Man asks undocumented immigrant to stop peeing at bus stop – gets stabbed in neck

Salvador Gomez-Lopez

    

An undocumented immigrant urinating in public used a box cutter to repeatedly stab a man who had merely suggested he pull up his trousers and use a proper restroom, police say.

On Nov. 30, around 11 p.m., Montgomery County Police were dispatched to the Wheaton Metro bus turnaround along Georgia Avenue. Upon stepping out of their cruisers, officers saw a man with stab wounds and bloody slashes to his neck, face and stomach.

That victim, plus an uninjured eyewitness, pointed officers toward Salvador Gomez-Lopez, 46, who was allegedly drunk and belligerent. The two men explained that Gomez-Lopez was relieving himself in plain view of fellow bus passengers. When the victim questioned his actions, Gomez-Lopez reportedly reached into his backpack and grabbed hold of a razor-sharp box cutter.

What followed was a physical tussle that landed both Gomez-Lopez and the victim on the cold bus stop pavement. The victim ultimately pried away the knife, but only after suffering serious lacerations, including three deep cuts to the neck.

Police say Gomez-Lopez was “uncooperative,” provided them with a fake name during questioning and has meager ties to the community.

According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Gomez-Lopez is an El Salvadoran national who is in the United States illegally. ICE has since lodged an immigration detainer against Gomez-Lopez. He is currently in Montgomery County custody.

According to court filings, Gomez-Lopez has two children and worked part time doing odd maintenance jobs for a relative. The victim did survive, but the extent of his injuries remain unknown.

Gomez-Lopez is scheduled for a three-day trial in Montgomery County Circuit Court in early April. The Maryland Office of the Public Defender is representing him. He faces up to 38 years in prison on charges of first-degree assault, second-degree assault and carrying a dangerous weapon with the intent to injure.

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Nearly 80 undocumented immigrants found crammed in truck near US-Mexico border

Immigration authorities have found nearly 80 people crammed into the back of a truck trying to enter the US without proper documents.

The truck was travelling on highway in Laredo, Texas, near the US-Mexico border when the driver was pulled over. He was later arrested.

He was questioned about his immigration status and though he is a US citizen, the truck was subjected to a secondary search and 76 people from Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala were found huddled inside.

At least 13 were found to be unaccompanied children.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said all the people found in the trailer were in “good health”.

CBP did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Laredo Sector Assistant Chief Patrol Agent Gabriel Acosta said in a CBP news release: “These criminal organisations view these individuals as mere commodities without regard for their safety. The blatant disregard for human life will not be tolerated.”

“We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to disrupt and dismantle these organisations and prosecute those responsible,” Mr Acosta said.

Transporting people across the border in trailer trucks has become a dangerous practice.

In July, ten undocumented immigrants died from overheating while trapped in a trailer in San Antonio, Texas.

The air conditioning and ventilation systems had broken leaving dozens more with severe brain damage and other injuries.

The driver, a US citizen from Florida, had left the vehicle in a Wal-Mart parking lot and claimed he did not there were people in the back.

Survivors, however, claimed they banged on the walls in order to get out.

The undocumented immigrants found on 26 January, including the children, will be taken to a processing and detention centres.

They have arrived at a time when border security and the fate of the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme, which allowed people brought to the US illegally as minors to stay and work, are under hot debate in Congress.

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