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Venezuelan citizen arrested with a machete near the Capitol in Washington DC

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Venezuelan migrant arrested near the Capitol when he was carrying a machete and a knife is in the deportation process

A Venezuelan migrant who was arrested on December 26 near the US Capitol in Washington while carrying a machete and a knife is in the deportation process, immigration authorities reported on Tuesday, January 2nd.

José Leonardo Márquez, 23, is in the custody of the deportation agency, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said in a statement.

“Márquez represented a significant threat to people in and around the Capitol,” said that federal agency, specifying that the immigrant “will face deportation proceedings.”

On December 26, a Capitol Police agent observed that the Venezuelan was behaving strangely and, after a conversation between the two, noticed that in addition to the machete and a knife, he also had a brick, according to the police report.

The immigrant did not offer resistance, was accused of carrying dangerous and prohibited weapons, and was transferred the next day to the custody of the ICE division that processes deportations, the report added.

The Venezuelan, who had entered the country illegally on an undetermined date and place, was initially detained by the Border Patrol on August 21, 2022 near El Paso (Texas).

However, Márquez was released the next day as part of the alternative to the detention program due to the lack of accommodation.

In compliance with this program, Márquez appeared on October 5 in Washington before the ICE division that processes deportations and received an order to appear before an immigration judge.

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