Man convicted of rape apprehended near Presidio

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PRESIDIO, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – A man from Guatemala, who had previously been convicted of rape, was apprehended near Presidio over the weekend, according to the U.S. Border Patrol.

Officials say on Saturday, agents in Presidio discovered footprints near the Rio Grande River that had been left by a group of people believed to have entered the U.S. illegally.

The next day, agents found 12 people hiding in caves in the area, according to the release. Officials say the suspects were wearing camouflage and carpet on their shoes. According to Border Patrol, carpet is used to hide footprints.

While processing the 12 suspects, agents learned one of them, Jose Baltazar, had previously been convicted of rape in Indiana and was removed from the U.S. earlier this year, the release reads.

“The apprehensions made by our agents in the desert of West Texas have a direct impact to the safety of the communities in which we live and work.” Big Bend Sector Chief Patrol Agent Matthew Hudak said. “They also have a direct impact to the communities in the interior of the United States, this individual previously pleaded guilty to rape and he will not be going back to that community.”

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