Department of Homeland Security speaks out on illegal immigrant accused in Lake County crime spree

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CONCORD TWP., Ohio — The Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday that they attempted to find out Juan Emmanuel Razo's legal status on July 7, but he was released when the determination was unable to be made.  Razo is accused of shootings in Concord Twp. on Monday.

Homeland Security gave Fox 8 the following statement on Wednesday:

DHS is closely monitoring this case and coordinating with local authorities. Following the completion of his criminal proceedings and any sentence imposed by the court, ICE intends to take custody of Mr. Razo-Ramirez and pursue his removal from the United States.

The Administration has set enforcement priorities to make sure our resources are focused on apprehending and removing convicted criminals, gang members, recent border crossers, and the most significant threats to public safety and national security. Through the Priority Enforcement Program, we are working with state and local law enforcement every day to ensure that these individuals are taken into federal custody to be removed from the country. These efforts to keep our communities safe and our nation secure are essential to our mission.

Border Patrol agents interviewed this individual via telephone at the request of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office on July 7, 2015. During that interview, Razo was uncooperative and the agents were unable to determine his immigration status. Without such a determination, the agents had no legal basis to file a detainer to hold the subject. Although the agents offered to meet with the deputies on site and interview the subject in person, the offer was declined and the subject was released.

Fox 8 has reached out to the Lake County Sheriff's Office for a statement.

Razo,35, is the suspect in the murder of a woman at a Ravenna Road home. Authorities said he then shot a woman who was walking along a bike trail. He's also accused of the attempted rape of a 14-year-old girl earlier in the day Monday.

Tuesday, bond was set at $10 million.

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At a press conference Tuesday, police said they were working with Homeland Security and the FBI to ascertain his legal status.

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