Police in the City of Brotherly Love spotted Mario Camacho Tuesday while he was driving and pulled him over, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. An illegal of apparently unreported origin, Camacho is being held on a $1 million bond.
According to the Inquirer,
The assaults took place along the Kensington Avenue corridor, the area where police said so-called "Kensington strangler" Antonio Rodriguez preyed on drug-addicted women last November and December....
The recent investigation began Nov. 14, after one woman told police that she was sexually assaulted after she got into a man's car on Kensington Avenue near Somerset Street. On Nov. 22, two more women told police they were attacked several hours apart in the same area.
Tasha Jamerson, a spokeswoman for the D.A.'s office, declined to elaborate on the circumstances surrounding the fourth alleged attack, but court documents indicate it occurred Nov. 17 and involved an indecent assault.
Another Illegal-Alien Drunk Driver?
But those details don’t quite tell the whole story. The CBS affiliate in Philadelphia explained that Camacho was caught while committing a crime that often leads to the undoing of male Hispanic illegal-alien criminals: He was drunk driving, police allege.
According to CBS Philly.com,
On Tuesday night, police recovered a white Volkswagen Jetta that they believe may have been used in the rapes. The Jetta was found in a supermarket parking lot at E. Lehigh and Trenton Avenues.
Police traced the car’s license plate and questioned the owner, who may end up being a person of interest.
That story also explained that the rapist cruised Kensington Avenue and lured women into his car. It continued,
The police department’s Special Victims Unit announced yesterday that they were looking for the suspect. Then came word that the suspect may have been picked up Tuesday night on a drunk driving charge.
Camacho was driving the same white Volkswagen Jetta that was allegedly used during the assaults.
According to NBC Philadelphia, “Two Philadelphia Police officers on duty spotted the white 1999 Volkswagen Jetta and followed the driver into the parking lot of a Lehigh Avenue grocery store."
The station reported that the Jetta’s license plate matched the tag of the car police sought. The driver “is under arrest for an unrelated DUI charge," the station reported.
Camacho might not own the car, police intimated.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has placed a detainer on Camacho.
Will Camacho Escape?
The question is whether police can hold Camacho, given that police authorities elsewhere, as well as ICE, have frequently seemed to lose track of homicide suspects and witnesses when they are illegal aliens.
As The New American reported in late November, an illegal-alien drunk driver, who killed a wife and mother after barreling through a red light and crashing into four cars in Sarasota, Florida, walked out of the hospital where he was recovering. It was broad daylight, and he was wearing only his gown. He was on the lam for four months until he was arrested; he later pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter.
In Milford, Massachusetts, police allege that a drunk-driving Ecuadoran illegal, Nicolas Guaman, struck 23-year-old Matthew Denice, who was riding a motorcycle. Guaman, say police, dragged Denice a quarter of a mile. After Denice was dislodged from the bottom of Guaman’s truck, police say, he backed over Denice and took off.
Guaman, a violent criminal who served time for assaulting a police officer, has three arrests for driving without a license. Yet the authorities repeatedly released him from custody. ICE did not deport him.
A witness, Luis Acosta, was in Guaman's truck. He too was a illegal immigrant from Ecuador. Unsurprisingly, Acosta fled the scene, leading police on a 36-hour chase. Police finally collared him; however, ICE officials released him with a monitoring bracelet.
He was supposed to testify in the killing of Denice on October 6. And ICE officials were expecting him to show up for a deportation hearing. Instead, Acosta cut off the bracelet and fled. His last known location, police said, was JFK International Airport, where it is presumed he caught a flight back home.
ICE flatly stated it didn’t much care where Acosta went or whether he testified, noting that keeping track of witnesses to heinous crimes is the job of local police, even if the witnesses are illegal aliens.
Yet another recently resolved case is that of Carlos Martinelly-Montano. On October 31, the drunk-driving illegal immigrant from Bolivia pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and several other charges for killing a Catholic nun and severely injuring two others in Prince William County, Virginia on August 1, 2010.
As with Guaman in Massachusetts, police in Prince William had repeatedly arrested Martinelly-Montano. They turned him over to immigration authorities, who released him. Prince William County sued the Department of Homeland Security to find how ICE had dropped the ball.
As the agency had done with Acosta, ICE had fitted Martinelly-Montano with a tracking device. Yet he continued drinking and driving. Police picked him up two more times in 2009 for other driving infractions. And ICE had twice delayed deportation hearings.