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January 31, 2019Phoenix, AZ, United StatesEnforcement and Removal

ICE removes Honduran national wanted for homicide in his home country

PHOENIX – A Honduran national, wanted in his native country for homicide, was removed Thursday, by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), and transferred to the custody of the Honduran National Police.

Rigoberto Calderon-Villeda, 26, came into ICE custody July 30, 2018, after apprehension by the U.S. Border Patrol. At that time, he was detained for illegal entry, and placed into removal proceedings.

On Aug.10, 2018, the Trial Court for the Judicial Section of Choluteca, Choluteca, Honduras, issued an arrest warrant against Calderon-Villeda for the offense of homicide. On Sept. 7, 2018, Honduran authorities notified ERO that Calderon-Villeda was subject to an outstanding arrest warrant for homicide, in connection with the beating death of a man. The victim was allegedly beaten to death by four individuals, including Calderon-Villeda.

“Foreign fugitives attempting to avoid prosecution of violent crimes committed in their home country will not find sanctuary in the United States,” said Henry Lucero, field office director for ERO Phoenix. “ICE will continue to work with our international counterparts to aggressively pursue criminals that threaten the public safety of our local-area communities.”

ICE is focused on removing public safety threats, such as convicted criminal aliens and gang members, as well as individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws, including those who illegally re-entered the country after being removed and immigration fugitives ordered removed by federal immigration judges.

Updated: 11/19/2020