$2M bond set for murder suspect

March 14, 2019

MCALLEN — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced Tuesday the arrest of a Mexican national on an arrest warrant tied to a 2015 homicide case, according to a news release.

CBP officers detained Javier Rodriguez Mendez on Sunday in the pedestrian lane at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge after biometric information on Rodriguez revealed the arrest warrant.

Rodriguez, 29, of Mission, is facing capital murder charges related to a 2015 homicide that was investigated by the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office, the release stated.

“Our ability to inspect and perform database queries on every person seeking entry into the United States has allowed our CBP officers to detect this person who was wanted on homicide charges,” David Gonzalez, port director of the Hidalgo, Pharr and Anzalduas ports of entry, said. “Having biometric verification tools at our disposal is an asset toward the identification of persons and allows us to assist our lawenforcement partners with the detection of fleeing felons.”

According to the sheriff’s office, Rodriguez is the second suspect arrested in connection with the 2015 case that took place the day after Christmas on Dario Street in a rural area of Mission, where two men were found dead from apparent gunshot wounds.