Previously Removed Convicted Rapist Apprehended By Border Patrol Agents

Wilmer Avila-Gamez (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Border Patrol agents assigned to the Tucson Station arrested a Honduran national on Friday morning and discovered his 2001 felony conviction for rape in California.

Agents patrolling near Arivaca, Arizona found and arrested 44-year-old Wilmer Avila-Gamez, a Honduran national, for being illegally present in the United States. During processing, agents conducted a records check on Avila and discovered a April 2001 felony conviction in Santa Ana, California for “Rape by Force.”

Avila will remain in federal custody pending prosecution for criminal immigration violations involving re-entry of an aggravated felon.