Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) took a Mexican national into custody the Santa Teresa port of entry over the weekend. Ernesto Luna-Tinajero of Acambaro, 29, of Guanajuato, Mexico, presented himself to officers at the pedestrian crossing and informed them he believed he was wanted in Washington state, according to information provided to Breitbart Texas by the CBP. Officials confirmed the active warrant for sexual assault of a child and turned the man over to New Mexico State Police who will coordinate extradition to Washington.
Police in Arlington, Washington, have been searching for Luna-Tinajero for the alleged sexual assault of an 11-year-old, a QFox13 report stated. The Mexican national was said to have been known to the pre-teenage girl as a friend of the family. She called him “Uncle Netto,” detectives told the Washington news outlet.
“This child is going through an incredible amount of emotions and stress and needs to have this closure to have this person that she trusted, that she considered an uncle to her, that victimized her and needs to have that person in custody, away so that he doesn’t hurt anybody else or her,’ Kristin Banfield with the Arlington Police Department told reporters last week.
Authorities told reporters the details in the accusations against Luna-Tinajero were too graphic to detail. They said the man had confessed to molesting the girl prior to his disappearance. It is not known why he returned to the United States and surrendered.
QFox13 reporter David Rose posted on Facebook that Luna-Tinajero had worked as a landscaper before he fled to Mexico earlier this month.
Arlington, Washington, is located about 50 miles north of Seattle.