Most-wanted fugitive caught on the border
July 7th 2012 · 12 Comments
Under heavy guard, the Puma special operations team of the Tamaulipas State Police gathered at B&M International Bridge as they prepared to turn over 32-year-old Javier Cortez Jr. to the custody of federal officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as well as U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers.
Once in U.S. custody, Cortez was to be taken to the Cameron County jail pending his transfer to Harris County where he is wanted in connection with a 2010 slaying.
According to Special Agent Luis Pedro Botello with the Tamaulipas State Police-PME, the arrest of Cortez came after the Texas Department of Public Safety communicated with PME Commander Enrique Padilla Guerrero about the whereabouts of Cortez and asked for assistance in his capture.
Padilla organized surveillance and capture operations using the Puma team and arrested Cortez on Thursday night in the parking lot of Quimica Fluor, where he had been working, officials said.
According to information released by DPS, Cortez, who is a suspected member of Tang Blast gang, is wanted in the shooting death of a 29-year-old man during a robbery.
Another suspect shot the victim twice, but then Cortez stood over the victim and fired nine times, according to the DPS release.
DPS was offering $15,000 for his capture.
A version of this column originally appeared in www.valleymorningstar.com.
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