Man who escaped from prison 30 years ago surrenders at Tornillo port of entry


A man who escaped from a federal prison nearly 30 years ago turned himself into U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers Wednesday morning. 

Officials say around 6 a.m., Rodolfo Suarez, 66, arrived at the pedestrian inspection area and told officers he was turning himself in.

While investigating, officers learned that Suarez had escaped from the La Tuna Federal Correctional facility about 30 years ago and has been sought ever since, according to the release. 

“Usually fugitives are surprised when our queries turn up their wanted status,” said CBP Tornillo Port Director Donna Sifford. “In this case, the man volunteered the information which we then had to confirm.”

Suarez has since been turned over to the US Marshals Service. 

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