BOSTON – A Mexican national was charged by criminal complaint on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, in connection with illegally reentering the United States and forcibly interfering with an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent in an effort to evade arrest.
Eduardo Alvarez, 31, was charged with one count of illegal reentry after deportation and one count of forcibly assaulting, resisting, or impeding a federal officer engaged in the performance of official duties. Alvarez was arrested on Feb. 16, 2022, and has remained in custody since. He will appear in federal court in Worcester on March 22, 2022.
According to the charging documents, on the morning of Feb. 16, 2022, ICE officers travelled to a residence in Leominster where Alvarez was reportedly located. They observed Alvarez driving away from the residence in a white Audi, followed the vehicle and attempted to pull him over by activating lights and sirens. Officers then attempted to stop Alvarez by positioning their vehicles in front and behind the Audi, to block Alvarez in. Alvarez allegedly accelerated and struck the front vehicle, with the ICE officer still in the driver seat. It is alleged that Alvarez then drove off, traveling through a red-light into oncoming traffic and forcing other vehicles including law enforcement onto the side of the road before stopping at his own residence, where he attempted to hide from officers for approximately 90 minutes before surrendering.
Alvarez was previously removed from the United States in 2009 and 2011. In 2010, he was convicted of illegal reentry to the United States.
The charge of illegal reentry provides for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. The charge of forcible interference with a federal officer provides for a sentence of up to one year in prison, one year of supervised release and a fine of up to $100,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.
United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins; Matthew B. Millhollin, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; and Interim Leominster Police Chief Aaron Kennedy made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristen Noto of Rollins’ Worcester Branch Office is prosecuting the case.
The details contained in the criminal complaint are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.