U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Laredo Port of Entry detained a wanted man with an outstanding felony warrant for aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14 out of Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
“Effective utilization of our national law enforcement databases allows officers to identify and apprehend wanted fugitives who attempt to make entry into the U.S., bringing those charged with these heinous crimes to justice,” said Acting Port Director Eugene Crawford, Laredo Port of Entry.
The fugitive apprehension occurred on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge. A CBP officer processing buses arriving from Mexico, referred Samuel Daniel Gomez, a 19-year-old male United States citizen, for a secondary inspection. After escorting the passenger to secondary, subsequent biometric verification through law enforcement databases confirmed that the subject had an outstanding felony warrant for aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14 out of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office located in Houston, Texas. The warrant was confirmed to be active. CBP officers transported the wanted fugitive to Webb County Jail in Laredo, Texas to await criminal proceedings.
The National Crime Information Center (NCIC) is a centralized automated database designed to share information among law enforcement agencies including outstanding warrants for a wide range of offenses. Based on information from NCIC, CBP officers have made previous arrests of individuals wanted for homicide, escape, money laundering, robbery, narcotics distribution, sexual child abuse, fraud, larceny, and military desertion. Criminal charges are merely allegations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.