EL PASO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol Agents made four significant arrests on Thursday.
On October 1, El Paso Border Patrol Agents busted a stash house in central El Paso. One individual, a 35-year-old Guatemalan national had previously pled guilty to two felony offenses of criminal attempted sexual assault of a child and an assault causing serious bodily injury in 2011.
Later that morning, Deming agents arrested a 37-year-old Mexican national in a remote area near Deming. The individual is a confirmed Paisa gang member. Additionally, the man has three prior removals from the U.S., the most recent in April 2018.
In a separate incident, Lordsburg agents arrested an aggravated felon caught attempting to illegally cross into the U.S. The 34-year-old Mexican national had a felony conviction for marijuana possession in Arizona and was sentenced to three years in prison in September 2008.
Towards the end of the day, Las Cruces checkpoint agents arrested a 34-year-old U.S. citizen. The man had an active warrant for a parole violation in Texas in September 2016 for assaulting a family member.
“One of the many duties performed by Border Patrol Agents involve identifying previously convicted criminal aliens and setting them up for removal from the United States”, stated El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez. “The possibility of encountering repeat offenders poses an imminent threat to our West Texas and southern New Mexico communities.”
It is important to note that an arrest or criminal complaint is merely a charge and should not be considered evidence of guilt. Subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens are encouraged to report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol while remaining anonymous by calling 1-800-635-2509.