An illegal alien from Guatemala was arrested for allegedly attacking a female jogger just one day after he was released from detention by Denver authorities.
According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 23-year-old Julio Andres Gonzalez-Palacios, a Guatemalan national, was arrested by the Denver Police Department on July 9 for assault and burglary. ICE said they requested to be notified 48 hours prior to his release so they could pick him up for immigration violations, but claims that the Denver Justice Center ignored the request and released Gonzalez-Palacios back into the community on July 10.
Denver authorities say they gave ICE a heads up before letting him go, but admitted they only gave them about 3 hours notice.
Just one day later, on July 11, ICE says Gonzalez-Palacios was again arrested – this time for reportedly assaulting a female jogger who was running on High Line Canal Trail in Aurora, Colorado, an attack that landed her in the hospital with serious injuries.
“This was a completely preventable crime,” said John Fabbricatore, field office director, ERO Denver. “Gonzalez-Palacios could have been safely transferred to ICE custody and he may have been removed from the country, but due to Colorado’s misguided sanctuary law, law enforcement agencies are no longer able to work with us to keep repeat offenders off the streets.”
But not only had he been arrested and released just prior to this attack – ICE says Gonzalez-Palacios had been convicted of multiple misdemeanors in and around the Denver area since 2017 including for theft, assault, failure to appear and trespassing, but had been released back onto the streets each time.
As for how he got into the country in the first place, ICE says Gonzalez-Palacios had come into the U.S. through Florida on a non-immigrant visa, but had overstayed his ordered departure date of June 3, 2017.
Gonzalez-Palacios is now being held in the Arapahoe County Jail and has again been placed under an immigration detainer.
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