A Port Hueneme family got an unwanted lesson in illegal immigration Wednesday when they caught a previously deported sex offender peeping through the windows of their home less than 24 hours after he cross back into the U.S.
Magaly Barragan told KABC she noticed the man peeping through the window of her home from the back yard around 9 a.m. Wednesday and called the Port Hueneme Police.
Barragan said the man was trying to break in through the window, and when she confronted him he jumped a fence and tried to hide, NBC Los Angeles reports.
Police arrested 39-year-old Guillermo Damaso nearby, and after the homeowner identified him in a lineup, they booked him into the Ventura County Jail for attempted burglary.
Port Hueneme Police Chief Andrew Salinas said Damaso is a convicted sex offender and illegal immigrant with multiple deportations.
“We did locate and determine that he was a two-time previously deported sex offender and had re-entered our country less than 24 hours ago,” Salinas told KABC. “He is now immediately reoffending here in our small city of Port Hueneme, California.”
Damaso currently has a pending arrest warrant in Florida for indecent exposure to minors, as well as weapons and narcotics violations in California.
“We don’t need people like that,” Eduardo Baragan said.
Salinas said Damaso’s fate is uncertain. He could face deportation, extradition to Florida to face the indecent exposure charge, or arraignment in Ventura County for the Wednesday break-in.
“When we have small cities like the city of Port Hueneme that is dealing with these individuals coming into our city and reoffending immediately and not becoming productive members of society, it really makes our jobs that much more difficult,” he said.
The chief said Damaso “says he paid a coyote money to illegally cross into the United States” on Tuesday.
“What was even more concerning is that within 24 hours, he was up to his same behavior as he had previously been deported for,” Salinas told CBS Los Angeles.
Agnes Gibboney, a mother from nearby Rancho Cucamonga whose son was killed by an illegal immigrant, said she was “outraged” by the incident.
“I’m outraged because how is it that somebody can cross the border back into the United States so easily?” she questioned. “I’m very upset because what’s happening down at the border? Where is the gap that these illegal aliens are able to cross into our country so easily and come here to this country to victimize Americans?”
CBS Los Angles reports:
According to jail records, Damaso was arrested on March 8 by Oxnard police for being under the influence and was released two days later. Jail records did not indicate why Damaso was released at this time.
Damaso was being held on $200,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court Friday.