HIDALGO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested a man wanted out of Houston, Texas for vandalizing a famous Picasso painting.
The arrest occurred on Tuesday afternoon at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge when Uriel Landeros, age 21, a United States citizen from Edinburg, Texas arrived as a pedestrian and told CBP officers that he was turning himself in. Preliminary queries indicated that Landeros was a possible match to an arrest warrant and in secondary it was confirmed through biometric checks of CBP and law enforcement databases. The warrant was from Houston and he was wanted on vandalism/damage to property charges from the Harris County Sheriff's Department.
According to the U.S. Marshals Service, Landeros faces an outstanding warrant for allegedly vandalizing a famous Picasso painting at a museum in Houston.
Landeros was arrested and released to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service and subsequently taken to the Hidalgo County Jail where he will wait to be extradited to Houston.
"This arrest transpired smoothly and the violator will now face the consequences of his actions through the legal system," said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. "We are always ready to assist other law enforcement agencies in apprehending fugitives of the 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 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.