By Steve Neavling
An undocumented immigrant who hacked two men to death with a machete in Honduras was arrested in North Carolina on Tuesday.
ICE deportation officers arrested Francisco Escobar-Orellana, a Honduran national, near his Hope Mills, N.C., home.
An arrest warrant for Escobar was issued in May 2995 following the machete attacks at a liquor store in 1993.
At some point, Escobar illegally entered the United States.
“ICE is focused on identifying, arresting and removing public safety threats, such as convicted criminal aliens and gang members, as well as individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws,” said ERO Atlanta Field Office Director Sean Gallagher in a statement. “ICE Fugitive Operations Teams conduct targeted enforcement operations toward these identified threats to public safety. North Carolina residents are safer today thanks to the professionalism and hard work of these dedicated officers.”
ICE plans to remove Escobar from the U.S. so he can face criminal charges in Honduras.