Man wanted for sex assault of minor, burglary arrested at Mexico border

Posted at 4:49 PM, Apr 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-27 19:50:53-04

SAN YSIDRO, Calif. (KGTV) - A man wanted in Oregon was arrested trying to enter Mexico in San Ysidro this week.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said 48-year-old Santiago Flores-Martinez, an undocumented Mexican citizen, was arrested Wednesday after attempting to enter Mexico through the San Ysidro Port of Entry.

Flores-Martinez was wanted for sexual assault of a 9-year-old girl on Feb. 26, 2017, and first-degree burglary, CBP said. Both charges originated in Oregon.

As he was attempting to cross the border, the port's Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team was conducting southbound inspections of travelers. Agents positively identified Flores-Martinez from arrest warrants in Clackamas County, Ore.

"CBP officers routinely encounter and stop dangerous fugitives, attempting to depart the United States," Pete Flores, director of field operations for CBP in San Diego, said. "Working with our law enforcement partners is not only critical but necessary in order to ensure justice is served."

Flores-Martinez was turned over to the U.S. Marshals Service and will be extradited to Oregon to face the charges.