ICE Detains International Terror Fugitive In New York City

An international fugitive wanted on terrorism charges was detained in New York City this week by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).

The individual was wanted in El Salvador and is a known member of the 18th Street gang, the Columbia Little Cycos Surenos clique. He was reportedly taken into custody without incident.

Long Island Fugitive Operations officers apprehended the 27-year-old. He is expected to remain in custody without bond until removal proceedings are held.

ERO New York City Field Office Director Kenneth Genalo said the suspect is believed to be involved with criminal acts including robbery, kidnapping, murder and firearms trafficking.

Genalo explained, “This noncitizen is a direct threat to the security of the United States and a danger to our New York communities. I am grateful to our officers for removing him off the streets.”

In an all-too-familiar scenario, the suspect was apprehended by U.S. authorities in 2018 but claimed asylum.

It is not known exactly where or when he entered the country, but he was not admitted, inspected or paroled by U.S. authorities. He was taken into custody on Jan. 17, 2018 and received an expedited removal order.

However, he told authorities that he was in fear of being extradited and was instead referred to an immigration judge.

From there he was released on $2,500 bond.

Due to this claim of fear, an immigration judge blocked his deportation earlier this year. However, in June of 2023 his true background was discovered.

He was then rearrested by ERO after officials learned from a Salvadoran diplomat that he was a fugitive from justice in that country. But he spent over five years as a free man in the U.S., and there is no knowing how many crimes were committed here.

Instead of being sent back to his home country, he was allowed to remain as a threat to law-abiding American citizens.

El Salvador is attempting to bring the hammer down on violent crime with mass arrests of known gang members. President Nayib Bukele is targeting drug cartels and organized crime, and tens of thousands of individuals are now in custody.