AP NEWS

ICE South Texas officers deport man wanted for aggravated robbery and prison break

November 30, 2016 GMT

A Salvadoran fugitive wanted for aggravated robbery and a prison break in his home country was deported Tuesday by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).

This removal is the latest result of stepped-up collaborative efforts to locate Salvadoran criminal fugitives in the United States and return them to El Salvador to face justice.

Jose Ever Bonilla-Rodriguez, 33, was flown to El Salvador Nov. 29 and turned over to Salvadoran officials. The El Salvador arrest warrant states that on Sept. 25, 2012, Bonilla-Rodriguez was sent to prison for his role in an aggravated robbery. On March 6, 2013, he escaped from prison and was on the run until he was captured near McAllen, Texas, on Aug. 20, 2016, by U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Border Patrol.

“Today’s removal of Bonilla-Rodriguez reflects ERO’s commitment to public safety in the United States and also abroad,” said San Antonio Field Office Director Daniel Bible. "His case should send a message to others like him that the United States will not be used as a safe haven for those fleeing justice.”

Bonilla-Rodriguez was first arrested April 12, 2006, by U.S. Border Patrol agents near Arivaca, Arizona. He was transferred to ICE custody. On April 20, 2006, a federal immigration judge ordered his removal. ERO officers from Phoenix, Arizona removed him to El Salvador May 10 that same year.

Ten years later, Bonilla-Rodriguez was again arrested while illegally re-entering the United States near McAllen, Texas. He was immediately transferred to ICE custody where he remained until his removal Nov. 29.

On Sept. 7, 2016, ERO San Antonio received information from the Foreign Service National Investigator (FSNI) in El Salvador that Bonilla-Rodriguez was the subject of an active Interpol Red Notice regarding his role in an aggravated robbery and prison break.