Sweep nets sexual predators

first_imgBaldwin Park police did not participate in the arrests. One of the five men who had allegedly entered the country illegally after being deported, 50-year-old Alejandro Rodriguez Villegas of Los Angeles, is still at large, officials said. The Salvadorian was deported in 1997 after committing a lewd act on a minor. The sweep was part of Operation Clear Message, an arm of the national Operation Predator, an initiative by ICE designed to keep alien predatory criminals off the streets, said Virginia Kice, spokeswoman for ICE. “One of the things that’s unique about these cases is \ is essentially a tool we could use on foreign nationals we cannot use for citizens,” Kice said. “Not only can we take them off the streets, we could move them out of the country. One of the troubling things about sex offenders is they re-offend.” A lot of times, Kice said, the convicts in these cases commit acts against others in the immigrant community. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2472160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Vasquez, a Mexican national, was deported in 1997 after being convicted of committing lewd and lascivious acts upon a child under 14, officials said. Assistant U.S. Attorney Curtis A. Kin, chief of the office’s Domestic Security and Immigration Crimes section, said if found guilty, Pakas-Murcia and Vasquez will likely spend time in a federal penitentiary prior to being deported a second time. “We thought this would be a good thing to send a very clear message that illegal immigrants committing crimes in this country will not be tolerated,” Kin said. Pakas-Murcia and Vasquez are two of five men who were allegedly deported once before and illegally re-entered the country. “It’s nice to know they are not in our city anymore,” said Baldwin Park Police Capt. Michael Taylor. BALDWIN PARK – Three Baldwin Park men convicted of sex crimes were arrested this week in a federal sweep that netted 25 foreign national convicts, officials said Thursday. Officials at the U.S. Department of Justice said Jose Angel Pakas-Murcia, 46, and Manuel Sanchez Vasquez, 36, are both illegal immigrants who have been deported in the past for their crimes. Officials at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement did not know the name of the third Baldwin Park man arrested. Pakas-Murcia, a Honduras national, was convicted of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl in Florida in 1993 and was deported two years later, officials said. He was arrested Tuesday at a local car dealership where he worked as a parts department manager. Officials did not identify the dealership. last_img

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