An unlawful immigrant from Mexico, wished for killing a California cop earlier this week, was captured Friday whereas making an attempt to flee again throughout the Southern border, officials mentioned.
Gustavo Perez Arriaga, 33, was busted in Bakersfield, Calif., on suspicion of homicide following a large two-day manhunt for the alleged cop-killer.
Authorities say he was making an attempt to depart the nation — and underneath heavy surveillance — previous to his arrest.
“We were never more than a step behind this guy,” defined Sheriff Adam Christianson of the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department.
He instructed reporters that Arriaga was a recognized gang member who had been dwelling in the US illegally after crossing the border in Arizona. It’s unclear when he got here to the US.
“While we absolutely need to stay focused on Officer Singh’s service and sacrifice, we can’t ignore the fact that this could’ve been preventable,” Christianson mentioned, noting how Arriaga had a number of run-ins with police — which couldn’t be reported to ICE on account of California’s sanctuary law.
“Under SB54 in California, based on two arrests for DUI and some other active warrants that this criminal has out there, law enforcement would’ve been prevented — prohibited — from sharing any information with ICE about this criminal gang member,” the sheriff defined.
“Ladies and gentlemen, this is not how you protect a community.”
Two different males had been taken into custody Friday, together with Arriaga’s brother, who allegedly lied to cops and helped him escape.
Arriaga is accused of killing Newman police officer Ronil Singh — who, like him, was an immigrant.
“He came to America with one purpose, and that was to serve this country,” mentioned Newman Police Chief Randy Richardson, calling Singh an “American patriot.”
The 8-year veteran was on patrol Wednesday when he noticed Arriaga driving a automobile and not using a license plate. He pulled him over and commenced investigating whether or not Arriaga was drunk, prompting him to open fireplace and flee.
Border wall advocates, together with President Trump, used the killing as justification for extra preventive immigration insurance policies.
“There is right now a full scale manhunt going on in California for an illegal immigrant accused of shooting and killing a police officer during a traffic stop,” Trump tweeted Thursday. “Time to get tough on Border Security. Build the Wall!”