ICE was able to arrest a man who had escaped from an Illinois prison in 2003, as part of the national operation targeting criminals illegally residing in the U.S.
A spokesperson for ICE says Jorge Soberanis-Rumaldo was arrested on Friday, and is a Mexican national who has been residing in the U.S. illegally.
Jorge Soberanis-Rumaldo was arrested in Atlanta in his home where he has been living since he escaped prison. His original sentence was supposed to be eight years in Stateville Correctional Center on a felony charge of cocaine possession in March 2003. He escaped while on work release in June 2003.
He was booked into an Atlanta jail and is awaiting extradition to Illinois, where authorities say he will likely face deportation.
An escapee from Stateville prison in Joliet 14 years ago was back in federal custody in Atlanta on Sunday, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. An ICE team targeting criminal illegal immigrants arrested Jorge Soberanis-Rumaldo as part of a targeted enforcement operation, ICE spokesman Bryan Cox tells the ABC7 I-Team. Officials said Soberanis-Rumaldo was in the U.S. unlawfully.
He was convicted of a felony cocaine charge in Cook County in March 2003, Cox said. Soberanis-Rumaldo was sentenced to eight years in prison, but escaped while on a work detail from Stateville Correctional Center in June 2003. ICE agents in Atlanta booked Soberanis-Rumaldo into the DeKalb County jail there. He is awaiting extradition to Illinois.
ICE officials say they have lodged an immigration detainer against Soberanis and will seek to remove him from the United States following the resolution of any criminal charges he may face.
The Mexican national was arrested at his home in Atlanta. How long he had been living there and what he has been doing for 14 years as an escaped fugitive are not known. Soberanis-Rumaldo was on Illinois Ten Most Wanted Fugitives at the time of his arrest Friday morning.
“ICE is focused on identifying, arresting and removing public safety threats, such as convicted criminal aliens and gang members, as well as individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws,” said ICE Atlanta official Sean Gallagher.