ATLANTA -- Authorities confirm that a suspect wanted in a murder over 14 years ago is under arrest and in the hands of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
Agents said 34-year-old Carlos Chavez has been on the run since March of 2003 when a superior court judge in Fulton County issued a warrant for his arrest. Chavez is accused of shooting and killing Francisco Chavez. Authorities said he was not related to the victim.
But after more than a decade on the run, Chavez's escape ended on Cumberland Drive in Atlanta on Thursday. That's where the Atlanta FUG OPS team saw a man matching the suspect's description as they were performing what officials described as a "targeted enforcement action".
Agents said the man, later identified as Chavez was leaving a residence in the area and was interviewed after a vehicle stop. Agents ultimately arrested Chavez, who they confirmed was a native of Guatemala in the country illegally, and took him to the Atlanta field office for processing.
During the intake process, officers determined that Chavez was wanted on outstanding warrants out of Fulton County.
“This case highlights the importance of the rigorous enforcement of all U.S. immigration laws. This individual was encountered during a targeted enforcement action. Through the investigative skills of the arresting deportation officers, Chavez will answer to the murder charges,” said Sean Gallagher, field office director for Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in Atlanta. “As Acting ICE Director Homan has made it clear, ICE continues to focus its focus its enforcement resources on individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety, and border security."
He added that ICE "will not exempt classes or categories of aliens not lawfully present in the United States from potential enforcement" and that "all of those in violation of the immigration laws may be subject to immigration arrest, detention and, if found removable by final order, removal from the United States.”