C.B.P. News Release

Mexican Suspect Wanted for Murder in L.A. Area Apprehended at San Ysidro Port of Entry

(Monday, November 24, 2008)

San Ysidro, Calif. – A 49-year-old Mexican man wanted for murder in the Los Angeles area was apprehended Friday night as he entered the United State on foot through the San Ysidro port of entry, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced today.

Gregorio Vidaca Gonzalez was detained by CBP officers at about 9 p.m. on November 21 after he presented a border crossing card and requested an I-94 permit to travel beyond the border area. CBP officers queried various law enforcement databases and developed information that Vidaca was wanted on a no-bail felony warrant for murder by the Norwalk sheriff’s department.

Vidaca was taken into custody and later transported to the San Diego county jail to await extradition.

Vidaca was among 27 wanted fugitives apprehended at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa passenger ports of entry during the past week. The felony warrants included assault, escape, forgery, burglary, larceny, failure to appear and parole violations. Over 80 percent of the fugitives were determined to be U.S. citizens.

CBP officers at the two border stations also arrested seven previously deported criminal aliens from Mexico attempting to illegally enter the U.S. during the week.

Each previously had been ordered by an immigration judge to be deported. All had multiple felony convictions for various offenses, including sexual assault, sexual battery, sex with a minor, robbery, narcotics possession, burglary and illegal entry into the U.S.

The seven are being detained pending prosecution in federal court.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Contacts For This News Release
610 Ash Street
Suite 1200
San Diego, CA 92101 Vincent Bond
Press Officer
Phone: (619) 744-5224
Fax: (619) 645-6641

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