CBP Officers Apprehend Fugitive Wanted for Child Fondling at Hidalgo International Bridge

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Migrants cross the border into the United States, seen from Ciudad Juarez

HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge apprehended Jose Luis Armendariz, a male U.S. citizen from Indiana wanted for child fondling. 

“CBP is committed to bringing those wanted individuals in to face their day in court, especially those relating to sexual crimes against children,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. 

CBP officers escort a wanted person at a U.S. port of entry.
CBP officers escort a wanted person at a U.S. port of entry.

On July 12, 2022, 39-year-old Jose Luis Armendariz, arrived from Mexico at the Hidalgo International Bridge and a CBP officer immediately secured him after discovering Armendariz was a possible match to an arrest warrant. Once in secondary, biometric verification confirmed his identity along with the active arrest warrant from the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office. Armendariz had this outstanding warrant stemming from allegations from an incident in June of 2022. He is charged with indecency with a child/sexual contact, a second-degree felony in Texas.

A Hidalgo County deputy arrived to take custody of Armendariz and transported him to the county jail.

Criminal charges are merely allegations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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