Mexican national and previously-deported illegal alien Francisco Javier Chavez skipped a court appearance last week, after a California sheriff’s office released him. Chavez, accused of beating his live-in girlfriend’s two-year-old daughter so badly he broke both of her arms and her leg, was released from the San Luis Obispo County Jail on $100,000 bail.
Police arrested Chavez on July 30, then released him on July 31 — despite the severity of the latest allegations against him, his lengthy criminal record, and U.S. Immigration and Enforcement Customs’ request to detain him. He faces seven felony counts: Three counts for child abuse, and four counts for corporal injury to a child.
“I was also told that a [U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service] hold was placed on him because he was a previous criminal deportee… and our County Jail declined to serve it because they don’t do that here. So he has made bail and is now gone,” police Sgt. Clint Winters told The Tribune.
“When an immigration detainer is received from ICE, the requests will be honored, but the jail will not detain someone beyond the date they would otherwise be entitled to be released,” police spokesman Tony Cipolla also told The Tribune. Previously-deported illegal alien with multiple felonies booked for savagely beating a child? Too bad, he posted bail. Nothing local police or federal authorities can do.
Now, a $600,000 warrant has been issued for his arrest.
Chavez served jail time in 2006 for felony assault. In 2011, he was convicted of another felony for possessing a “controlled substance” for sale, and was arrested four other times. In 2014, according to ICE, he was deported back to Mexico after being convicted for drunk driving.
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