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Undocumented hit-and-run suspect wanted by ICE now in federal custody

Posted at 6:19 PM, Mar 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-17 15:37:41-04

DENVER — An undocumented man suspected of killing a truck driver in a hit-and-run crash in Denver is in the custody of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to a release from the federal agency. 

Wanted by deportation officers for overstaying a temporary visa, Ivan Zamarripa-Castaneda, 26, turned himself into ICE offices Friday afternoon. He had been free on bond from the Denver City Jail since Saturday.

The Mexican immigrant was in Denver’s jail on vehicular homicide charges stemming from a March 3 hit-and-run crash on I-70 that killed Lone Tree truck driver John Anderson, 57. 

He bonded out Saturday evening despite a request from ICE to hold the inmate, which Denver and other jurisdictions say legally can't be enforced.

However, Denver deputies failed to notify the immigration agency when Zamarripa-Castaneda bonded out -- a procedural failure Denver Sheriff Patrick Firman later called “a mistake.”

Three sheriff’s deputies were reassigned amid an investigation.

In a statement, ICE officials said Zamarripa-Castaneda would remain in their custody pending disposition of his immigration case, or if he is transferred to local custody to further his criminal prosecution.