Nassau County Police Department Statement
Nassau County Commissioner of Police Patrick J. Ryder releases the following statement regarding the arrest of Denis Guerra-Guerra:
“Regardless of a person’s legal status, all persons in Nassau County are required to abide by the local, state and federal laws currently in effect. The Nassau County Police Department will not inquire into any person’s immigration status unless they are arrested for a crime. This includes the immigration status of crime victims, witnesses and anyone who calls the police seeking assistance.
In Mr. Denis Guerra-Guerra case, he was operating an unregistered vehicle from the state of Illinois when he was stopped for a traffic infraction. Mr. Guerra-Guerra could not produce a valid driver’s license and presented a passport from El Salvador for identification. Officer’s conducted an investigation to determine if he indeed had a New York State driver’s license. It was discovered through DMV that an “Outstanding Administrative Warrant of Removal from the United States” was in effect. Additionally, defendant Guerra-Guerra was in possession of a razor blade knife. However, this charge was voided at the precinct since it did not meet the criteria of the penal law offense.
Further investigation revealed that Mr. Guerra-Guerra has been employed at a business in Massapequa using a false identity. Mr. Guerra-Guerra was unlawfully using a social security number from a California resident and was unlawfully using an alien identification number from a New Jersey resident. These are all crimes and are thus in violation of NYS Penal Law and Federal Law.
The safety of our members and residents is our paramount concern at all times. As for the basis of Mr. Denis Guerra-Guerra’s deportation, we would have to defer those questions to ICE.”
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE
NASSAU COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
1490 Franklin Ave. Mineola, NY 11501