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CBP Officers Apprehend Fugitive Wanted for Child Fondling at Hidalgo International Bridge

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CBP officers escort a wanted person at a U.S. port of entry. USCBP Image
CBP officers escort a wanted person at a U.S. port of entry. USCBP Image
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HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations officers at the Hidalgo International Bridge apprehended Juan Manuel Pinon, a male U.S. citizen from Edinburg, Texas wanted on an outstanding felony warrant for child molestation.  

“CBP screens all travelers entering the United States. We are committed to bringing in those individuals to face criminal charges, especially those wanted for heinous crimes against children,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.

On June 6, 2024, 51-year-old Juan Manuel Pinon, a U.S. citizen, arrived from Mexico at the Hidalgo International Bridge and a CBP officer immediately secured him after discovering he was a possible match to an arrest warrant. Once in secondary, CBP officers, utilizing biometric verification, confirmed his identity along with the active arrest warrant from Starr County Sheriff’s Office. Pinon has been wanted since May and is being charged with child molestation and child fondling, a first-degree felony in the State of Texas. 

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A Hidalgo police officer arrived to take custody of Pinon to arrange transport with Starr County.

Criminal charges are merely allegations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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