Pablo Antonio Serrano-Vitorino is a Mexican national who had been deported from the United States back to Mexico in 2004. At some point, he re-entered the U.S. illegally. Yet despite the fact that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had flagged him for detainment where he was held at Overland Park Municipal Court in Kansas, he was released from custody without ICE being notified.
This week, the illegal alien was arrested after a massive manhunt following a killing spree that left five people dead across two states. Serrano-Vitorino is accused of murdering four men in Kansas City, Kan.—he lived next door to the victims—and is wanted for questioning in the death of a fifth man near New Florence, Mo.
U.S. immigration officials say a paperwork error—ICE issued the detainer to the wrong sheriff’s office—prevented the detention of Serrano-Vitorino. That error resulted in five innocent lives being lost.