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Feds Arrest Colombian Illegal Immigrant Homicide Fugitive In Pittsfield

May 16, 2024

U.S. immigration authorities have apprehended a Colombian illegal immigrant wanted by authorities in his home country for killing someone, federal officials said.

Deportation officers from Enforcement and Removal Operations Boston arrested the 49-year-old illegal immigrant near his residence in Pittsfield on May 6, according to a press release from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The press release does not name the man.

“This Colombian national is wanted in his home country for some very serious crimes,” said Todd Lyons, Boston field office director of Enforcement and Removal Operations, according to the press release. “He attempted to hide out in Massachusetts, and now he will have to answer for his actions.”

The Colombian illegal immigrant was arrested by authorities in Bucaramanga, Colombia on April 5, 2014, charging him with aggravated homicide, aggravated theft, and possession of a weapon.

The criminal court in Bucaramanga convicted and sentenced him to 17 years in prison on September 29, 2016. 

U.S. Border Patrol apprehended him near San Luis, Arizona on November 27, 2023, after he illegally entered the United States without being inspected, admitted or paroled by a U. S. immigration official, according to federal immigration authorities.

The man was given a notice to appear before a U.S. Department of Justice immigration judge and released on an order of recognizance. Deportation officers from Enforcement and Removal Operations Boston arrested him on May 6, 2024. Federal officials say he will remain in custody pending the outcome of removal proceedings.


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