencies including outstanding warrants for a wide range of offenses. Based on information from NCIC, CBP officers have made previous arrests of individuals wanted for homicide, escape, money laundering, robbery, narcotics distribution, sexual child abuse, fraud, larceny, and military desertion. Criminal charges are merely allegations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.