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Storm lands sucker punch on county

Hillsboro police worked with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers on two unrelated arrests last week.

Police arrested Agustin I. Ariza, 26, of Miami, Florida, at 10 a.m. Jan. 11 at a house in the 700 block of S. Washington St. after ICE officers reported they were searching for him.

“ICE let us know personally that they were after him,” police chief Dan Kinning said. “They were after him for drug distribution, and were right there with us during the arrest.”

From Argentina originally, Ariza was listed on the Tabor College soccer online roster. Kinning confirmed Ariza was a Tabor student.

“ICE had looked for him before holiday break where he was supposedly staying in some other part of the United States, but they couldn’t find him there,” Kinning said. “So they came here and waited for him to return.”

Kinning said ICE interactions and procedures are similar to those of other federal departments such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Drug Enforcement Administration.

“It is not infrequent that we have contact with these departments,” he said.

As of Monday, Ariza’s status was listed as “in custody” at “Chase County Detention Facility,” according to an online detainee locator system on ICE’s website.

Hillsboro police also asked ICE officers to take Irineo Martinez, 36, Hillsboro, a suspect in an aggravated assault case involving a gun that allegedly occurred last May at El Lorito Mexican restaurant.

Martinez and his roommate, Ricardo M. Batello, who reported the incident, both disappeared after the incident, but Martinez returned to Hillsboro in June or July last year, Kinning said.

Hillsboro police arrested Martinez Jan. 11 in the 100 block of S. Main St. and relinquished custody to ICE.

However, ICE will relinquish custody to the U.S. Marshal’s Service, as Martinez may have to face felony charges, Kinning said.

“He may never be convicted,” Kinning said. “The victim is still gone. He would have to be here to testify.”

Last modified Jan. 19, 2017