FORT BEND, TEXAS- Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been busy with child predators near the border with Mexico lately. Don’t check mainstream media, because you won’t see anything about it there, but they have been. Law Enforcement Today has been bringing you the reports.
This week is no different.
A Somali native, 59-year-old Mohamed Omar Ali, was arrested by the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office and faces 3 charges of indecency with a child and 1 of sexual assault on a child.
These incidents date back to 2013, and it is believed that there are more victims to be located.
The sheriff’s office posted about the arrest on Facebook.
“Ali is a well-known Imam in the Islamic community and teaches throughout Texas and the country,” it said. “We believe there are other victims locally and possibly nationally.”
Sheriff Troy Nehls said he was disgusted.
“This is sickening and an abuse of power,” he said. “If your children have had contact with this man, please talk to them. Victims’ identities will be protected.”
And the investigation is just getting started.
“We do know that there are other victims out there,” Sheriff Nehls continued. “And it is our plea today to those victims to please reach out to us so we can conduct further investigation.” He said victims’ or parents’ identities will not be released “in any way.”
The Sheriff stated that the investigation is currently focused on finding the victims and expressed a cultural concern.
“You will hear that if a child in the Muslim community is assaulted in any way sexually, that child may be considered unclean, and will that child be able to get married in the future?”
Sherif Nehls said that the “unclean” stigma has already been hindering the investigation, but he has appealed to parents many times.
“Put your religious affiliation away, folks,” he said, “and do what’s in the best interest of your child, and reach out to us.”
The investigation and surveillance against Ali were launched in September of last year. Ali has spent time at mosques throughout Fort Bend County and greater Houston.
The Minaret Foundation is a group designed to increase the “civic engagement” of Muslims. According to Shariq Abdul Ghani, who is in charge of the Minaret Foundation, he wasn’t actually employed by any of the mosques he attended.
Ghani also asserted that there is no stigma against sexual abuse victims.
“In Islam,” she said, “there’s no bias against the survivor, there’s only a bias against those that have inflicted injustice. Survivors are not treated differently. Our community is here to support them in their healing and in their growth.”
Here’s how he allegedly did it.
“He would visit different homes and teach Quran,” Ghani told reporters. “Essentially, we’d call him a freelancer. He was looked at as a religious leader possibly by his victims. But as far as the Muslim community, he was unknown to us.” Ghani said he traveled to different mosques and schools in the area, “establishing himself as a de facto religious leader.”
Ghani said Ali was an “ideal teacher” due to his “fluent understanding” of the Quran and the Arabic language.
She also encouraged other victims and their parents to come forward and report the assault to police.
Detective Michael Alexander with Fort Bend Sheriff’s Office reported that Ali met victims through their parents. Parents invited Ali into their homes to teach their children the Quran. It is unknown if the victims were boys or girls or a combination of the two.
The president of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, Sohail Syed, said they did not know Ali and that he was not a volunteer or an employee at any school or mosque associated with them.
“ISGH leadership takes the safety of our community very seriously and has implemented strict background check measures for all of our employees and any volunteers who work with children,” said Syed in a statement. “We are also working with organizations that specialize in this area to create rigorous standards for our community, staff, and volunteers to ensure that our loved ones are safe.”
Ali is currently being held at the Fort Bend County jail with a $125,000 bond. ICE has placed a detainer on him, indicating that he is eligible for deportation out of the United States if released from jail at any time.
Sheriff Nehls said:
“He’s not going to be released from custody.”
Victims who do come forward should contact Sgt. Jonathan Howell at (281) 341-4797.
On Saturday, we reported about how a previously deported man who tried to rape and kill his ex-girlfriend was released from jail in North Carolina to spite ICE.
Here are the details.
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) issues detainers to aliens who are arrested by law enforcement agencies if ICE believes said alien should be deported once released. If a detainer is issued, ICE asks that the law enforcement agency notify them a reasonable amount of time prior to the alien’s release so as to give ICE time to respond and take custody of the prisoner.
The intent of detainers is, obviously, to keep criminal aliens out of our communities and our country, and to keep our legal and law-abiding citizens safe.
Detainers have zero effect, however, if law enforcement agencies fail to act on them.
Which is why illegal immigrant Luis Analberto Pineda-Anchecta was given multiple chances to terrorize, abuse, and attempt to murder his ex-girlfriend.
ICE has been engaged in an ongoing battle with the Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Sheriff’s Office, where Anchecta illegally resides.
ICE has said that Mecklenburg County and its Sheriff, Garry McFadden, abide by “sanctuary policies,” which threatens public safety according to ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations Executive Associate Director Tim Robbins.
“It is safer for all if we work with the jails,” Robbins said in September.
Robbins has been proved correct, at the expense of a petrified, injured, and mentally scarred woman.
