UNITED STATES—Illegal alien. Francisco Carranza-Ramirez, who was incarcerated for the rape of a disabled woman was released from custody before officials from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) were aware he was there. Authorities from the King County Sheriff’s Office is searching for Ramirez on multiple felony warrants.

The victim, whose identity has not been disclosed, was raped by Carranza-Ramirez twice, who is originally from Mexico. He was arrested an taken into police custody  in September 2018.

According to reports, Carranza-Ramirez was charged with third degree rape and sentenced to 12 months in prison. He was credited for time served and later released.

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According to Crime Watch, Carranza-Ramirez was seen in the vicinity of the victims home though he was advised not to go within 1,000 feet of the victim.

While walking with her toddler, Carranza-Ramirez reportedly approached the victim, tipped back her wheelchair and physically attacked and strangled her.

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Canyon News spoke to out ICE in collaboration with Paul Prince, the Spokesperson for San Francisco/Southern California for Homeland Security Investigations & Enforcement and Removal Operations of Homeland Security and Bryan Wilcox, Acting Field Office Director from the Enforcement & Removal Operations for the state of Washington.

Director Wilcox explained that Washington is a sanctuary state. In a sanctuary state ICE has no access to law enforcement data, the jail rosters, nor are they able to meet with detainees to establish their identity, and verify that they are actually who they say they are. Prince stated that the same holds true for the state of California.

Wilcox explained ICE was never made aware of Carranza–Ramirez’s presence. They weren’t notified the suspect would be released until the second attack transpired.

When asked if there was anything he would like to say to the public, Director Wilcox issed the following statement:

“We need the cooperation of the locals to protect the communities from people who could possibly be in the U.S. illegally. We need access to jail rosters, and to be able to talk to them to verify who they really are, or if they are removable from the U.S. We need timely word before release to be able to take individuals into custody.”