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December 14, 2020Newark, NJ, United StatesEnforcement and Removal

ICE Newark and local law enforcement seek escapee from Essex County Correctional Facility


On Saturday, Dec. 12, ICE officers arrested Luis Cordon-Guzman, 31, who escaped from Essex County Jail on Dec. 4 while facing pending removal proceedings.

Cordon-Guzman, a national of Guatemala, was previously deported from the U.S. and has pending felony charges in Trenton, New Jersey.

"As a result of the investigatory efforts of the dedicated men and women of ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations Newark Field Office, this criminal alien is back behind bars, said Newark ICE-ERO Field Officer Director John Tsoukaris. “Our officers worked day and night over this past week to bring this individual to justice.”

Cordon-Guzman was turned over to the U.S. Marshals Service for initial appearance before the U.S. Magistrate on the pending federal criminal charges for escape of prisoner in custody of institution or officer.

ICE also acknowledges the assistance provided by our local law enforcement partners in this investigation.

Original news release issued 12/09/2020

NEWARK – A U.S. District Court issued a criminal warrant for the arrest of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainee who escaped from the Essex County Correctional Facility (ECCF) in Newark, New Jersey, Dec. 4.

Luis Cordon-Guzman, 31, a prior deport and Guatemalan national, has multiple pending felony charges in Trenton, New Jersey, based on a March 16 arrest by local police. Following his arrest, ICE filed an immigration detainer with the Mercer County Correctional Facility (MCCF) in Trenton, and he was transferred to ICE custody and detained at the Essex County Correctional Facility on March 17. Cordon-Guzman was previously removed from the United States on April 24, 2019. He illegally reentered the U.S. on an unknown date and location, a felony under federal law.

"Make no mistake, ICE and our law enforcement partners will use every resource available to us to apprehend Cordon-Guzman," said John Tsoukaris, field office director for ERO Newark. "The men and women of ICE are committed to the arrest and removal of criminal aliens like Cordon-Guzman who pose a threat to public safety."

ICE and multiple law enforcement agencies are currently conducting an investigation to locate the subject.

ICE is charged with enforcing federal immigration laws enacted by Congress. Officers with ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) are sworn law enforcement officers who carry out the arrest, detention, and removal of aliens found to be in the United States unlawfully. ICE allocates the agency’s finite immigration enforcement resources by prioritizing public and national security threats, immigration fugitives and illegal reentrants. However, all of those in violation of immigration laws may be subject to immigration arrest, detention and, if found removable by final order, removal from the United States.

Aliens processed for removal may receive their legal due process from federal immigration judges in the immigration courts, which are administered by the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). EOIR is an agency within the U.S. Department of Justice and is separate from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and ICE. Immigration judges in these courts make decisions based on the merits of each individual case. ICE officers carry out the removal decisions made by the federal immigration judges.

Updated: 08/17/2022