Immigration and customs enforcement have destroyed New York City sanctuary laws and said the city ignored federal immigration detention for a man charged with the rape and murder of a 92-year-old woman.
Reeaz Khan, 21, was released at the end of November without bail on assault and firearms, six weeks before he was arrested again Friday and charged with the horrific murder of Maria Fuertes in Queens.
On Tuesday, ICE issued a statement condemning the city for not cooperating in the enforcement of federal immigration, saying that the murder could have been prevented if its agents had been given permission in November for custody of Khan, a Guyanese national illegally present in the US.
“The position of New York City against honoring prisoners is dangerously flawed,” said Thomas R. Decker, director of the ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations field office for New York. “It was a deadly choice to release a man with an active ICE arrestee back on the street after his first arrest.”
Reeaz Khan, 21, (left) was released without bail for six weeks before being arrested again on Friday and charged with the horrific murder of Maria Fuertes (right)
“The policies of the New York City sanctuary continue to threaten the safety of all residents of the five boroughs,” Decker said.
Decker said that every month New York City releases ‘hundreds’ of individuals who have been criminally charged and are being sought by ICE for deportation.
“Clearly, politicians care more about criminal illegal aliens than the citizens they are chosen to serve and protect,” Decker said.
Detainers are federal requests to local law enforcement officers to detain people who have been arrested on a criminal basis for transfer to ICE for deportation procedures. New York City is one of many jurisdictions with laws that prohibit cooperation with ICE detainers.
A spokeswoman for Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York City, shot back at the criticism in a statement that destroyed ICE.
“It’s a shame the Trump government is politicizing this tragedy,” spokeswoman Olivia Lapeyrolerie told the New York Daily News.
“If Mr. Khan is convicted, the city will work with federal officials in accordance with local law,” she said.
The cruel murder unfolded in the streets of the Richmond Hills neighborhood after midnight on January 6.
Surveillance video recording near the scene of the cruel murder led the police to Khan
Fuertes was discovered ‘inconsistent’ lying on a street near her home in Queens around Monday around 2:00 am, with a broken spine, rib fractures and bruises on her chest and neck.
The beloved local – who was called ‘grandma’ by the neighbors – later died in a hospital.
Hugo Fuertes, the son of Maria, said that she was “a very nice, very good lady” who has never harmed anyone.
Aneil Ram, who lived in the neighborhood, told ABC News: “She was a sweet lady.
“We’ve all known her since we were little, and it’s nauseous to hear something like that happen to her.”
Surveillance videos from the night of the brutal murder brought detectives to Khan.
Researchers believe that Khan approached Fuertes from behind while walking home from a sandwich shop where she went to buy cat food late at night.
The police claim that Khan then attacked her before the couple got involved in a scuffle and fell to the ground.
Reeaz Khan, 21, is walked out of the 106th police zone in Queens on Friday night after being arrested on suspicion of raping and killing a 92-year-old woman
Researchers believe that Khan approached Fuertes from behind while walking home from a sandwich shop where she went to buy cat food late at night
Khan reported that he stumbled and “his penis fell close to her vagina” before proclaiming his innocence and said he would never rap a woman because he already has a girlfriend
However, Khan told detectives that he was just walking through the area when he came across Fuertes lying on the sidewalk, the The New York Post reported.
He claims that he tried to help her when “he fell, his belt broke, his pants fell, and his penis fell close to her vagina.”
Khan told investigators that at that time “something came over him” and he “lifted up the Fuertes skirt and tried to stick his penis in her,” the Post said.
Reportedly, Khan admitted that he had “uncontrollable urges,” and decided to respond.
Days after his arrest, Khan completely denied the charges in an interview with the prison and said he didn’t have to rap an older woman because he already had a girlfriend.
“Why should I touch a 92-year-old woman?” he told the Daily news. “I have a girlfriend and I had sex with other women.”
Despite the young man’s denials, most, including his own father, do not believe him.
“You make your children, but you don’t decide,” said Father Afraz Khan. “We are very sorry about what happened. Our sympathy goes out to that woman’s family. ”
Khan is currently being held without bail on Rikers Island. He is accused of murder, sexual abuse, contact by forced coercion and sexual abuse of a person who is unable to give consent.