One of the three men accused of murdering an off duty police officer in the NBC Bay Area was a teen wearing an electronic monitor from the United States immigration.
The teen suspect was 18-years of age, and was confirmed to be at the site of the murder during the time of the slaying of the police officer.
Reported by nbcbayarea, Erick Garcia-Pineda entered a not guilty plea Thursday to a litany of charges, including allegations that he murdered 23-year-old Abel Ezquivel on the street in the San Francisco’s Mission District early in the morning of Aug. 15. Two other defendants also denied the allegations, which include an allegation of murder during the commission of a robbery, which would trigger a term of life in prison without parole.
NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit has learned that Garcia-Pineda is an undocumented immigrant and was wearing an ICE-issued electronic monitoring bracelet at the time of the slaying. Immigration officials did not immediately respond to NBC Bay Area’s requests for comment.
It is not clear why. Sources tell NBC Bay Area Garcia-Pineda was claiming asylum in the United States — claiming he was being hounded by MS-13 gang members.
Reported by breitbart:
An illegal immigrant being monitored by immigration officials is now accused of murder in the sanctuary city of San Francisco, California.
Erick Garcia-Pineda, 18, wore an ankle monitor placed by immigration officials when he allegedly murdered 23-year-old Abel Ezquivel, according to NBC Bay Area.
Four days before the murder, Pineda allegedly stole a San Francisco Police officer’s service pistol from a police vehicle. Days later, the illegal immigrant allegedly used the gun to murder Ezquivel.
Following the murder, Pineda was later arrested and detained for unrelated battery charges. Police say they noticed the illegal immigrant’s monitoring bracelet and used it to link Pineda to several other crimes, including five robberies and two other shooting incidents.
Pineda, according to NBC, was attempting to obtain asylum in the U.S., claiming he was under threat of the MS-13 gang.
It remains unclear why Pineda was wearing an ankle monitor by immigration officials, but was not previously arrested for his illegal status.
John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart Texas. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.