Catawba County Double Murder Suspect Illegal Alien, Sheriff Says

CATAWBA COUNTY – A double murder of a mother and her son was committed in Conover Sunday night and the sheriffs department say (and ICE confirm) suspect, Gonzalo Salinas-Cisheros, is an illegal alien.


“[…] Gonzalo Salinas-Cisheros, 24, was charged with two counts of murder after 43-year-old Brandi Rodriquez and her 24-year-old son, Jessie Rodriquez, were found shot to death inside a home on White Tail Circle in Conover.

Deputies said they responded to the home around 11:45 p.m. after reports of “persons shot.”

Sheriff Don Brown said Salinas-Cisheros told them he was in the country illegally when he was taken into custody and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed that information. […]”

The police found drugs along with the bodies and the murder weapon when the arrived. The suspect is not being bonded, understandably, but, even if he was, Sheriff Don Brown wanted to make it clear that in Catawba County they do everything they can to screen and remove criminal illegal aliens via cooperation with federal authorities.

“[…] The sheriff said ICE has now issued an immigration detainer and an order for his arrest.

“Once they come into our facility, we are going to run the same queries to find out why they’re here or if they’re wanted by any other jurisdiction, whether it’s local, state or federal, and we’re going to honor them,” Brown said.

Search warrants said Salinas-Cisheros admitted to investigators that he murdered both the mother and her son. […]”

That’s what Catawba County should expect from their law enforcement, and it’s too bad that every county sheriff in the state doesn’t feel the same way. Luckily, the vast majority of them do.

Read more witness accounts and details of the police response here.

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