An illegal alien has been arrested and charged with stabbing a man to death in New Jersey.
Javier Ramirez-Jimenez, 48, was charged with reckless manslaughter, according to nj.com.
Ramirez-Jimenez allegedly stabbed 67-year-old Carlos Ariza in Elizabeth, NJ after the pair had an argument last week.
Security guards witnessed the incident outside of a local bar. The stabbing took place across the street, at a local auto body shop.
One security guard even tended to a woman who was bleeding from her palm, which was apparently related to the fatal stabbing. Another guard separated Ramirez-Jimenez from a group of people who were watching the commotion near a white Nissan Pathfinder.
Ariza was allegedly stabbed to death inside that vehicle, which was parked in the parking lot of the auto body shop.
The security guards said they noticed Ariza bleeding from his abdomen after getting out of the vehicle. He reportedly fell to the ground outside the auto body shop, succumbing to his injuries.
“Ramirez-Jimenez told authorities he struggled for the knife, and then Ariza was stabbed in his stomach,” the report said.
Still, he would not admit guilt in court.
“Ramirez-Jimenez entered a not guilty plea in Superior Court of Union County in Elizabeth Wednesday and agreed to remain detained,” according to the report, “He struggled to stand up to be sworn in during court, so much so, that the judge allowed him to sit.”
In an unusual turn, Ramirez-Jimenez consented to being detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) if he is released on bail.
New Jersey is a sanctuary state, meaning that local law enforcement and courts are not allowed to assist federal immigration authorities in criminal investigations. Locales are also forbidden from alerting ICE when an illegal alien is released from jail, even if ICE has lodged a detainer against the person.
“In light of the ICE detainment that was filed on him, we had a thorough discussion,” his attorney John Kean III reportedly said. “We understand that should he be released from here, he’ll be going into ICE custody anyway.”
The Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against New Jersey challenging its sanctuary policies.
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