Fugitive who is wanted for murder in Brazil is arrested nearly 7,000 miles in America on Thursday
Hiago Ornela-Da Silva, 31, was caught in affluent Martha’s Vineyard after illegally entering the US multiple times
He was captured by federal agents in Edgartown, Massachusetts on Thursday
He fled after being named as a murder suspect in Barra de Sao Francisco in the Brazilian state of Espirito Santo in February 2022
It is unclear when he last entered the US and how long he has been on the island
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement said he had entered the country illegally on multiple occasions dating back to 2007
Hiago Ornela-Da Silva, [photo], 31, a fugitive wanted for murder in his country Brazil, was arrested in Martha’s Vineyard Thursday
A fugitive wanted for murder in his native Brazil has been arrested nearly 7,000 miles away on Martha’s Vineyard, living among America’s rich and famous.
Hiago Ornela-Da Silva was captured by federal agents in Edgartown, Massachusetts on Thursday.
Ornela-Da Silva, 31, went on the run in February last year after being named as a murder suspect in Barra de Sao Francisco in the Brazilian state of Espirito Santo.
It is not clear how the illegal immigrant made his way to Martha’s Vineyard, but US Immigration and Customs Enforcement said he had entered the country illegally on multiple occasions dating back to 2007.
The billionaire enclave was last year a destination for migrants who were sent north by Republican Florida Governor Ron de Santis in a bid to highlight the Democrats disastrous border policy.
Authorities say Ornela-Da Silva has entered the in US illegally, several times since 2007 and they do not know when he last entered the US and how long he has been living on the island
‘The arrest of this Brazilian noncitizen demonstrates our commitment to prioritizing enforcement and removal efforts against unlawfully present noncitizens who are wanted for crimes in their home countries,’ said Enforcement and Removal Operations [ERO], Boston Field Office Director Todd Lyons.
The agency said the fugitive first illegally entered the US as a minor in December 2007 and was removed by a judge in June 2008.
Ornela-Da Silva has been wanted in Brazil for homicide charges since February 2022, was arrested in Martha’s Vineyard Thursday
Da Silva filed to rescind that removal order in July 2008, which was granted in August 2008. However, he was again ordered to leave the country in January 2009.
In August 2009 he left the US through the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.
Officials said he then unlawfully reentered the country at an unknown date and location without being inspected. He will remain in custody pending his extradition.
Noncitizens placed into removal proceedings receive their legal due process from federal immigration judges in the immigration courts, which are administered by the Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review [EOIR] – an agency within the Department of Justice, separate from the Department of Homeland Security and ICE.
In September 2022, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis flew 50 migrants to Martha’s Vineyard in what some called a political stunt
Locals speak out after a fugitive from murder, Hiago Ornela-Da Silva was captured by federal agents in Edgartown, Massachusetts on Thursday. He is an illegal immigrant from Brazil
Venezuelan immigrants arrive on Martha’s Vineyard in September, after the relocation move by Ron DeSantis
The mystery of why da Silva chose Martha’s Vineyard as the spot to hide in plain sight may be partly explained by the fact is that it is one of the least likely places to search for him.
The median home price in Martha’s Vineyard is well over $800,000, according to the census, with median household income at $77,392.
In September 2022, Florida’s republican governor Ron DeSantis flew 50 migrants to the affluent island.
The move sparked outcry from the liberal leaders of the small island in Massachusetts who branded it ‘inhumane.’