Editor’s Note – The Illegals Crime Report looks at crimes committed in the United States at the hands of those who shouldn’t be in the country.
Week of December 5 – December 11
Illegal Immigrant Sells Child to Other Illegals
Bowling Green, KY
On Dec. 3, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) placed detainers on three illegal immigrants from Guatemala after they were arrested for buying and selling a child.
Maria Domingo-Perez, 31, is the mother of five children, including an infant who was born in October. According to Bowling Green Police, employees from Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary School contacted law enforcement, suggesting a welfare check at the mother’s residence. The school was concerned after hearing rumors that Domingo-Perez had given the baby away.
When police arrived at the suspect’s home, they asked to see the child in question. Domingo-Perez produced the infant but gave multiple conflicting statements before eventually admitting she had given the baby to Pascual Jose Manual, 45, and Catarina Felipe Jose, 37. Manuel told police he had paid $2,000 for the child.
Social Services has custody of Domingo-Perez’s other four children while she, Manuel, and Jose are being held at Warren County Regional Jail on a $10,000 cash bond.
ICE officials said they encountered Domingo-Perez at the border on Sept. 8, 2018, and had initiated her immigration process.
Previously Deported Child Molester Kills Mother in Front of Children
Veneranda Martinez-Gutierrez, 36, was in the parking lot of a Valero gas station in East Austin with her three children ranging in ages between ten and 13. As a single mother, she had to work hard to support her children and had been at the gas station to sell tamales, where she remained at around 5:30 in the morning. Her estranged common-law husband Florencio Felix Barron, 43, reportedly ran up to the car, said something to Martinez-Gutierrez, and fired several shots, killing the young mother. He then ran around to the front of the vehicle and shot himself.
The victim and one child sat in the front seat of the car, while the other two children were in the back seat when the shooting began. Itza Garcia lived next door to the family and was a longtime friend. She said, “They [the children] tried defending their mom, and it got to the point where she just collapsed on her daughter’s lap.” Martinez-Gutierrez “died in her daughter’s hand. Her daughter has little marks where she squeezed her hand, telling her goodbye,” described the neighbor.
In 2016, Barron was deported to Mexico after being convicted of inappropriately touching a 10-year-old girl at an elementary school. At some point, he illegally re-entered the United States and had been stalking Martinez-Gutierrez for months. Garcia explained that she and the victim had filed multiple police reports against Barron, but nothing ever came of the complaints.
ICE Arrests 12 Foreign Fugitives
New York, NY
ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) division in New York recently held a five-day operation that resulted in the capture of foreign fugitives wanted for serious crimes in their own countries. Here is just a sample of the arrests taken from an ICE statement:
- In Brooklyn, a 35-year-old Russian national, wanted by Russian law enforcement authorities for manslaughter charges;
- In Ridgewood, a 42-year-old Japanese national wanted by Japanese law enforcement authorities for a charge of robbery: causing bodily injury;
- In Staten Island, a 52-year-old Mexican national wanted by Mexican law enforcement authorities for murder;
- In Flushing, a 46-year-old Chinese national wanted for fraud, totaling more than 19 million Chinese yuan (approximately more than $2.6 million USD);
- In the Bronx, a 27-year-old Kazakhstani national released from New York City custody with an active detainer, who is wanted by Kazakhstani law enforcement authorities to serve a five year sentence, after being convicted of robbery.
Thomas R. Decker, field office director for ERO New York, commented, “Our country should not be a place where foreign criminals from others [sic] nations seek a safe haven from prosecution. Although politicians, choosing to push their agenda over the safety of their constituents, have created local policies which welcome these criminals to seek refuge in this sanctuary city, ICE remains focused on arresting those wanted to face criminal prosecution abroad.”
The arrested aliens are currently detained in ICE custody and await hearings before an immigration judge.
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