Adam Christianson, Sheriff of Stanislaus County, called out California’s Sanctuary Law after the death of Cpl Ronil Singh, saying that the law “provided sanctuary” for the killer. It turns out that the suspect, Gustavo Perez Arriaga, had planned to flee once again across the Mexican border. And he had help: police arrested 7 individuals who assisted him after the Corporal was killed. Two of them were illegals, one of which had been deported twice before.
“We can’t ignore the fact that this could have been preventable. Why the state is providing sanctuary for criminals (and) gang members. It’s a conversation we need to have.” Sheriff Christianson
Two of those arrested were illegal aliens – 25-year-old Adrian Virgen and 27-year-old Erik Razo Quiroz, Breitbart News reported. ICE remains concerned over California’s sanctuary law, stating that it places the citizens at risk.
Razo Quiroz, accused of lying to authorities and helping Perez Arriaga evade arrest, was previously deported twice out of the U.S. to Mexico. His most recent deportation was in March 2012. According to ICE officials, Razo Quiroz is a convicted felon.
Similarly, illegal alien Virgen Mendoza, also accused of aiding Perez Arriaga, was previously convicted for a misdemeanor in California but was not turned over to ICE for deportation to Mexico following the conviction due to the state’s sanctuary law.
The other five individuals who have been arrested in aiding Perez Arriaga evade arrest of the killing include:
- Bernabe Madrigal Castaneda
- Erasmo Villegas
- Maria Luisa Moreno
- Conrado Virgen
- Ana Leyde Cervantes
A day before the killing, Singh had spent Christmas with his wife and newborn baby boy. Singh leaves behind his wife, Anamika, and their five-month-old son. The Stanislaus County Sheriff Department has set up a memorial fund for the Singh family where readers can donate here.
As we drop unceremoniously into 2019, it will take more than a “conversation” with California about their egregious sanctuary law. Numerous cities have pulled themselves out of the law by voting to do so, but it remains to be seen how effective such actions will be.
Featured photo Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department: Adrian Virgen Mendoza (left), Gustavo Perez Arriaga (center), and Erik Razo Quiroz (right)