Inmate Seized From Mexico Jail And Delivered To Texas
ALPINE, Texas (AP) _ A man whom Mexican authorities had planned to try for a rape committed in Texas has been sprung in a commando-type raid from a jail in Mexico and brought back to be tried in the United States, officials say.
Three men armed with rifles broke into the jail in Ojinaga, Mexico, tied up two guards, unlocked the man’s cell and fled with the inmate, who was wearing only his shorts, according to a report in the Ojinaga newspaper El Sentinela.
Refugio Garcia Gonzales, 22, of Jimenez, Mexico, was found Jan. 22 in a park 18 miles south of Alpine, unijured but wearing only the shorts and tied to a tree, Brewster County Sheriff George Jones told the San Angelo Standard- Times.
″We don’t have any idea who they are, but we’re proud of them,″ District Attorney Phil Pollan of Alpine said Thursday of the three men. ″We appreciate all the help we can get.″
Jones said he found Gonzales after an anonymous caller tipped officials that a nude man was in the park.
The sheriff said he recognized Gonzales as the man who had been indicted last November on kidnapping, rape and robbery charges. Texas authorities had been trying to have Gonzales extradited to face trial, but according to Pollan, Mexican police had said ″they were going to try him in Mexico on something that happened in Brewster County.″
Gonzales is accused of breaking into the home of a Terlingua woman, kidnapping her at knifepoint and raping her several times while holding her hostage eight hours.
The woman said she escaped after convincing the kidnapper she could get him money at her office. She said she jumped from her pickup truck on her way to the office and called authorities.
Brewster County officers said they arrested Gonzales about four miles inside Mexico after he abandoned a pickup truck at the border, but were prevented from bringing him back across.
He remained in jail here Thursday night on $175,000 bond on charges of rape, robbery and kidnapping, sheriff’s officials said.
Ojinaga, a town of about 60,000 residents, is across the Rio Grande from Presidio, Texas.