|ICE escorts suspect Carlos Perez Garcia to border|
March 15, 2016
EL PASO, Texas — U.S. officials deported to Mexico a Mexican citizen who was wanted in connection with a 2003 aggravated homicide, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials announced today.
According to Mexican court documents, Perez-Garcia allegedly shot Jesus Cordova Lopez, 41, at least seven times, on Oct. 11, 2003.
On May 9, 2012, Perez-Garcia applied for admission to the United States near El Paso. However, at the time of inspection, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers discovered that Perez-Garcia had violated his non-immigrant status. He was turned over to ICE and was removed from the United States May 12, 2012.
On Aug. 12, 2014, Perez entered the United States illegally near El Paso. U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested him the same day, and his case was presented to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for prosecution.
ICE officers deported Perez for the second time on Aug. 22, 2014.
On Jan. 20, 2016, Perez again illegally entered the United States near Antelope Wells, New Mexico. U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested him on Jan. 24, 2016.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office accepted Perez's case for prosecution for re-entry after deportation. He pleaded guilty on Feb. 2, 2016, and was sentenced to 33 days in prison or time served.
On Feb. 23, 2016, the Mexican attorney general’s office in El Paso advised the El Paso ICE office of the aggravated homicide arrest warrant against Perez pending in Guerrero, Mexico. The Mexican attorney general requested ICE’s assistance in retunring Perez to Mexican law enforcement officials at the time of his removal from the U.S.
“We will not allow the United States to be used as a safe haven for criminal aliens fleeing justice from their crimes in their home countries,” said Corey A. Price, field office director of ERO-El Paso. “ICE will continue to work with our foreign law enforcement partners to locate these individuals and return them.”