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Man sought in connection to Illinois New Year’s Day traffic fatality is added to ICE ‘Most Wanted’ list

Esteban Juarez-Tomas

CHICAGO — A Guatemalan national who has been previously removed from the United States three times, and who is wanted by police in Champaign, Illinois, for allegedly causing a fatal crash while driving under the influence on New Year’s Day, was added Monday to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Most Wanted list.

Esteban Juarez-Tomas, 33, is wanted for aggravated DUI, resulting in the death of LaDonna (Jeannie) Brady, of Mahomet, Illinois, on Jan. 1, 2017, according to police records. He is also wanted by ICE for removal from the United States, after resolution of the criminal case against him, and any subsequent jail term.

Juarez-Tomas, a laborer, has been known to use the following aliases: Salvador Diaz-Gomez, Victor Ochoa and Edgar Gomez-Estrada. He his 5’5” tall and weighs about 140 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.

Juarez-Tomas was ordered deported in absentia Jan. 13, 2003, following his February 2002 arrest by the now defunct Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) near Springfield, Missouri. He was again arrested July 4, 2010, by the Warren County (Illinois) Sheriff’s Department and charged with aggravated battery. ICE lodged a detainer July 13, 2010, and he was taken into ICE custody at the completion of his sentence and removed to Guatemala Sept. 9, 2010.

On Oct. 31, 2011, Juarez-Tomas was apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol in Arizona, and was subsequently removed again to Guatemala on Nov. 14, 2011. On Dec. 23, 2011, he was again apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol near Rio Grande City, Texas, and was removed a third time Jan. 18, 2012.

Despite attempts by ICE to locate him, Juarez-Tomas remains at large. He was last known to live in Champaign, and may have fled to Guatemala after the fatal crash.

ICE urges the public not attempt to apprehend any fugitive. Anyone who wants to submit a tip may call their local ICE office, or call 1-866-DHS-2-ICE (1-866-347-2423), or submit a tip online.

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Last Reviewed/Updated: 06/20/2017