FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Lt. Craig Carter, 760-839-4487
On September 19, 2011, at approximately 2350 hours, an Escondido Police Officer conducted a traffic stop in the area of Centre City Parkway and Felicita Avenue for a vehicle code violation. The driver of the vehicle, Gricelda Cardenas Guzman, 28, of Escondido, had an active DUI warrant and was arrested. The passenger of the vehicle identified himself with a false name and DOB and admitted to being in the country illegally but stated he had never been deported or arrested. The passenger of the vehicle was unable to provide valid government identification. Due to the lack of identification, the Escondido Officer contacted an ICE Officer with Operation Joint Effort to assist with the stop. With the information given, and the use of CAL-ID, the ICE Officer discovered the subject had a criminal history and was an ICE fugitive.
The passenger of the vehicle was subsequently identified as convicted rapist Jesus Armando Flores-Trujillo 29, of Escondido. Flores-Trujillo was convicted of a rape in Escondido in 2001 and sentenced to 10 years in prison. Additionally, he was ordered to register as a sex offender, pursuant to CA Penal Code section 290. Upon his release from prison, he was immediately deported by ICE in October 2010. Flores-Trujillo again returned to the US illegally and has been living and working in Escondido using a false identity. He has failed to register as a sex offender since returning to California. Flores-Trujillo is currently in custody at the Vista Detention Facility with the following charges: PC 148.9(a), False Information to a Peace Officer and PC 290.018(b), Failure to Comply with Sex Registration Requirements.
Both Flores-Trujillo and Cardenas Guzman were determined to be in the United States illegally and ICE has placed immigration holds on both subjects.
A records check on Flores-Trujillo revealed the following information:
- Flores-Trujillo is a citizen of Mexico, who has been removed or deported to Mexico on 3 occasions.
- Arrested 529.5 PC, Possession of False Government ID
- Arrested 11377 (a) HS, Possession of Controlled Substance
- Arrested 148.9 (a) PC, False Information to a Police Officer
- Arrested 286(c) (2) PC, Sodomy By Use of Force or Injury With Use of a Weapon
- Arrested 261 (a) (2) PC Rape by Force or Fear
In May of 2010, the Escondido Police Department partnered with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for Operation Joint Effort. Operation Joint Effort is a cooperative effort between the Escondido Police Department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. This program deals with subjects who are lawfully detained and have previously been deported and or have a criminal history. These individuals will be further screened by ICE Officers working with Escondido Police Officers to determine their status.
Operation Joint Effort has been very effective in removing the criminal element from our community. Since the program began in May of 2010, ICE has arrested 581 undocumented foreign nationals that have been previously deported, have a criminal history, or are ICE Fugitives at large. Individuals with no criminal history and have not been ordered removed from the country are not the focus of this program.
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