We may have another case of an illegal, arrested on multiple occasions and never deported, causing the death of a small child. The Denver Post has stories here, here, here, and here. The second link summarizes the tragic event:
Three people — including a 2-year-old boy [he was actually three, according to a more recent article. -- Ed.] sitting in an ice cream shop — were killed tonight after a collision sent a small pickup truck careening into the Baskin Robbins store at South Havana Street and East Mississipi Avenue.
Aurora Police said the driver responsible for the accident fled the scene but was caught. He is now in custody and being questioned.
The boy’s first name was Martin. Here is his picture:
More recent reports (including the third and fourth links above) say that immigration authorities have placed a hold on the suspect.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials sent a faxed detainer on Hernandez, 23, at 12:04 a.m. Saturday, indicating his U.S. citizenship is under question, according to Arapahoe County jail officials and federal authorities.
Hernandez has been arrested 16 times in five years in Colorado but apparently has never been deported, according to Colorado Bureau of Investigation records.
Here’s the whole sordid history:
Dating back to 2003, Hernandez has been arrested for mostly misdemeanor offenses 16 times by police officers in Denver, Longmont, Aurora, Westminster, Lakewood and Broomfield and sheriff’s deputies in Boulder, Gilpin and Arapahoe counties, according to Colorado Bureau of Investigation records. His charges have included forgery, assault, theft, fraud and driving under restraint.
Sopranuk said Friday that Hernandez was born in California and is a U.S. citizen.
But he added that detectives could find no indication that he had ever held a driver’s license in California or Colorado.
Also according to CBI records, Hernandez, who has 11 aliases and two listed birth dates, has four listed birth places, including Mexico.
ICE placed a detainer because of indications he was born outside the country, said ICE spokesman Carl Rusnok. Officers are currently investigating his citizenship, he said.
When ICE did not place a hold on Hernandez following his July 18 arrest, he was released and has since been listed as a fugitive, according to CBI records.
There were multiple warrants for his arrest when the fatal accident happened Thursday, Sopranuk said.
Sopranuk could not be reached for comment Saturday.
Rusnok said it is possible that if Hernandez is in the country illegally that his status was not checked or identified previously despite numerous arrests.
He said in some instances suspects are arrested for minor offenses and they are released on bail or serve short sentences before a citizenship check is done.
We’ll stay on top of this one.
UPDATE: More here from Michelle Malkin.
UPDATE x2: A new article claims that the man is likely not a citizen, but may not be an illegal immigrant:
A man accused of causing an accident that sent two cars careening into an ice cream shop, killing a 3-year-old boy and two women Thursday, likely is not a U.S. citizen, immigration officials said Sunday.
But it was unclear Sunday whether Francis Hernandez, 23, is an illegal immigrant. He could have another immigration status.
By the way, the child is three years old and not two, despite any suggestion by one of the earlier articles to the contrary. He had had a birthday recently, as one of the other links makes clear.