Attempted murder suspect Giovanny Santiago-Enriquez escaped to Mexico with his son in early March after stabbing a man multiple times, but in a recent attempt to re-enter the United States, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers screened and then apprehended the suspect for an outstanding warrant related to the violent incident.
Santiago-Enriquez is being charged with “one count of attempted willful, deliberate and premeditated murder, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of kidnapping, one count of residential burglary and one count of child custody deprivation, all felonies. The complaint alleges use of a deadly weapon, a knife, and that he has a prior conviction,” according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office.
Santiago allegedly stabbed his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend at the couple’s Los Angeles apartment in the early morning hours of March 9, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP). The boyfriend was seriously injured with six stab wounds to the chest and three to the head according to the Los Angeles Times.
The accused is a 37-year-old Mexican citizen and lawful permanent resident of the U.S., according to a CBP release.
Fox 5 San Diego reported that Santiago grabbed the one-year-old son he shared with the ex-girlfriend after the stabbing and fled to Mexico. Police say Santiago shares custody of the child with the mother.
The actions prompted an Amber Alert for little Jayden Nathaniel Santiago, who was soon after discovered in Tijuana by U.S. Marshals, according to KTLA 5.
On Tuesday, Santiago-Enriquez attempted to cross back into the United States at the Otay Mesa, California U.S.-Mexico border crossing. He provided CBP officers with a driver license and Social Security card at the foot crossing. An officer queried his name and found the outstanding warrant, prompting officers to confirm the Mexican citizen’s identity and the warrant.
After verification, officers took Santiago into custody until handing him over to a LAPD detective. Santiago’s bail is set at $1.34 million.
“Vigilant CBP officers apprehended this suspect at the border,” CBP director of field operations for San Diego Pete Flores said. “This highlights the importance of querying every single person that enters the United States; we never know who is in front of us until we establish their identity.”
Breitbart has contacted and is awaiting response from CBP, LAPD and U.S. Marshals confirming additional details in this case regarding whether Santiago was apprehended in Mexico then released and when the child was returned to the mother.
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