Man Allegedly Went on Murder Spree After Being Deported Twelve Years Ago

Pablo Serrano-Vitorino, the Mexican national suspected of killing his neighbor and three other men at his neighbors Kansas home before killing another man about 170 miles away in Missouri, was arrested on March 9, 2016.PlayMontgomery County Jail/AP
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The man accused of allegedly killing five people in a murder spree across two states was in the United States illegally despite earlier run-ins with the law.

Pablo Serrano-Vitorino, 40, was arrested early Wednesday morning in Montgomery County, Missouri, after a 17-hour-long manhunt, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol. He has since been charged in all five homicides.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said it deported Serrano-Vitorino in April 2004, after he served time for a conviction in Los Angeles County Superior Court for making a terrorist threat.

Following his deportation, Serrano-Vitorino illegally re-entered the U.S. undetected on an unknown date, ICE said.

On Nov. 21, 2014, Serrano-Vitorino was convicted of a DUI, according to ICE. ICE said that an initial review of its records does not indicate that the agency was notified at that time. ICE is continuing to review its records, it said.

Serrano-Vitorino was then arrested by the Kansas City Police Department on June 15, 2015, for domestic assault, said Kansas City Police Chief Terry Zeigler and ICE.

At the time ICE received notification that someone with the same name was in custody. Since the notification wasn’t done by biometric fingerprinting, ICE is required to conduct an interview to ensure they are requesting detaining of the right person. He was released before an interview took place, according to a spokesperson for ICE.

"Everybody makes mistakes and ICE has been very helpful to us when we have called on them for assistance," said Kansas City Police Chief Terry Zeigler at a press conference Wednesday.

On Sept. 14, 2015, ICE was notified that Serrano-Vitorino was fingerprinted at the Overland Park Municipal Court in Kansas, after receiving a fine for driving without a license.

“Although the notification prompted ICE to issue a detainer to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Serrano was at court for a municipal fine and was never remanded to the sheriff’s office custody. Therefore, neither ICE nor the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office could take action on that detainer,” said a statement by ICE.

The Kansas prosecutor said today that Serrano-Vitorino slipped through the cracks.

"We can't go on this way. And something needs to be corrected so that the system works properly. We've seen now twice and I can't imagine if it's been twice, it's not more times than that the system did not work properly," said Wyandotte County District Attorney Jerome A. Gorman during a press conference Wednesday.

Serrano-Vitorino was charged with four counts of first-degree murder for an alleged quadruple homicide that occurred on Monday in Kansas City, Kansas.

He was arraigned Wednesday and is being held without bond in connection to a fifth murder in New Florence, Missouri, according to a press release from the Montgomery County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

The charges against him were read, but he did not yet enter a plea. A preliminary hearing was set for April 28, 2016.

“ICE will continue to work with local entities and take steps to once again remove him from the country once the criminal case is completed,” ICE said in a statement.