A Guatemalan national who is wanted in connection with a 2003 murder in Atlanta, was arrested Thursday morning in Atlanta by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement’s Removal Operations’ (ERO) Fugitive Operations Team (FUG OPS).
Carlos Chavez, 34, has been a fugitive since March 2003 when a superior court judge in Fulton County, Georgia, issued a warrant for Chavez’s arrest. Chavez is accused of shooting and killing Francisco Chavez (no relation) with a handgun.
On Aug. 3, the Atlanta FUG OPS team was conducting a targeted enforcement action, when they saw a male subject matching the description of their target leaving a residence on Cumberland Drive in Atlanta. The team conducted a vehicle stop and a field interview to establish the target’s identity. The ICE officers determined that Chavez had entered the country illegally. Chavez was arrested and transported to the Atlanta Field Office for processing.
During the intake process, officers determined that Chavez had an outstanding arrest warrant in Fulton County for murder. ERO transferred custody of Chavez to the Atlanta Police Department and subsequently lodged an ICE detainer to hold Chavez for future immigration proceedings.