Feds Capture Fleeing Mexican Murder Suspect in California


By: Jim Kouri, CPP

The National Association of Chiefs of Police received another in a long line of reports regarding illegal alien fugitives wanted for murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault and other serious crimes.

A man from Mexico, wanted in his native country for the deadly ambush of a man in the state of Michoacán 12 years ago, was turned over to the Mexican authorities on Monday following his capture here earlier this week by enforcement teams headed by Los Angeles-based officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Marshals Service.

Rafael Ramirez-Avina, 47, was turned over to representatives from the Mexican Attorney General’s Office at the border crossing in San Ysidro, CA, amid tight security. Ramirez’s repatriation comes two days after his arrest on administrative immigration violations in Salinas, Calif. He was taken into custody without incident at his apartment.

Ramirez is wanted in Mexico for gunning down a man along a rural road near the village of Churintzio in January 1997. According to the Mexican Attorney General’s office, Ramirez and seven other armed assailants ambushed the victim, Genaro Bravo-Bravo, firing more than 100 bullets at his truck before opening the vehicle’s door and shooting him at point-blank range with a shotgun.

It is not known if the suspect committed violent crimes while on the run in the US.

Ramirez’s capture was carried out by ICE detention and removal officers from San Francisco and members of the agency’s Fugitive Alien Removal Unit in Los Angeles. Also participating in the arrest were officers from the U.S. Marshals Service Pacific Southwest Regional Task Force and the Salinas Police Department.

“International fugitives are not beyond the reach of justice,” said Brian DeMore, field office director for ICE’s Office of Detention and Removal Operations in Los Angeles. “ICE is using its unique immigration enforcement authorities not only to see justice served, but to protect law abiding citizens on both sides of the border from this type of senseless violence.”

“These cases vividly show how cooperation among law enforcement agencies at the local and international levels produces positive results,” said Thomas Hession, chief inspector of the U.S. Marshals Service Pacific Southwest Regional Task Force. “We’ve arrested a dangerous fugitive who will now have to face justice in his home country for the violent crime he’s committed, and for that, our streets are safer.”

Since January 2006, officers with the ICE’s FAR Unit, working closely with the U.S. Marshals Service and the other agencies on the Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force, have captured more than 80 foreign nationals being sought in their native countries for serious crimes. More than two-thirds of those suspects were wanted on murder charges.



Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he’s a staff writer for the New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he’s the former blog editor for the House Conservatives Fund’s weblog. Recently, the editors at Examiner.com appointed him as their Law Enforcement Examiner. Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty.

He’s former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed “Crack City” by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He’s also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He’s a news writer for NewswithViews.com and PHXnews.com. He’s also a columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he’s syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. He’s appeared as on-air commentator for over 300 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. If you wish to receive Kouri’s emailed law enforcement and intelligence reports, write to him at COPmagazine@aol.com. Simply write “Free Subscription” on the subject line.

About The Author Jim Kouri, CPP:
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a columnist for The Examiner (examiner.com) and New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc. To subscribe to Kouri's newsletter write to COPmagazine@aol.com and write "Subscription" on the subject line.
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