A Mexican man, who is wanted for homicide in Anaheim, California, was arrested on Wednesday, Sept. 11 in Houston, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced on Monday, Sept. 16. He has been deported three times already.
Leopoldo Serrano Vargas was arrested for illegally re-entering the United States after having been deported, which is a felony, officials said. The illegal alien also goes by the names Leonel Serrano Vargas and Ricardo Hernandez, and is thought to be between 44 and 46 years old.
He is wanted on an outstanding warrant in California for allegedly murdering Luis Garcia Bucio in October 2000, according to ICE.
Serrano Vargas illegally entered the U.S. three times over the course of eight days in December 2006. Authorities deported him back to Mexico on Dec. 12, Dec. 14 and Dec. 18, ICE said.
In 2006, he entered the country illegally a fourth time and has remained here since then, officials said.
“For almost two decades, this criminal alien fugitive has gone to tremendous lengths to avoid detection by law enforcement authorities for his alleged crimes in California,” said Patrick Contreras, field office director for ICE Houston.
“Our ICE Fugitive Operations team tracked down and arrested Serrano Vargas, removing a potentially dangerous criminal alien from our community and ensuring that he will face prosecution for his alleged crimes,” he added.
Serrano Vargas will remain in ICE custody in Texas before facing state criminal charges in California.