CHICAGO — A Guatemalan fugitive, wanted in his home country for the aggravated rape of two minors, was returned to Guatemala Wednesday by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).
Jacinto Matom-Brito, 22, arrived in La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City, Guatemala, via ICE Air, and was turned over to local authorities. He was wanted for sexually assaulting two minors in 2012 in Nebaj, Guatemala. The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) issued a red notice for Matom-Brito at the request of Guatemala.
On March 13, 2017, ERO Chicago officers in Louisville, Kentucky, arrested Matom-Brito, who was living illegally in Owenton, Kentucky, and served him with a notice to appear before a federal immigration judge. On May 17, an immigration judge granted Matom-Brito voluntary departure.
Since Oct. 1, 2009, ERO has removed more than 1,700 foreign fugitives from the United States who were sought in their native countries for serious crimes, including kidnapping, rape and murder. Members of the public who have information about foreign fugitives are urged to contact ICE by calling the ICE tip line at 1 (866) 347-2423 or internationally at 001-1802-872-6199. They can also file a tip online by completing ICE’s online tip form.
ICE is focused on smart and effective immigration enforcement that prioritizes its resources based on those who pose the biggest threat to national security, border security and public safety.
ICE Air History
ICE routinely uses special air charters to transport aliens who have final orders of removal from an immigration judge. Staffed by ICE ERO Air Operations officers, these air charters enable the agency to repatriate large groups of deportees in an efficient, expeditious and humane manner.Since 2006, ICE Air Operations has supported ERO by providing mass air transportation and removal coordination services to ERO field offices nationwide. Staffed by ERO officers, these air charters enable the agency to repatriate large groups of deportees in an efficient, expeditious and humane manner.