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June 14, 2024Stamford, CT, United StatesEnforcement and Removal

ERO Boston apprehends fugitive wanted for rape of minor in Jamaica

STAMFORD, Conn. — Enforcement and Removal Operations Boston arrested a Jamaican fugitive wanted in his home country for rape and sexual intercourse with a person under 16 years of age. Deportation officers with ERO Boston’s Hartford field office apprehended the 59-year-old Jamaican noncitizen May 29 near his residence in Stamford.

“This Jamaican noncitizen fled to the United States to avoid some very disturbing charges,” said ERO Boston Field Office Director Todd M. Lyons. “He posed a significant threat to the residents of Connecticut, and now he will return to Jamaica to face justice there. ERO Boston will continue our work of prioritizing public safety while arresting and removing egregious noncitizen offenders from our New England communities.”

U.S. Customs and Border Protection admitted the Jamaican national into the United States June 14, 2020, at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. He entered as a nonimmigrant visitor authorized to remain in the country for six months.

On July 1, 2020, Jamaican authorities issued a warrant for his arrest for raping a child in that country.

The U.S. State Department revoked the Jamaican citizen’s nonimmigrant visa July 9, 2020.

Deportation officers with ERO Hartford apprehended the Jamaican fugitive May 29 near his residence in Stamford, issued him a notice to appear before a Department of Justice immigration judge, and placed him into removal proceedings. He will remain in ERO custody pending the outcome of his removal proceedings.

ERO conducts removals of individuals without a lawful basis to remain in the United States, including at the order of immigration judges with Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review. The Executive Office of Immigration Review is a separate entity from the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Immigration judges in these courts make decisions based on the merits of each individual case, determining if a noncitizen is subject to a final order of removal or eligible for certain forms of relief from removal.

As one of ICE’s three operational directorates, ERO is the principal federal law enforcement authority in charge of domestic immigration enforcement. ERO’s mission is to protect the homeland through the arrest and removal of those who undermine the safety of U.S. communities and the integrity of U.S. immigration laws, and its primary areas of focus are interior enforcement operations, management of the agency’s detained and non-detained populations, and repatriation of noncitizens who have received final orders of removal. ERO’s workforce consists of more than 7,700 law enforcement and non-law enforcement support personnel across 25 domestic field offices and 208 locations nationwide, 30 overseas postings, and multiple temporary duty travel assignments along the border.

Members of the public with information regarding child sex offenders can report crimes or suspicious activity by dialing the ICE Tip Line at 866-DHS-2-ICE (866-347-2423) or completing the online tip form.

Learn more about ERO Boston’s mission to increase public safety in our New England communities on X, formerly known as Twitter, at @EROBoston.