San Jose Police Chief: State's Policies Shielded Suspected Murderer
The Department of Homeland Security previously deported the 24-year-old Salvadorian national in Texas; however, he later crossed the border successfully and traveled to California, where he gained notoriety with arrests for possession of meth, kidnapping, and burglary.
Between 2014 and Monday, California law enforcement arrested Carranza 10 times.
ICE asked the police to hold Carranza six of those times, but because of California's sanctuary policies, local law enforcement had to ignore those detainer requests. (SFist)
The latest revelations in the murder of Larson in suburban San Jose are guaranteed to direct the Fox News outrage machine toward the Bay Area once again. The initial details in Monday’s arrest of suspect Carlos Eduardo Arevalo Carranza, accused of breaking into Larson’s home on February 28 and stabbing her repeatedly, described the 24-year-old as a “transient,” “undocumented,” and “a Salvadorian national.” But his background is beginning to sound more alarming, as KGO reports that ICE had tried to detain him at least half a dozen times, and that station now describes him as a “self-admitted gang member with a long history of arrests.”
"In 2015 he was arrested for paraphernalia,” San Jose police chief Eddie Garcia told KGO. “In 2015, he was convicted of burglary in San Jose. In 2016, battery of an officer, resisting arrest and entering and occupying a property." DNA evidence has tied Carranza to Larson’s murder.
#BREAKING Undocumented immigrant arrested for murdering a San Jose woman inside her home. Carlos Carranza has a long criminal history and 6 prior ICE detainers. @nbcbayarea https://t.co/qCSLiOSWMO pic.twitter.com/8EXDFEtDsC— Janelle Wang (@janellewang) March 12, 2019
San Jose mayor Sam Liccardo decried the policy too. “It is long overdue for the County to reconsider its current policy of ignoring ICE hold requests for predatory felons, which undermines the safety of the very immigrant communities we collectively seek to protect,” he said in a statement. “The County's policy has nothing to do with the City's decades-long policy of declining to have police engage in federal immigration enforcement, which was implemented to protect public safety. In contrast, the current County policy of ignoring detainer requests for individuals arrested for strike offenses and convicted of multiple felonies undermines public safety, and violates common sense.”
Here’s a look a the memorial outside of Bambi Larson’s San Jose home. Police say the man arrested for killing her is in the country illegally and has a long criminal history. @abc7newsbayarea pic.twitter.com/9uhRPXJ8JO— Jobina Fortson (@JobinaFortson) March 13, 2019
A neighbor of Larson’s who spoke to KGO agreed. "I'm always surprised by the ones that have a long record," Thousand Oaks resident Ron Hines told the station. "How do they keep getting out? The justice system sometimes I think just fails us in that respect."
Carlos Carranza arrested Monday for the murder of 59-year-old Bambi Larson, who was found dead at her home in San Jose February 28.— John H 🇺🇸 (@hpjohn1) March 13, 2019
Police say Carranza, who has no address and is a known gang member, stalked Larson. sanctuary cities protected him from ICE. https://t.co/SVLsy9dqvf