Calexico, California - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro station arrested a previously deported sex offender one mile West of the Calexico Port of Entry, Friday.

At approximately  2 a.m., agents observed a man running north from the International Border fence near the Calexico Gran Plaza Outlets.  Agents met with the man and determined that he was illegally present in the United States.  The man was placed under arrest and transported to the El Centro station for further processing.

Border Patrol agents conducted records checks which revealed the man, a 48-year-old national of El Salvador, was convicted of assault to commit rape and sentenced to two years in prison in Calif.

“I am proud of the great work our Border Patrol agents demonstrated in stopping this previously convicted sex offender from further entry into the United States,” said Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David S. Kim.  “Their actions have kept our communities safe.”

The man will be criminally prosecuted for Re-Entry After Removal as a convicted sex offender.

In fiscal year 2016, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents have arrested 13 convicted sex offenders attempting to re-enter the United States after removal.

The El Centro Sector’s Community Awareness Campaign is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness on the indicators of crime and other threats.  We encourage public and private sector employees to remain vigilant and play a key role in keeping our country safe.  Please report any suspicious activity to the Border Community Threat Hotline at 1-800-901-2003.