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May 6, 2024Lowell, MA, United StatesEnforcement and Removal

ERO Boston arrests fugitive sought by Brazilian authorities for attempted homicide

LOWELL, Mass. — ERO Boston apprehended a Brazilian national wanted in his home country for attempted homicide. Deportation officers from ERO Boston arrested the 23-year-old Brazilian noncitizen near his residence in Lowell May 2.

“This Brazilian national attempted to use our Massachusetts communities to evade an attempted homicide charge in his home country,” said ERO Boston Field Office Director Todd M. Lyons. “We cannot allow the world’s criminals to use our New England neighborhoods as hideouts from justice. ERO Boston will continue to prioritize public safety by apprehending and removing threats to our residents.”

U.S. Border Patrol officials apprehended the Brazilian noncitizen March 28, 2023, after he unlawfully entered the United States near Lukeville, Arizona. Border Patrol authorities placed him into removal proceedings. The Brazilian national was issued a notice to appear before a Department of Justice (DOJ) immigration judge and subsequently released on an order of recognizance.

The 2nd Circuit of the Private Jury Court, in the city of Curitiba in Parana, Brazil, issued a warrant for the noncitizen’s arrest for the charge of attempted homicide Oct. 6, 2023. If convicted, the Brazilian noncitizen faces up to 30 years in prison.

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 DOJ’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). EOIR is a separate entity from the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). 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 are encouraged to 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.