An illegal alien taking advantage of the “sanctuary county” status of Fairfax County, Virginia, is accused of attempting to kidnap a four-year-old girl.
Authorities say 24-year-old Hyrum Baquedano Rodriguez of Honduras was arrested late last week and charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling and attempted abduction of a juvenile. Investigators say he broke into a Fairfax County apartment and attempted to take a sleeping child.
Investigators report Rodriguez allegedly forced his way into the toddler’s room as she slept. The child’s mother heard window blinds shaking and her daughter crying and checked on her. The child told her parent that a man grabbed her and then fled.
According to police, officers responded to a call on June 15 at 4 a.m. concerning a burglary and attempted abduction.
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Officers searched the area that night but did not locate the alleged attacker. Law enforcement took the suspect into custody the next day after finding his fingerprint in the little girl’s room.
His story is one that is all too familiar. According to Fox5 D.C., Rodriguez first entered the U.S. in Aug. 2018 in Yuma, Arizona. He was transferred days later after receiving a Notice to Appear in immigration court.
A $15,000 bail was issued by a federal immigration judge, and in Jan. 2019 he was released from federal custody.
Immigration officials report multiple attempts to arrest Rodriguez and deport him from the U.S. However, every ICE effort was stymied by Fairfax County’s resistance to federal immigration enforcement through its “sanctuary” status.
On three separate occasions, Nov. 2021, Nov. 2022, and Feb. 2023, ICE sought custody of Rodriguez from Fairfax County only to see their requests derailed.
In light of the attempted kidnapping charge, ICE officials reissued their request for custody of the suspect.
The ultimate responsibility for protecting the nation from unchecked immigration falls on President Joe Biden, but he is far from the only culprit. Municipalities and counties such as Fairfax and others roll out the red carpet for illegal migrants through their misguided “sanctuary” status.
In doing so, they offer shelter to many who have no business on U.S. soil. And, as last week’s frightening incident highlighted, they put American citizens in harm’s way all for the sake of feeling good about themselves.