STERLING, VA (WJLA/CNN) - An El Salvador citizen is now in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after escaping police in Virginia on Monday. Authorities say the man has already been deported from the U.S. five times, and he now faces a sixth deportation.
According to ICE records, Marlo Rivas Mendez had been deported from the U.S. in December 2007, November 2011, May 2012, June 2014, and January 2016.
Rivas Mendez, a native of El Salvador, was recently arrested in Loudoun County on charges of being drunk in public. According to a criminal complaint, Loudoun County contacted ICE, which placed an immigration detainer on Rivas Mendez on Monday, two days ago.
On Monday afternoon, while being transported from Loudoun County to the ICE facility in Fairfax, authorities say Rivas Mendez told officers that the handcuffs were too tight.
The officers stopped the vehicle on Dulles Greenway in the Ashburn area and opened the door. After loosening the first handcuff, Rivas Mendez allegedly struck an officer and escaped on foot.
The pursuit lasted for more than an hour but he was then taken back into custody.
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