On Dec. 28, 39-year-old Eulalio Miniz Orozco was arrested in Santa Rosa on charges of attempted murder in a Dec. 21 stabbing incident. Now, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has revealed that Orozco is an illegal immigrant who had previously been deported seven times. Orozco is also known as Ricardo Velasquez-Romero, according to ICE.
Authorities allege that Velasquez stabbed another man in the neck while both were eating separately in a restaurant last month, according to a report in SF Gate. They say Velasquez has lived in Santa Rosa for two months and was “detained without incident around 7 p.m.” a week after he stabbed another man.
According to SF Gate: As seen on a surveillance video at the restaurant, on the evening of Dec. 21, two men were sitting at separate tables and eating at Lola’s Market. They did not speak to each other throughout their meals. Apparently without provocation, one of the men stood up and stabbed the other in the neck, then fled the scene. The victim, a 61-year-old man, was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. He remained in the hospital Thursday and his condition was upgraded to stable.
The Daily Caller reports that a spokesman for ICE told them about Velasquez’s immigration status and reentry history. They report: ICE placed a detainer on Velasquez on Dec 28 “in connection to a stabbing that occurred in Santa Rosa, Calif,” ICE spokesman James Schwab told TheDC.
“Department of Homeland Security (DHS) databases show Mr. Velasquez has been repatriated to his native Mexico seven times since 2007. Records indicate Mr. Velasquez also has multiple prior criminal convictions, including those from felony drug and weapons charge,” Schwab continued.
Velasquez’s alleged victim is a 61-year-old male who’s condition was upgraded to stable as of Dec 28.
Velasquez’s case is not isolated. A recent report from the Department of Homeland Security found that “372,098 non-U.S. citizen offenders were removed from the United States after conviction of an aggravated felony or two or more felonies,” between October 2011 and September 30, 2017.