Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced this week that it arrested an illegal immigrant Brazilian fugitive wanted in his home country for failing to serve a prison sentence for raping a 5-year-old child in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.
ICE said the Brazilian, identified as 37-year-old Saulo Cardona Ferreira, had received “multiple criminal convictions” in Brazil in 2019 for raping the child and had been sentenced to 14 years in prison, but he had fled the country. The town of Sorriso, Mato Grosso, had issued a warrant for his arrest.
The agency said that at an unknown time and place, he entered the U.S. illegally, meaning he evaded Border Patrol as a “gotaway.”
He was apprehended by ICE’s Fugitive Operations Team in the Massachusetts vacation spot during a vehicle stop. A spokesperson said that after being alerted via a law enforcement data review to his potential presence in the area in September, ICE began an investigation and apprehended him near his address on Nov. 14.
He is now in custody awaiting a court appearance before an immigration judge.