A previously deported 30-year-old man, Brian Cruz-Gutierrez, was arrested by Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents on Tuesday night after he entered the U.S. Illegally. Agents assigned to the Wellton station learned the Honduran migrant had a felony conviction for lewd or lascivious acts upon a child under 14 years of age.
Cruz-Gutierrez was apprehended as part of a group of 12 migrants who illegally entered the United States and tried to evade detection and apprehension by traversing through the Cabeza Prieta Wildlife Refuge southeast of Yuma. Wellton agents arrested the group and discovered Cruz-Gutierrez had the felony conviction in 2013 in Pomona, California, and was sentenced to three years in prison.
After serving his sentence for the conviction, Cruz-Gutierrez was removed from the U.S. in 2016. He will be prosecuted for reentry of a felon after a prior removal.