Saturday, July 4, 2015
Mexican arrested in connection with San Francisco killing had been deported several times, officials say
The Mexican arrested in connection with the seemingly random killing of a woman who was out for a stroll with her father along the San Francisco waterfront is an illegal immigrant who previously had been deported five times, federal immigration officials say. Further, Immigration and Customs Enforcement says that San Francisco had him in their custody earlier in 2015 but failed to notify ICE when he was released. "DHS records indicate ICE lodged an immigration detainer on the subject at that time, requesting notification prior to his release so ICE officers could make arrangements to take custody. The detainer was not honored," ICE said in a statement. Kathryn Steinle was killed at Pier 14 - one of the busiest tourist destinations in the city. Police said that they arrested Francisco Sanchez in the shooting an hour after it occurred. ICE has revealed that their records indicate the individual has been previously deported five times, most recently in 2009, and is from Mexico.