DALLAS, TX (The Dallas Morning News) – A three-time deportee accused of killing two men in a Dallas County crime spree stole another man’s identity to obtain a passport and cross the border 35 times, court records show.
Silvestre Franco-Luviano had already been deported once by the time he stole the identity of a man in Brownsville, according to the records obtained by The Associated Press.
Franco-Luviano, 40, obtained a Texas driver’s license and state birth certificate in the man’s name.
Those documents, in turn, allowed him to fraudulently apply for and receive a U.S. passport in 2006 and to cross the U.S. Mexico border at will.
Franco-Luviano, who has at least eight known aliases, was taken into custody about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at his sister’s apartment in Georgetown.
Police suspect him of committing two seemingly random murders in Cedar Hill and Dallas, two aggravated robberies, a kidnapping and arson in just three days.
“This is an example of the worst of the worst that we go after on a daily basis,” Hector Gomez, supervisory deputy marshal of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, said the day of his arrest.
Franco-Luviano was first deported from Dallas to Mexico in June 1996 after criminal convictions, according to Carl Rusnok, director of communications for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
He was again deported in October 2009 after falsely claiming to be a U.S. citizen at the border crossing in Hidalgo.
Immigration officials then found Franco-Luviano in an Austin jail on Oct. 13, 2011. After he served his prison sentence, Franco-Luviano was deported to Mexico for a third time on March 10, 2014.
The Brownsville man whose identity was stolen later applied for a passport but was denied because records indicated he already had one.
According to Gomez, Franco-Luviano had no legal status in the U.S. at the time of the crimes.
“We have a very porous border,” Gomez said. “Coming in and out of the country is very easy.”