Dec 31, 2013 1:05 PM by Faye DeHoff
PINAL COUNTY - An illegal immigrant is arrested in Pinal County and it's discovered he had gained access to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.
On Thursday, Dec. 26, at 7 p.m., a Pinal County Sheriff's deputy stopped a 2006 Ford Expedition westbound on Interstate 10 near milepost 180 for a traffic violation.
The driver of the vehicle identified himself, using an Arizona Identification Card, as 37-year old Armando Villalobos of Phoenix. The deputy did a routine license and warrant check. Villalobos returned with a "No License" status and a felony warrant for his arrest out of Texas. The warrant showed he should have five tattoos and provided a description for them. The deputy, while trying to confirm Villalobos was the suspect wanted for the warrant, asked to see his tattoos. Villalobos told the deputy he didn't have any tattoos and then became very nervous.
After a brief conversation, Villalobos admitted that he was in the United States illegally and his name was really Mario Bustamante. He was arrested by the deputy. Bustamante was taken to the U.S. Border Patrol station in Casa Grande and his identity was confirmed as 37-year old Bustamante of Mexico.
A PCSO Property Crime detective responded and took over the investigation.
Bustamante told the detective he currently works for "Briston Construction" out of Mesa. The company was contracted by Davis-Monthan Air Force Base to complete work. Bustamante had obtained a "security clearance" through the military to work on the base under the name of "Armando Villalobos." He said that he obtained the Arizona Identification Card, a Social Security Card, a Bank Card and his vehicle registration all using the fake name of "Armando Villalobos" because he was in the United States illegally from Mexico and didn't want to get caught.
Bustamante was booked into the Pinal County Jail for Taking or Using the Identity of Another Person and Possession of a Forged Device. An immigration hold will also be placed on him and his vehicle was seized.
Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, "Mario Bustamante was able to obtain numerous fraudulent credentials and even a security clearance on a high security military airbase. It begs the question of who else has access to our secure military facilities that may have sinister plans?"
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