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Texas National Guard helps U.S. Border Patrol rescue kidnapped Honduran toddler

June 8, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Texas National Guard helps U.S. Border Patrol rescue kidnapped Honduran toddler Sgt. Javier Olmos, Texas National Guard was instrumental in resolving an Amber Alert involving the 3-year-old boy

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A member of the National Guard tasked with assisting the Del Rio Border Patrol Sector helped rescue a Honduran toddler whose father reportedly abducted him before illegally crossing the border into Texas.

The National Guardsman assists to electronically monitor the border as part of Operation Guardian Support.

Border Patrol officers in Eagle Pass, Texas, received an Amber Alert from police in Coahuila, Mexico, on May 31st. The alert indicated that the “non-custodial father” of a 3-year-old from Honduras had taken him and that he could be in danger, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) press release.

The Texas National Guard designated Army Sergeant Javier Olmos to an electronic monitoring station. The station manages cameras and other methods of electronic surveillance near the Eagle Pass Port of Entry.

Sergeant Olmos noticed a man and a small child who had just crossed the Rio Grande River near the port of entry. He ordered Border Patrol agents to the scene. The agents quickly caught up with the illegal immigrant and brought them into custody.

“I started to scan the area with the system and saw them walking across the golf course,” Olmos stated. “At the time, I didn’t know they were the subjects in the Amber Alert. We got news that this was the child on the alert after they were processed.”

An Amber Alert for Honduran 3-year-old who was allegedly kidnapped in Mexico by his non-custodial father and snuck across the border.

Agents brought the boy to Mexican Consular officials who reunited him with his mother. Authorities processed the 28-year-old father.

Sergeant Olmos has been with the Texas Army National Guard for ten years. He also works as a police officer in El Paso.

Olmos was sent to the Del Rio Sector after Governor Greg Abbott dispatched the State’s National Guard following President Trump’s request for the deployment as part of Operation Guardian Support. The rollout was launched on April 12th.

The recovery of the toddler was Sergeant Olmos’ second achievement of the morning. Earlier that day, he alerted Border Patrol agents to the crossing of another illegal. Agents apprehended the man and, during a background check, discovered that the Honduran man was a previously deported sex offender.

Immigration officials deported the Honduran man back in 2011 after he was convicted in Utah of aggravated sexual abuse of a child. Olmos saw the man crossing the border using camera surveillance equipment and sent agents to his location.

National Guardsmen such as Sergeant Olmos have helped Border Patrol agents with catching over 400 illegals after they crossed the border from Mexico. The guardsmen are not carrying out direct law enforcement work but are proving to be useful in monitoring and other duties.

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