Border Patrol agents encountered the group walking in the dessert. Record checks conducted on the individuals in the group revealed that Jose Shul-Cruz, a 36-year-old Mexican national was a convicted felon and registered sex offender.
Shul-Cruz had convictions for sexual assault, corporal injury of a spouse or cohabitant, and disorderly conduct. He also had seven previous Border Patrol apprehensions. Shul-Cruz will be prosecuted for illegal re-entry after previously being deported from the United States.