Federal officers arrested a previously deported Mexican national, accused of sexually assaulting a nine-year-old Oregon girl, as the suspect tried to cross into Mexico.
Officers apprehended 48-year-old Santiago Flores-Martinez, a Mexican national deported in 2001, at the San Ysidro port of entry. The port’s Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team (A-TCET) stopped him. The agents were conducting southbound inspections of people attempting to go through the road that goes to Tijuana.
Police began searching for accused child rapist on April 25, Breitbart News’ Warner Todd Huston reported. His criminal record in the U.S. dates back to 1994. Officials deported the Mexican national to his home country in 2001 after he served two years in prison.
The little girl’s family told police that a man broke into their children’s bedroom and attacked the pre-teen. She and her five-year-old sister were sharing a room at the time.
Officials at the port retrieved biometric information on Flores-Martinez via the “Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System” (IAFIS).
U.S. Custom and Border Protection (CBP) officers confirmed that the illegal alien had National Crime Information Center (NCIC) arrest warrants out of Clackamas County, Oregon, on charges of sexual assault of a minor and first-degree burglary. The warrants stipulated that he should not receive bail.
CBP officers turned Flores-Martinez over to deputies with the U.S. Marshals Service. He now faces extradition to Oregon where he is expected to stand trial on the charges.
ICE officials placed an immigration detainer on Martinez-Flores to have him returned to Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers after judicial proceedings, and any prison time he may serve if he is found guilty. The previously deported criminal alien could also face additional federal charges of felony illegal re-entry after removal.
The man has also used the aliases “Felipe Coeto” and “Isidro Ramos Flores.”
“CBP officers routinely encounter and stop dangerous fugitives, attempting to depart the United States,” said Pete Flores, director of field operations for CBP in San Diego. “Working with our law enforcement partners is not only critical but necessary in order to ensure justice is served.”