Illegal Immigration and Crime: Murderer Makes America Home for 13 Years

Illegal immigration and crime is the untold story in America today.

In this instance, a Panamanian man murdered someone in his home country in 2002 and he promptly headed for the U.S. on a 6 month visa.  Of course, he over stayed, becoming an illegal immigrant.  During those 11 years, how many crimes did he participate in?  How can I say that?  He was arrested in 2013 on “local” charges.  So, a boy scout he wasn’t.

Illegal immigration and crime: Ricardo Valentino Lee McCarthy wanted for murder

Illegal immigration and crime: Ricardo Valentino Lee McCarthy wanted for murder

LAS VEGAS – A Panamanian national who resided in Clark County and is wanted for murder in his native country, was turned over Tuesday to Panamanian law enforcement officials at Tocumen International Airport by officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).

Ricardo Valentino Lee Mc Carthy, 43, was repatriated under ERO escort on board a commercial flight from McCarren International Airport. Upon arrival, ERO officers turned the suspect over to authorities from the Panamanian Judicial Police. Mc Carthy is wanted in Panama for a murder that occurred Aug. 27, 2002.

A warrant issued by Panamanian authorities in March 2004, accuses Mc Carthy of fatally shooting Yira Zaira Alarcon Cerezo in the course of a quarrel at the lodgings they shared. Mc Carthy, who absconded following the shooting, is charged with aggravated murder, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. Interpol subsequently posted a Red Notice seeking the murder suspect in December 2004.

“Violent criminals who flee to our country hoping to escape justice will find no refuge in southern Nevada,” said Daniel Bible, field office director for ERO Salt Lake City. “As this case makes clear, ICE is working closely with its local and international law enforcement partners to promote public safety and hold criminals accountable – no matter where they commit their crimes.”

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) databases indicate Mc Carthy entered the U.S. in September 2002 on a visitor visa, which authorized him to remain in the U.S. for no more than six months.

In November 2013, law enforcement officers assigned to the 287(g) program in the Clark County Detention Center encountered Mc Carthy following his arrest on local charges. In March 2014, he was transferred to ICE custody and the agency placed him in removal proceedings. An immigration judge issued a removal order for Mc Carthy in July 2014, but he appealed his case. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently declined to issue a stay in the case, paving the way for his repatriation to Panama this week.

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