A man detained on suspicion of recently murdering a New Orleans mother was arrested in the city in 2015 for a similar crime.
In the 2015 case, Irwin Gomez-Colon faced charges of rape, kidnapping and domestic abuse battery involving strangulation. Due to inconsistencies in the victim’s statements and lack of corroboration with physical evidence, the district attorney’s office refused the charges against Gomez-Colon.
Police records revealed that the 2015 victim viewed Gomez-Colon as a family friend and invited him into her home where the two talked for about a half hour before Gomez-Colon asked to use the bathroom. He returned wielding a knife he had obtained in the victim’s kitchen, forced her into a bedroom and raped her.
Gomez-Colon fled following the assault but was later arrested.
In the current case, Gomez-Colon, 31, faces second-degree murder charges. He was arrested in Jefferson Parish for allegedly killing Nancy Yahaira Gonzalez-Rodriguez, whose bloodied body was found with her 4-year-old son crying beside her. Gonzalez-Rodriguez was sexually assaulted, strangled, and stabbed more than 20 times.
Prior to the recent incident, Gomez-Colon was detained in Texas for illegal presence in the United States. According to an ICE representative, his case was administratively dismissed.
After searching in their inmate records system, the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office claimed to have found no record of a detainer request from ICE. When contacted regarding the issue, ICE noted that they cannot dispute the sheriff’s office due to a policy in effect in 2015 that required ICE to send a detainer request following a conviction—not after an arrest.
The policy has since been revised to allow for detainer requests for illegal aliens to be sent following an arrest, and one was issued this week by ICE for Gomez-Colon.
If released from the Jefferson Parish Jail, ICE would immediately initiate immigration enforcement proceedings against Gomez-Colon.
Gomez-Colon is a Honduran National illegally in the United States.
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