Illegal Alien Facing Manslaughter Charge Flees To Mexico After Oregon Deputies Ignored ICE Detainer And Released Him
UPDATE 11/19: ICE officials have issued a scathing press release, ripping sanctuary policies across the nation. KOIN6 reports:
In a press release Tuesday, ICE officials said Maldonado-Hernandez was in the country illegally. ICE officers placed an immigration detainer on him on July 16, but Maldonado-Hernandez was released from the county jail on July 8 after “the jail failed to honor the detainer.”
ICE officials said the agency “has the authority to lodge immigration detainers” on people suspected of crimes and who are believed to be “removable aliens.”
“Yet, across the United States, several jurisdictions refuse to honor detainers and instead choose to willingly release criminal offenders back into their local communities where they are free to offend,” the ICE release states.
In a statement, ICE official Nathalie Asher said:
“The decision to rebuff immigration detainers and not to hold dangerous individuals until ICE arrives to pick them up, is a costly one. There is nothing that should prevent local law enforcement officials from making a simple phone call to notify ICE that a criminal alien is being released. The decision to continue to site misguided sanctuary laws that allow dangerous criminals back on the streets, and many times the opportunity to flee prosecution, is irresponsible and jeopardizes public safety.”
Sheriff’s deputies in Washington County, Oregon (just west of Portland), defied an I.C.E. detainer and released an *alleged* illegal alien after he posted a $25,000 bail. Alejandro Maldonado-Hernandez had originally been booked on charges of Manslaughter, Assault, and Reckless Driving, after he plowed into a car while street racing, killing the other driver. Jail deputies ignored a detainer filed by I.C.E. and released Maldonado-Hernandez. The perp soon disappeared, suspected of fleeing to Mexico, and now three others are facing charges of Hindering Prosecution by assisting Maldonado-Hernandez escape.
A street race between a Chrysler 300 and a Subaru Impreza ended with one woman dead, one driver very seriously hurt and a 20-year-old arrested for manslaughter.
The crash on SW Farmington Road and 153rd Avenue happened just before 11 a.m., the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said. Investigators learned the 2 cars were eastbound and racing on SW Farmington Road.
As they came to the intersection with SW 153rd, a Ford Fusion turned onto Farmington. Authorities said the Chrysler slammed into the Ford while the Subaru kept going.
The passenger in the Ford, Janace Ator, died at the scene from the crash. Her husband, Patrick Ator, was rushed to a local hospital for treatment of severe injuries.
Alejandro Maldonado-Hernandez, who authorities said was driving the Chrysler, was treated for minor injuries at an area hospital. He was then arrested and taken to the Washington County Jail on charges of manslaughter, assault and reckless driving. More charges are possible, officials said.
A driver accused of racing leading up to a fatal crash earlier this summer in Aloha has fled the country, deputies say.
Alejandro Maldonado-Hernandez, 20, was arrested on charges of second-degree manslaughter, third-degree assault and reckless driving immediately following the crash on July 12. One person was killed and another was injured as a result of the crash.
Maldonado-Hernandez was released from the Washington County Jail on Aug. 8 after posting bail. On Aug. 27, investigators learned he fled to Mexico to avoid prosecution, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release on Saturday.
Deputies said Maldonado-Hernandez had help from three people to flee the country. Ernesto Garcia, 20, Luis Maldonado-Hernandez, 28, and Alicia Scardina, 21, were arrested for hindering prosecution.
At some point ICE added him to their most wanted list, noting that Washington County deputies “failed to honor the detainer and released Maldonado-Hernandez.”
The other driver in the street race has also been charged, as reported by KATU:
One person was indicted and three more people were arrested in connection to a July alleged street racing incident in Aloha have been arrested, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday.
Bailey M. Reeves, 20, was indicted on two counts of injury hit-and-run, first-degree manslaughter, second-degree assault and reckless driving on Friday. Police say Reeves was driving a Subaru Impreza that was apparently racing a Chrysler 300 down Southwest Farmington Road. The Chrysler collided with a Ford Focus, killing one and injuring another.
The driver of the Chrysler, Alejandro Maldonado-Hernandez, was arrested on the day of the incident, July 12, but was released after posting bail August 8. Investigators said he fled to Mexico to avoid prosecution after his release, and three people who helped him do so have been arrested.
Ernesto Garcia, 20, Alicia Scardina, 21, and Luis Maldonado-Hernandez, 28, were arrested for hindering prosecution August 28.
One of the judges in this case, Danielle Hunsaker, was recently nominated by Trump and confirmed by the Senate to a seat on the 9th Circuit. It does not appear as though she had a hand in assisting Maldonado-Hernandez in his escape.
It was reported earlier this week that Oregon’s chief justice of the supreme court, Martha Walters, has banned I.C.E. from arrested illegal aliens in Oregon courthouses.