ICE Arrests Violent Illegal Released by Police after 9-Hour Standoff

‘Any local jurisdiction thinking that refusing to cooperate with ICE will result in a decrease in local immigration enforcement is mistaken…’


Luis Pineda-Anchecta / PHOTO: Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office

(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Immigration and Customs Enforcement finally arrested an illegal alien accused of causing a nine-hour standoff with officers in Charlotte after local law enforcement refused to turn him over to federal officials.

Luis Pineda–Ancheta, a 37-year-old Honduran national, was arrested by Mecklenburg County law enforcement for the second time after he barricaded himself into an apartment while being served multiple warrants on domestic violence charges, including assault by strangulation, kidnapping, assault on a female, communicating threats, and violation of a domestic violence protective order.

The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Department, however, released Pienda–Ancheta without informing ICE.

An ICE fugitive operations team then located and arrested Pineda-Ancheat around noon on Sunday, the agency said in a statement.


ICE Atlanta Filed Office Director Sean Gallagher said ICE issued a detainer for Pineda–Ancheta after the nine-hour standoff, but Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden refused to notify the agency and instead released him into the streets, despite Pineda–Ancheta’s violent criminal history.

“Any local jurisdiction thinking that refusing to cooperate with ICE will result in a decrease in local immigration enforcement is mistaken,” Gallagher said in a statement.

“Local jurisdictions that choose to not cooperate with ICE are likely to see an increase in ICE enforcement activity, as in jurisdictions that do not cooperate with ICE the agency has no choice but to conduct more at-large arrest operations,” he said.

“A consequence of ICE being forced to make more arrests on the streets is the agency is likely to encounter other unlawfully present foreign nationals that wouldn’t have been encountered had we been allowed to take custody of a criminal target within the confines of a local jail,” Gallagher continued.

McFadden, a retired homicide detective and reality television star, ran last year for sheriff of Mecklenburg County by making his opposition to ICE a central part of his campaign.

“When law enforcement agencies fail to honor immigration detainers and release serious criminal offenders onto the streets, it undermines ICE’s ability to protect public safety and carry out its mission,” Gallagher told the Charlotte Observer.