Immigration: Cops Let Romeoville Girl's Alleged Killer Loose Without Alerting Us

A spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the Berwyn police let a man who would later be charged with killing a Romeoville teen go free without notifying them.

Erick Maya. Credit: Will County Sheriff's Department
Erick Maya. Credit: Will County Sheriff's Department
posted March 20, 2014 at 06:26 PM

CHICAGO — The Cicero man charged with gunning down a teenage Romeoville girl faced possible deportation but was released without anyone notifying U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a spokeswoman for the agency said.

Erick Maya, 23, was arrested by the Berwyn police in October 2011 for beating his 15-year-old girlfriend with a beer bottle and metal pipe. Maya allegedly shot another 15-year-old former girlfriend in the head, killing her, last month.

After Maya was arrested in 2011, ICE placed an immigration detainer on him, said agency spokeswoman Gail Montenegro.

An immigration detainer is a notice that the Department of Homeland Security "intends to assume custody" of an individual being held by a law enforcement agency, according to the ICE website.

ICE "first placed an immigration detainer on Erick Martin Maya at the Berwyn Police Department on Oct. 7, 2011 following his arrest on criminal charges," Montenegro said in an emailed statement.

"Despite the detainer, which requests that a law enforcement agency notify ICE before releasing the individual, ICE was not informed of Mr. Maya’s release from local custody," Montenegro said. "He subsequently was not turned over to ICE."

Maya eventually pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated domestic battery in connection with the Berwyn case. Charges of armed violence and aggravated battery were dismissed.

Maya was sentenced to 60 days in the Cook County jail and 30 months probation. He missed a court date for a probation status check on Feb. 6.

On the day Maya failed to appear, Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Kristin Piper asked Judge Gregory Ginex to issue a warrant for Maya's arrest but the judge refused, according to a court transcript. Ginex pointed out the "weather has been very bad" and scheduled another date.

Exactly a week later, Maya walked up on his 15-year-old former girlfriend and her mother as they sat in a car outside their Romeoville home and opened fire with a handgun. The former girlfriend, Briana Valle, took two bullets to her head and later died. Her mother, 33-year-old Alicia Guerrero, survived with a gunshot wound to her neck.

Berwyn Police Chief Jim Ritz said in a March 14 email that he believed ICE was notified of Maya's release "because one of our officers that assisted with (the) call is on the US Marshal’s task force."

"I will have to check further and verify," Ritz said.

Ritz has not returned calls for comment since sending the email.

Montenegro said another immigration detainer was placed on Maya while he was in custody at the Will County jail.

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Tom Hollman March 26, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Democrats need this kind of crap to vote for them in fall and in 2016 so they will keep them here a votes a vote anyway you get it
Henry Sadowski March 26, 2014 at 12:34 PM
art March 26, 2014 at 03:52 PM
gov. pat quinn killed her. ,and i'm soooooooooooooooooooo glad maggies daley is dead.
Connie Hart Travis March 26, 2014 at 04:17 PM
The comments that most put on here is what truly bothers me, no state should have the death sentence. There is nothing worse you could do to this type of person than lock him in a cell for 23 hours a day for the rest of his life, only letting him out for 1 hr a day will punish this scum worse than killing him and ending his worthless life. Killing him will only be letting him off way to easy, he would then suffer every single day just like the parents will by losing their daughter, but the can heal. This scum will lose his mind long before he hits 40 and there is nothing worse than living out the rest of your life from age 21, in a prison cell, he not only will lose his mind but live in pure hell after about the first six months and they move him into general population with the other animals who will like having him in there, they love small little punks like this, they say it is the next best thing to a woman, he will be turned out real quick and sold and traded like a baseball card (a prison gang will claim him and pimp him out until there is nothing left) if he even makes it past the gangs, he will lose his mind.....trust me.....I have worked in corrections and I am telling you this, this kind of horror is a daily thing, we see it but the person knows if they talk to any CO they will be dealt with in ways that I wont even go into on here and make sure all the other punks see what they have done to this one as a warning. TRUST ME PEOPLE, DEATH IS WAY TO EASY FOR HIM.
45 year resident March 27, 2014 at 03:49 PM
Death after extensive beating, maybe! Come on...why should we support him until he dies in prison...or escapes, or gets accidental release (it happens!), or hires someone to go after what's left of the family, or gets out early in another one of the many poor decisions made by a judge, court, parole board...No, there is no reason to keep this scumbag alive on our $$$! We are already supporting enough illegals through taxes we pay.


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