BOSTON, MA (The Boston Globe) – The Mexican national charged with killing a crew member on a Virginia-based fishing boat Sunday in waters off Massachusetts was arrested in March for allegedly trying to strangle his young wife in Virginia, according to police and court records.
Franklin Freddy Meave Vazquez, 27, is expected to appear in federal court in Boston this week to face charges in Sunday’s bludgeoning and fatal stabbing of one crew member, identified only by the initials J.S., and attempted murder of a second victim, identified as R.H., on board the Captain Billy Haver.
An incident report from Newport News, Va., police shows that Vazquez, who is living in the US illegally, had previously been charged with assaulting and abducting his 20-year-old wife in that state in the predawn hours of March 8.
“The victim … reported that her husband assaulted her by attempting to strangle her at approximately 2:00 a.m.,” the report said. “After getting free she attempted to call a family member for help, but the suspect, her husband, Franklin Freddy Vazquez … took her phone and refused to let her leave. The victim began screaming after Mr. Vasquez repeatedly pushed her and only stopped when she agreed to stop screaming.”
The report said the woman tried to call 911, but Vazquez “took her phones. She was eventually able to make contact with a family member who came and picked her up. The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries. At 8:45 p.m., officers went to Mr. Vasquez’s residence and arrested him.”
He was charged with multiple counts in Virginia including abduction by force, intimidation, or deception and assault on a family member, police said. It wasn’t immediately clear how that case was resolved.
An affidavit in the federal case in Massachusetts said Vazquez was released on bond in the Virginia matter and placed into immigration proceedings on April 2. He was released from ICE custody on April 23, the filing said.
Lindsay McDannold, the Virginia woman’s mother, said Vazquez has a history of heroin addiction and had been charged with drug offenses in that state.
“I just don’t understand how a known drug addict [and] violent criminal can be [permitted] … to stay in this country,” McDannold said. “We seriously need to look at that.”
She said the murder victim on the fishing vessel “could have been my daughter. … For [Vazquez] to have freaked out the way he did, he had to have a break in reality.”
In a statement, ICE said its agents encountered Vazquez “at the Norfolk City Jail in Virginia through its Criminal Alien Program in March 2018 after he was arrested by the Newport News Police Department on forcible abduction charges, which are still pending.”
The agency said Vazquez entered ICE custody upon his release from jail.
“Despite ICE’s objections, an immigration judge granted Meave-Vazquez bond. ICE had to release him from custody April 27 after he posted bond,” the statement said. “Vazquez’s immigration case remains in proceedings before an immigration judge. ICE is closely monitoring his case to determine next steps to ensure he no longer poses a public safety threat.”