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Agents arrest the same rapist for 2nd time in 5 months
August 10, 2018
YUMA, Arizona – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents patrolling along the Colorado River arrested a convicted rapist for the second time this year, as he illegally entered the United States again on Sunday, August 5. At approximately 12:45 a.m., Yuma Station agents arrested 57-year-old Manuel Araujo-Dominguez a Mexican national, with an extensive felony history.
Araujo-Dominguez attempted to flee from pursuing Border Patrol agents by running through farm fields and hiding in the growing crops.
During processing, agents identified Araujo-Dominguez as a felon with a criminal history dating back to vehicle theft in 1987, first-degree rape and first-degree burglary out of Hood River, Oregon in 1993, distribution of cocaine and strong-arm rape in 2008, and larceny in 2018. Additional record checks revealed convictions for taking a vehicle without owner’s consent, driving under the influence, and criminal trespassing.
Araujo-Dominguez was arrested in March by Yuma Border Patrol Station agents, and was the subject of a Yuma Sector news release. This is the second time this month Yuma Sector has apprehended a felony sex offender who has attempted to illegally enter the United States this year.
During interviews, Araujo-Dominguez admitted that he was attempting to travel to Farmersville, California to live and work.
Araujo-Dominguez will be prosecuted for re-entry after deportation as an aggravated felon.
An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
All persons, drugs and vehicles are processed per Yuma Sector guidelines. Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt.
Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents effectively combat smuggling organizations attempting to illegally transport people and contraband through southwestern Arizona and California. Citizens can help the Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Protection by calling 1-866-999-8727 toll-free to report suspicious activity. Callers can remain anonymous.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP strives to keep terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.
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