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November 24, 2017Phoenix, AZUnited StatesEnforcement and Removal

Phoenix ERO repatriates El Salvadoran national wanted for murder

PHOENIX — An El Salvadoran national, wanted in his native country for aggravated murder, was repatriated Wednesday, by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), and was transferred to the custody of El Salvadoran authorities.

Alexander Jovel-Guillen, 23, aka “El Crimen,” came into ICE custody Oct. 26, 2016, after apprehension by the U.S. Border Patrol. At that time, he was detained for illegal entry and held for removal from the United States.

On Oct. 30, 2017, El Salvadoran authorities notified ERO that Jovel-Guillen was subject to an outstanding arrest warrant for aggravated murder.

Jovel-Guillen has previously been repatriated to El Salvador and has convictions in the United States for possession of marijuana, tampering with a vehicle, unauthorized use of a vehicle, and hit and run.

“The return of this fugitive who was previously deported and who has a lengthy criminal history in the United States remains a top priority for ICE,” said Henry Lucero, field office director for ERO Phoenix. “Those who believe they can evade justice by fleeing to the U.S. should be on notice – they will find no refuge here.”

Since Oct. 1, 2009, ERO has removed more than 1,700 foreign fugitives from the United States who were sought in their native countries for serious crimes, including kidnapping, rape and murder. In fiscal year 2016, ICE conducted 240,255 removals nationwide.

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