CHICAGO — Officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested one of ERO's most-wanted fugitives Friday after receiving a tip that he might be in a Chicago suburb.
Gerardo Rafael Villasana-Serrano, aka Jerry Villasana, 46, a Mexican national, was arrested Friday by ERO Fugitive Operations Team officers. Villasana-Serrano was convicted of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a minor in 1991 in Lake County, Illinois. ICE deported him to Mexico in March 2008 as an aggravated felon; he subsequently illegally re-entered the United States, which is a felony.
On April 7, the ICE Tip Line received information that Villasana-Serrano might be in the area of Arlington Heights, Illinois. ICE ERO officers initiated around-the-clock surveillance and were able to take Villasana-Serrano into custody April 8 at a local gas station. Villasana-Serrano had been on ERO’s most-wanted fugitives list since Nov. 13, 2015.
Villasana-Serrano remains in ICE custody awaiting removal from the United States. ICE will present this case for federal prosecution for illegal re-entry after removal. Anyone who re-enters the United States after having been deported based on an aggravated felony conviction commits a felony punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison, if convicted.