A Mexican fugitive wanted in connection with a man’s 2010 kidnapping and murder in Mexico was arrested earlier this year in Antioch and was deported today, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. Pablo Christian Larumbe Rojas, 34, was turned over to Mexican law enforcement officers at a San Diego-area border crossing today, about four months after being arrested at the Antioch hotel where he worked under an alias, ICE officials said.
Larumbe was arrested in connection with the disappearance of Carlos Palomares Maldonado in the Mexico City area in 2010. ICE officials said the victim apparently owed Larumbe and his associates about $3,000 and offered to settle the debt by handing over his extensive collection of Star Wars memorabilia. However, after Palomares went to Larumbe’s home on Sept. 22, 2010, he was never seen or heard from again, according to ICE. Larumbe came to the U.S. in 2011 on a visitor visa allowing him to remain in the country for six months.
Ana María Maldonado Chávez standing in front of banner with name and photo of her missing son, Carlos Palomares Maldonado. Ana and other mothers of missing and kidnapped children or other family members went on a hunger strike to force Mexican police to investigate the disappearances and kidnappings.
Following his February arrest in Antioch, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations placed Larumbe in removal proceedings. On June 4, an immigration judge ordered Larumbe to be deported, ICE officials said. “The so-called ‘force’ was definitely not with Mr. Larumbe during his capture and subsequent removal to Mexico,” said Timothy Aitken, ICE field office director in San Francisco. “This fugitive’s arrest and repatriation are the direct result of the ongoing cooperation between U.S. law enforcement and our Mexican counterparts. Violent criminals who believe they can evade justice by fleeing to the U.S. should be on notice they will find no refuge here,” Aitken said.
Since October 2009, ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations has deported more than 720 foreign fugitives in the U.S. who were being sought in their home countries for serious crimes such as rape, murder and kidnapping, immigration officials said.
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