Illegal immigrant Brazilian child rapist is arrested on MARTHA’S VINEYARD…weeks after another undocumented resident of glitzy enclave was nabbed on double-murder charges
A Brazilian convicted of raping a five-year-old child was arrested 7,000 miles away on Martha’s Vineyard last week, just weeks after another Brazilian wanted for double murder was found there.
Home to the likes of Obama, Larry David and Michael J. Fox, the Massachusetts enclave was a destination for migrants sent by Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in an effort to spotlight Democrats’ disastrous border policies to bring.
Saulo Cardoso Ferreira, 37, was convicted in 2019 of raping a 5-year-old child and escaped after failing to appear in May of that year to serve his 14-year prison sentence.
The City of Boston’s Enforcement and Removal Operations said in a statement that Ferreira “unlawfully entered the United States on an unknown date and at an unknown location.”
They add that the convicted rapist was never “inspected or admitted by an immigration officer.”
Saulo Cardoso Ferreira, 37, was convicted in 2019 of raping a 5-year-old child and escaped after failing to appear in May that year and serving his 14-year prison sentence
Authorities received a tip on September 28 that Ferreira was on Martha’s Vineyard, although it took nearly six weeks to arrest him and finally get him at a car stop in West Tisbury on November 14.
“This undocumented Brazilian citizen posed a significant threat to the residents of Martha’s Vineyard,” said Todd Lyons, director of the Immigration Field Office.
“He sexually abused a five-year-old child in his home country and then fled from authorities when he was held accountable for his actions.”
“ERO Boston will not allow such predators to threaten our residents. We will continue to arrest and remove anyone who attempts to use our New England community as a refuge from justice.”
In fiscal year 2022 BHV arrested 46,396 non-citizens with a criminal history.
This group had 198,498 charges and convictions, including 21,531 felonies, 8,164 sex and sexual assault crimes, 5,554 weapons crimes, 1,501 murder-related crimes, and 1,114 kidnapping crimes.
Ferreira is the third Brazilian criminal arrested on the island in the past six weeks.
At the end of October, another suspect became Brazilian
Just weeks earlier, another Brazilian fugitive wanted for murder was arrested nearly 7,000 miles away on Martha’s Vineyard, living among America’s rich and famous.
Hiago Ornela-Da Silva was captured by federal agents Edgartown, Massachusetts on September 28, the same day authorities were tipped off about Ferreira.
Ornela-Da Silva went on the run in February last year after being named as a murder suspect in Barra de Sao Francisco in the Brazilian state of Espirito Santo.
It’s not clear how the illegal immigrant came to Martha’s Vineyard, but U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said he entered the country illegally several times, dating back to 2007.
Hiago Ornela-Da Silva, 31, was arrested Thursday in Martha’s Vineyard
Authorities say he has entered the country illegally several times since 2007 and they do not know when he last entered the U.S. or how long he has lived on the island.
Ornela-Da Silva has been wanted in Brazil for murder since February 2022
“The arrest of this Brazilian non-citizen demonstrates our commitment to prioritizing enforcement and removal efforts against unlawfully present non-citizens wanted for crimes in their home countries,” Lyons said.
The agency said the fugitive first entered the U.S. illegally as a minor in December 2007 and was removed by a judge in June 2008.
In July 2008, he filed a request to revoke that removal, which was granted in August 2008. But in January 2009 he was again ordered to leave the country.
In August 2009, he left the US via New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Officials said he then unlawfully re-entered the country at an unknown date and location without being inspected. He will remain in custody pending extradition.
In September 2022, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis flew 50 migrants to Martha’s Vineyard in what some called a political stunt.
In September 2022, DeSantis flew 50 migrants to the prosperous island.
The move sparked outrage among the liberal leaders of the small Massachusetts island, who labeled it “inhumane.”
The average home in Martha’s Vineyard is worth more than $800,000, according to the census, and the median household income is $77,392.
There is no known connection between the migrants sent to the area by GOP governors and these two suspects arrested within weeks of each other.