Pedro Gonzalez-Zarate, 73, was arrested today in DeQueen by the ERO New Orleans Fugitive Operations Team based in Little Rock. Gonzalez-Zarate was the subject of an Interpol Red Notice for a homicide committed more than five years ago.
According to the Red Notice, Isidro Gonzalez-Diaz died of blood loss due to gunshot wounds on December 27, 2006 in the Village of San Miguel de Allende in the Mexican State of Guanajuato. Shortly before the shooting, Gonzalez-Diaz's parents had seen their son and Gonzalez-Zarate engaged in an argument over a plot of land. The parents were initially unconcerned, as family members frequently argued over the issue but had never resorted to violence. However, as they were having lunch they heard screams and ran outside to find their son bleeding to death on the disputed plot. It is unclear how the victim is related to Gonzalez-Zarate.
On May 8, the ERO team in Little Rock received the Interpol Red Notice about Gonzalez-Zarate. Two days later officers from the ICE team, assisted by the Sevier County Sheriff's Office and DeQueen Police Department, located Gonzalez-Zarate on a farm near DeQueen and arrested him without incident. Gonzalez is currently detained without bond on immigration charges. If he is ordered removed by an immigration judge, his deportation will be coordinated with the Government of Mexico. ICE's Office of Chief Counsel will prosecute Gonzalez's immigration case.
"ICE works closely with our international law enforcement partners to identify, locate and deport aliens who are wanted in their home countries for allegedly committing heinous crimes," said Philip Miller, field office director of ICE ERO New Orleans. "We will not allow criminal aliens to use the United States as a safe haven from their crimes." Miller oversees ERO activities in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee.