U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers nabbed a wanted American fugitive as he tried to get back into the United States at the Otay Mesa port of entry in San Diego on a fake tourist visa early Wednesday morning.
Antonio Perez, 42, a U.S. citizen who was wanted for attempted homicide and arson, tried to cross the U.S./Mexico border on foot using a tourist visa that was illegally obtained.
Utilizing the “Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System” (IAFIS), an astute CBP officer was able to ascertain that Perez was not who he claimed.
The technology utilized biometric information to reveal that Perez was “wanted by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for attempted homicide stipulating no bail, and wanted by the North Las Vegas Police Department for arson with bail set at $250,000,” according to a CBP report.
“Attention to detail was a key factor in detecting the facial discrepancies in comparison to the document he presented,” said Pete Flores, director of field operations for CBP in San Diego. “CBP will ensure that he will face a judge for the alleged crimes.”
Perez now awaits extradition from a cell in the San Diego County Jail.
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