TUCSON, Ariz. — U.S. Border Patrol agents in Arizona arrested a sex offender with ties to Grand Rapids.
Agents tell FOX 17 on Wednesday they found 35-year-old Angel Rodas-Herrera among a group of three people, trying to get into the U.S. through a mountainous region near the border in Arizona.
“Border Patrol agents on the ground got some surveillance information in that there was a group in this rugged mountain area southwest of Tucson,” CBP Special Ops Supervisor Robert Bushell said.
Herrera, a Guatemalan national, was taken into custody and agents ran his record.
His rap sheet shows he was charged with a number of crimes that include domestic violence, assault and criminal sexual conduct.
He served a year in jail after being convicted of the latter and was deported as an aggravated felon.
“We apprehended him trying to reenter the United States and of course that is against the law. So currently, he's in our custody he's facing federal immigration charges, as well as federal criminal immigration charges as a aggravated felon attempting to reenter the U.S.,” Bushell added.
Bushell says Herrera is the third violent felon they've picked up this week.
“What happens on the border oftentimes affects a wide variety of people in the interior of the United States, and we can’t say where this guy was headed, but we're happy that we were able to catch him at the border, instead of him having an opportunity to commit more crimes like this in the United States,” Bushell added.
Since Herrera was deported as an aggravated felon, he could face up to 20 years in federal prison if convicted of illegally crossing the border.