Police in Washington State revealed on Thursday that a man who was arrested in a horrifying murder in one of the state's sanctuary cities is an illegal alien who was wanted by federal immigration authorities.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials were seeking 37-year-old Rosalio Ramos-Ramos late last year, and nearly apprehended him from a hospital to which police had transferred him before he managed to slip out, Circa News reported.
Timeline of events:
- Kent Police arrested Ramos-Ramos in October after they got a call about an alleged sexual assault and discovered methamphetamine on him.
- After arriving at Kent Jail, Ramos-Ramos said he wanted to die and then attacked the corrections staff when they tried to get his fingerprints so they could verify his identity, injuring five.
- Ramos-Ramos sustained a head injury during the altercation and was transported to an unidentified local hospital for evaluation and treatment.
- The local hospital transported him to Harborview Medical Center where he was placed in a medically-induced coma because he was acting violently toward the hospital staff.
- During his stay at Harborview, police learned his identity after ICE contacted them.
- ICE was not able to arrest Ramos-Ramos in the hospital because it is considered a "sensitive location."
- Police said they would keep a close eye on Ramos-Ramos but the hospital reportedly was not very cooperative and was "reluctant" to give them information.
- Police said they called the hospital and notified them that they were on their way to apprehend Ramos-Ramos when they were told they let him go the night before.
- On January 10, Ramos-Ramos' brother called the police and reported that he had a history of "mental illness" and "was upset and throwing things around the apartment."
- On January 11, police were called to a nearby apartment after they received a call about an abandoned suitcase which had a dismembered body in it that police identified as Pedro Venegas-Ramos, the suspect’s cousin.
“If the cops that tell you specifically, 'do not let this guy out until you contact us first,’ and you let him out anyway?" said Rich Richardson, a man who lives in the area and saw the suitcase. "Who’s fault is it? It’s not the cops fault.”
In a statement, Harborview took no responsibility for the incident and said that they had no obligation to cooperate with police over the phone:
When we care for patients who are incarcerated or under the custody of law enforcement, it is the role of the law enforcement agency to guard the patient while they are hospitalized. This particular patient was not under guard when he was released from the medical center last fall after five days of hospitalization. We also follow federal privacy laws that dictate the amount and type of patient medical information that we can release.
According to Kent Police Chief Ken Thomas, Ramos-Ramos "had been deported four times prior, he is a convicted felon and he’s a very violent person."
All of these events appear to have happened in King County, Washington, which the Center for Immigration Studies lists as an official sanctuary county, meaning that law enforcement officials are not allowed to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.