CBP Catches 86-Year-Old Fugitive in Roma


ROMA–U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested an 86-year-old man wanted on alleged criminal sexual conduct charges at the Roma Internatonal Bridge.

 CBP officers stopped a 2010 GMC pickup truck heading northbound last Thursday. A male passenger in the truck was identified as Leonel Vela Salinas, a Mexican citizen from Canton , Michigan . 

While at primary, a check of a national crime database identified Vela Salinas as a fugitive wanted by the Detroit Michigan Police Department on first, second and third degree felony charges of alleged criminal sexual conduct with a person under the age of 13.  

Vela Salinas was referred to secondary where CBP officers confirmed the charges.  After his arrest, Vela Salinas was transferred to the custody of Roma , Texas Police Department.  Pending extradition back to Michigan , Vela Salinas remains incarcerated.

Cris Cantu , CBP Port Director, Roma/Falcon Dam said, “Our frontline officers continue to screen arriving international travelers and arrest those that are identified as fugitives.” 

–South Texas Tribune, southtexastribune@gmail.com

Read more at www.southtexastribune.com


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