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Manhunt underway for illegal immigrant who escaped Virginia detention facility

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July 06, 2023

A manhunt for an illegal immigrant is underway in Caroline County, Virginia, after the undocumented individual escaped from the Caroline Detention Facility on July 2.

According to Caroline County Sheriff’s Office, law enforcement is searching for 26-year-old Dennis Zeledon-Hernandez, an illegal immigrant who is believed to be located near Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, after escaping from the Caroline Detention Facility.

Local authorities reported that Hernandez escaped at approximately 4:15 on Sunday. A representative for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said the local authorities were “notified immediately and are currently assisting the search which remains ongoing.”

Despite the ongoing manhunt, Caroline County Sheriff’s Office reported that “it appears that he poses no threat to the community.”

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“The subject is still at large but appears to be contained in an area on Fort A. P. Hill Base since 3:30 am this morning,” Caroline County Sheriff’s Office officials wrote in a Facebook post on July 3.

According to ICE, Hernandez is a Salvadoran national and does not have U.S. citizenship. ABC 8 News reported that Hernandez has received a final order for removal to Salvador.

Hernandez was reportedly arrested on May 13 around 11 p.m., according to York County Sheriff’s Office. Hernandez was charged for driving without a license, concealing a weapon, driving under the influence, and child endangerment. ABC 8 News reported the endangered child found in Hernandez’s vehicle was less than 5 years old, and law enforcement claimed Hernandez was concealing a knife.

Public booking records confirm Hernandez was booked in York County, Virginia, on May 14 at 2:58 a.m.

An ICE spokesperson has warned that members of the public should “contact local authorities immediately” if they encounter Hernandez.

This was a breaking news story. The details were periodically updated as more information became available.