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February 23, 2023Boston, MA, United StatesEnforcement and Removal

ERO Boston arrests Brazilian fugitive wanted for murder

BOSTON — Fugitive Operations Team officers with Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Boston arrested a Brazilian national wanted in his homeland for aggravated homicide on Feb. 21 in Everett.

The foreign fugitive is wanted on an active criminal warrant for the charge of aggravated homicide in Brazil. A criminal court in Governador Valadares, a city in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, issued the warrant. If convicted of the charge, this individual could face up to 30 years in prison.

“This fugitive has been accused of a heinous crime in his native country of Brazil and attempted to evade justice by hiding in Everett, Massachusetts,” said ERO Boston Field Office Director Todd Lyons. “The men and women of ERO Boston ensure foreign fugitives will not find refuge from their alleged crimes here in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. I am proud of my officers and the work that they do every day to provide for the safety and security of others in our communities.”

The U.S. Border Patrol originally apprehended the criminally charged fugitive near Otay Mesa, California, in August 2021, after officials determined he entered the United States illegally. Authorities issued him a Notice to Appear, charged him with inadmissibility, and released him on an order of recognizance pending removal proceedings.

The Brazilian criminal court issued the fugitive’s arrest warrant after the U.S. Border Patrol released him on recognizance, which flagged ERO Boston authorities. The Brazilian fugitive will remain in ICE custody pending the outcome of an upcoming hearing to be scheduled with the Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review.

In fiscal year 2022, ERO arrested 46,396 noncitizens with criminal histories; this group had 198,498 associated charges and convictions. These included 21,531 assault offenses; 8,164 sex and sexual assault offenses; 5,554 weapons offenses; 1,501 homicide-related offenses; and 1,114 kidnapping offenses.

ERO, a directorate of ICE, upholds U.S. immigration law at, within, and beyond our borders. ERO operations target public safety threats, such as convicted criminal noncitizens and gang members, who have violated our nation's immigration laws, including those who illegally re-enter the country after being removed and immigration fugitives ordered removed by federal immigration judges. ERO deportation officers assigned to Interpol also assist in targeting foreign fugitives for crimes committed abroad at-large in the U.S. ERO manages all aspects of the immigration enforcement process, including identification and arrest, detention, bond management, supervised release, transportation, and removal. Additionally, ERO repatriates noncitizens ordered removed from the U.S. to more than 150 countries worldwide.

Members of the public can report crimes or suspicious activity by calling 866-347-2423 or completing ICE’s online tip form.

Learn more about ERO’s mission in your community on Twitter @EROBoston.