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January 23, 2023San Antonio, TX, United StatesEnforcement and Removal

ERO San Antonio removes Mexican fugitive wanted for attempted femicide, rape

SAN ANTONIO — Officers with the Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) San Antonio field office removed an unlawfully present noncitizen foreign fugitive Jan. 17. The noncitizen was wanted in Mexico for attempted femicide and rape.

ERO officers transported Carlos Mario Zacarias-Jimenez, 39, from the South Texas ICE Processing Center in Pearsall to the port of entry in Laredo. Officers turned Zacarias over to Mexican authorities without incident.

“Individuals attempting to evade justice in their home countries will be found and returned to face their punishment,” said ERO San Antonio acting Field Office Director Sylvester M. Ortega. “We commend our officers and encourage their tireless efforts to ensure dangerous criminals are taken off the streets and out of our communities.”

On Nov. 7, authorities notified ERO San Antonio of Zacarias’ arrest in Hayes County for driving without a driver’s license. ERO San Antonio officers interviewed Zacarias and determined he was illegally present in the United States. Record checks revealed Zacarias was the possible subject of a foreign arrest warrant. Subsequently, ERO San Antonio lodged an immigration detainer with the Hayes County Jail.

On Nov. 9, authorities transferred Zacarias to ERO custody and served him with a Notice to Appear. Officers confirmed Zacarias was the subject of an active arrest warrant in Mexico for attempted femicide and rape.

Members of the public who have information about foreign fugitives are urged to contact ICE by calling the ICE Tip Line at 866-347-2423 or internationally at 001-1802-872-6199. They can also file a tip online by completing ICE’s online tip form.

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.

Updated: 01/23/2023