Immigration and Customs Enforcement has arrested one of its “Most Wanted” fugitives — a convicted sex offender from El Salvador — in Virginia.
According to ICE, Walter Antonio Larios-Hernandez was arrested Friday in Norfolk.
Larios-Hernandez’s convictions include “criminal sexual penetration of a child in 2003” in New Mexico, as well as a couple convictions in Virginia including drunk driving in 2007 and public drunkenness in 2012.
ICE initially attempted to apprehend Larios-Hernandez during its nationwide criminal alien dragnet in March, which yielded the arrests of 2,059 convicted criminal aliens.
When Larios-Hernandez dodged capture, ICE placed him on its “Most Wanted” list. He was wanted specifically for violating immigration law.
“Individuals like Mr. Larios-Hernandez should not be permitted to roam our streets and endanger our communities,” Field Office Director M. Yvonne Evans said in a statement. “Our officers are dedicated to the pursuit of these egregious offenders and work tirelessly to bring them to justice.”
The agency says Larios-Hernandez will be placed in administrative removal proceedings. He is currently in ICE custody.
“As a convicted felon, Larios-Hernandez falls into the top priority for civil immigration enforcement established in Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson’s Nov. 20 memorandum entitled Policies for the Apprehension, Detention and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants. Priority 1 targets include threats to national security, criminal street gang members, convicted felons, and aggravated felons,” ICE noted in a release.