Failure to enforce immigration laws has again left an innocent woman shot to death, another wounded, a teenager sexually assaulted and a judge on the warpath.
Illegal alien Juan Emmanual Razo, 35, is accused of fatally shooting a 60-year-old woman, attempting to kill another woman and attempting to rape his 14-year-old niece on Monday, weeks after the U.S Border Patrol refused to take him into custody because he hadn’t committed a crime besides entering the country illegally, WKYC reported.
All of that could have been prevented if the U.S Border Patrol saw fit to do its job on July 7 when Lake County, Ohio, sheriff’s deputies investigating a suspicious vehicle detained Razo and contacted the Border Patrol.
The Border Patrol said Razo was in the country illegally, but advised deputies to release him because he had no criminal record in the United States, according to WKYC.
That decision proved fatal.
According to the News-Herald, authorities were called around 10:45 a.m. Monday when Razo’s 14-year-old niece ran into a veterinarian’s office and told the staff there that her uncle tried to rape her in a nearby park.
While waiting for a warrant to arrest Razo, deputies received another call at 2:43 p.m. reporting that a woman walking with two children had been shot in the left arm on a walking trail in the vicinity.
According to Lake County Sheriff Daniel Dunlap, the children were unharmed and the woman is expected to recover.
About 4:18 p.m., a deputy participating in the manhunt for Razo, which included U.S. marshals and the FBI, was approached by William Kostelnik, who said that he had come home and found his, wife Peggy Kostelnik, dead, according to the News-Herald.
The Kostelnik property borders the park where the woman was shot on the walking trail.
According to the coroner, Kostelnik was dead for about an hour and a half when she was discovered.
Hear what Painesville Municipal Court Judge Michael A. Cicconetti had to say to alleged rapist, murder.
During his arraignment Tuesday Razo entered a plea of “not guilty” through a public defender, but could produce no forms of valid U.S. or state identification. A frustrated Judge Michael Cicconetti shouted, “How in the hell do I even know it’s him?” according to WKYC.
“He’s here illegally and we can’t confirm his identity,” Cicconetti said.
“This is a bail hearing and I need to know some facts about this case,” he said. “I have somebody who we don’t know who he is, why he is in this country, why he is here illegally and why he allegedly committed a murder.
“And you can’t answer any questions to identify yourself?”
“I can’t set a bond high enough,” Cicconetti said.
He made it $10 million.