A 23-year-old Mexican illegal immigrant is facing murder charges in Missouri.
Luis Rodrigo Perez, was released from the Middlesex County Jail in New Jersey in February of this year (despite Immigration and Customs Enforcement seeking to detain him, according to an ICE press release). He was being held in the jail during December of last year after being charged with domestic violence.
According to police documents, Perez shot and killed two of his former roommates, Steven Marler and Aaron Hampton, at their home in Springfield on Nov. 1. He also wounded two others but they survived. A day after killing Hampton and Marler, Perez allegedly shot and killed Sabrina Starr (who was with him for the first two murders) at her house, the documents say.
The illegal immigrant had additional help in completing these alleged murders. Aaron Anderson was charged as an accomplice with two counts of first-degree murder. According to AP:
Aaron Anderson, 19, told investigators that he was waiting with Starr in an SUV outside Hampton and Marler’s home when Perez shot them. Anderson said he was on the phone with Perez at the time and that he could hear the victims 'begging for their lives.'
There is no known motive for the shootings, at this time. But it should be noted that Perez and Anderson were recently kicked out of Hampton and Marler’s home.
Perez’s girlfriend, Dalia Garcia, was also involved. She has been charged with tampering with evidence and is in jail on a $75,000 bond.
According to the ICE press release, Perez has a known violent history and that left federal authorities to wonder why the ICE detainer was not honored.
“Yet again, an ICE detainer was ignored and a dangerous criminal alien was released to the streets and is now charged with killing three people,” said ICE Acting Executive Associate Director Corey Price. “Had ICE’s detainer request in December 2017 been honored by Middlesex County Jail, Luis Rodrigo Perez would have been placed in deportation proceedings and likely sent home to his country – and three innocent people might be alive today. It is past time that localities realize the perils of dangerous sanctuary policies and resume their primary goal of protecting their residents.”