ROCHESTER, N.Y. - An Irondequoit police officer encountered three individuals during a vehicle stop in the early morning hours of April 29. The police officer contacted the Rochester Border Patrol Station to request assistance with identification of the vehicle occupants.
Border Patrol agents responded to the call, arriving at the traffic stop location at 1:40 a.m., and identified themselves as U.S. Border Patrol agents to the subjects of the investigation.
Border Patrol agents conducted an immigration interview with Saul Antonio Gomez-Castro, age 25. Gomez-Castro stated he was from Honduras, though he had no documents that permitted him to be legally present in the U.S. The subject claimed he had been granted political asylum in the U.S., which was confirmed by Border Patrol.
“Border Patrol agents are highly trained to detect individuals who may be illegally in the U.S.,” said Patrol Agent In Charge Michael Werthman.“The teamwork with the Irondequoit Police Department in this case was outstanding.”
A criminal records check of Gomez-Castro indicated that he was wanted on a Nassau County, N.Y., warrant for assault. The subject was turned over to the Irondequoit Police Department pending extradition to Nassau County to face assault charges.
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.