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Border Patrol arrests man wanted for homicide

March 2, 2018

YUMA, Arizona Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a Mexican national with an outstanding homicide and first-degree murder felony arrest warrant from Chicago, late Monday, February 26. At approximately 9:30 p.m., Yuma Station agents arrested Alejandro Rodriguez-Valencia near the Morelos Dam along the Colorado River shortly after he made an illegal entry into the United States.

During processing, agents discovered that Rodriguez-Valencia was previously deported from the U.S. in 2006 and his fingerprints and photo matched those of a subject with an active homicide and first-degree murder with a knife warrant in Chicago, Illinois. Yuma Station agents worked with the Chicago Police Department to positively identify Rodriguez-Valencia as the subject of the warrant.

Rodriguez-Valencia has been turned over to the Yuma Police Department for extradition.

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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