The Potomac News reports that a suspect in the recent shooting at Global Foods was arrested this past Sunday, and lo and behold, where was this suspect arrested? Rather close to an informal day laborer center at the 7-11 on Coverstone Drive, of all places. Now why does it not surprise me that suspects wanted for attempted murder are being picked nearby day laborer centers in Prince William County?
Carlos Ernesto Morales-Zuniga, of no fixed address, was charged with malicious wounding and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, said Officer Erika Hernandez, Prince William police spokeswoman.
His arrest came after police received a call around 7:30 a.m. Sunday that a possible suspect in the shooting was in the 7400 block of Stream Walk Lane near Manassas, police said.
The article does not mention the immigration status of this suspect, and in the absence of any information in this regard it would be wrong to characterize this individual as an illegal alien. If this individual is in fact an illegal alien I’m pretty sure that information will become available in the near future, so there’s no real reason to speculate at this point. Given that this individual was arrested in close proximity to a day laborer site, and had no fixed address, one does have substantial reason to wonder, however.
Prince William County Police steadfastly ignore the rampant violations of state and federal law which occur every morning at day laborer sites in Prince William County, including this one. Ignoring the violation of some laws that local authorities don’t seem to be interested in enforcing encourages unlawful behavior that they then absolutely cannot ignore, putting county residents at increased risk of becoming victims of violent crime. This latest incident only serves to demonstrate the dangers that our local law enforcement authorities are deliberately imposing on county residents. We cannot pick and choose which laws we seek to enforce, we must enforce them all, lest criminal “safe zones” like this encourage more tragedy in our community.
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