Two children facing deportation after being rescued in kidnapping

Luis Armando Avonce Hernandez // Brownsville Police Department Photo

Two children are facing deportation after they were kidnapped by their mother's boyfriend and rescued but authorities learned that they were in the United States illegally.

Brownsville police arrested 31-year-old Luis Armando Avonce Hernandez at the Gateway International Bridge on Friday.

Hernandez allegedly tried to cross into Mexico with four children under the age of 11.

Investigators told Action 4 News that Hernandez was not the biological father to one of the children.

Hernandez claimed that his live-in girlfriend had had left the children in the care of her brother and he did not agree with that, so he decided to take them without the mother's consent.

Two of the children were American citizens but the other two were not.

Brownsville police reported that Hernandez was also in the United States illegally.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers released the two children that were American citizens to Child Protective Services while the other two were to be detained pending deportation.

Hernandez was arrested on one count of kidnapping for attempting to take the non biological child into Mexico without their mother's consent.

The Brownsville man remains in custody under a $10,000 bond and an immigration detainer.

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