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Accused EMT killer, Guatemalan citizen, possibly facing ICE immigration review


A Jupiter, Florida man accused of killing two paramedics in a fatal crash is facing a review by immigration authorities.

The Palm Beach Post has confirmed the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has asked local authorities to place a detainer on Genaro De La Cruz Ajqui, ICE spokesman Nestor Yglesias told the Post Tuesday.

Ajqui, 39, a Guatemalan citizen living in Jupiter, is accused of killing emergency-medical technicians Lahari Garcia and Paul Besaw June 1.

The Post reports an ICE detainer allows agents extra time to decide whether to take the accused into federal custody for removal from the country.

Following Ajqui’s release from St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach Thursday, the Post reports police arrested him on multiple charges, including DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide and driving without a license.

Authorities say Ajqui was driving under the influence of alcohol when he crashed his 2000 Chrysler convertible into an ambulance, according to the Post.

Both EMTs died at the scene, and Ajqui suffered serious injuries.

The Post reports Ajqui remained local custody Tuesday as the judge ordered him held without bail.

Yglesias said any criminal court proceeding would take priority over an immigration hearing.

“If a person is convicted, he or she would first have to serve whatever sentence is imposed by a judge before facing deportation proceedings,” Yglesias told the Post.

An executive order allows authorities to remove someone charged with a crime — even if they have been acquitted — from the country.

The Post reports no determination regarding Ajqui’s status has been made public.

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