CBP officers escort a wanted person at a U.S. port of entry. 📷 U.S. Customs and Border Protection

LAREDO, Texas — Two fugitives wanted on child sex crimes charges in Houston and Arlington, Texas, were arrested at a Laredo border crossing, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced today.

The two men made entry from Mexico on Saturday and Sunday in separate, unrelated travel, according to the agency.

“Sexual abuse of a child is a violent act,” stated Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry. “CBP collaborates with agencies throughout the nation to bring those who face outstanding warrants for these heinous crimes to justice.”

On Saturday, July 18, 2020, CBP officers processing vehicle traffic referred 55-year-old Jesus Arzola, a Mexican citizen, for secondary inspection. Subsequent biometric verification through law enforcement databases confirmed Arzola was wanted on an outstanding warrant out of Harris County for felony aggravated sexual assault of a child.

On Sunday, July 19, 2020, CBP officers referred 54-year-old Alvaro Hernandez Ruiz, also a Mexican citizen, for secondary inspection. Biometric authentication confirmed Ruiz was wanted in Arlington, located in north Texas's Tarrant County, on an outstanding warrant for felony sexual abuse of a child involving forcible rape.

Warrants on both Arzola and Ruiz were confirmed to be active and they were arrested, booked into the Webb County Jail in Laredo, Texas, and awaiting extradition to their respective jurisdictions for criminal proceedings.