Thanks to the tragic murder of 20-year-old Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts, a national debate is now intensifying about crimes committed in the U.S. by illegal aliens and whether they are more or less dangerous to law-abiding citizens.
That debate is far from resolved — but what is clear is that many of the crimes committed by illegal aliens go unreported by the national mainstream media.
They won’t report it, but LifeZette and many local media will.
Just in the past 24 hours, here’s a sampling of what has been reported in local media outlets:
1.) Sex with a 14-year-old girl. Eliezer Merino, age 24, is accused by local authorities of luring a 14-year-old girl via text messages and having sex with her, according to myarklamiss.com in Monroe, Louisiana. Merino was deported twice before, in 2012 and 2013.
“The parents of the teen told officers they believed an ‘illegal immigrant’ was sexting and having sex with their 14-year-old daughter … A detective assigned to the case learned on Monday that Merino picked up the girl at her home on Sunday, and she had not been in touch with her parents since that date,” myarklamiss.com reported.
“The teen was found on Thursday and interviewed. Per the affidavit, she said she did have sex with Merino, and they discussed sex via text messages and with pictures multiple times.”
Merino was charged with “three counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile, computer-aided solicitation of a minor, first-offense possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Bail was set at $330,750.”
2.) Attempted kidnapping of a woman. Omar Sanchez, age 22, was arrested by Jasper, Alabama, police and charged with second-degree kidnapping and enticing a child. Also known as Bernardo Castro-Gabriel, according to WBRC-TV in Birmingham, Alabama, he is a native of Honduras who is in the U.S. illegally.
“Authorities also say the suspect attempted to lure two teenagers into a vehicle before the attempted kidnapping,” WBRC reported. “Gabriel is being held in the Walker County Jail on a $1 million cash bond.”
3.) Setting hospital emergency room bed on fire. A highly intoxicated Henry Padilla-Martinez, 20, was picked up by suburban police in the Washington, D.C., region and taken to Washington Adventist, a local hospital, according to WJLA-TV. Padilla-Martinez is a native of Honduras.
“Hospital staff found [Padilla-Martinez] wandering the halls of the ER. As an employee attempted to guide Padilla-Martinez back to his room, he noticed the drunken man’s hospital bed was ablaze. Staff ran to grab a fire extinguisher and frantically sprayed down the bed to prevent the fire from spreading further,” WJLA reported.
“Firefighters were called to the hospital. The visible damage included burnt linens, melted plastic framing, and discolored flooring. Padilla-Martinez’s room was located directly across from the main nurse’s station.”
There were 20 medical staff members and 15 other patients in the ER when Padilla-Martinez set his hospital bed on fire. Washington Adventist has more than 200 beds in its overall facility. He was charged with reckless endangerment and malicious burning. He could face up to 10 years in prison and will be deported.
4.) Caught in Massachusetts, wanted for murder in El Salvador. Salvadoran Jose Daniel Guerra Castanda — aka, to his fellow MS-13 gang members, as “El Pleitisto,” or “The Arguer” — was arrested this week in New Bedford, Massachusetts, by ICE agents, according to WBSM.
Castanda “was the subject of an Interpol Red notice” because he is wanted on for murder in El Salvador.
It is not presently known how long he has been in the U.S., but the Boston Immigration and Customs Enforcement office learned of his presence in New Bedford from one of the agency’s Virginia offices.