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October 17, 2017

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Man wanted in Las Vegas area caught at Mexico-U.S. border

A man wanted by Las Vegas-area authorities was nabbed by federal officers as he tried to get back into the U.S. from Mexico using an illegally obtained visa, according to U.S. Customs and Border Enforcement.

Antonio Perez, 42, a U.S. citizen, was wanted by Metro Police in a 2015 attempted homicide case and by North Las Vegas Police in an arson case, officials said. No additional information was immediately available about those cases.

Perez tried crossing on foot through a border entry in the San Diego area with a tourist visa that wasn’t legally issued to him, officials said. An officer noticed inconsistencies when he compared Perez’s face to the photo on the visa and flagged him for more in-depth inspection, officials said.

Officers determined his identity by using a fingerprint ID system, officials said. He was being held at a San Diego jail awaiting extradition.

“Attention to detail was a key factor in detecting the facial discrepancies in comparison to the document he presented,” Pete Flores, director of field operations for CBP in San Diego, said in a news release. “CBP will ensure that he will face a judge for the alleged crimes.”