‘I want him to serve the time for the crime he did. I want justice for my child…’
CORRECTION: This story originally reported that Esteban Juarez-Tomas was released by “Champaign police” without notifying Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Juarez-Tomas is wanted by the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office, not by the City of Champaign’s police. He was not released from the custody of local law enforcement while under an ICE detainer, and remains at-large. Liberty Headlines regrets the errors.
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Saul Chavez, a Mexican illegal alien, hit and killed 66-year-old William Dennis McCann in 2011.
The Cook County (Ill.) Police Department charged him with aggravated DUI and leaving the scene of an accident involving injury or death.
ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations placed a detainer on Chavez, who illegally entered the United States before committing homicide, but the Cook County Police Department released him without notifying federal authorities.
He’s now on ICE’s Most Wanted Fugitives List.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released its VOICE Most Wanted Fugitives List as part of the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. VOICE stands for the Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement.
Chavez remains at large after 8 years due to Cook County’s failure to notify ERO.
Off-duty police officer Zachary Cuatchon and landscaper Adalberto Aceves said they saw Chavez hit McCann, NBC 5 Chicago reported.
After Chavez struck McCann, they said he kept driving, dragging the man’s body 150 feet.
Aceves was driving behind Chavez when he saw the hit-and-run incident. Aceves said he cut in front of Chavez, who abandoned his vehicle, and chased him on foot.
Cuatchon saw the homicide, aided Acevez in the chase, and arrested Chavez.
Their heroism was rewarded with Chavez’s release. As expected, Chavez did not appear for trial.
A suspected murderer, Esteban Juarez-Tomas also escaped justice in Illinois and is wanted by the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office.
Juarez-Tomas was charged for reckless homicide and aggravated DUI in 2017, in a incident that was originally handled by Illinois State Police.
Police said he killed 45-year-old LaDonna “Jeannie” Brady when he was driving the wrong way on I-74, WCIA reported.
On top of these charges, Juarez-Tomas was previously deported three times from the country after illegally entering each time.
Eric Brady, LaDonna’s husband, said he hopes the police continue to search for his wife’s killer.
“It’s an emptiness that is still lingering and will probably always be there,” he said.
ICE placed Jesus Maltos-Chacon, an illegal alien with Mexican citizenship, on the most wanted list for allegedly killing 20-year-old Blake Zieto.
Chacon hit Zieto on Nov. 18, 2006, when he was driving the wrong way down Highway 16 in Denham Springs, Louisiana.
Chacon remained in the United States at that time despite having illegally entered the United States and having previous convictions for assault and driving under the influence.
Immigration authorities ordered him to be deported in October 2006, less than two months before he took an innocent, young life.
Police said Chacon struck Zieto, who was riding a motorcycle, and that Zieto was then trapped underneath the vehicle.
The vehicle caught fire and the illegal alien fled the scene. He was never arrested.
In February, Judy Zieto, Blake’s mother, described her life for the past 12 years.
“I don’t sleep at night. We don’t go places. We don’t do anything. There’s no joy,” she said according to Fox 8 WAFB. “Why didn’t I hug him? Why didn’t I tell him that I loved him. I didn’t know that was going to be the last time I would see my child.”
Authorities said Chacon likely fled the United States to Mexico.
“I want him extradited back to the U.S,” Zieto said. “I want him to serve the time for the crime he did. I want justice for my child.”
Alan Jacob Mogollon-Anaya, a Mexican national, is wanted for the death of 37-year-old Shirra Branum.
Police said Anaya escaped from the hospital before they could arrest him, WJHL reported.
Authorities in Washington County, Tennessee charged him with aggravated vehicular homicide, DUI, and aggravated assault.
“That does give us a little more hope at least we know ICE officials all across the united states are looking for him,” said Cindy Scalf, Shirra’s mother, in March. “But as far as looking for her killer, it feels like it’s been an eternity.”
The most wanted list continues with three more illegal aliens all charged with vehicular homicide.
Edwin Mejia, a Honduran national, is wanted for murdering 21-year-old Sarah Root. Using the unaccompanied minor loophole, he illegally entered the United States in 2013.
Gonzalo Harrell-Gonzalez, an illegal alien from Mexico, is wanted for killing 16-year-old Dustin Inman with his vehicle in 2001.
Luis Alberto Rodriguez-Castro, an illegal alien from Honduras, is wanted for murdering 51-year-old Joseph Storie with his vehicle in 2011.