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Peruvian fugitive wanted for armed robbery extradited

WASHINGTON –U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) deportation officers removed a Peruvian man wanted in his home country for aggravated robbery.

On Aug. 12, Ricardo Florencio Pelayo Vilchez was removed from the United States escorted by ERO officers. Pelayo arrived at Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima where he was transferred into the custody of Peruvian authorities.

“Once again, our skilled officers successfully apprehended a wanted fugitive who is accused of a violent crime abroad and sought to hide in the U.S.,” said Lyle A. Boelens, acting field office director for ERO Washington. “Today’s announcement demonstrates our continued commitment to deny refuge to those looking to hide from another country’s courts.”

Pelayo entered the U.S. at an unknown location without admission or parole by an immigration officer. On Sept. 28, 2010, ERO Washington officers arrested Pelayo in Alexandria, Va. and issued him a notice to appear before an immigration judge.

On Nov. 3, 2010, an immigration judge granted Pelayo an immigration bond and ERO Washington released Pelayo from custody.

On Nov. 16, 2015, Interpol issued a public Red Notice identifying Pelayo as a wanted fugitive for charges of armed robbery in Peru.

On March 14, 2019, The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (USDC-EDV) issued an arrest warrant for the extradition of Pelayo to Peru for aggravated robbery. The U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) arrested Pelayo March 19.

On March 20, ERO Washington lodged a detainer with USMS. On May 14, USDC-EDV granted Pelayo a personal recognizance bond and ERO officers took custody of Pelayo upon his release from Marshals custody.

An immigration judge ordered Pelayo removed to Peru June 25. Pelayo remained in ICE custody pending his removal from the U.S. Aug. 12.

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