JammedUp News


Feds arrested Mexican murder suspect in sanctuary city

February 1, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Feds arrested Mexican murder suspect in sanctuary city

Are you in a legal jam? Find a Lawyer, Bail Bondsman or Private Investigator on JammedUp.

A recently captured Mexican national on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list was arrested in a sanctuary city, which refuses to cooperate with federal authorities to detain immigrants in the U.S. illgally.

As JammedUp reported, 51-year-old, Mexican national, Robert Francis Van Wisse, approached the border at the Laredo Port of Entry before he was stopped by agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the pedestrian crossing.

A preliminary investigation matched the description of a suspect who is on the top-ten list. The officers brought Wisse to a secondary inspection station for further checking. A biometric background check verified his identity as the man wanted for a slaying in Travis County.

After establishing the man’s identity and the efficacy of the outstanding warrant for murder, the man was turned over to Homeland Security and the FBI and transported to Travis County.

According to Breitbart Texas, new Travis County Sheriff, Sally Hernandez, recently announced that her office would no longer be working with federal immigration detainers. Texas Governor Greg Abbott immediately responded to her refusal to follow the rule of law by threatening to deny state law enforcement funds.

“As Sheriff, your duty is to ensure the safety of the residents of Travis County,” Abbott said in a letter to Sheriff Hernandez. “However, your recent policy banning Travis County Sherriff’s Office (TCSO) employees from cooperating with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) (except in the most limited circumstances) betrays your oath and the residents of Travis County. I urge you to reverse the policy before its effective date of February 1, 2017.”

Sheriff Hernandez, named “Sanctuary Sally” by her recent political contender, said she would be particular about what immigration detainers her department would accept. She seems to expect the federal government to honor the warrants issued in the courts in her county.

Van Wisse was on the lam for 30 years for the murder of Stout

“CBP officers remain vigilant in intercepting travelers with outstanding warrants,” Gregory Alvarez, the director of the Laredo Port of Entry Port Director, indicated in a written statement. “This arrest demonstrates our CBP officers’ vigilance and dedication to securing the homeland and keeping communities safe.”

Van Wisse is accused killing 22-year-old Laurie Stout was murdered back in 1983. Van Wisse was 18-years-old at the time he reportedly committed the slaying.

“No matter how much time has passed, it’s important that we finally get justice for the victim and her family,” Special Agent Justin Noble, who is part of the FBI’s Central Texas Violent Crimes Task Force and is investigating the case, revealed in a statement in December.

The young victim’s body was discovered in a restroom in the building where Van Wisse was seen registering for a class the night prior. An autopsy performed by Travis County officials determined that the woman had been sexually assaulted and strangled with a wire.

Van Wisse retreated to Mexico in 1996 after he had learned he was a suspect in the killing.

Stout’s daughter, Daile, was only 18-months-old when Van Wisse raped and murdered her mother. “I don’t know what it feels like, I spent a very long time thinking this moment would never happen,” she told KXAN after the suspect’s arrest.

Get the latest news from the world of crime