Where’s the media? CBP apprehends Mexican national in Texas who was wanted for sexual assault on a child

HIDALGO, TX – According to a press release from Customs and Border Protection, a Mexican national who is lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States was apprehended by CBP officers stationed at the Hidalgo International Bridge earlier in May after a years’ old arrest warrant from Louisiana was discovered.

Officials say that this 2016 arrest warrant for the 58-year-old Mexican national was linked to a felony charge of “carnal knowledge of a juvenile,” where the victim was reportedly 15-year-old during the time of the alleged offense.

On May 10th, officials say that 58-year-old Fidel Ortiz Serna had arrived at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge pedestrian walkway while coming into the U.S. from Mexico. CBP officers working the bridge founds during a records check “a possible match to an arrest warrant,” linking to Serna.

Officers brought Ortiz over to secondary to continue the inspection related to the possible warrant, where a “biometric verification using law enforcement and CBP databases confirmed,” that Ortiz had a warrant from the Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana dating back to 2016.

The CBP press release noted the following about the charge that the 2016 warrant for Ortiz related to:

“Mr. Ortiz was charged with one felony count of carnal knowledge of a juvenile for alleged actions that occurred in Chalmette, Louisiana in 2007 while the victim was 15-years old.”

“CBP OFO arrested Ortiz subsequently turning him over to local authorities who transported him to the Hidalgo County jail where he will await extradition procedures.”

Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port Director Carlos Rodriguez issued the following statement about the arrest of the fugitive:

“Our officers detected this fugitive wanted on sexual assault charges who had been on the run for a few years. This capture can hopefully bring closure to this case and those affected by the alleged actions.”

If convicted of the offense that Ortiz is charged with, which reasonably falls under the designation of a “Crime Involving Moral Turpitude“, he could potentially lose his LPR status and face deportation.  

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In other recent reports relating to criminal offenses involving non-citizens, an illegal immigrant is now facing federal charges on top of murder charges from the slaying of a New Mexico woman back in 2019. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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ALBUQUERQUE, NM – An illegal immigrant who was charged for the November 2019 of Jacqueline Vigil is now reportedly facing federal immigration charges due to the three-time deported individual having repeatedly re-entered the United States unlawfully.

Back in November of 2019, 55-year-old Jacqueline Vigil was reportedly murdered right outside of the driveway of her home.

Authorities allege that a man by the name of Luis Talamantes was lurking around the perimeter of Vigil’s home, with authorities believing the suspect was casing the home and looking for items to steal.

While this was ongoing, authorities say that Vigil was pulling out of her garage. This led to Talamantes shooting her. Court documents show that Talamantes was ordered to be deported a mere two months before Vigil was killed.

Talamantes was eventually apprehended by authorities and was charged in 2020 for Vigil’s murder, with four alleged associates of the suspect also facing an array of federal charges related to immigration violations and other felonies – including one of the four facing a charge for allegedly intimidating a witness connected to the killing of Vigil.  

In the latest update regarding Talamantes’ alleged criminal exploits, he’s now facing federal charges related to habitually re-entering the United States illegally.

Furthermore, prosecutors are pushing for a 20-year prison sentence for the immigration violations due to Talamantes engaging in felonious activities after repeatedly re-entering the country.

In a statement regarding the case, New Mexico GOP Chairman Steve Pearce noted the following:

“This heinous crime should never have happened, and more and more illegal immigrants are being allowed into our state. There are laws to keep criminals out, but Talamantes crossed the border illegally.”

Chairman Pearce also attributed accolades to “Operation Legend,” which he stated helped allocate resources that helped authorities track down Talamantes:

“What’s also sad is that the failed Democratic leadership in Albuquerque at the time was unable to make an arrest.

“It wasn’t until Operation Legend under the Trump Administration that we saw results. That initiative poured federal resources and manpower into Albuquerque and authorities found Jackie’s killer.”

While the case pertaining to Vigil’s murder is still ongoing, Talamantes is reportedly going to be sentenced for the immigration violations sometime before the end of May.

Sam Vigil, the widower of Jacqueline, filed a lawsuit against the city of Albuquerque, alleging that the city essentially shielded Talamantes from deportation by not handing him over to immigration authorities.

When speaking to local news outlet KOB4 about the lawsuit, Sam Vigil stated:

“I feel like my wife today could be alive if they would have acted on so much evidence they had against this individual and turned him in to immigration… I think my wife would be talking to me today.”

Local authorities in Albuquerque had reportedly identified Talamantes as a robbery suspect after he had illegally re-entered the country following his September 2019 deportation but prior to Vigil’s November 2019 murder.

Robert Gorence, an attorney representing Sam Vigil, said that despite local authorities holding that information, nothing was done to inform federal authorities:

“That alone should have triggered a phone call, or an email to federal law enforcement even if APD needed more time to perfect their investigation all they had to do was ‘he’s back’ that’s all it would have took. It never happened because of a city policy.”

Back in 2018, Albuquerque was declared a “sanctuary city” by way of a locally adopted policy, which is the crux of the justification for the lawsuit brought against the city.

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