On May 15, 2019, the 37-year-old Honduran native, Anchecta, was arrested by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police CMP) for charges of Assault of a Female (apparently a different crime than Assault of a Male?), Communicating Threats, Injury to Personal Property Over $200, Larceny of Property or Goods with a Value Over $1,000, and Simple Assault. The victim of these crimes was known in reports only as F.M.
The following day, ICE placed a detainer on Anchecta.
The day after that (May 17), the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office gave ICE the middle finger and allowed Anchecta to pay his bond and be released without notifying the federal agency.
I’m sure you can guess that the story didn’t end there.
On May 21, just six days after Anchecta’s first arrest, victim F.M. was walking to her car in the parking lot of her apartment complex when she was approached by two masked men. F.M. recognized one of the men as Anchecta despite his disguise.
Anchecta grabbed F.M. by the arm and shoved a cloth in her mouth. To keep the cloth in place, he tied a plastic rope around her head.
Anchecta and his crony shoved F.M. against her will into the passenger seat of a Ford Fusion. Once in the car, the second masked man left the scene, and Anchecta told F.M. in Spanish, “I love you and I’m going to kill you.”
Anchecta started to drive the vehicle, all the while holding tightly onto the plastic rope around F.M.’s face. Anchecta drove for a short time before pulling over on the side of the road near a wooded area, at which point he dragged F.M. out of the vehicle by pulling on the plastic rope.
F.M. struggled against Anchecta as he attempted to rape her, and the victim was able to escape his grasp when he tripped and fell over the plastic rope. She ran to the highway and flagged down help. Several cars pulled over to help the woman.
Anchecta locked his car (safety first) and fled on foot.
CMPD officers obtained a search warrant and searched Anchecta’s vehicle, where they recovered a spool of the plastic rope as well as F.M.’s cellphone.
May 23, two days later, CMPD attempted to arrest Anchecta, who engaged the officers in a SWAT standoff lasting nine hours. Anchecta was eventually taken into custody.
This time his charges amounted to Assault on a Female, Communicating Threats, Assault on a Person by Strangulation and Inflicting Physical Injury, Violation of a Domestic Violence Order, and First-Degree Kidnapping of a Person Over 16.
The next day, May 24, ICE again issued a detainer on Anchecta.
June 1, Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office again ignored ICE’s request and released Anchecta after he paid the required bail.
On June 2, ICE decided to take matters into their own hands and arrest Anchecta before he had another chance to try and kill F.M. ICE’s Charlotte-based Fugitive Operations Team and special agents from the Charlotte Homeland Security Investigations office located Anchecta in his vehicle and arrested him.
Luis Pineda-Anchecta, a Honduran national who was at the center of a 2019 conflict between ICE and Mecklenburg County’s sheriff, has been charged with kidnapping via a federal criminal complaint filed in federal court in Charlotte. https://t.co/nwDLNszBZV
— WBTV News (@WBTV_News) January 10, 2020
Also arrested in the same vehicle was 34-year-old Honduran native Rudy Aroldo Aguillar-Arevallo, who was believed to have been the second masked man involved in F.M.’s kidnapping.
The two were arrested on immigration violations.
In the vehicle with the men were loaded firearms and extra ammunition.
It’s not hard to figure out what Anchecta planned to do with that firearm had ICE not stepped in and taken him into custody.
Both Anchecta and Arevallo are currently in custody and face an illegal reentry charge, which comes with a maximum prison term of two years as well as a $250,000 fine. They both also face a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm by an alien, which adds a maximum term of 10 years in prison and another $250,000 fine.
Anchecta was sentenced to seven months in prison on January 7 for the aforementioned illegal reentry charge. He was scheduled to appear in court again today for the new charges and is said to be facing life in prison related to the federal kidnapping charge.
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It’s earie to think what terrors F.M. would have faced if ICE hadn’t shown up that day. Sheriff McFadden is clearly more interested in protecting what he perceives to be rights of illegal aliens in our country than he is in keeping his own residents safe.
McFadden politicizes the detainers issued by ICE, refusing to acknowledge them because of his stance on immigration.
In September, McFadden said, “If you know that these individuals are out here that you believe, that you deem dangerous then why don’t we work together to have this individual brought to justice by putting a federal warrant on them.”
One would reasonably think that “working together” would include honoring a detainer meant to bring the criminal to federal custody and face his charges there.
McFadden said that the detainers aren’t laws and as such he would not grant the requests. A North Carolina bill was passed last year, which required all sheriff’s agencies to comply with detainers filed by ICE. In August, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper vetoed the bill.
In response to the veto, ICE issued the following statement: “In general, when law enforcement agencies fail to honor immigration detainers and release serious criminal offenders onto the streets, it undermines ICE’s ability to protect public safety.”
Do you believe them now, Governor Cooper?