Editor’s Note – The Illegals Crime Report looks at crimes reported in the United States at the hands of those listed as illegal or undocumented.
Week of April 24-30
Police Chase Leads to Murder Charges
An illegal immigrant who had recently been pulled over by police on three separate occasions is now in jail in Franklin County, PA after a police chase resulted in the death of a 60-year-old woman.
Ramiro Federico Mendoza-Sales, 25, led the Chambersburg Police Department on a high-speed chase on March 7. Officers had attempted to stop him for driving without headlights at 2:20 a.m. but the suspect fled the scene instead. The officer gave up the pursuit after the suspect’s speed became too dangerous to continue following.
Mendoza-Sales’ Honda was found several minutes later, after it had crashed into a house. There had been three individuals inside the vehicle. Rinaldi Herrera-Moran, 33, was in the back seat and had multiple injuries. He was flown to a hospital. Evelyn Falcon, 60, was found lying on the ground near the house. She had been thrown through the front windshield and died at the scene. Mendoza-Sales, a Guatemalan national, had managed to crawl away from the wreck, even though both of his legs were fractured. He was discovered about 300 feet from the scene, hiding under a pile of leaves.
Mendoza-Sales was driving about 60 mph at the time of the impact. Police reported that he had been under the influence of alcohol. He has been charged with third-degree murder, two counts of causing accident involving death or injury while not licensed, homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter, attempting to elude a police officer, aggravated assault by vehicle, driving without a license, and reckless driving. Currently, he is on an ICE detainer being held at the Franklin County Jail.
Mendoza-Sales was pulled over three separate times in November 2019: Nov. 2, 6, and 9. In each of those instances, he was given a citation for driving without a license, but only one was listed in court records. To that, the alien pleaded guilty, paid a small fine, then was released instead of being handed over to ICE, which might have resulted in his being deported and this latest incident never happening.
Man Beheads Family Pet
Joshua Daniel Pena-Cedillo, 22, was arrested after his stepfather reported finding the family cat’s head severed and placed on a stick in the backyard. According to The Patch, the suspect told authorities two different versions of how the cat, Cinnamon, died. In the first instance, Pena-Cedillo said he strangled the feline and then placed it in a plastic bag while it was still alive until it suffocated. Later, he then said he used an axe to cut off Cinnamon’s head and tried to impale it on a stick, but that effort failed, so he taped the head to the stick instead.
The pet’s head was then placed next to another animal head, this one from a stuffed toy which he’d also reportedly attached to a stick. The toy had been out in the yard for years, according to the police. Was there a reason behind this gruesome act? Pena-Cedillo told authorities that he had wanted to “show what he was capable of to someone he was living with.”
The suspect was charged with felony cruelty to animals and is being held on an ICE detainer at the Pinellas County Jail.
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