An immigration judge has granted bond for Edwin Leonel Reyes-Guillen, who was taken into custody last week at Duke Manor apartments while a U.S. Marshals Service task force was searching for a different man wanted for murder.
Reyes-Guillen’s attorney, Beckie Moriello, says Judge Theresa-Holmes Simmons awarded a $10,000 bond after a hearing in Charlotte this morning.
Reyes-Guillen has been in custody since Tuesday, first in the Forsyth County Jail in Winston-Salem and then in the York County Jail in South Carolina. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has said that Reyes-Guillen ran from officers who were unsure at the time if he was the fugitive they sought. It was his first encounter with ICE, spokesperson Bryan Cox confirmed.
Moriello said it is likely that Reyes-Guillen will be transferred to the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia, before his bond is posted. The detention center, which has held immigration detainees since 2010, is government-owned but privately operated by LaSalle Corrections.
If Reyes-Guillen makes bond, he can return to North Carolina and will have his next court date in Charlotte. If he does not post bond, his case would be handled in the notoriously tough Atlanta immigration court.
Moriello said the $10,000 bond is “high for someone without a criminal record.”
“The judge focused on the fact that he allegedly struggled with police,” she said. “She said it would’ve probably been $5,000 if not for that.”
Moriello said she plans to file a motion to suppress evidence the Department of Homeland Security introduced this morning claiming that Reyes-Guillen admitted to officials on Tuesday that he is from Honduras. Moriello is not admitting that Reyes-Guillen is a foreign national, meaning the government will have to prove that he is before he could be deported.
She said a motion to suppress evidence is “very difficult to win” regardless of which court hears it.
Moriello also had the opportunity to give the judge letters of support on behalf of Reyes-Guillen, but his family was “too scared.” She was able to present a letter from Reyes-Guillen’s girlfriend, who has been a legal resident since 2009, after assuring her her green card would not be taken away.
“This is what ICE is doing to people,” she said.