TECATE, CALIF.—U.S. Border Patrol agents assisted the Government of Mexico in locating a Mexican national wanted for the murder of a Mexican police officer. The investigation began when agents found an assault victim in the Tecate area.
On April 29, 2013, a 36-year-old female Mexican national was found by Border Patrol agents in an isolated area of Tecate, Calif. The woman informed agents that she had been assaulted, raped, and robbed by three men in Mexico and, when released, unknowingly walked north into the United States. The victim provided valuable information to Border Patrol agents, who then initiated a joint investigation with Mexican authorities. The subsequent investigation led to the arrest of Douglas Camarena-Mendez on May 6 in Mexico. In addition to the assault, Camerena-Mendez also had an outstanding warrant for the murder of a Mexican police officer.
Chief Patrol Agent Paul Beeson of the San Diego Sector Border Patrol said, "Over time we have actively strengthened our bi-national partnership with Mexico through information sharing and cooperation, which has been vital in apprehending those that exploit our shared borders for criminal purposes."
The other two suspects involved in the assault are still at large.
To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on major corridors of egress away from our Nation's borders. To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.
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.