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03/03/2008

ICE removes man wanted for rape in Costa Rica

Man was arrested in a February New Jersey fugitive operation

Photo of Alberto Solano-Cardenas
Photo of Alberto Solano-Cardenas

NEWARK, N.J. - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers over the weekend removed Alberto Solano-Cardenas, a Costa Rican national who is wanted for sexual assault on a juvenile in his home country. Solano-Cardenas is wanted in Puntarenas and he was returned to Costa Rica Saturday afternoon to face the charges.

Members of the ICE Newark Fugitive Operations Team arrested Solano-Cardenas on February 20 due to information provided to ICE by INTERPOL. The ICE Office of Detention and Removal in Newark conducted an investigation and surveillance. As a result of the surveillance, officers located the individual and apprehended him in Union, N.J. Officers found Solano-Cardenas hiding beneath a bed sheet between the bed and a wall. He originally gave a false name to ICE officers before admitting to his true identity.

After his arrest Solano-Cardenas stipulated to an order of removal and the Newark ICE office worked with Costa Rican authorities and INTERPOL to coordinate removing him back to his home country to face the murder charges. He was turned over to Costa Rican police at the San Jose Airport.

"International cooperation in operations such as this not only make New Jersey communities safer, but puts fugitives on notice that the United States is not a safe haven for criminals seeking to avoid the law in their home country,” said Scott Weber, field office director for the ICE office of detention and removal in Newark.