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May 19, 2022New York, NY, United StatesEnforcement and Removal

ICE ERO New York City captures Ecuadorian fugitive convicted of rape in home country

NEW YORK – On May 10, officers from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) New York City field office, pursuant to a warrant of arrest, arrested an Ecuadorian national previously convicted of rape in absentia in his home country. He is being held in ICE detention pending his removal from the U.S.

“This is an individual whose criminal history shows him to be a danger to the community at large and who, unfortunately, managed to escape his country’s justice until now,” said Field Office Director Thomas Decker, ERO New York City. “I am proud of the courageous efforts of our officers to seek out and arrest this man, so he can now face justice in his home country. In addition, his removal from our country will also make our community safer.”

Rolando Eduardo Ballagan Enriquez entered the U.S. at an unknown date and time. He was convicted in Ecuador April 1, 2016 by the Judge of the Second Court of Criminal Guarantees of Canar in Ecuador for rape and sentenced in absentia to 29 years, four months in prison. This involved the rape of his former girlfriend, a crime he committed in front of the woman’s underage daughters. She was brutally beaten in the process and Enriquez took photos, which he threatened to post online. In 2018, Ecuador issued an international warrant for Enriquez.

ICE focuses its civil immigration enforcement priorities on the apprehension and removal of noncitizens who pose a threat to our national security, public safety, and border security.

Updated: 05/23/2022