In recent weeks, ICE Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) deportation officers arrested a illegal Dominican national with a criminal history in the United States, an at-large fugitive Honduran national illegally in the US wanted for machete murders of 2 men, a previously deported Mexican man wanted in Mexico for aggravated homicide, and a Mexican fugitive in Atlanta wanted for escape from an Illinois prison.
ICE ERO agents arrested Hector Suarez, a Dominican national with a criminal history in the United States which includes felony re-entry and assault and several felony and misdemeanor charges who’d previously been removed from the United States three times after released from New York City custody with an active ICE detainer in place.
Suarez was released from local custody December 30 after being arraigned in New York County Criminal Court and released on bail. ICE filed its detainer with Manhattan Central Booking December 29.
ERO officers arrested Suarez last week in New York City pursuant to a federal arrest warrant issued February 17 for illegal re-entry after removal subsequent to the commission and conviction for an aggravated felony offense. He was processed and later transported to federal court for an appearance before a judge. He is now in custody of the US Marshals Service with charges pending.
ICE said, “Suarez, a citizen and national of the Dominican Republic, was ordered removed in October 2002 and was subsequently removed from the United States to the Dominican Republic on November 7, 2002. In March 2003, Suarez was encountered in Texas and was served with a Notice of Intent /Decision to Reinstate Prior Order. He was criminally charged and pleaded guilty to the violation of Title 8 United States Code 1326(a) and (b)(2) in US District Court for the Southern District of Texas. In April 2004, Suarez was removed to the Dominican Republic for a second time. In August 2006, Suarez was again encountered in the United States, but this time in New York, where he was served with a Notice of Intent /Decision to Reinstate Prior Order. On September 16, 2009, he was removed to the Dominican Republic for a third time.”
ICE said although Suarez’s most recent charge is a misdemeanor, he “has a more serious criminal history dating back to 1997. In January 1997, he was convicted of attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree in violation of New York State Penal Law (NYSPL) section 220.16.”
Then, “In April 2002, he was convicted for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree in violation of NYSPL section 220.06. In November 2006, he was convicted for Attempted Assault in the Second Degree in violation of NYSPL section 120.05(03). In September 2008, Suarez was convicted in the United States District Court, Southern District of Texas for violation of Supervised Release and sentenced to incarceration to run consecutively to his New York State sentence.”
"This is the case of another criminal alien, a felon, who was released back into the streets. Politics and rhetoric are not what keep the people of this great city safe,” said Thomas R. Decker, field office director for ERO New York. “ICE is committed to maintaining and strengthening its relationship with local law enforcement. We also welcome changes to the city’s present detainer policies in the interest of public safety and national security.”
Francisco Escobar-Orellana, a fugitive Honduran national illegally in the US, was arrested by ICE ERO deportation officers near his Hope Mills, Georgia residence during a targeted enforcement operation in concert with ICE Homeland Security Investigations special agents.
Escobar is wanted in Honduras pursuant to a May 2005 arrest warrant for allegedly hacking two men to death with a machete at a liquor store in 1993. Escobar subsequently unlawfully entered the United States at an unknown time/place.
Escobar was booked into the Wake County Detention Center where he remains in custody. ICE has lodged an immigration detainer against him and will seek to remove him from the United States to face the criminal charges against him in Honduras.
"ICE is focused on identifying, arresting and removing public safety threats, such as convicted criminal aliens and gang members, as well as individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws," said ERO Atlanta Field Office Director Sean Gallagher. “ICE Fugitive Operations Teams conduct targeted enforcement operations toward these identified threats to public safety. North Carolina residents are safer today thanks to the professionalism and hard work of these dedicated officers.”
Servando Camacho-Velazquez (aka El Baron), a previously deported Mexican wanted in Mexico for aggravated homicide, was arrested by ICE ERO and transferred to the custody of representatives from Mexico’s Procuraduria General de la Republica (PGR) and Mexican immigration officials by ERO officers at the DeConcini Port of Entry in Nogales. Camacho-Velazquez is named in an arrest warrant issued November 4, 2015 by a judge in Hermosillo, Mexico.
ICE said, “Camacho-Velazquez most recently entered ICE custody February 16 after serving 18 months in the Arizona Department of Corrections for a felony drug smuggling conviction. Department of Homeland Security databases indicate Camacho-Velazquez was previously deported in January 2014 through Del Rio, Texas. ICE reinstated his prior removal order, paving the way for [his] repatriation.”
“ICE will not allow fugitives who’ve fled their countries seeking to elude justice to find a safe haven here,” said Enrique Lucero, field office director for ERO Phoenix. “Not only will we continue to aggressively seek out these dangerous criminals, but those found to have active warrants abroad will be turned over to the authorities in their respective countries through our well-coordinated removal efforts.”
Meanwhile, a Fugitive Operations Team assigned to the ICE ERO Atlanta field office arrested an at-large fugitive criminal alien who was number six on the Illinois Department of Corrections Wanted Fugitives list due to his 2003 escape from an Illinois prison.
Jorge Soberanis-Rumaldo, an unlawfully present Mexican national, was arrested by ICE deportation officers at his Atlanta residence during a targeted enforcement operation in concert with the US Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force.
Soberanis was convicted on a felony cocaine charge in Cook County, Illinois in March 2003 and sentenced to eight years in state prison. He escaped from Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill, Illinois in June 2003 while on a work detail.
Soberanis was booked into the Dekalb County Jail where he remains in custody awaiting extradition to Illinois to face additional criminal charges pertaining to his escape.
ICE also lodged an immigration detainer against Soberanis and will seek to remove him from the United States following the resolution of any criminal charges he may face.
"ICE is focused on identifying, arresting and removing public safety threats, such as convicted criminal aliens and gang members, as well as individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws," said ERO Atlanta Field Office Director Sean Gallagher. “ICE Fugitive Operations Teams conduct targeted enforcement operations toward these identified threats to public safety. The Atlanta area is safer today thanks to the professionalism and hard work of these dedicated officers.”
ICE said, “In Fiscal Year 2016, ICE removed or returned 240,255 individuals. Of this total, 174,923 were apprehended while, or shortly after, attempting to illegally enter the United States. The remaining 65,332 were apprehended in the interior of the United States, and the vast majority were convicted criminals. ICE is focused on removing public safety threats, such as convicted criminal aliens and gang members, as well as individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws, including those who illegally re-entered the country after being removed and immigration fugitives ordered removed by federal immigration judges.”