One of three fugitive inmates who escaped from a California jail last week was ordered deported to Vietnam in 1998 but has been in this country racking up a lengthy rap sheet, immigration officials said Tuesday.
Bac Duong, 43, came to the United States legally in 1991 but was ordered removed seven years later, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement.
The order came shortly after he served time in state prison on a 1997 burglary conviction, state records show.
The case is one of thousands involving immigrants convicted of crimes who federal authorities want to deport but haven’t been able to because their native countries wouldn’t take them back.
In 2012, ex-convict Binh Thai Luc was charged with killing five people in San Francisco after Vietnam didn’t issue the travel documents needed to repatriate him.
Immigration officials said they took Duong into custody in 2003 and released him the following year. He continued to check in with authorities as required until 2014, the statement said.
During that time, he also faced a series of charges involving burglary and drug possession and did stints in state prison. Last year, he was charged with attempted murder and assault in the shooting of a man outside a home in Santa Ana.