Man from El Salvador convicted of attempted murder caught trying cross into U.S. illegally
A felon who tried to enter the U.S. illegally through El Paso has been arrested.
On Wednesday morning, Border Patrol agents came across two adults and three children who were trying to enter the country illegally near the Bridge of the Americas, officials said.
The immigrants were taken to the El Paso Station Processing Facility where further investigation revealed that one of the adults, 40-year-old Marvin Rivera Herrera, had been convicted and served nine years in prison for attempted murder in California.
Herrera is from El Salvador, according to officials.
After the sentencing, Herrera was deported and later arrested in El Salvador on suspicion of drug possession.
Herrera was arrested on suspicion of violating his previous order of removal and was booked into the El Paso Detention Facility.
In fiscal year 2018 up to late April, the El Paso Sector apprehended more than 15,000 people who entered into the United States illegally in the area. Of the total, approximately 60 percent are from Central American countries, Border Patrol officials said.