A suspected gang member charged with murder in Central America was arrested in Las Vegas earlier this month, officials said Tuesday.
Noe Victelio Rivera-Batres, 50, was detained on March 3 by the Metropolitan Police Department and U.S. immigration and customs officers in connection with a 2015 murder in El Salvador. This emerges from a press release from ICE.
Rivera-Batres was originally arrested by the U.S. Border Patrol in Texas in June 2018 and later convicted of illegally entering the U.S. He was sentenced to a prison term, then taken to ICE custody and released after bail.
In 2019, an El Salvador court issued an arrest warrant against Rivera-Batres on charges of suspicion of MS-13 association and murder. The El Salvadoran native is suspected of participating in a murder in a cemetery in Ozatlán, El Salvador, on October 31, 2015.
The International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) then issued a notice for Rivera-Batres on the same charges.
After the announcement, another custody decision was made for Rivera-Batres, who had to surrender to the ICE on February 10th. He was arrested after he was reportedly not reporting.
Rivera-Batres was supposed to remain in ICE detention after his arrest until he was deported to El Salvador, where ICE officials said he faces up to 50 years in prison.
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