SURPRISED? Missouri Mass Murderer is Previously Deported Illegal From Mexico
A manhunt across two states came to an end on Wednesday as Missouri State Troopers cornered the suspect in a ditch along the highway after a call from citizen who called 911 to report a man with a gun at a gas station.
The capture of the suspect, who did not resist arrest, ended the terror of citizens in the area who had been living in fear since the Monday night massacre of four in a Kansas City home and the murder of a fifth in a rural community nearly three hours to the east, near St. Louis.
Sgt. Scott White of the Missouri State Highway Patrol spoke to reporters saying, “We’re very relieved that it ended the way it did and a lot of citizens are breathing a sigh of relief. We didn't want any more injuries ... any more deaths.”
The suspect, Pablo Antonio Serrano-Vitorino, 40, a Mexican national in the U.S. illegally, is charged with shotgunning four neighbors and the fifth man, but police have not determined a motive.
The disturbing revelation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that Serrano-Vitorino had been deported from the U.S. twelve years ago, in April 2004, and re-entered at some later, unknown, date has been an indictment of the incompetency of the federal agency, because of what it terms “an error.”
Although Serrano-Vitorino was fingerprinted in September 2015 after being picked-up for driving without a license in a Kansas City suburb, the federal agency sent a retainer for him to the wrong county, which allowed him to go free.
An ICE spokesman said the agency “regrets the error” that put Serrano-Vitorino back on the street and acknowledging that had the immigration system procedures been followed properly, the suspect would have been deported to his native Mexico months ago – and five people would be alive today.