Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has filed an immigration detainer against high school junior Mario G. Alvarado after he brought a stolen AR-15 to his Maryland high school.
“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement lodged an immigration detainer against Mario G. Alvarado, an 18-year-old citizen of El Salvador, on May 2, 2017, with the Montgomery County Detention Center after he was arrested on criminal charges,” read an ICE statement posted by ABC7 News.
Montgomery County police in Maryland arrested 18-year-old Albert Einstein High School student Alvarado on Monday after he allegedly was caught driving a stolen car, which had a stolen AR-15 in the trunk. The rifle itself had been lifted from a police cruiser on Saturday.
“ICE places detainers on individuals who have been arrested on local criminal charges and who are suspected of being deportable, so that ICE can take custody of those individuals when they are released from local custody,” the statement continued.
After a school resource officer spotted the strange Mazda 3 sitting in the school parking lot, the officer followed the car and attempted to pull it over as part of a traffic stop. Alvarado stopped the car and fled on foot.
He then returned shortly after to the scene, at which point police officers arrested him.
Alvarado has been charged with possessing a deadly weapon on school property, possession of an assault weapon and possession of a stolen vehicle, among other charges.
“On Monday, May 1, a student at Albert Einstein High School committed a serious offense by bringing a gun onto school property,” Montgomery County Public Schools said in a statement. “While the gun never entered the school building and remained in a car parked on a remote part of the campus, this is inexcusable. As Principal James Fernandez described in his letter to the community on Monday, this incident was resolved thanks to the vigilance and proactive actions of the school’s dedicated School Resource Officer. I thank our partners in law enforcement and our MCPS security teams for their commitment to keeping schools safe every day.”
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