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January 13, 2023Detroit, MI, United StatesEnforcement and Removal

ERO Detroit removes fugitive wanted for sexual abuse of minor in Mexico

DETROIT — Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Detroit removed an unlawfully present foreign fugitive wanted for sexual abuse of a minor in his home country of Mexico.

Jose Montes-Solorio, 35, was flown from the Toledo Express Airport in Ohio to the Valley International Airport in Texas, Jan. 10. On the same date, ERO Harlingen escorted him via ground transportation to the border and turned him over to Mexican authorities.

An arrest warrant for sexual abuse of a minor was issued in the state of Michoacan, Mexico, May 3, 2021, for Montes-Solorio, a citizen of Mexico.

Montes-Solorio entered the U.S. on an unknown date and at an unknown location without inspection or parole. He has been removed previously. ERO Detroit, working with its Mexico City counterparts, received information of Montes-Solorio’s illegal reentry into the United States and possible location.

On Dec. 13, 2022, ERO Detroit arrested Montes-Solorio and served him with a Notice of Intent/Decision to Reinstate Order. Montes-Solorio was detained in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) custody, without bond, pending his Jan 10. removal. The ERO Detroit Field office oversees offices in Michigan and Ohio.

“Our communities are not a hideout for these foreign fugitives, especially those who would prey on the innocent,” said ERO Detroit Acting Field Office Director Matthew Putra. “I’m proud of our officers’ work and their apprehension of this and other public safety threats across Michigan and Ohio.”

ICE officers make enforcement decisions on a case-by-case basis in a responsible manner, informed by their experience as law enforcement professionals and in a way that best protects against the greatest threats to the homeland.

In fiscal year (FY) 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 170 countries worldwide.

Members of the public can report crimes and/or suspicious activity by dialing 866-347-2423 or completing the online tip form.

Learn more about ERO’s mission to increase public safety in your community on Twitter @ERODetroit.

Updated: 01/17/2023