ICE Arrests Brazilian Armed Robbery Suspect

March 10, 2017 Updated: March 10, 2017

A Brazilian national wanted on armed robbery charges was arrested by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) late last month.

According to a press release from the agency, Anderson Hickman, 33, was allowed into the United States in 2015 on a temporary visa, before it was later revoked.

ICE officers in New York were told that Hickman, who lives in New York, was named in an arrest warrant for armed robbery in Brazil.

“We will not allow violent criminals to seek refuge from prosecution within our borders,” Thomas R. Decker, field office director for ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations in New York, said in a statement. “This arrest is another example of ERO’s dedication to finding these criminals and removing them from our city. Hickman will now have to answer to charges in his home country.”

Brazilian officials wanted Hickman for allegedly robbing a tour bus with 33 passengers at gunpoint.

“They made away with all the passengers’ money, cell phones, and other personal belongings. While the Brazilian Police were in pursuit, he and other members of his gang fired shots at the officers,” the release stated.

Hickman was detained in Long Island City in Queens. He is now in ICE custody and is awaiting deportation.

“In fiscal year 2016, ICE conducted 240,255 removals nationwide. Ninety-two percent of individuals removed from the interior of the United States had previously been convicted of a criminal offense,” the agency stated.