The man who goes by the name of Marcelo Marquez and is now in custody for the shooting deaths of two California sheriff’s deputies was previously deported twice from the United States. In addition, the Mexican national is not only an illegal immigrant but was also convicted of being in possession of drugs in 1997.
Following his conviction, the 34-year-old Mexican was deported but returned again to the United States. He was arrested and deported again in 2001. Although he had been known as Marcelo Marquez, a fingerprint match has now identified him as Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte, although there is no confirmation as to whether this name was also a previously assumed identity.
A massive manhunt began Friday after Marquez – or Monroy-Bracamonte – shot and killed a sheriff’s deputy after a traffic stop in Sacramento, California, at around 10.30 in the morning. As he attempted to give law enforcement officers the slip, Marquez hijacked two civilian vehicles and later fired upon two more deputies as they approached the stolen pickup in which he was traveling. In that shooting, another deputy was killed, while his partner was wounded. The owner of a vehicle that Marquez initially tried to commandeer resisted and was shot in the head, although it was not immediately reported as a fatality. later reports revealed that victim to be 38-year-old Anthony Holmes, who is said to be in fair condition. Following the shooting of the second deputy, the suspect fled on foot but his accomplice, a female later identified as his wife, Janelle Marquez Monroy, was arrested.
Marquez was arrested later that day in Auburn, about 30 miles from Sacramento. According to an Associated Press report, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has revealed that fingerprinting of the suspect identified him as a known criminal who had been deported from the country twice before. Marquez is being held without bail and faces two murder charges and two counts of attempted murder and carjacking. Janelle Marquez Monroy also faces charges of attempted murder and carjacking
Marquez and his wife were living in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is unclear why they traveled to California and, although authorities say that they have been talking, no clear motive for the shooting spree has been determined.
The second deputy killed by Marquez was homicide detective Michael David Davis Jr. He was transported to hospital but died there. His father, who was a deputy for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, was killed in the line of duty 26 years ago to the day. The other deputy who was killed has been identified as 47-year-old Danny Oliver, of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. According to a statement on the department’s website, Oliver was a 15-year veteran who is survived by his wife and two daughters.
The incident further highlights calls for tighter border controls as the issue of criminal acts committed by illegal aliens continues to be a major problem, particularly in states that openly allow illegals to settle without fear of prosecution.
Graham J Noble