Police arrested an illegal immigrant ordered detained by ICE ten times in California for murder Monday; raising serious questions over cooperation between federal and local authorities throughout the state.
Carlos Eduardo Arevalo Carranza, 24, was arrested Monday night in connection with the murder of 59-year-old Bambi Larson; police say he stalked her before stabbing her to death, writes Fox News.
‘The suspect Carlos Carranza stalked the San Jose neighborhood and his victim. He is a San Jose transient, who is known to camp near Capitol and Snell, and is a self-admitted gang member. His criminal history convictions consist of in February of 2013 he was detained by the Department of Homeland Security at the border near McAllen, Texas and deported.”
ICE preliminary information suggests this is at least the tenth detainer ICE has lodged with local California law enforcement agencies on Arevalo-Carranza since 2016, said a written statement from ICE Acting Field Office Director Erik Bonnar.
BREAKING: ICE statement on illegal alien suspect arrested for murdering 59 yr old Bambi Larson in San Jose. #FNR pic.twitter.com/DLD4Suhs74
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Officials in the Northern California city of San Jose on Wednesday criticized so-called sanctuary policies they say prevented federal authorities from detaining a gang member in the country illegally before he allegedly killed a woman.
Finally, there’s another angle worth noting here too. Chief Garcia was asked during the Q&A why Carranza was on the streets given all of his arrests and the fact that he was on probation already. Garcia said he couldn’t answer that but explained that issuing penalties for crimes was not part of his job. It makes me wonder if the fact that Carranza was homeless played into this as well. As we’ve seen in Seattle, the justice system has become a revolving door for people like Carranza out of an apparent desire not to criminalize homelessness. So he may have been shielded from more serious consequences for two reasons. If so, that’s a shame and something else that needs to change.
Illegal immigrant stabs California woman to death after sanctuary laws protected suspect from ICE 9 times
San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia said Carlos Eduardo Arevalo Carranza, 24, stalked Bambi Larsons neighborhood before beating and stabbing her to death in her home. The immigrant from El Salvador had been on the radar of Immigration and Customs Enforcement since 2013, when he failed to show up in immigration court.
Arevalo Carranza, who was homeless and had several convictions for felony offenses, was arrested Monday night in the Feb. 28 killing of Larson, 59, a manager at medical testing company Roche Sequencing Solutions in San Jose.
A self-admitted gang member, he has a long criminal history in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles spanning five years. He was on probation for the possession of methamphetamine, paraphernalia, false imprisonment and burglary, Garcia said.
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said Wednesday its time for Santa Clara County officials to reconsider a policy that ignores federal hold requests for predatory felons. He said he has been urging county officials to treat violent criminals in the country illegally differently from the rest of those who entered the U.S. without legal permission.
“Were not asking the county to detain anyone a minute longer than the law and the constitution allow,” Liccardo told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
“We simply want them to pick up the phone and tell ICE so that the violent felon is not released back into our streets,” he added.
San Jose Officials Criticize Sanctuary Law After Gang Member in U.S. Illegally Allegedly Stabbed Woman to Death
Garcia, the police chief, also criticized Santa Clara Countys policy during a Tuesday news conference announcing Arevalo Carranzas arrest.
“Were not here, nor should we be here, to shield admitted gangsters and violent criminals regardless of their immigration status,” Garcia said.
Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese said in a statement that the county cannot hold immigration suspects for ICE without a warrant or a judicial order unless the person is currently charged with a crime.
San Jose mayor Sam Liccardo decried the policy too. It is long overdue for the County to reconsider its current policy of ignoring ICE hold requests for predatory felons, which undermines the safety of the very immigrant communities we collectively seek to protect, he said in a statement. The Countys policy has nothing to do with the Citys decades-long policy of declining to have police engage in federal immigration enforcement, which was implemented to protect public safety. In contrast, the current County policy of ignoring detainer requests for individuals arrested for strike offenses and convicted of multiple felonies undermines public safety, and violates common sense.
He said the county has for many years provided ICE with real-time local and state-level data on who is in custody and when they will be released.
“Despite having this information, ICE does not show up to take custody in a timely manner to avoid release into the community,” Cortese said.
Cortese didnt address the Arevalo Carranza case in his statement, saying he had little information on him.
His spokeswoman, Janice Rombeck, said Cortese was traveling Wednesday and was not available to comment.
According to Fox, the San Jose Police Officers’ Association issued a statement criticizing immigration policies that do not recognize that “there’s a distinct difference between a Dreamer who commits a victimless crime and a violent serial sexual predator with multiple offenses.”