Convicted rapist arrested for second time in five months

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents patrolling the Colorado River arrested convicted rapist Manuel Araujo-Dominguez, 57, for the second time this year, as he illegally entered the United States again on Sunday. He was arrested at 12:45 a.m.

Araujo-Dominguez attempted to flee from the Border Patrol agents by running through farm fields and hiding in the growing crops.

During processing, agents identified Araujo-Dominguez as a felon with a criminal history dating back to vehicle theft in 1987, first-degree rape and first-degree burglary out of Hood River, Oregon in 1993, distribution of cocaine and strong-arm rape in 2008, and larceny in 2018. Additional record checks revealed convictions for taking a vehicle without the owner's consent, driving under the influence, and criminal trespassing.

Araujo-Dominguez was arrested in back in March by Yuma Border Patrol Station agents.

During interviews, Araujo-Dominguez admitted that he was attempting to travel to Farmersville, California to live and work.

Araujo-Dominguez will be prosecuted for re-entry after deportation as an aggravated felon.
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