Mexican illegal alien Juan Emmanual Razo appeared in a Painesville, Ohio, court on Tuesday after he allegedly went on a violent crime spree: Murdering a 60-year-old woman, attempting to rape a 14-year-old, and shooting another woman in the arm.
Razo pled not guilty to the murder of Margaret Kostelnick, whom he allegedly killed in her home, through a taxpayer-funded court translator.
After the alleged murder, he then rampaged through local parks, according to Cleveland.com:
Rangers at the Lake MetroParks received the first call about Razo about 10:45 a.m. A 14-year-old girl told the rangers that he tried to rape her at Helen Wyman Park in Concord Township.
Officials searched Razo’s home on Lusard Street in Painesville but didn’t find him. They towed his vehicle.
As rangers worked to secure an arrest warrant, sheriff’s deputies were called at 2:45 p.m. to the Lake Metroparks Greenway Corridor for a report of gunfire on a bike path. The location of the shooting was less than a mile from Helen Wyman Park.
Razo fired five shots at a 40-year-old Painesville woman and her two children as they walked along the bike path, police said. One shot struck the woman in the arm, and she was hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries.
Police arrested him after a shootout as he stalked another potential victim:
Minutes later, a Concord Township resident called the sheriff’s office to report that a man –- later identified as Razo — was standing in his backyard with a rifle.
Three officers arrived and located the man. Razo pointed his gun at the officers and appeared to fire a shot, Dunlap said. The officers returned fire, missing Razo as he hid behind a boulder.
Local authorities had the perfect opportunity to detain him—but were told to stand down by border patrol, said Lake County Sheriff Daniel Dunlap. On July 7, Razo was found to be in the country illegally during a traffic stop. While mass immigration advocates complain that illegal aliens shouldn’t be deported for traffic violations, it’s obvious that had Razo been detained and removed from the country, this crime spree would not have happened.
Bond is set at $10 million.
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