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May 20, 2015Fairfax, VA, United StatesEnforcement and Removal

ICE removes man wanted by Romanian authorities for attempted murder

FAIRFAX, Va. – A 36-year-old Romanian man wanted in his home country on attempted murder charges was removed from the United States Monday by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).

ERO Washington’s removal team escorted Alin Tomescu on flights from Washington Dulles International Airport in Fairfax to Bucharest Otopeni International Airport in Otopeni, Romania. On Tuesday, upon his arrival in Romania, ERO officers turned him over to the custody of Romanian law enforcement authorities.

Tomescu was apprehended near Douglas, Arizona, in July 2010 when he tried to enter the United States without inspection. U.S. Border Patrol officers served him a notice to appear in immigration court and placed him in custody. He was later released on an order of recognizance.

In April 2014, Interpol issued a Red Notice for Tomescu’s arrest. He is charged with attempted murder in Romania.

In 2014, Tomescu was arrested twice on misdemeanor theft charges in the D.C.-metropolitan area. In December 2014, ERO Washington officers placed a detainer on Tomescu while he was incarcerated at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center so he would enter ICE custody upon his release. He was transferred to ERO Washington’s custody in February 2015.

“ICE will not permit individuals like Tomescu – criminals wanted overseas – to come to the United States and commit additional crimes on our soil,” said Yvonne Evans, field office director for ERO Washington. “Our ERO officers will continue to remove individuals without legal status who threaten the public safety of our communities.”

In April 2015, an immigration judge ordered Tomescu removed from the United States.

In fiscal year 2014, ERO removed 315,943 individuals from the United States. In addition to convicted criminals, the agency's enforcement priorities include those apprehended while attempting to unlawfully enter the United States, illegal re-entrants – individuals who returned to the United States after being previously removed by ICE – and immigration fugitives. In fiscal year 2014, 98 percent of ICE removals met these priorities.