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August 16, 2023Chicago, IL, United StatesEnforcement and Removal

ERO Chicago, KFATF arrest unlawfully present Bosnian wanted in Kansas for murder

CHICAGO — A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Chicago deportation officer assigned to the U.S. Marshals Service’s Kansas Fugitive Apprehension Task Force (KFATF) assisted in the identification and arrest of a 37-year-old Bosnian noncitizen who had an active criminal arrest warrant issued by the Wyandotte County, Kansas, District Court for murder in the second degree on Aug. 8.

“The complexity and variety of modern challenges, such as organized crime, terrorism, cyber threats and drug trafficking require a coordinated effort among federal, state and local agencies,” said ERO Chicago Assistant Field Office Director Erik Teschner. “By pooling resources, expertise and intelligence, law enforcement agencies can more effectively address these challenges and protect communities and citizens.”

KFATF members received information from Kansas City Crime Stoppers that a Bosnian noncitizen was believed to be residing in the local area. They quickly responded and deployed surveillance team to the location. During the operation, KFATF members initiated a lock down as the subject barricaded himself within the residence; they and the Kansas City Police Tactical Team successfully breached the residence and apprehended the subject without further incident. He remains in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

During 2022, ERO Chicago’s Kansas City suboffice participated and assisted KFATF in clearing over 500 criminal arrest warrants, including the following:

  • 177 for weapons offenses.
  • 158 for narcotics.
  • 121 for assault.
  • 63 for sex offenses.
  • 38 for homicide.

As one of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) three operational directorates, Enforcement and Removal Operations (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 can report crimes or suspicious activity by calling 866-347-2423 or completing ICE’s online tip form.

Learn more about ERO’s mission to increase public safety in your community on X, formerly known as Twitter, @EROChicago.

Updated: 08/16/2023