CHARLOTTE – As more information comes to light about an illegal alien from Honduras charged with kidnapping and attempting to rape and strangle his ex-girlfriend in the woods just off U.S. 521, it becomes apparent that the sanctuary policies of Sheriff Garry McFadden led directly in this case to a completely preventable crime.
Last May, Luis Analberto Pineda-Anchecta, an illegal alien from Honduras living in Mecklenburg County, was arrested for assaulting and threatening his girlfriend. ICE filed a detainer, requesting CMPD merely keep him in custody until they could determine his identity, immigration status, and past criminal history. Reasonable, right?
CMPD ignored the detainer; Pineda-Anchecta to was freed on bond back into the community; and, four days later Pineda-Anchecta kidnapped the same woman, drove her to a wooded area, and told her he was going to kill her.
From the Charlotte Observer:
“[…] They drove down U.S. 521, all the while Pineda-Anchecta maintained “a tight grip on the plastic rope tied around the victim’s face,” the complaint states. The second assailant did not ride with them.
Pineda-Anchect eventually stopped at a wooded area and dragged F.M. out of the car, prosecutors said.
According to the complaint, he tried to rape her. A struggle ensued for 10 minutes. […]
“The tussle ended when he tripped on the plastic rope and fell,” the complaint states. […]
“F.M. pointed to the plastic rope around her neck and used her hands to show signs of strangulation,” prosecutors said. […]”
Luckily the woman escaped to the road and flagged down a motorist. Yet, the woman wouldn’t have been in danger at all had the CMPD simply honored a detainer to exhaust all means of ensuring public safety when those means are available. This man should have never been released after his first arrest, but it gets worse.
The perpetrator fled on foot, and two days later had an hours-long standoff with CMPD SWAT before being arrested. He was charged with assault on a female, communicating threats, assault on a person by strangulation and inflicting physical injury, violation of a domestic violence order and first-degree kidnapping of a person over 16. That’s all in addition to his charges from A WEEK before, and, of course, charges for illegal reentry into the country.
So, ICE filed a second detainer with the CMPD. A known illegal alien, arrested for assault and released only to presumably attempt a rape and murder, and now back in custody after an hours-long standoff with the SWAT team. Surely CMPD honors this detainer, right?
Wrong. They ignored the detainer AGAIN. Pineda-Anchect paid bond AGAIN and was freed AGAIN on June 1, back into the same community with the woman he just tried to kill.
Because of CMPD’s refusal to merely hold him custody, federal authorities were forced to organize the capture of an illegal alien and violent criminal that had already engaged police in a standoff once. Agents from ICE’s Charlotte-based Fugitive Operations Team were joined by special agents from the Charlotte Homeland Security Investigations office arrested him, without incident, a day later.
This is one example. There are many more, and they will continue for as long as select law enforcement leaders prioritize political pandering to the Left over the public safety of the communities they were elected to serve.