U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement press release...
NEW YORK CITY, NY - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested a Salvadoran national and documented member of the transnational criminal street gang known as “18th Street,” wanted in his home country on charges of manslaughter/murder, injury causing death, and gang participation.
ERO New York’s Fugitive Operations Team, assisted by Special Response Team (SRT), arrested Jose Magdaleno Lopez-Calderon, 26, in Queens, New York, May 20.
U.S Border Patrol (USBP) agents initially encountered Lopez-Calderon in September 2013, after he illegally entered the U.S. without inspection, near Rio Grande Valley, Texas, and was later transferred to ICE custody pending removal proceedings. In December 2013, an immigration judge granted Lopez-Calderon bond and he was released from ICE custody after he posted bond.
In May 2017, the New York Police Department (NYPD) arrested Lopez-Calderon for driving while intoxicated and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. The Kings County Criminal Court of the State of New York convicted him for the crime in December 2019.
In June 2018, NYPD arrested Lopez-Calderon for fare evasion, but released him from custody before ICE could lodge a detainer in order to take him into custody as he violated the conditions of his bond release.
In March 2019, ERO’s Transnational Law Enforcement Operations Unit (TLEO) advised ERO New York that Lopez-Calderon was the subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice for murder in El Salvador, and the suspect may be residing in the New York metropolitan area.
The NYPD again arrested Lopez-Calderon on Sept. 28, 2019, for second-degree assault: intent to cause serious injury with a weapon; third-degree assault: with intent to cause physical injury; two counts of second-degree harassment: physical contact; and third-degree menacing.
On the same date, ERO officers lodged a detainer with the New York City Department of Correction (NYCDOC). NYCDOC did not honor the detainer and Lopez-Calderon, who had a pending felony charge, was released from local custody and released back into the community.
Following his most recent arrest by ICE officers on May 20, Lopez-Calderon will remain in custody pending the completion of removal proceedings before a federal immigration judge.
“The multiple arrests of Lopez-Calderon are another example of how New York City politicians jeopardize public safety by allowing dangerous criminals – wanted for committing heinous crimes in their home countries – to be turned loose to commit crimes in our communities,” said Thomas R. Decker, field office director of ERO New York. “The misguided policies of these sanctuary cities not only undermine our nation’s immigration laws passed by Congress; they embolden dangerous criminals like Lopez-Calderon to seek refuge in cities that do not honor ICE detainers.”