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PRESIDIO COUNTY — A protester at the Trans-Pecos Pipeline was arrested after being found to be wanted out of California for parole violation.

According to the Presidio County Sheriff’s Office, their deputy was dispatched to the pipeline crossing Elephant Rock near Highway 67 Sunday in reference to a group of Two Rivers protesters.

When the deputy arrived on scene he identified a protester using the name Pete Hefflin, who had a warrant for his arrest according to the sheriff’s office.

According to the sheriff’s office, Hefflin had been identified by law enforcement before and gave fake social security cards to verify his identity. A warrant was then issued for his arrest for tampering with a government record.

Once Hefflin was in custody a fingerprint scan was conducted at the U.S. Border Patrol Checkpoint on Highway 67.

According to the sheriff’s office, the scan identified Hefflin as Pedro Rabago Gutierrez, who had been wanted out of California since 2007 for a parole violation.

Gutierrez was on parole for several charges including assault by a deadly weapon, false identification to a peace officer, rape by force and sex with a minor, the sheriff’s office reports.

After his identify had been verified through the fingerprint scan Hefflin then admitted that he was Gutierrez and that he was indeed wanted out of California.

According to PCSO, Gutierrez refused to sign a waiver of extradition to be moved to California, and a governor’s warrant has been requested.

Gutierrez is currently being held in the Presidio County Jail with no bond for the parole violation.

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