Police in San Jose revealed Tuesday that Carlos Eduardo Arevalo Carranza, a 24-year-old self-admitted gang member suspected of brutally murdering 59-year-old Bambi Larson, had been shielded from deportation a half-dozen times by California’s “sanctuary” policies.
Police arrested Carranza Monday night after evidence including surveillance footage and witness accounts placed him at the scene of the crime. Authorities believe Carranza “stalked” Larson, then broke into her home on February 28th and stabbed her to death. After she didn’t appear at work the next day, her son and co-worker went to her home and found her body.
“Neighbors said various cameras showed a suspicious man walking around the neighborhood around 4:30 a.m., who was constantly looking over his shoulder on the day Larson’s body was discovered,” CBS San Francisco reported. “Neighbors said various cameras showed a suspicious man walking around the neighborhood around 4:30 a.m., who was constantly looking over his shoulder on the day Larson’s body was discovered.”
The coroner reported finding “sharp force injuries to the neck and torso.” The brutality of her murder led expert Howard Jordan to tell CBS that he suspected the murderer “wanted to take out a lot of agression” on her. “I would surmise that this looks like a crime of passion. Whoever the suspect is really intended on harming this person and wanted to take out a lot of aggression on them to commit this crime,” Howard said.
As Hot Air’s John Sexton reports, on Tuesday San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia held a press conference to reveal information about the suspect, who he described as a “self-admitted gang member,” and, in the process, underscored the role sanctuary policies played in shielding him from deportation.
“His criminal convictions consist of: In February of 2013, he was detained by the Department of Homeland Security at the border near McAllen, Texas and deported,” said Garcia (partial transcript via Sexton). “In 2014 he was arrested for possession of paraphernalia. In 2015, he was convicted of burglary in San Jose. In 2016, battery of an officer, resisting arrest, and entering and occupying a property. In October of 2016, he was arrested for battery in the city of Los Angeles. In 2017, he was arrested and convicted for false imprisonment in San Jose. On April of ’18, he was arrested for paraphernalia, again. In May, he was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia. On August of ’18, he was arrested for prowling and stimulant influence. On October of ’18, he was arrested for false identification and paraphernalia once again, prowling and trespassing while a resident was present. And in January of this year, he was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and paraphernalia. He is currently on probation for the possession of methamphetamine and paraphernalia, false imprisonment, and burglary.”
Garcia stressed that despite the detainer requests issued by ICE for six of Carranza’s ten arrests, police were compelled to ignore those requests because of “sanctuary” policies.
After emphasizing that law enforcement is there to protect all residents, including non-criminal illegal immigrants, Garcia issued a forceful condemnation of sanctuary policies that shield criminal illegals.
“Let me be clear, we are here to protect and embrace our otherwise law-abiding undocumented residents,” he stressed, then added: “We are not here, nor should we be here, to shield admitted gangsters or violent criminals regardless of immigration status.”