During U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) operation in North Carolina, officers have arrested an illegal alien accused of hacking two men to death with a machete in a Honduran liquor store back in 1993.
Francisco Escobar-Orellana, a 56-year-old illegal alien from Honduras, was arrested on Tuesday morning near his home in Hope Mills.
Back in July 2011, Escobar had been arrested for driving under the influence. ICE agents stated that in 2005 an arrest warrant for him was filed by Honduras, so it remains unclear why he was released at that time.
An ICE press release reports:
“Mr. 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. Mr. Escobar subsequently unlawfully entered the United States at an unknown time/place.”
The operation to arrest Escobar was conducted by an Atlanta-based Fugitive Operations Team assigned to ICE.
(Francisco Escobar-Orellana mugshot from July 3, 2011, Johnston Co., North Carolina)
Unlike the previous Obama administration, the Donald Trump administration allowed the agency to take a more aggressive approach to apprehending criminal aliens.
Escobar was taken into the Wake County detention center and remains in custody. He now has an ICE detainer against him and will be extradited back to Honduras, where he will face charges for the murders, reports The Daily Caller.
“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,” Sean Gallagher, ICE’s Atlanta field office director, said in a statement.
“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.”
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