Hidalgo, Texas — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), officers at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested a north Texas man wanted on alleged child sexual assault charges dating back to 2010.
“This alleged fugitive of the law was captured due to CBP’s excellent commitment to query all arriving travelers who wish to enter the U.S.,” said Efrain Solis Jr. Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port Director. “This is another fine example of how we assist local and federal law-enforcement agencies capture those violators that have outstanding arrest warrants.”
On February 13, CBP officers working at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge encountered Hector Mejia Vasquez, age 31, returning from Mexico as a passenger in maroon minivan. When Mr. Mejia Vasquez arrived, he presented a State of Texas issued driver’s license and an initial systems query indicated he may be a possible match to an arrest warrant. CBP officers immediately secured him and escorted him to secondary where biometric checks through law-enforcement and CBP databases confirmed that he was a match to the warrant for sexual assault of a child/enhanced, a 1st degree felony, from Cherokee County, Texas.
The warrant, issued in September 2010 by the Jacksonville, Texas Police Department, accuses him of allegedly having improper sexual relations with a 15-year-old female, who was impregnated as a result.
CBP arrested Mr. Mejia Vasquez and then released him to the custody of the Hidalgo, Texas Police Department who subsequently transported him to the Hidalgo County Jail, where he will wait for extradition proceedings.
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.