A wanted sex offender was arrested after he attempted to blend into a group of migrants illegally crossing into the U.S. Sunday near Downtown El Paso.
This was the second wanted sex offender arrested by U.S. Border Patrol agents in just over two days, Border Patrol officials said.
Agents arrested a group of migrants illegally crossing the border Sunday west of the Paso Del Norte Port of Entry, officials said.
As the group was being processed, agents allegedly found that one person in the group, 52-year-old Jose-Jose Marcos, had active warrants for his arrest.
A criminal check was then conducted on Marcos, who is from Guatemala, utilizing his fingerprints.
The background check revealed that Marcos had previously been arrested for a sexual offense against a child, child molestation and trafficking of a person, officials said.
Marcos had an outstanding warrant from Gainesville, Georgia for violating a 2016 court order in connection with the sexual offenses, officials said.
He was turned over to the El Paso Police Department and is awaiting extradition to Georgia, officials said.
Marcos was traveling with his 10-year-old son, who is a U.S. citizen, officials said.
The son, whose name was not released, was turned over to Texas Child Protective Services “due to the nature of the arrest warrant,” officials said.
Two days earlier, agents arrested 22-year-old John Sebastian Yunga-Chuqui, who is from Ecuador, as he attempted to enter the U.S. illegally Friday near Sunland park, officials said.
A criminal background check on Yunga-Chuqui revealed that he had an outstanding arrest warrant in Worcester, Massachusetts, officials said.
The warrant was in connection to charges of rape, indecent assault and battery charges filed against Yunga-Chuqui, officials said.
Yunga-Chuqui allegedly admitted to agents that he posted bail in Massachusetts and then fled the country before he was set to go to trial in the rape case.
He is currently in the Doña Ana County Jail pending extradition to Massachusetts, officials said.
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