Authorities arrest man with two identities - Tucson News Now

Authorities arrest man with two identities

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Local authorities arrested a man wanted in Florida on alleged assault on a police officer, and who police say assumed a false alias to avoid detection while illegally crossing the border.

Pinal County Sheriff's Officials assisted the Border Patrol in the arrest of 36-year-old Antonio Velasquez-Hernandez on Saturday, Sept. 28.

A fingerprint check within the National Criminal Justice database helped authorities determine Velasquez-Hernandez also goes by alias of Eliberto Morales, according to a news release.

Morales had a felony warrant out of Naples, Florida, for aggravated assault on a police officer and resisting arrest, the release said. The warrant also stated he has violent tendencies and other prior arrests for resisting arrests.

Police said Velasquez-Hernandez admitted to using the false name so authorities would not detect him while crossing into the United States illegally.

He was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center for identity theft. A hold was placed on the felony warrant so he can be extradited back to Florida.

"Often time's illegal immigrants commit serious crimes while using false names. In this case, Antonio Hernandez goes by the name of Eliberto Morales in another state," Sheriff Paul Babeu stated in a news release. "This is another example of the type of criminal activity we come across on a daily basis in Pinal County as a result of an unsecured southern border."

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