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2016-05-19

Salvadoran wanted for attempted homicide deported from Texas

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Salvadoran Oscar Argelio Sanchez-Rubio in custody


A fugitive from El Salvador, who was wanted for attempted homicide and aggravated robbery in his home country, was deported a sixth time Thursday by officers with United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).
ERO officers removed Oscar Argelio Sanchez-Rubio, 37, on May 12 via an ICE Air charter flight from Laredo to San Salvador, El Salvador, where he was turned over to Salvadoran authorities.
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.
Sanchez-Rubio, 37, was the subject of an Interpol Red Notice for attempted homicide and aggravated robbery. A Red Notice is an international arrest warrant. Both crimes occurred Feb. 11, 2002, in a neighborhood called “Cerveceria La Bola de Oro” in San Salvador. Sanchez-Rubio is accused of attempting to murder two people and steal from three others.
“This removal of Sanchez-Rubio to El Salvador reflects ERO’s commitment to public safety in the United States, and also abroad,” said Acting San Antonio Field Office Director Deborah Achim. “This is one of many removals that sends a clear message that the United States will not be used as a safe haven for those fleeing justice.”
Sanchez-Rubio had been previously deported five times before illegally re-entering the US in March 2015. He has a previous felony conviction for illegally re-entering the US after being deported.
Sanchez-Rubio was encountered by ICE ERO at the Travis County Jail July 10, 2015, after he was arrested by local authorities on criminal charges.
On Dec. 11, 2015, Sanchez-Rubio was transferred to ICE custody. On the same day, he was convicted in the Western District of Texas for re-entry after deportation. He was sentenced to serve 83 days in federal prison to include 12 months’ probation.
On March 4, 2016, Sanchez-Rubio was transferred to ICE after release from federal prison. He was detained at the South Texas Detention Complex, Pearsall, where he remained until his May 12 removal.
This removal was part of ERO’s Security Alliance for Fugitive Enforcement (SAFE) Initiative. The SAFE Initiative is geared toward the identification of foreign fugitives who are wanted abroad and removable under US immigration law.
In just four years, through the SAFE Initiative, ERO has removed more than 630 criminal fugitives to El Salvador. Those removed as part of the SAFE Initiative have been deemed ineligible to remain in the United States and were all wanted by El Salvador’s National Police Force.
SAFE aligns with ERO’s public safety priorities and eliminates the need for formal extradition requests.
Since Oct. 1, 2009, ERO has removed more than 1,150 foreign fugitives from the United States who were sought in their native countries for serious crimes, including kidnapping, rape and murder. ERO works with the ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Office of International Operations, foreign consular offices in the United States and Interpol to identify foreign fugitives illegally present in the United States.
Members of the public who have information about foreign fugitives are urged to contact ICE by calling the toll-free ICE tip line at 1-866-347-2423 or internationally at 001-1802-872-6199.