Calexico man arrested fir kidnapping, endangerment

August 16, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — A 27-year-old Calexico man was arrested this morning after he took his child and ran from U.S. Border Patrol agents.

Jose Alberto Solis-Puga was arrested about 12:15 a.m.

Calexico police Sgt Armando Marquez said Puga and the mother of his 7-month-old daughter, Jasmin Romo, 22, were coming into Calexico on Highway 98 about a mile east of the Calexico Port of Entry when they got into an argument.

Puga allegedly stopped the vehicle and the couple started to argue outside. Puga then jumped into the vehicle and drove off with the baby, leaving Romo.

Puga drove at a high rate of speed into the city with the headlights of his vehicle turned off. Border Patrol agents saw the vehicle and stopped Puga.


Marquez said it is common for smugglers to enter Calexico at night with a vehicle's headlights off, so agents suspected Puga of being a smuggler.

After agents stopped him, Puga fled on foot. Agents caught him a short distance later.

Calexico police arrested Puga for kidnapping, child endangerment, child abandonment and battery on a spouse because he allegedly pushed Romo during the argument.

Puga was being held in the county jail today with bail set at $150,000 for today's incident, along with $25,000 for an outstanding warrant.

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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