El Centro Sector Border Patrol Apprehends Convicted Sex Offender

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border fence patrolmanCALEXICO, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Calexico Station arrested a previously deported convicted sex offender Friday night.

A 42-year-old man was apprehended by Border Patrol agents approximately 32 miles east of the Calexico West Port of Entry, after he attempted to illegally enter the United States. The man was later identified as Octavio Mendoza, a citizen of Mexico.

Border Patrol agents conducted records checks which revealed Mendoza was convicted of rape by force and was sentenced to six years in prison. Mendoza was previously removed from the United States on Oct. 27, 2005.

Mendoza is being processed for Re-Entry After Removal as a convicted sex offender.

In fiscal year 2015, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested 8 convicted sex offenders attempting to re-enter the United States after removal.

The El Centro Sector’s Community Awareness Campaign is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness on the indicators of crime and other threats. We encourage public and private sector employees to remain vigilant and play a key role in keeping our country safe. Please report any suspicious activity to the Border Community Threat Hotline at 1-800-901-2003.