Illegal immigrant arrested for murder of 62-year-old man, dumping the body in an aqueduct


STANISLAUS COUNTY, CA – According to reports, a 33-year-old illegal immigrant was arrested by Stanislaus County Sheriff’s deputies earlier in May for allegedly murdering a 62-year-old man that authorities believe may have been his roommate.

Officials say that the victim’s body was reportedly dumped in an aqueduct following the slaying.

In a press release dated May 12th from the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office’s official Facebook page, it was revealed that detectives from the sheriff’s office had arrested 33-year-old Juan Ramon Haro Ortega for the murder of 62-year-old Anthony Pistoia.

The press release from the sheriff’s office noted the discovery of the victim’s body, as well as the believed relationship between the suspect and the victim:

“Detectives with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office have made a homicide arrest related to the body recovered from the California Aqueduct in Westley on Wednesday, May 11, 2021.”

“During their follow-up investigation, 33-year-old Patterson resident, Juan Ramon Haro Ortega, was identified as a person of interest in the death of Anthony “Tony” Pistoia also of Patterson. The two were believed to be roommates. The victim was 62 years-old at the time of his death.”

Authorities believe that the actual crime scene where the alleged murder transpired took place within the 1100 block of Tern Way in the city of Patterson.

Officials have not shared any details regarding a possible motive for the alleged murder, noting that the investigation is still ongoing, and the primary cause of death has not been determined.

Ortega is reportedly being held without bail at the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center, where he is facing charges of homicide, assault and also has an active immigration hold.

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In other news pertaining to immigration-related topics, White House press secretary Jen Psaki recently claimed during a press briefing that DACA recipients are quintessential examples of “the American Dream.”

We at Law Enforcement Today reported on those comments from the White House earlier in May. 

Here’s that previous report. 


WASHINGTON, DC – On May 14th, White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked by a reporter about the purpose of President Joe Biden recently inviting six DACA recipients to the White House for a personal meeting.

In response to that inquiry, press secretary Psaki claimed that President Biden views DACA recipients as being “part of the American story,” and that the president inviting them to the White House was “an opportunity to highlight that.”

Earlier in May, images began to circulate online of six individuals, who happened to be enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, that received a special invite to the White House and had an opportunity to meet President Biden.

As many already know, the DACA program was an effort rolled out by former President Barack Obama that aimed to address the complexities associated with current adults that were illegally brought into the United States when they were young children by their parents.

During the May 14th press briefing, a reporter had inquired about what the purpose of this meeting was between the president and these seemingly random six individuals who happen to be DACA recipients:

“What message is the president trying to send by having DACA recipients come here? [You] have all these priorities you have to do…jobs and infrastructure…Where does immigration rank?”

White House press secretary Psaki responded with the following:

“I think the president believes that DACA recipients are part of the American story and part of the fabric of who we are as a country and kind of what the American Dream represents. So bringing them here is an opportunity to highlight that.”

The press secretary continued from there, alleging that there’s been some sort of historical “agreement” regarding “powerful stories” of DACA recipients with respect to the prospective contributions they could make to the United States:

“There has historically been agreement about the powerful stories of DACA recipients, of the incredible contributions they have the potential to make in our country, from Democrats and Republicans. He’s certainly bringing them here to highlight that.”

“And as he said in his joint session address, he believes there’s an opportunity to move forward on areas where we agree, so let’s find areas where we agree on immigration reform.”

It’s really hard to pinpoint what exactly these “powerful stories” are and the projections of potential “incredible contributions” this undocumented population brings to the table.

Even when reviewing an extremely flattering report from September of 2019 titled “New Data Highlight DACA Recipients’ Contributions to Families and Communities”, the key findings from the report was that DACA recipients were having children, 59,000 of them owned a home, and that the population poured $5.7B into federal taxes and $3.1B into state and local.

Buying a home, having kids and paying taxes isn’t exactly what would constitute a “powerful” story – it sounds more like dressing up run-of-the mill existing in ordinariness.

Press secretary Psaki continued her spiel pertaining to immigration related topics, calling back to how President Biden put forth an immigration bill on his first day in office:

“I will say…he put forward an immigration bill, as you know, on his first day in office. He continues to advocate for that. He talked about it in his joint session speech, and he’ll continue to have conversations and have his senior staff have conversations about how we can move that, or components of that, forward.”


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