WACO, Texas — The most-wanted fugitive in Florida was arrested on Friday by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement Removal Operations (ERO).
ICE Fugitive Operations Team members in Waco along, with the U.S. Marshals Service, arrested Jose Fernando Aguirre-Jaramillo, 44, a native and citizen of Mexico who is wanted in Hardee County, Fla. on rape charges. According to the Hardee County Sheriff's Office, Aguirre-Jaramillo is a serial rapist, and is the number-one fugitive on the Florida Department of Corrections Most Wanted list.
Aguirre-Jaramillo's criminal history includes a 1987 conviction for possessing marijuana. The court ordered him to six months in jail. Then in 1995 he was convicted for kidnapping and sexual battery, and was sentenced to 10 years federal prison.
"I'm proud of the hard work and diligence of our officers for tracking down this career criminal," said Debbie Achim, field office director for the ICE ERO in San Antonio. "Not only has this alien with an extensive criminal history been removed from the streets of Waco, Texas, but ultimately he'll be removed from our country as well."
After serving his 10-year prison sentence for kidnapping and sexual battery, Aguirre-Jaramillo was turned over to ICE on Sept. 29, 2006. He was deported without incident to Mexico at the Laredo Port of Entry the following month. Aguirre-Jaramillo later illegally re-entered the United States.
In 2008 the Florida Department of Corrections added Aguirre-Jaramillo to its Most Wanted Criminal list actively seeking his apprehension.
ICE was assisted by the U.S. Marshal's Service and the Hardee County Sheriff's Office in securing Aguirre-Jaramillo's arrest.