- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 26, 2003

A Mexican national sought by U.S. authorities in connection with a Texas homicide was captured by Border Patrol agents after he tried to drive through a traffic checkpoint on a New Mexico highway, Border Patrol officials said yesterday.

Luis Rosalio Ramirez, of Zacatecas, Mexico, was apprehended Sunday night when he tried to illegally enter the United States through a checkpoint in southern New Mexico.

Border Patrol spokesman Mario Villarreal said agents observed a blue 1991 Toyota approach the checkpoint for inspection and that after routine questioning, Mr. Ramirez — who was accompanied by his wife and infant son — admitted to being in the United States illegally.

Mr. Villarreal said Mr. Ramirez’s name and biographical information was disclosed to agents through fingerprint-Identification technology, including information that he was wanted in Texas on homicide charges.

A pending arrest warrant was verified through the Denton County Sheriff’s Department, Mr. Villarreal said, adding that extradition proceedings in the case are pending.

Mr. Ramirez’s Identification came through the Border Patrol’s Automated Biometric Identification System known as Ident, designed to provide a rapid Identification of individuals by electronically comparing a live-scanned fingerprint against a previously digitally captured or scanned fingerprint.

Ident records are divided into two categories: Persons who are aggravated felons, suspected narcotics or alien smugglers, national-security risks or otherwise thought to be a risk to the officer; and persons who previously had been intercepted or removed from the country for lesser violations.

Mr. Villarreal said agents turned Mr. Ramirez over to the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Department pending extradition to Texas. His wife and son were granted a voluntary return to Mexico, after being interviewed by a representative of the Office of the Mexican Consulate in El Paso, he said.

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