ERIE, PA (Erie News Now) – Erie News Now has learned the man charged in connection to a drug deal turned shootout outside a hotel on Erie’s bayfront Thursday was scheduled to be deported prior to the incident.
Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials confirm to us that Jermaine Belgrave is a citizen of Belize and was in the U.S. illegally.
Belgrave was first arrested Nov. 28, 2017 for immigration violations by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Chicago special agents, according to ICE.
ICE said on June 19, 2018, Belgrave was ordered to be deported from the U.S. by a judge. However, Belgrave was released under supervision in Nov. 2018 because ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Chicago determined “there was not a significant likelihood of imminent removal.”
Belgrave, 36, of Chicago, has a lengthy criminal history in his home country of Belize, which is in Central America. He’s known to many as a notorious criminal there.
Erie Police said Belgrave traveled to Erie with three others from Chicago to sell a kilo of heroin for $80,000; they are calling it an upper-level drug deal. Belgrave faces drugs, weapons and assault charges after Erie police said he fired back at the duo who stole his dope.
Erie News Now also earlier reported:
“We would say here in Belize that he’s been known to the police, and he’s reputedly a member of a criminal gang when he was here,” said Rowland Parks, a journalist with the Amandala Newspaper in Belize.
As a longtime journalist, Parks is familiar with Belgrave, reporting on the numerous crimes he has been charged with. We spoke with Parks over the phone on Tuesday.
From armed robberies and shootings, to attempted murder and even murder, Parks said the list of crimes Belgrave allegedly committed is lengthy. He said Belgrave was a member of a well-known Belize gang called the Taylor Alley Gang.
Parks covered Belgrave’s murder trial in 2015 for a 2010 homicide case.
Police say Belgrave shot Cleo Robinson in 2010. Robinson died a year later from his injuries. Robinson was able to identify Belgrave as the man who shot him.
Belgrave remains in an Erie hospital recovering from a gunshot wound to the chest. He is reportedly in stable condition. He was arraigned on 9 criminal counts, and his bond was set at $500,000.