Police say the man suspected of killing three in Fremont fled the crime scene, entered a relativeâ??s home, and hid there while the homeowners were on vacation.
The Fremont homeowners said they were on vacation and didnâ??t give Igmidio Mista permission to enter their home.
Mista was arrested on Monday when police knocked on one of his relativeâ??s doors in Fremont to ask some questions. He walked by the door and was apprehended by police, not resisting the arrest.
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He was also living illegally in America with an expired visa.
Fremont Police Chief Tim Wiersma said there is a slim chance Igmidio Mista could be deported and tried in the Philippines. Itâ??s more likely that Mista will face life in prison here in Ohio.
â??He murdered three of our citizens,â?? Chief Wiersma said. â??And we would want to prosecute him here.â??
Mista has a police record in America dating back to 2005. Heâ??s been found guilty of minor crimes such as disorderly conduct and an open container violation.
Police say Mista had two passports, but neither one was valid.
â??Itâ??s not like he came in over the border without knowledge,â?? Wiersma said.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is involved in the investigation. They want to know how long Mista has been in America.
Their Immigration and Customs Enforcement branch reports that last fiscal year, more than 100,000 individuals were deported from the U.S. with 82 percent of them having been convicted of a crime.
Baldemar Velasquez is President of Northwest Ohioâ??s Farm Labor Organizing Committee and an immigration reform advocate. He said the millions of undocumented immigrants in America, very few are dangerous criminals.
â??Thereâ??s no more hard crimes like that in the immigrant population than there is in the established population,â?? Velasquez said.
Mista is scheduled in court March 20.