90 Miles From Tyranny : PREVIOUSLY DEPORTED ILLEGAL ALIEN CHARGED WITH MURDER IN ARIZONA

Friday, June 14, 2019

PREVIOUSLY DEPORTED ILLEGAL ALIEN CHARGED WITH MURDER IN ARIZONA

PHOENIX, AZ (The Arizona Republic) – An undocumented immigrant suspected of chasing down and fatally shooting another man on Friday in Phoenix served more than 6 years in an Arizona prison after being convicted of aggravated assault in 2011.

Witnesses told police they saw 26-year-old Victor Garcia pursue a man, later identified as 34-year-old Jesus Valazquez, through a parking lot at 6710 W. Indian School Road around 3:16 p.m.

Court documents say Garcia was armed with a handgun and fired several shots at Valazquez, who fell to the ground shortly after being struck. Multiple witnesses saw Garcia approach Valazquez and shoot him 3 to 4 times in the face while he was still on the ground, documents state.

Records say witnesses saw Garcia enter the passenger side of a nearby pick-up truck which left the area shortly after.

Records from the Arizona Department of Corrections show Garcia served more than 6 years of a 7.5-year prison sentence after being convicted of aggravated assault in 2011. He was released from prison in June 2017, records show.

Yasmeen Pitts O’Keefe, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, confirmed that Garcia had been previously deported but refused to offer additional details about his deportation — including the date he was deported.

“On June 8, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) lodged a detainer with the Maricopa County Jail on Victor Garcia-Roman, a previously deported alien from Mexico, following his arrest on local charges, including first-degree murder,” O’Keefe said in a written statement.

A police officer stopped the truck that picked Garcia up about 20 minutes after the shooting and learned the driver was...

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