After the brutal rape of a 13-year-old girl in New York City, authorities revealed that the suspect, now in custody, crossed illegally into the U.S. near Eagle Pass, Texas. 

Christian Geovanny Inga-Landi, a 25-year-old illegal alien from Ecuador, was arrested last week by the New York Police Department in connection with the rape of the young girl. Sources within NYPD revealed to Fox News that Inga-Landi had illegally crossed the border near Eagle Pass in 2021.

Inga-Landi was accused of the rape after surveillance video led to police identifying him as the suspect. Police allege he brandished a machete as he approached the girl and a 13-year-old boy. The video showed he tied the two together before raping the girl in broad daylight.

He was captured Tuesday after a group of about 10 people recognized him and held him down until police arrived to arrest him. 

Eagle Pass is known to be a hotspot for illegal border crossings. Gov. Greg Abbott has put Eagle Pass at the forefront for Operation Lone Star, which he started in 2021 to counter the rise in illegal crossings at the Texas–Mexico border.

As a result of high traffic into Eagle Pass, the Texas National Guard and the Department of Public Safety have placed concertina wire and other barriers along the Rio Grande in an effort to deter illegal crossings there. 

In February, Abbott announced the construction of an 80-acre base for Texas National Guard soldiers in Eagle Pass. The base is said to house up to 1,800 soldiers.

However, despite Texas’ efforts, Inga-Landi isn’t the only illegal alien criminal that has crossed at Eagle Pass. 

Earlier this month, an illegal alien from Venezuela named Bernardo Castro Mata was arrested in Queens, New York after opening fire at police officers who caught him driving a Moped headed the wrong direction. It was reported that he had been detained previously for attempting to jump the border in Eagle Pass in July 2023, but he was later released into the country.

In February, a Colombian national, 40-year-old Carlos Obed Yepez-Bedoya, was apprehended by Texas Department of Public Safety agents. He was attempting to cross the U.S.–Mexico border in Eagle Pass. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officials confirmed that Yepez-Bedoya was on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s terror watchlist but have not said why. 

Kinney County Attorney Brent Smith told Texas Scorecard that Texas must deter violent illegal aliens from entering the country.

“The solution is quite simple. Deterrence. If you don’t enforce a law, don’t expect people to follow it. If DHS is not going to protect our sovereignty, Texas must,” explained Smith. “We must protect our fellow Texans.”

Emily Medeiros

Emily graduated from the University of Oklahoma majoring in Journalism. She is excited to use her research and writing skills to report on important issues around Texas.