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Gangster killed man after he was released sanctuary city despite request from ICE for deportation hold

February 22, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Gangster killed man after he was released sanctuary city despite request from ICE for deportation hold

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The reputed gangster in the U.S. illegally, who was released from a Denver county jail despite ICE’s requests that he stay incarcerated to face deportation, allegedly murdered a man just weeks after he was freed, bringing the argument of Denver’s status of a sanctuary city to the forefront.

Ever Valles, 19, is facing accusations that he killed 32-year-old Timothy Cruz after robbing him at a railway station in the early morning hours of February 7th.

The teen had been released by the Denver Sheriff’s Department in December after posting $5,000 bond for burglary charges.

They freed him despite calls from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to keep the criminal behind bars so he could be deported, the Denver Post reported.

He was flagged as an “immigration priority” because of his ties to gang activity in the city and asked to be informed when the jail planned to release him so that they could be there to take him into federal custody.

Valles (left) was described as an ‘immigration enforcement priority’ by ICE agents who wanted to be notified by the Denver Sheriff’s Department before he was released in December. Tim Cruz (right) was found dead in the early hours of February 7

However, On December 20th, a fax telling ICE that Valles was due to be released was only sent a half hour before he was back on the streets.

No one at ICE noticed it in time to get to the county jail to take him into custody.

Valles is now facing first-degree robbery and murder charges along with Nathan Valdez, a 19-year-old U.S. citizen who is also believed to have played a role in Cruz’s killing.

He was arrested on February 8th after a tip led authorities to him.

On the day of the murder, officers distributed surveillance video of two masked suspects, whom they believed fatally shot Cruz.

Police arrested him in Denver a day after issuing this surveillance footage from the light railway where he is accused of killing Timothy Cruz with the help of Nathan Valdez

Despite Cruz’s killing, the Denver Sheriff’s Department is standing by its decision to release him in December.

“Denver never has and will never condone dangerous individuals being on our streets, immigrants or not, however, detaining without a criminal warrant is a violation of the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution,” a statement indicated.

ICE, though, says that the sheriff’s office did not live up to its end up of the deal by not providing enough time between notifying them of Valles’s release and allowing him back on the streets.

“The detainer wasn’t honored, and he was released without prior notification. Valles is a known gang member whose history is in the Colorado gang database.”

Nathan Valdez, 19, is also accused of robbing and murdering Cruz on February 7

Denver is deemed a ‘”sanctuary city,” which is a term used by President Trump for cities that refuse to detain illegals for deportation.

The city’s Mayor Michael Hancock welcomed the title earlier this month despite threats from the president that he would cut federal funding to cities and states that don’t comply with his proposals for immigration and deportation.

“If being a sanctuary city means that we value taking care of one another, and welcoming refugees and immigrants, I welcome the title. If being a sanctuary city means families and young ‘Dreamers’ live with hope, then Washington can label us whatever they want,” Hancock stated.

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