Joel Arrona Lara, a 35-year-old resident of California, was just taken into police custody when Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents discovered he had an active and open arrest warrant in Mexico.
Upon learning about the suspect’s outstanding homicide charges, ICE agents decided to take Arrona into custody and deport him back to Mexico to face his charges. This decision was made in an effort to protect public safety.
On August 15, Arrona was spotted driving his vehicle with Maria del Carmen Venegas, his 32-year-old pregnant wife. The couple pulled into a San Bernardino gas station to fill up, and ICE agents in two separate vehicles quickly pulled up behind their vehicle. The agents began to question to the individuals and ask for their identification papers. Venegas promptly provided her identification, but Arrona claimed that he left his back at home.
Agents detained Arrona, but Venegas was free to proceed to the hospital. Although distraught, she continued to the hospital where she gave birth to a healthy baby boy by planned Caesarean section.
Lori Haley, a spokeswoman for ICE, confirmed to news reporters that the suspect is wanted for murder in Mexico. The agency decided to pursue the suspect because he posed a threat to public safety and national security. She additionally confirmed that the suspect is not being charged with any crimes in the United States, but he is slated for removal. As a final statement, Haley confirmed that certain classes will no longer be protected from arrest based on rescinded Obama-era orders.