A Honduran man who has repeatedly entered the United States illegally allegedly kidnapped his estranged ex-girlfriend and repeatedly sexually assaulted her at knifepoint on a drive from Missouri to New Jersey, according to federal prosecutors.
Because of a weak Obama administration border policy, this is the third time Jose Amaya-Vasquez had sneaked into the United States.
Some illegals like Amaya-Vasquez, 30, continue coming back to the United States even after being deported. This time, Amaya-Vasquez kidnapped the woman at knifepoint in Kansas City, Missouri and sexually assaulted her at a vacant house in Missouri, an Ohio motel and a Bellmawr motel, FBI special agent Nicole Canales wrote in court documents. A 2-year-old child was also brought along on the ride.
Amaya-Vasquez was first accused of entering the country illegally in 2005, but wasn’t deported until July 2014, Canales said in the complaint.
He was stopped again two months later after illegally entering the country from Mexico. After serving only 30 days in jail, he was deported and barred from re-entering the country for 20 years.
But this May, prosecutors said, he came back and encountered his victim in a parking lot in Kansas City and held her against her will with a folding knife and threats that he would kill her three children and mother in Honduras.
He said “she had to decide that night if she wanted to live or die,” Canales wrote. He also “told the victim that she was going to be with him until death” and that they were going to New York.
When police went to the New Jersey motel, the woman told them that he had fled through the ceiling tiles. He was caught a short time later after climbing 25 feet up a nearby tree.
New reports show policies under the Obama administration have emboldened illegals to cross the border. Lengthy backlogs of more than 456,000 cases mean that immigrants can effectively remain in the US for years before a judge decides whether they should leave the country. Also, recent court rulings have complicated the government’s plans to hold families in immigration jails pending deportation proceedings.
Hundreds of immigrant families caught illegally crossing the Mexican border recently admitted to US immigration agents they made the illegal journey in part because they believed they would be permitted to stay in the United States and collect public benefits, according to internal intelligence files the Associated Press obtained from the Homeland Security Department.
The Associated Press contributed to this article