Authorities from United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement on February 22 captured and arrested the Honduran perpetrator of two brutal murders. In both killings, the man hacked his victims to death with a machete.
Francisco Escobar-Orellana committed these crimes 24 years ago, though he is still wanted for these misdeeds in his home country of Honduras. Escobar’s arrest warrant, however, dates back only 12 years.
Federal authorities remain positive that Escobar will be returned to Honduras to face punitive measures right after he is processed for deportation.
Escobar was residing illegally in the United States when he was arrested by ICE Homeland Security Investigations special agents, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
As of yet, authorities are unaware of how or where Escobar was able to enter the U.S. without alerting law enforcement, according to Law Newz.
The Honduran national was originally found in Raleigh, North Carolina.
“ICE Fugitive Operations Teams conduct targeted enforcement operations toward these identified threats to public safety,” continued Gallagher. “North Carolina residents are safer today thanks to the professionalism and hard work of these dedicated officers.”
Escobar is currently imprisoned in the Wake County Detention Center, where he is being held until federal authorities have a chance to begin deportation proceedings on the man.
An immigration detainer placed on Escobar will ensure that he is not prematurely released by local authorities.
Escobar’s capture maintains a streak of 240,255 removals established during Fiscal Year 2016. 174,923 of these individuals were captured after trying to illegally enter the United States. 65,332 remaining individuals were captured whilst already in the country. The majority of those individuals apprehended were already convicted criminals.