A Texas inmate was unintentionally launched Tuesday – regardless of being held on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer.
Ricardo Mujica “inadvertently walked out with one other group of launched individuals” regardless of the detainer, Bexar County Sheriff’s Workplace confirmed in an announcement to Fox Information.
Mujica had been charged with assault for choking or strangling a member of the family, Deputy Johnny Garcia, a spokesman for the Bexar County Sheriff’s Workplace, advised Fox Information. He had been sentenced to 4 years probation for the state cost however nonetheless had an ICE detainer when he was launched, authorities stated. His immigration standing was not instantly clear.
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He was presupposed to be transferred to ICE Tuesday morning when he was unintentionally launched, Garcia defined. And regardless of the unintentional launch, native officers can’t observe Mujica down and take him again into custody.
“[Mujica] had glad circumstances of his state cost, and solely the detainer remained. As such, native officers haven’t any authority to arrest or detain this individual at this level. He’s not thought of an escapee,” officers stated.
An ICE official was not instantly accessible to elaborate on Mujica’s particular case Tuesday — seemingly due to the partial authorities shutdown — however a police spokesman stated ICE has “began its course of” with regard to Mujica. An ICE consultant did, nevertheless, remind Fox Information in an emailed assertion that it has 129 energetic fugitive operations groups throughout the U.S., together with San Antonio, which are tasked with “figuring out and arresting” unlawful immigrants who look like a hazard to others.
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Bexar County encompasses San Antonio and the encircling areas.