Thursday, August 30, 2007

Lake woman threatened, two men await deportation

Camden sheriff picks up pair after baseball-bat wielding neighbor runs them off

By Deanna Wheeler/Lake Sun
Published: Thursday, August 30, 2007 12:07 AM CDT

CAMDEN COUNTY - Two men are being held for deportation after threatening a Sunrise Beach resident.

On Tuesday at approximately 4:30 p.m., the Camden County Sheriff's Department responded to a call of a reported assault in Sunrise Beach.

When deputies arrived, the female victim said she had been assaulted by two Hispanic men who she said also threatened her if she called authorities.

Jose Paniagua Avalos, 19, and Jose Guadalupe Delacruz, 26, had fled the scene before deputies arrived.

According to the sheriff's department, a neighbor of the victim who had witnessed the assault had forced the men to leave by threatening them with a baseball bat.

Deputies were able to locate the men a short time later and took them into custody without incident.

Avalos is being held on one count of third-degree assault and a federal hold from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, while Delacruz is being held on a warrant from Jackson County, Mo., charging him with driving with a revoked license. He also is being held for ICE.

Both men are originally from Mexico but, until yesterday had been living in Sunrise Beach.

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