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ERO Boston arrests Guatemalan National on South Coast wanted for crimes against children



BOSTON — Enforcement and Removal Operations Boston arrested a fugitive on the South Coast with an Interpol notice who is wanted in Guatemala on felony charges of crimes against children.

35-year-old Cristian Lopez Ibanez, a native of Santa Catarina Pinula, Guatemala, was wanted by law enforcement authorities for felony charges of child abuse, crimes against children and abduction in Guatemala. He was the subject of a Red Notice issued by Interpol, the international criminal police organization.

“Crimes against children are abhorrent,” said ERO Boston Field Office Director Todd Lyons. “ERO Boston is proud to have apprehended this unlawfully present individual who has been charged with such egregious crimes. We stand by our commitment to locate, apprehend and remove international fugitives being sought for egregious crimes, and we will not relent in this fight.”

According to ERO Boston, on January 2019, Lopez Ibanez unlawfully entered the United States near El Paso, Texas, and was served a notice to appear before an immigration judge at future date and released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. In September 2019, the Guatemalan National Civil Police began actively seeking custody of Lopez Ibanez for the felony offenses he is charged with in Guatemala. ERO Boston officers located and apprehended the foreign fugitive on July 20.

ERO Boston is seeking Lopez Ibanez removal from the United States and he will remain in ICE custody pending immigration proceedings.

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