Thursday, July 30, 2015

A Mexican man living in the United States illegally had been stopped by Ohio authorities and released weeks before a crime spree in which he's suspected that left one woman dead, officials said

Juan Emmanuel Razo-Ramirez, 35, is accused of attempting to rape a 14-year-old girl, shooting a woman in the arm, killing another woman in her home, then getting in a shootout with police in Lake County, Ohio. Razo-Ramirez had been stopped on July 7, 2015 by Lake County sheriff’s officials. They released him after speaking with federal immigration officials. “As far as I can tell, and from what I heard him admit, he says he’s undocumented — he’s not legally in the United States,” Lake County Prosecuting Atty. Charles Coulson said in an interview. Painesville Municipal Judge Mike Cicconetti appeared furious at the arraignment. “He’s here illegally? And they didn’t take him? ... I can’t set a bond high enough.” He set bond at $10 million. Razo-Ramirez pleaded not guilty to attempted murder. More charges are expected to be filed. The Department of Homeland Security said that it would pursue deportation after the trial, and after Razo-Ramirez serves any sentence that may be imposed. The case comes almost four weeks after the fatal shooting of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco. The man charged in that case, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, 52, is an immigrant in the country illegally, and a seven-time felon who has been deported to his native Mexico five times. He was shielded from another deportation by San Francisco’s status as a “sanctuary city.”

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