A routine traffic stop in Tamarac, Fla. has resulted in the arrest of a North Lauderdale man who is wanted for murder in El Salvador, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said.
Carlos Ernesto Lozano Rodríguez, 26, who is a reputed gang member in the U.S. illegally, was stopped just before noon Monday near Northwest 70th Avenue and West McNab Road, officials said.
Rodriguez was driving 2007 Cadillac Escalade and allegedly impeding traffic. When the deputy pulled him over, Rodriguez said he had no Florida driver’s license, but showed a passport from El Salvador instead, investigators said.
The deputy entered the passport information into a national crime database and discovered there was a homicide warrant for Rodriguez. He was also listed as a gang member who was to be considered armed and dangerous, according to Interpol.
The deputy waited for backup before getting Rodriguez out of the SUV and putting him in handcuffs. Rodriguez resisted and refused to get in the patrol car. A Sunrise police officer was passing by at the time and helped deputies secure Rodriguez, investigators said.
A background check revealed Rodriguez had been deported in 2015 and paid $10,000 for illegal re-entry into the U.S., officials said.
Two U.S. Border Patrol agents took custody of Rodriguez for further processing and possible deportation.
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