Thursday, April 20, 2017

What is the immigration status of the alleged Schaumburg strangler? UPDATED

Sometime over Easter weekend Tiffany Thrasher, 33, was sexually assaulted and strangled to death in her Schaumburg, Illinois apartment. Schaumburg is a large suburb northwest of Chicago.

Earlier today Bulmaro Mejia-Maya, 29, was charged for the murder and he has voluntarily agreed to extradition to Cook County, where Schaumburg is.

Which brings me back to Mejia-Maya. What is his immigration status? Yes, it's a fair question.

Look what ABC Chicago has to say about him:
Court records confirm that Mejia is a Mexican citizen. He had an outstanding for falling to appear in court to face a drug possession charge in Utah. He also has a conviction for battery in Florida. U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations filed a detainer on Mejia after his arrest, according to ICE's public affairs officer.
As that last sentence is composed in jargon, I don't know exactly what it means. But if I came across an article with that paragraph and the person in question was named Jason Anderson, I'd be asking about his immigration status too.

When will ICE have more to say?

Oh, Cook County is a sanctuary county. Just saying.

UPDATE April 21:

Well, at least in 2012 Mejia-Maya possessed a green card.

From the Daily Herald:
He has an active warrant for his arrest on a charge of failure to appear in court after a May 2016 arrest in Utah on misdemeanor drug charges, according to court records there.

Mejia-Maya was arrested after police were called to quiet a loud house party. The arrest report states Mejia-Maya was seen wiping "white powder" from a counter that eventually tested positive as cocaine.

He was arrested in May 2012 for stabbing a man during a fight at a house party near Orlando, Florida. The victim spent two days in the hospital before being released. Witnesses said Mejia-Maya attacked the victim with a knife that was eventually recovered by police. Mejia-Maya claimed self-defense but changed his story multiple times during the interrogation, according to court records.


Brigid said...

I live in the suburban Chicago area and imagine they will say as little as possible, just as they won't ever address the growing Hispanic gangs at war with the African American gangs, with local innocents regularly caught in the crossfire.

Dapandico said...

Illegal alien if ICE filed

Anonymous said...

From ICE website.

ICE places detainers on aliens who have been arrested on local criminal charges and for whom ICE possesses probable cause to believe that they are removable from the United States, so that ICE can take custody of the alien when he or she is released from local custody. When law enforcement agencies fail to honor immigration detainers and release serious criminal offenders, it undermines ICE’s ability to protect public safety and carry out its mission.

Anonymous said...

"U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations filed a detainer on Mejia after his arrest, according to ICE's public affairs officer."

After which arrest?

John Ruberry said...

Ah, but which arrest?