RALEIGH — Federal immigration officials this week deported a man from Raleigh back to Mexico where he has been charged with shooting his pregnant girlfriend to death in 2010.
Agents with U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement arrested Salvador Vera-Olmeda, 34, in Raleigh where he had been living under an assumed name, according to ICE spokesman Vincent Picard.
Vera-Olmeda, a citizen of Mexico, was deported Monday, Picard said.
Justice officials in Mexico have accused Vera-Olmeda of murdering 23-year-old Catherine Hernandez Ojeda in Mexico City in June 2010. ICE officials say Vera-Olmeda had been deported from the United States in September 2008.
“He entered illegally through Arizona about a year ago,” Picard said.
Federal agents in Raleigh targeted Vera-Olmeda after they were tipped off by their colleagues in Mexico.
“Our agents in Mexico developed a lead and referred it to the Raleigh Fugitive Operations Team,” Picard said Tuesday. “Team officers identified and arrested him at his residence.”
ICE officials say Vera-Olmeda was living in the Triangle under an assumed name and a valid Mexican passport bearing that name. ICE officials would not disclose the alias Vera-Olmeda was using.
“Fugitives from justice will find no welcome in the United States; we will find them wherever they choose to hide,” Felicia Skinner, field office director of ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations in Atlanta, said Tuesday in a press release. “The teamwork by Homeland Security Investigations and ERO offices and Mexican law enforcement personnel demonstrates a commitment to uphold public safety.”
Since Oct. 1, 2009, ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations has removed more than 566 foreign fugitives from the United States who were being sought in their native countries for serious crimes, including kidnapping, rape and murder.