On May 7th 2018, Jessica Parks, A Preschool Teacher in Indianapolis, was walking to work when she became a victim of a hit and run. Juana Noemi Loa-Nunez, a woman who is in the U.S. illegally from Mexico, hit Jessica and tried to flee the scene. According to reports, Police say several motorists chased Loa-Nunez’s car and boxed it in to prevent her from fleeing further.
Loa-Nunez was arrested on charges of leaving the scene of an accident causing serious bodily injury, and operating a vehicle having never received a license.
The day after Loa-Nunez’s arrest, ICE released this statement:
On May 8, 2018, deportation officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) placed an immigration detainer and an administrative arrest warrant with the Marion County (Indiana) Jail, following Loa-Nunez’s local arrest on criminal charges.
According to reports, Loa-Nunez posted $250 cash bond to be released just 3 days later, despite ICE placing a detainer on her.
ICE released the following statement:
Without any regard for the safety of its citizens, on May 10, Marion County brazenly ignored an immigration detainer and released a Mexican woman from its jail without first notifying U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The woman it released is an illegal alien who is accused of hitting and badly injuring a pedestrian, and then fleeing the scene before being pursued and stopped by conscientious citizens. Marion County allowed this woman to go free, and she continues to be a danger to anyone else who happens to be on the same road she drives.
As law enforcement professionals, ICE and Marion County should both have the same ultimate goal in mind — to protect the public by combating criminals and holding those who break our laws accountable. ICE helps fulfill that role by removing criminal aliens and other immigration violators from the streets, and from the United States. ICE can do its job more effectively when local officials actively work to protect its citizens by honoring ICE immigration detainers.