A 50-year-old male, Salvador Gomez-Salvador, previously convicted of attempted murder, was apprehended by a Sonoita Station Border Patrol agent Sunday morning after he re-entered the U.S. illegally near Patagonia, Arizona.
Gomez-Salvador, a Mexican national, was arrested and transported to the Sonoita Border Patrol Station for processing. During a subsequent fingerprint and criminal records check, agents discovered Gomez-Salvador was convicted in 1994 in Fullerton, California of attempted murder. He was sentenced to five years in prison. Gomez-Salvador now faces criminal prosecution for re-entering the U.S. as a felon.
Gomez-Salvador will remain in federal custody to face illegal immigration charges.
All persons apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using biometrics to ensure illegal immigrants with criminal histories are positively identified.