A Mexican national who was deported in 2004 but easily re-entered the United States was arrested this week and charged with the murder of five people in Missouri and Kansas.
Pablo Antonio Serrano-Vitorino, who officials described as dangerous and possibly armed with an AK-47, was captured in Montgomery County in eastern Missouri, authorities said. He was being held on a $2 million bond.
Serrano-Vitorino, 40, was charged on Tuesday with first-degree murder in connection with the fatal shootings of four men between the ages of 27 and 41 in Kansas City, officials said.
Serrano-Vitorino also was wanted for questioning in a fifth slaying in New Florence, Missouri, about 170 miles east of Kansas City, officials said.
It turns out Serrano-Vitorino should never have been free to slaughter five people.
The New York Daily News reported that Pablo Serrano-Vitorino had been released during an “immigration slip up” last year. An Immigrant and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokesman said that the man had been fingerprinted in September in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park. He’d been caught driving without a license.
However, ICE sent a retainer for Pablo Serrano-Vitorino to the wrong county, and the man went on his way. The agency said it “regrets the error.”
If the retainer had been sent to the correct county, Pablo Serrano-Vitorino would’ve been entered back into the legal immigrant system and sent back to Mexico.
Perhaps the Obama Administration which refuses to do much to secure the border and enforce immigration law would like to tell the families of the slain how much they “regret the error”
Left grieving Tuesday in a tightly knit Kansas City, Kan., neighborhood were friends and relatives who, stunned and in tears, said they were as much in the dark as anyone over the question of why. What possible provocation could have prompted the killing of men described by all here as decent?
“I have no idea. I’m flabbergasted. The neighborhood is mystified,” said one friend agonized over the deaths of Michael Capps, 41; brothers Austin Harter, 29, and Clint Harter, 27; and a fourth victim whose name has not been confirmed and who was less known to those in the block near 36th and Oliver.
Yet another family is ripped asunder by a senseless crime committed by an illegal alien.
A woman living close by Capps’ home said that she heard nothing unusual Monday night to give her concerns. She went to bed about 10 p.m., she said. She woke, shortly after 11 p.m., when one of her dogs began barking.
“I heard screaming,” she said. She described it as panicked, coming from Capps’ house.
“I didn’t hear gunshots,” she said.
By the time she gathered herself and made it to the front door, she said, ambulances and police were already on the scene. She saw Austin Harter, whom she knew, bleeding on the front porch of the small frame house. After police left the scene Tuesday morning, she was among the friends and relatives washing blood off the porch.
Relatives and friends remembered Capps and the Harter brothers as good men linked by their love of cars.
Capps was described as a father who loved his two young sons more than his own life.
“They were his whole world,” said Capps’ sister, Megan Capps, 30. “He helped anyone who needed it. He had a heart of gold.”
A man who lived nearby but declined to give his name said of Capps, “As a neighbor, he would give you the shirt off his back .… He always talked about his kids.”
Capps also had worked at an auto body repair shop for seven or eight years.
“He was the hardest-working guy, the most thoughtful guy,” owner Ron Butler said.
He said Capps had a tough childhood and was dedicated to making sure his sons had a better life.
One woman said she had known him since he was 9 and he called her “mom,” although they were not biologically related. She was too distraught Tuesday morning to comment further.
A friend, Cristi Beck, said she had known Capps for about 10 years. He used to bring her mother Coca-Cola Classic.
“I think he was a great man,” Beck said. “He was a man with a big heart. I love him and will miss him very much.”