ICE Says Suspect in Fatal Hit-and-Run an Illegal Who Had Been Deported 6 Times

A man suspected of killing a 51 year old grandmother in Colorado is an illegal immigrant who has previously been deported 6 times, according to ICE.

Sanchez was deported two times in 2002, three times in 2008, and once again in 2012.

Per CR, a Mexican national charged in the hit-and-run death of a Colorado grandmother was in the United States illegally. He had also been previously deported multiple times and had been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving just days before, law enforcement officials say.

Last week in Denver, Colorado, 51-year-old Annette Conquering Bear was killed in a hit-and-run collision while she was crossing the street on the way back from a Walgreens store near her apartment. On Monday, the Denver district attorney’s office announced formal charges against 39-year-old Juan Sanchez for leaving the scene of a deadly accident and vehicular homicide.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) told KUSA-TV Monday in a written statement that the suspect “is an ICE enforcement priority” with multiple previous removals from the United States spanning almost two decades. ICE says federal officials removed Sanchez two times in 2002, three times in 2008, and once again in 2012.

The KUSA report also explains that that just four days prior to the accident that killed Conquering Bear, Sanchez had previously been arrested on suspicion of DUI but released after booking because he was “uncooperative,” even though a breath test reportedly showed that his blood alcohol level was over twice the legal limit. “Sanchez refused to sit down on the booking bench,” and at one point he he “began laying down on the floor [of a jail cell] refusing to listen to any orders,” a police report says. ICE says that, in that instance, the suspect was released from custody before ICE could even lodge a detainer on him.

9News reports Denver prosecutors formally charged Sanchez Monday with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident. A jail log indicates Sanchez’s bond is $500,000.

Late last week, ICE officials confirmed to 9Wants to Know that Sanchez is currently living in the country illegally. Monday, in a written statement, ICE provided more detail about Sanchez’s past run-ins with immigration officials.

In the statement, ICE said Sanchez (who they refer to as Juan Sanchez-Martin) had been removed from the United States twice in 2002, three times in 2008 and once in 2012.

“Sanchez is an ICE enforcement priority,” the statement reads.

ICE has asked the Denver Sheriff Department for a detainer request on Sanchez should he come up with the money to bond out of the downtown Denver jail.

“The immigration detainer requests that ICE be given timely and specific notification before [Sanchez] is released from local custody for any reason,” according to the ICE statement.