Immigration and Customs Enforcement has turned an illegal immigrant apprehended in northern California and accused of murder in Mexico over to Mexican authorities.
According to ICE, Diego Oswaldo Jauregui-Rosales has been wanted since 2012 for a fatal shooting. He and two other men allegedly approached murder victim Osvaldo Garcia Velazquez and two friends from behind, drew weapons and fired at the men on Christmas morning in 2011. Velazquez was shot in the chest and died.
Investigators say they believe Jauregui-Rosales illegally entered the U.S. shortly after the shooting but was not discovered in northern California for years. He was taken into custody on April 28. He had not been convicted of any crimes during his time living in the U.S.
“Owing to some outstanding investigative work by ICE and its partner law enforcement agencies, both locally and in Mexico, this suspect will now be held accountable if the courts find he did indeed commit this brutal crime,” Michael Vaughn, assistant field office director for ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in Sacramento, said in a statement. “Protecting the American people by taking dangerous criminal aliens off our streets has been and will always be our first priority.”
ICE notes that it has removed more than “300 foreign fugitives from the U.S. who were wanted for serious crimes in their native countries.” More than 60 of those fugitives were discovered in California – including an alleged mass murderer from Mexico who was able to live in the U.S. illegally for over 20 years.
“Violent fugitives from anywhere in the world can run, but they cannot hide in the United States for long. We can and will find them,” U.S. Marshal Albert Najera added.
As of October 2009, ICE has removed more than 1,150 foreign fugitives from the U.S.