U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Laredo Port of Entry apprehended a man at the Juarez Lincoln International Bridge who had an outstanding warrant out of Waco for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child.         

“Our frontline officers help keep our communities safe by apprehending travelers with outstanding warrants for a variety of crimes, including those of a sexual nature that impact children,” said Port Director Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry.

The capture took place Sunday at the Juarez Lincoln International Bridge.

 A CBP officer processing commercial bus traffic arriving from Mexico, referred Erick Omar Lopez Cruz, a 43-year-old male Mexican citizen and United States Lawful Permanent Resident, for a secondary inspection. 

After escorting the passenger to secondary, subsequent biometric verification through law enforcement databases confirmed that the subject had an outstanding felony warrant for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child, entered by the McLennan County Sheriff’s Department out of Waco.

CBP officers confirmed the warrant to be active, then turned Lopez Cruz over to the custody of the Webb County Sheriff’s Office.

Local records indicate Cruz was originally arrested by Waco police in April 2012 in the sexual assault case. He was booked into jail, bonded out and was later indicted. His bond was forfeit and the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office warrant was issued for his arrest.

In the original case, an outcry came into dispatch April 12, 2012 about a man having inappropriately touched a family member under the age of 12.

When police arrived, they began their investigation interviewing all parties involved and took Lopez into custody that same evening. CPS was also notified and forensic interviews were also complete.

After he was arrested, he bonded out, was later indicted and then was a fugitive.