Carlos Eduardo Arevalo Carranza, a Salvadoran illegal alien who’s got a rap sheet about as long as the Rio Grande, was arrested in California Tuesday and charged with murdering a 59-year-old woman in February.
Bambi Larson was found stabbed to death in her San Jose home by her son and a coworker after she failed to show up for work on Feb. 28. Police say Carranza stalked Larson before finally killing her, saying they’ve got surveillance video showing him entering and exiting Larson’s home around the time of the murder.
According to the local NBC affiliate, Carranza was a well-known criminal and gang member who U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said they’d tried to deport nine times before, but couldn’t because their detainers were repeatedly ignored by both Los Angeles and Santa Clara counties. The report notes that in Santa Clara County alone, Carranza had a criminal history including kidnapping, drug possession, battery on a police officer, trespassing and burglary, and had been diagnosed with psychosis back in 2016. An ICE official added that Carranza had been convicted of 10 crimes in just the past three years, but had been continually released per sanctuary city policies without ICE being notified.
Now, immigration agents and local law enforcement officials want to know why.
"How many more people have to be killed or injured before California lawmakers will open discussions to revise the state policy prohibiting local law enforcement agencies from working with ICE to apprehend dangerous criminal aliens?" ICE Field Office Director Erik Bonnar said in a statement, per NBC. "It’s unfortunate that our communities face dangerous consequences because of inflexible state laws that protect criminal aliens. These sanctuary policies have unintended, but very real, and often tragic consequences to public safety."
San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia put the blame on the state, saying in a press conference Tuesday that his department didn’t make the rules that require them to ignore ICE detainers and free dangerous criminal aliens.
"The City of San Jose and our police department has no control over how the county interacts with federal immigration enforcement or deportation of violent or serious felons like Carlos Arrevala Carranza," Garcia said. "Those policies are not set at our level."
Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith agreed, saying she disagrees with current state and local policies that force her department to release illegal aliens who’ve been convicted of violent crimes.
“Carlos Arevalo is a violent predator who should have remained in custody until officials with ICE had the appropriate time to evaluate his immigration status. It has been my long standing position that all undocumented immigrants who are a serious or violent felons, should be held for ICE evaluations. I will advocate to change the county policy to try to prevent this from happening again.”
Carranza has been booked in jail and charged with murder.