ICE Detainee Who Escaped Custody Monday Afternoon Captured

by Dave Emke July 3, 2017 at 2:55 pm 25 Comments

(This article was updated at 3:25 p.m. after Rivas-Mendez was brought back into custody, and again at 5:20 p.m. after more information was released by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.)

Area police worked with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials Monday as they tracked down an ICE detainee who escaped custody.

ICE said Marlon C. Rivas-Mendez escaped in the area of Route 28 and the Dulles Toll Road, near Dulles International Airport. Spokesperson Carissa Cutrell told Reston Now that Rivas-Mendez “is in the country illegally and was being transported when he escaped from custody.”

According to a report from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office:

At 12:20 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office received a call to assist ICE with a search of an escaped subject in the area of the Dulles Toll Road between the exits of Loudoun County Parkway and Old Ox Road. The subject was identified as Marlon C. Rivas-Mendez, 27, of Sterling.

Rivas-Mendez was arrested by LCSO deputies earlier this morning. He was transferred into ICE custody at 11:08 a.m. without incident.

During federal transport, Rivas-Mendez assaulted the transport personnel and escaped custody on the Dulles Toll Road.

Members of the Loudoun Sheriff’s Office alongside the Virginia State Police, Fairfax County Police Department, Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority and ICE canvassed the area. LCSO deputies located Rivas-Mendez at 2:20 p.m. in the area of Mercure Circle and Old Ox Road and took him into custody without incident.

Rivas-Mendez was arrested on local charges of Assault & Battery by the LCSO and was released into ICE custody.

Mugshot courtesy ICE

  • Richard

    ICE can stuff themselves. Unless this guy is presumed dangerous in some manner, good luck to him.

    • Paul

      All this guy did is break federal law, and escaped from custody. It’s ridiculous that law enforcement would focus on things like that and detain him.

    • Rodney Dangerfield

      What is wrong with you? No criminal ILLEGAL alien has a right to be (or stay) here, ever. Glad he was caught and on his way home.

      • Richard

        Where did it say this guy was a criminal?

        • John Higgins

          I suppose it depends on how one defines “a criminal.” Young Carlos had been deported once before. He again violated federal law by a second unauthorized entrance to the U.S. He was subsequently arrested for public intoxication, triggering action by ICE. Bye, bye Carlito.

        • carl jacobs

          You mean besides where it said he “assaulted the transport personnel and escaped custody”?

        • Oy

          Rivas-Mendez “is in the country illegally”

          Major reading comprehension fail there, bub.

          • Richard

            Speeding is Illegal too, but it’s not criminal, bub.

          • The Constitutionalist

            It is sometimes. Have you ever heard of reckless driving? You automatically get that for driving 20 over in VA. That’s a criminal offense. There’s a difference between a civil offense and a criminal offense.

          • Oy

            Speeding is absolutely criminal, bub.

            Doubling Down on Stupid is not criminal but you sure love doing it.

          • Richard

            Poor example, then, as a standard speeding ticket is sometimes considered a criminal misdemeanor depending on the locality. In any case, a standard immigration violation is a civil offense, not criminal.

          • Nope

            Improper entry is a misdemeanor, i.e., a crime.

          • Richard

            Assuming they have evidence of that crime. More likely, they were transporting him due to “unlawful presence” which is a civil offense, not a crime.

          • carl jacobs

            And assault is what? A three-year lease with an option to buy? Would you now grant that he is a violent offender or do you think he was justified in committing assault in order to escape lawful custody that he might re-establish his “unlawful presence” in the United States? Exactly what further evidence do you require to presume him dangerous?

          • Richard

            Under the current administration, ICE can not be trusted to act lawfully or ethically. There’s no telling what happened in that car. Assault? According to whom? Does “assault” mean that the officer was embarrassed by allowing this guy to escape?

          • carl jacobs

            Hrmmm. The Buffoon gets elected and suddenly Law Enforcement officers are presumed to be unprofessional. Yes, that makes good sense. Do you have any actual evidence for what you say beyond your own stereotypes and prejudices?

            Assault has a legal definition. For someone who has been so concerned about legal technicalities, you have sudden turned quite subjective. But then your entire argument sinks under the weight of that little word “assault” so I’m not surprised you would run from it.

      • Veni vidi vici

        When the grass is tall he will be back, by popular demand

    • Chkitout1

      Richard, isn’t Dick short for Richard????

      • Richard

        Yep. And it’s spectacular!

        • The Constitutionalist

          Spectacularly short… – someone, probably.

    • Reston Realist

      Good luck to you…. It’s pretty obvious that you are an ignorant dolt.

  • RestonAssurance

    Was he one of the MS gang members who killed that 15 yo from MD, and dumped her in Springfield, VA?

    • Richard

      Is he? Or are you suggesting that all Latin immigrants are likely to be MS13 members?

      • RestonAssurance

        I really thought his name was from the list of 10 or so that were arrested with several of them given ICE detainers. You’ve got the wrong person for “suggestions”.

  • Senorita Justice

    This is clearly a case of mistaken identity! Its Tito Puente Junior so let him free!


    Maybe lets arrest Carlos Santana instead who stole (t)his music and made millions going platinum. Take him downtown!


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