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Previously Convicted Felon Arrested by Border Patrol

Release Date
Fri, 05/29/2020

CLINT, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended a convicted felon attempting to cross illegally into the United States, on May 28.

Clint Border Patrol Station agents on patrol discovered the entry of a group of five individuals attempting to cross into the United States. The subjects unsuccessfully attempted to conceal their entry but agents on ATVs followed, located and successfully apprehended the group, several miles east of the Tornillo, Texas Port of Entry.

The group of individuals were transported to the station for identification and processing. Record checks revealed that Gamaliel Mendez-Alvarenga, a 41-year-old Guatemalan national, had a felony conviction that resulted in a prior removal from the United States. Rodriguez’s arrest in September 2006 by the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office in Cartersville, Georgia stemmed from an aggravated assault conviction.

The subject, who has prior deportations dating back to 2002, remains in custody pending criminal prosecution.

“Across remote stretches of the El Paso Sector, the exemplary work of our agents continues. They routinely cross paths with and apprehend individuals who cross illegally into the United States. These subjects sometimes have violent criminal pasts, including aggravated felonies,” stated El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez.

It is important to note that an arrest or criminal complaint is merely a charge and should not be considered evidence of guilt. Subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Last Modified: Mar 28, 2024