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Man wanted in machete murders in Honduras arrested in Hope Mills

Posted February 22

Francisco Escobar-Orellana

— U.S. immigration agents have arrested a Honduran fugitive at a home in Hope Mills who is wanted in connection with two homicides more than 20 years ago, authorities said Wednesday.

Francisco Escobar-Orellana, 56, was arrested Tuesday by a fugitive operations team with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He was being held Wednesday in the Wake County jail, and ICE has filed a deportation order to send him back to Honduras.

Escobar-Orellana is wanted in connection with the 1993 deaths of two men who were hacked to death with a machete in a Honduras liquor store, authorities said. He was charged in the case in 2005 but then made his way illegally into the U.S., they said.

"ICE is focused on identifying, arresting and removing public safety threats, such as convicted criminal aliens and gang members, as well as individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws," ICE official Sean Gallagher said in a statement.


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  • Craig Elliott Feb 22, 2017
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    Setting aside the politics of immigration for a moment, the cynic in me wonders where this story originated. An intrepid reporter, or a press release from DHS?

  • Jeffrey Derry Feb 22, 2017
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    Mr President secure our borders and keep us safe from criminals like this.

  • Sheila Rohrbach Feb 22, 2017
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    thankfully gone!