YUMA, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents patrolling along the Colorado River arrested a convicted rapist for the second time this year, as he illegally entered the United States again on Sunday, August 4.
At approximately 12:45 a.m., Yuma Station agents arrested 57-year-old Manuel Araujo-Dominguez a Mexican national, with an extensive felony history.
Araujo-Dominguez attempted to flee from pursuing Border Patrol agents by running through farm fields and hiding in the growing crops.
During processing, agents identified Araujo-Dominguez as a felon with a criminal history dating back to vehicle theft in 1987, first-degree rape and first-degree burglary out of Hood River, Oregon in 1993, distribution of cocaine and strong-arm rape in 2008, and larceny in 2018. Additional record checks revealed convictions for taking a vehicle without owner's consent, driving under the influence, and criminal trespassing.
Araujo-Dominguez was arrested in March by Yuma Border Patrol Station agents, and was the subject of a Yuma Sector news release. This is the second time this month Yuma Sector has apprehended a felony sex offender who has attempted to illegally enter the United States this year.
During interviews, Araujo-Dominguez admitted that he was attempting to travel to Farmersville, California to live and work.
Araujo-Dominguez will be prosecuted for re-entry after deportation as an aggravated felon.