An illegal immigrant from Mexico has been charged with three murders, months after he was released from a New Jersey jail that failed to hand him over to ICE.
ICE issued a detainer last December and requested to be notified before 23-year-old Luis Rodrigo Perez was released from prison Middlesex County Jail in North Brunswick, where he was serving time for domestic violence charges.
But the prison, located in a ‘sanctuary city’ county, failed to honor the detainer and didn’t notify ICE when Perez was released from prison in February 2018.
Just eight months after his release, Perez has been arrested and charged with triple murder in Springfield, Missouri, on Tuesday.
‘Yet again, an ICE detainer was ignored and a dangerous criminal alien was released to the streets and is now charged with killing three people,’ said ICE Acting Executive Associate Director Corey Price in a news release on Friday.
‘Had ICE’s detainer request in December 2017 been honored by Middlesex County Jail, Luis Rodrigo Perez would have been placed in deportation proceedings and likely sent home to his country – and three innocent people might be alive today. It is past time that localities realize the perils of dangerous sanctuary policies and resume their primary goal of protecting their residents,’ he added.
It’s not clear how or when Perez made his way to Missouri. He was charged with the murders on Tuesday.
He’s accused opening fire fatally killing two men and a woman at two different homes on November 1, according to the Washington Times.
The victims could be heard ‘begging for their lives,’ according to AP. He left the home then returned later in the day and shot another person.
His victims were Steven Marler, 38, Aaron Hampton, 23, and Sabrina Starr, 21, according to NJ.com.
Perez also still has outstanding warrants in New Jersey.