ICE arrests escaped Illinois fugitive in Atlanta

Jorge Soberanis-Rumaldo. (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)
Jorge Soberanis-Rumaldo. (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

A man who escaped from an Illinois prison nearly 14 years ago was arrested at his Atlanta home Friday, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said.

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ICE deportation officers arrested Jorge Soberanis-Rumaldo as part of a targeted enforcement operation, ICE spokesman for the Atlanta office Bryan Cox said. Officials said Soberanis-Rumaldo was in the U.S. unlawfully.

Soberanis-Rumaldo was convicted of a felony cocaine charge out of Cook County, Illinois in March 2003, Cox said. He was sentenced to eight years in prison, but escaped while on work detail from the Stateville Correctional Center in June 2003.

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Authorities booked Soberanis-Rumaldo into the DeKalb County jail. He is awaiting extradition to Illinois.

“ICE has lodged an immigration detainer against Mr. Soberanis,” Cox said, “and will seek to remove him from the United States following the resolution of any criminal charges he may face.”

Soberanis-Rumaldo was No. 6 on Illinois’ wanted list of fugitives.

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