U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) agents assigned to the Baton Rouge Station arrested an illegal alien Wednesday afternoon who is wanted in East Baton Rouge Parish for Felony Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile, Forcible Rape and being present in the United States illegally.
USBP agents responded to a call for assistance Aug. 7 on Interstate-12 from the City of Walker Police Department regarding three individuals. Upon arriving on scene, agents encountered the vehicle containing the occupants, two of whom admitted to being illegally present in the United States. The two subjects, both Guatemalan citizens, were taken into custody and transported to the Baton Rouge Station for processing. The third occupant presented a valid permanent resident card and was released.
During processing, it was revealed that the driver had provided a fraudulent name, and was actually Pascual Mas-Xocholij, a 40-year-old Guatemalan citizen, who is wanted in East Baton Rouge Parish for Felony Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile and Forcible Rape. The second subject, also a Guatemalan Citizen, was processed for being illegally present in the United States and turned over to ICE/ERO.
“For the third time in the past few months New Orleans Border Patrol worked closely with a local department, this time the excellent Walker PD, to arrest an illegal alien accused of bringing harm to our most precious resource – our children,” said New Orleans Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gregory Bovino. “I also find it remarkable that a large percentage of the New Orleans Border Patrol are deployed to South Texas to assist in the humanitarian mission, including caring for children, while our staff here in Louisiana does the same in a different way—by going after illegal alien child predators.”
Mas-Xocholij was turned over to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office and will face deportation from the U.S. on the charge of 8 USC 1325 Illegal Entry into the U.S., upon his release from jail.
USBP Baton Rouge is part of the USBP-New Orleans Sector, located in the historic Custom House, located on Canal Street in New Orleans, and is responsible for patrolling areas between the ports of entry in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle. Individuals can report suspicious activity by calling (504) 376-2800.