Portland, Oregon - The city of Portland released a man that had a federal immigration hold on him and had been deported at least 20 times who then went and allegedly assaulted two women, including a 65-year-old woman.
Portland has declared itself a sanctuary city which means it doesn’t cooperate with the federal government in terms of enforcing the immigration law.
Sergio Martinez attacked a woman in the basement of a parking garage while armed with a knife, according to Fox News. When the woman kicked him in the stomach and hit the button that set off her car alarm, Martinez fled. Detectives also linked Martinez to another assault that happened blocks away, Fox News reported.
In the second assault, Martinez entered through an open window and used scarves and socks to blindfold, tie up and gag the victim. He then sexually assaulted the woman and slammed her head into the wood floor.
Sergio Martinez was caught July 24 when police chased him through a neighborhood.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had an immigration detainer on Martinez since December, 2016. ICE had asked the local authorities to notify them before letting Martinez go. However, the city of Portland didn’t do that and just released Sergio Martinez.
It’s against the law for cities in Oregon to use their resources to enforce federal immigration law, but there's no reason that they can't tell ICE about people already in custody.
Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese wrote a letter to the city of Portland that said, "The Sheriff's Office does not hold people in county jails on ICE detainers or conduct any immigration enforcement actions."
Martinez's criminal record included a felony conviction for burglary and three misdemeanor convictions for battery, theft, and obstructing a public officer.
Martinez told police in March that he has a long history of using methamphetamine and was still using the drug, KGW.com reported. He is facing charges that include first-degree kidnapping, two counts of first-degree robbery, second-degree assault, first-degree sex abuse, first-degree sodomy and first-degree burglary, the TV station reported.
Martinez had lived in the area for more than a year and was believed to have been homeless at the time of his arrest.