NOGALES – A Mexican national, Arturo Lopez-Mendez, otherwise known as “El Mocho,” was removed Friday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to face rape charges in Mexico. El Mocho was transferred to the custody of the Mexican Federal Police.
According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), on November 15, 2000, the Criminal Judicial Branch in Sinaloa, Mexico, issued a warrant against El Mocho, age 45, for the offense of rape. On June 18, 2018, Mexican authorities notified ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Phoenix that El Mocho was subject to an outstanding arrest warrant on rape charges. El Mocho allegedly assaulted and raped a seven-year-old female at a private residence, leaving the victim with visible signs of the assault, including blood-soaked pants and legs.
El Mocho came into ICE custody April 24, 2019, following his arrest by the United States Border Patrol and subsequent conviction for possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
On April 25, he was issued a final administrative removal order.