A Mexican national who served 11 years in prison for killing U.S.border agent Jorge Salomon-Martinez in Mexico back in 2003, and was then deported, was re-arrested after he illegal re-entered the United States.
U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Tucson Sector arrested Francisco Javier Rosas-Molina after he illegally crossed the U.S. border, The Tucson Sentinel reported.
Rosas-Molina and three other men beat Agent Salomon-Martinez to death while he was off-duty in Mexico in 2003.
The beating of Salomon-Martinez took place after Rosas-Molina found out that he was a U.S. Border Patrol agent. Rosas-Molina had previously been deported from the U.S. multiple times.
Describing the murder, Mexican prosecutors said:
The men sneaked up behind him Salomon and beat him, pelting him with rocks until they eventually crushed his skull with a 50-pound rock.
The murder was committed near the town of Bacocahi, Sonora, Mexico, which is about forty miles south of the Arizona border.
Court records show that Rosas-Molina has had a long history of illegal entry into the U.S. and subsequent deportations.
There have been at least three times when he has re-entered the U.S. this year alone, according to court documents.
Rosas-Molina was arrested in June 2016 near Tucson, Arizona, without immigration documents, according to the records and he admitted to having unlawfully entered the U.S. in November 2015.
According to the latest criminal complaint, Rosas-Molina was arrested again crossing the border near Hidalgo, Texas, in August 2016.
He was subsequently denied admission to the U.S. and deported, only to return again on September 4.
According to The Tucson Sentinel, Rosas-Molina was also arrested in 2002 for attempting to smuggle marijuana into the U.S. After being convicted for that offense, he served 108 days in jail.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents also arrested and deported one of Rosas-Molina’s accomplices in the 2003 murder of Agent Salomon-Martinez.
Jose Arturo Arreola-Lopez, 25, was deported back in 2011 to stand trial in Mexico in the murder of the U.S. border agent. He was arrested for drug possession.
Randy Hill, chief patrol agent of the Tucson Sector Border Patrol in 2011 said at the time:
ICE agents’ vigilance resulted in the discovery that this subject was wanted for the murder of a Border Patrol Agent several years ago.
Losing a member of the Border Patrol family is a tragedy.
However, this action today sends a message to anyone who would contemplate bringing harm to a Border Patrol Agent — there will be justice — no matter how long it may take.