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USBP Agents Locate, Arrest Attempted Murder Suspect

Release Date: 
February 25, 2021

ENCINITAS, Calif. — On February 23, 2021, USBP agents assigned to the San Clemente Station were notified by the Norwalk Sheriff’s Station to be on the look-out for Javier Ortegon, a 24-year-old male U.S. citizen.  Ortegon was wanted for stabbing and then running over his former landlord with a stolen vehicle several times.  Ortegon also has a pending felony case of assault against a peace officer in Lakewood, Calif.  The look-out notice also stated that Ortegon would be driving a California licensed 2020 blue Mercedes sedan.

At approximately 9:30 a.m., agents on patrol near Moonlight State Beach in Encinitas spotted the vehicle listed on the look-out and observed from a distance.  After contacting the issuing agency and other local law-enforcement, agents observed a person fitting Ortegon’s description sitting in the sedan.

In a coordinated plan, law enforcement moved in and arrested Ortegon without incident.  The vehicle and Ortegon were transported to a local Border Patrol station and subsequently turned over to the Norwalk Sheriff’s Station.

“Arresting a wanted individual is a great example of local, state, and Federal collaboration.  Together, we keep our communities and Nation safer,” said Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke.

To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on 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.

Last modified: 
February 25, 2021