In this file image, a border patrol agent vehicle sits between secondary fencing, which includes concertina wire at the top and bottom, and a basic chain-link fence, known as tertiary fencing. Photo: Brandon Quester/inewsource

A man who was among a group apprehended in Imperial Beach after allegedly entering the United States illegally has been turned over to Mexican authorities on suspicion of murder, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is reporting.

The group of six men was arrested by border patrol agents Friday around 3:30 p.m. after they climbed the primary border fence and passed through a cut in the secondary border fence, according to the agency.

One of the men, 26-year-old Mexican national Antonio Santiago-Ruiz, had an outstanding warrant for homicide issued by the State of Oaxaca, Mexico, according to the agency.

In coordination with Mexico’s General Office of the Republic, Santiago-Ruiz was turned over to Mexican government officials at the San Ysidro Port of Entry on Wednesday.

The five remaining men, three from Mexico, one from Honduras, and one from Guatemala, were processed for expedited removal, the agency said.

“While criminals persist in their illegal activity, we too are persistent,” said San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Rodney Scott. “The arrest of Antonio Santiago-Ruiz illustrates this well.  We can be thankful that agents arrested this individual who attempted to escape justice.”


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