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Posted at 6:01 PM ET, 02/15/2011

Abduction suspect in country illegally: Authorities

By Matt Zapotosky
Matt Zapotosky

The man arrested for briefly abducting a woman whose car he hid inside at a Prince George's County gas station was deported from the U.S. in February 2009 and had apparently made his way back into the country illegally, authorities said Tuesday.

Miguel Angel Morales-Iraheta, 32, was ordered removed from the U.S. by an immigration judge on Oct. 1, 2007. He was taken to El Salvador on Feb. 27, 2009, after he finished serving prison time on a different criminal charge in Maryland, according to authorities, sources and court records.

When Morales-Iraheta was arrested in connection with Sunday's incident, his fingerprints came up as a match in Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Secure Communities program, which helps federal authorities identify illegal immigrants that are booked on local criminal charges, authorities said.

ICE spokesman Ross Feinstein said ICE has lodged a detainer on Morales-Iraheta, which means he will remain in federal custody after his local charges are adjudicated. He also faces an open warrant for first-degree rape in Montgomery County, authorities said.

In Sunday's incident, Morales-Iraheta climbed into the back seat of a car a woman left unlocked at a gas station in the 2300 block of University Boulevard, authorities said. After the woman pulled away, Morales-Iraheta wrapped his arms around her neck and ordered her to drive, but she was able to escape at a red light.

Police later spotted Morales-Iraheta run a red light in the woman's car. They gave chase, and Morales-Iraheta crashed and was arrested, authorities said. Online court records show he was charged with theft and robbery.

By Matt Zapotosky  | February 15, 2011; 6:01 PM ET
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Comments

I love diversity... rape, robbery, car-jacking. I wonder what he went to jail for previously.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | February 15, 2011 6:54 PM | Report abuse


El Salvador sure can churn out criminals, best in the world.

Posted by: kenk33 | February 15, 2011 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Other than attacking women and incurring undisclosed criminal charges, what was Morales-Iraheta doing in the area? Does he have any vocation? Does he have organized crime connections?

One of the primary arguments made for condoning illegal immigration is to meet labor shortages. Which locals continue to hire this individual, if any? Or did he survive by robbing innocent people?

These "boomerang" deportations have got to stop.

Posted by: FedUpInMoCo | February 15, 2011 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Maybe we can LOJAK these criminals when we deport them (and others).

The chip I propose has an explosive device, so that when they enter the USA legally, the customs agents can desensitize it, so it wont go off. But if they comeback illegally, or try to remove the chip, it explodes, rendering the illegal dead, and thus no longer a worry!

Isnt technology wonderful?? =)

Posted by: Robbnitafl | February 15, 2011 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Aw heck, why not give him the Dream Act? Then he can "come out of the shadows."

Posted by: wmpowellfan | February 16, 2011 12:33 AM | Report abuse

I thought Latin American "undocumented" workers came to the US to work hard and also bring vibrancy to our area?

Posted by: jab00 | February 16, 2011 6:19 AM | Report abuse

Thank your current governor, your liberal legislature, both of your U.S. Senators and all but two of your U.S. Representatives for Maryland's sanctuary state political position.

Virginia had enough of it so they enacted and are enforcing tough laws against illegal immigration.

Now they all come to Maryland. You asked for it and now live with it.

Posted by: dennisWV | February 16, 2011 6:41 AM | Report abuse

No duh! He is here illegally! When will we learn?

Posted by: SilverSpring2 | February 16, 2011 8:09 AM | Report abuse

ICE, the champs of the "catch and release " program.Maybe if we started executing illegals for capital crimes .....

Posted by: 10bestfan | February 16, 2011 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Instead of deporting them to their native, landlocked, countries we should try what the British did back in January 1788.

Let's find an island somewhere, and then just deport these habitual repeat offenders of our immigration laws there.

Posted by: mika_england | February 16, 2011 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Rape, theft, murder is the kind of cheap labor that Americans hate to do, but many illegal immigrants from El Salvador and Mexico don't mind doing.

Posted by: fridaolay | February 16, 2011 12:36 PM | Report abuse

I said this before about an illeagle sex offender-Castrate them, then send them home to be laughed at by his 'peers'

Posted by: kernunnos1367 | February 16, 2011 1:15 PM | Report abuse

THIS is why I'm sick to death of the "I don't wanna lose a vote" mentality of our representatives. Leave liberals out of it, don't label anybody - the laws are half-baked and weaker than air because if the elected officials dared try ANYTHING, they wouldn't be re-elected.

Useless.

Posted by: JustSaying1945 | February 16, 2011 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Isn't being in the country a crime? Didn't see it listed as a criminal activity. Clearly, he wasn't here to better his life, uh, an illegal want to work. At least that's the excuse Americans have heard for the last several years to avoid prosecuting and deporting illegals.

Posted by: cricket35 | February 16, 2011 1:39 PM | Report abuse

October of 2007 he was ordered deported..how about this rag do some research and give his criminal background prior to that. Deporting these bastards practically takes an act of congress, no pun intended. It is comparable to firing a government worker. And like the statement 'he apparently re-entered the country illegally'...YA THINK MF!!!??? 20 cents would solve the problem...permanent rehabilitation guaranteed..no more illegal entry, no more crimes. Seal the border you worthless politicians!!

Posted by: lbennatt | February 16, 2011 4:40 PM | Report abuse

October of 2007 he was ordered deported..how about this rag do some research and give his criminal background prior to that. Deporting these bastards practically takes an act of congress, no pun intended. It is comparable to firing a government worker. And like the statement 'he apparently re-entered the country illegally'...YA THINK MF!!!??? 20 cents would solve the problem...permanent rehabilitation guaranteed..no more illegal entry, no more crimes. Seal the border you worthless politicians!!

Posted by: lbennatt | February 16, 2011 4:41 PM | Report abuse

When is someone going to bring a class action suit against DHS/ICE state and federal governments for their dereliction of duty? It is disgusting that illegal aliens are awarded millions of dollars in law suits brought against Americans and the U.S. gov't, yet the families of the thousands and thousands of Americans who have been killed at the hands of illegal aliens have absolutely no recourse (supreme immunity).

Posted by: KmaMedPR | February 17, 2011 12:42 AM | Report abuse

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