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Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Arrests Violent Criminals

Release Date: 
November 19, 2019
Agents arrest two convicted murders in three days
Agents arrest two convicted murderers
near McAllen, Texas

EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley arrested two previously convicted murderers within three days of each other.

Wednesday, agents from the McAllen station arrested a Mexican national, later identified as Jose Mendez-Hernandez near Havana, Texas, as he entered the United States illegally. Record checks revealed, a prior arrest and conviction for murder by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Office. Mendez-Hernandez received a sentenced of more than 20 years in prison for the murder charge.

Saturday morning, McAllen agents apprehended Jaime Cantu-Leal, a Mexican national, near Mission, Texas. Record checks revealed that Cantu-Leal was arrested by the McAllen Police Department in 1994 for murder. He was subsequently convicted and sentenced to 18 years confinement.

Border Patrol is processing both subjects accordingly.

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Last modified: 
February 3, 2021