The man accused of killing a homeless woman in a New York City suburb is a twice-deported illegal alien from Mexico who returned to the U.S. on at least three prior occasions, according to immigration officials.
Jose F. Olmos, also known as Jose Olmos-Torres, is charged with the murder of 66-year-old Nurten Seljuk, whose body was found in downtown New Rochelle, New York, on July 27.
A spokesperson for Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed to local news website Talk of The Sound that Olmos-Torres is a repeat deportee.
“Jose Olmos-Torres, an illegally present citizen and national of Mexico, was previously removed from the U.S. as an expedited removal on two separate occasions in 2009,” ICE spokesperson Rachael Yong Yow said, according to Talk of The Sound.
“At some point thereafter, Olmos-Torres illegally re-entered the U.S. in violation of immigration law for the third time,” she added.
Olmos-Torres allegedly beat Seljuk to death in the early morning hours of July 27, according to a criminal complaint. He was arrested the next day and charged with second-degree murder. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: Oregon Nail Gun Attacker Is Previously Deported Illegal Immigrant From Mexico)
Neither Olmos-Torres nor Seljuk have a permanent address, police said. Both are part of a homeless population that congregates outside New Rochelle’s Armory building, where Seljuk’s body was found, according to local media reports.
ICE has placed a detention request with the New Rochelle Police Department requesting that Olmos-Torres be transferred to federal custody after the conclusion of his prosecution and any related jail sentence.
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