U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Laredo Port of Entry have arrested a man wanted in Texas for the sexual assault of a child under 14.
Magdaleno Garcia Rodriguez, a 43-year-old Mexican citizen, was caught crossing the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge on Thursday, June 22.
An officer inspecting vehicles crossing the border to return to the United States referred Rodriguez for secondary inspection as he attempted to enter the country.
“After escorting the passenger to secondary school, subsequent biometric verification through law enforcement databases confirmed that the subject had a warrant for the arrest of child sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14, issued by the Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office located in Seguin, TX,” CBP said in a news release. “The mandate has been confirmed as active.”
Rodriguez was turned over to the Webb County Sheriff’s Office to await criminal proceedings.
“Child abuse is a harmful childhood experience that can have serious long-term consequences for those who have been victimized by this heinous crime,” said Port Director Alberto Flores. “Identifying and verifying wanted persons through law enforcement databases helps verify these suspected criminals and bring them to justice.”
The press release explained that the “National Crime Information Center is a centralized automated database designed to share information between law enforcement agencies, including outstanding warrants for a wide range of offences.” .
The agency said that, based on information from NCIC, “CBP officers arrested felons wanted for homicide, escape, money laundering, robbery, narcotics distribution, child sexual abuse, fraud, theft and military desertion”.