Man wanted for alleged assault in Florida arrested in Arizona

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

FLORENCE, Ariz. – Pinal County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Mexican man on Saturday, September 28, on suspicion of entering the United States illegally.

Antonio Velasquez-Hernandez, 36, was wanted for alleged aggravated assault on a police officer in Florida.

When Pinal County Sheriff’s Office ran his fingerprints through the National Criminal Justice database, they discovered Velasquez-Hernandez also goes by the name Eliberto Morales, 36.

Under the name Morales, he had a warrant for aggravated assault on a police officer and resisting arrest in Naples, Fla. According to the warrant, he also has violent tendencies, a history of violence and prior arrests for resisting arrests.

When questioned about the name Morales, Velasquez-Hernandez said he used it to avoid detection while entering the U.S. illegally.

Pinal County Adult Detention Center booked Velasquez-Hernandez on suspicion of identity theft. There is currently a hold on the felony warrant so he can be extradited in Florida.

“Often illegal immigrants commit serious crimes while using false names,” Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said. “This is another example of the type of criminal activity we come across on a daily basis in Pinal County as a result of an unsecured southern border.”