Illegal Alien Allegedly Burglarized Home after Release Without Bond

Douglas Baudriz-Diaz mugshot
Photo: South Plainfield Police Department
BOB PRICE
South Plainfield, NJ

Despite the presence of an immigration detainer, New Jersey police released an illegal alien with no bond after he allegedly burglarized a home in Middlesex County. One week later, local police arrested the illegal alien again while allegedly burglarizing another home. He is a prime suspect in another burglary that occurred on the day he was released from jail.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement Removal Operations (ERO) officers issued an immigration detainer on Douglas Baudriz-Diaz, an illegal alien from El Salvador, after South Plainfield, New Jersey, police officers arrested him for burglarizing a home, according to the department’s Facebook post. A neighbor reportedly witnessed the break-in and called the police. Officers arrested him and processed him into the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center at 8:30 a.m. on the morning of May 22. ICE officials issued an immigration hold because of the alien’s prior criminal history. Seven hours later, jail officials released the criminal alien without any bond, under the newly enacted New Jersey bond reform law.

Later that same night, a homeowner reported his home had been broken into and items were stolen. Responding police officers found Middlesex County jail and Pre-Trial Release documents left behind in the home. The documents bore the suspect’s name, police stated.

Police issued a warrant for his arrest. Before they could find the Salvadoran national, police in the neighboring North Plainfield received a call about a burglary in progress on May 29. Officers from that department arrested Baurdriz-Diaz during the alleged commission of the burglary.

South Plainfield police stated the criminal alien is a suspect in four additional burglaries in their community.

Breitbart Texas reached out to ICE officials who confirmed an immigration detainer had been placed on the suspect. Previous conversations with ICE officials confirmed that, with rare exceptions, an immigration detainer is an indication the suspect is illegally present in the country.

ICE officials confirmed a court convicted the suspect in January 2017 on charges of criminal trespass. He paid a fine for that conviction. He has an outstanding charge from June 2016 for simple assault and three additional charges related to previous burglaries.

Editor’s Note: This article was updated with additional information from ICE ERO officials. 

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior political news contributor for Breitbart Texas. He is a founding member of the Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX and Facebook.

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