Illegal immigrant wanted for attempted murder in El Salvador arrested in Virginia, authorities say

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An illegal immigrant who is wanted in El Salvador for kidnapping and attempted murder has been arrested outside his Manassas home, authorities said.

Melvin Noe Sanchez-Izaguirre, 34, was apprehended Friday by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He will remain in ICE custody pending removal proceedings and a final order by an immigration judge, according to ICE officials.

Interpol issued a notice about the El Salvadoran warrant in October 2010, though ICE spokesman Brandon Montgomery did not have information Monday about the incident that led to the warrant.

Sanchez is a citizen of both El Salvador and Honduras, and his name is listed differently on his identification documents in the two countries, officials said. ICE had caught Sanchez in 2012, but officers had to remove him to Honduras at the time because they only knew him by his Honduran name and did not know about his citizenship in El Salvador.

ICE officers then began to investigate Interpol's notice and determined that it referred to the man who had been deported. They also determined that Sanchez was back in the United States, living in Manassas, Montgomery said.

"Those who evade the law in another country cannot come to hide in our communities," said M. Yvonne Evans, director of the Washington, D.C. field office. "ICE works closely with Interpol and foreign law enforcement partners to ensure those who are wanted for crimes in their country, and are here illegally, will be removed and held accountable for their actions."

njagoda@washingtonexaminer.com

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Naomi Jagoda

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