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ICE ERO Boston arrests 2 convicted fugitives wanted by Brazilian authorities for murder, robbery

BOSTON – Officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Boston, arrested brothers Deivide Lino-Ribeiro and James Lino-Ribeiro, two criminal fugitives convicted on murder and robbery charges in Brazil, following the issuance of warrants for their arrest by Brazilian law enforcement authorities. The case was referred to ERO Boston by the ERO attaché in Brasilia, Brazil. The brothers, who both posed a clear threat to public safety based on their homicide and aggravated robbery convictions in Brazil, were arrested without incident near Everett, Massachusetts, on May 13.

“With the arrest of these two dangerous fugitives, the residents of New England can sleep safer and more secure tonight,” said LaDeon Francis, Acting Field Office Director, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations, Boston. “I’m very proud of the unrelenting work of our officers in the apprehension of these convicted fugitives. The continued coordination with our law enforcement partners ensures criminals like the Lino-Ribeiro brothers are held accountable for their crimes. These arrests are true testimony to the tireless, courageous work of a great law enforcement team.”

In 2020, Deivide Lino-Ribeiro, 31, was convicted in Brazil for homicide and aggravated robbery in a violent 2014 gas station robbery in the City of Mantena, Brazil that resulted in the death of a gas station cashier. His brother James Lino-Ribeiro, 28, who was an accomplice to his brother in the robbery, was also convicted in Brazil in 2020 of aggravated robbery in the attack.

Deivide Lino-Ribeiro was sentenced to 36 years in prison in Brazil for his crimes; James Lino-Ribeiro was sentenced to 19 years in prison in Brazil for his crimes. Both brothers, who absconded and illegally entered the United States, subsequently received final orders of removal by a U.S. federal immigration judge Jan. 2, 2020.

On April 7, 2022, Brazilian Federal Police notified the ERO assistant attaché for removal for Brazil, Janee Aska, that arrest warrants had been issued for the two Ribeiro brothers. Assistant Attaché Aska then notified ICE ERO Boston Fugitive Operations of the warrants and the request for administrative removal action.

Both Ribeiro brothers are now being held in ERO custody pending removal and transfer to federal law enforcement authorities in Brazil.

ICE focuses its civil immigration enforcement priorities on the apprehension and removal of noncitizens who pose a threat to our national security, public safety, and border security.

Members of the public who have information about foreign fugitives are urged to contact ICE by calling the ICE Tip Line at 1 (866) DHS-2-ICE or internationally at 001-1802-872-6199. They can also file a tip online by completing ICE’s online tip form.

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