Jesus Moreno

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD) – An illegal immigrant arrested for a violent carjacking remains in the Pima County Jail facing several charges including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and armed robbery.

24 year old Jesus Moreno-Clark is accused of carjacking a man, at gunpoint and then leading police on a chase the wrong way down Interstate 10 before he was caught. His past criminal history includes auto theft, burglary, assault, narcotic offenses, aggravated assaults on law enforcement. With a rap sheet like that, even Tucson Police Sgt. Fabian Pacheco wonders why he was able to walk the streets, "he’s shown a history of fighting with law enforcement, of assaulting police so why is he still out in our community?"

In 2006, Moreno-Clark was sentenced to prison for stealing a car. According to the Arizona Dept. of Corrections, he received five disciplinary infractions. Four of those for disobeying an order. You can view more of his prison history here. Moreno-Clark’s three year sentence was cut short. 

He was released last year on the condition he be handed over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation, "when criminal aliens are being identified in jails in southern Arizona they are being turned over to ice and in some cases they’re being prosecuted for re-entering the united states," explains ICE spokesman Vincent Picard, "in all cases they’re eventually removed from the United States."

Morneo-Clark was deported. In fact, he’s been sent back to Mexico several times but in each case, he’s managed to sneak back into the United States, "it’s very concerning," Sgt. Pacheco says, "that an individual with this criminal background, this prosperity of violence, is back on our streets so we’re fortunate he’s back behind bars."

Some will argue, the fact Moreno-Clark got back into the U.S. several times after being deported and charged with so many crimes over the years, makes him a poster child of sorts for those who say we need tighter security on the border.


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