By Russ Lay | Outer Banks Voice on April 22, 2019
The list put out by Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement was created on April 11 during National Crime Victims Rights Week “to help raise awareness of the work the VOICE office does every day to support victims of crime committed by individuals with a nexus to immigration” according to an ICE press release.
The press release states Rodriguez, now referred to as Luis Alberto Rodriguez-Castro, is a Honduran who “entered the country without inspection at an unknown place in 1998 and is wanted as an illegal alien”.
Anyone knowing Rodriguez-Castro’s whereabouts is encouraged to call the ICE hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE.
In addition, ICE says he is charged with negligent homicide and vehicular manslaughter.
Rodriquez was charged at the time with two felonies and DUI after a car he was driving allegedly ran a flashing red light at the intersection of Colinton Road and U.S. 158.
Joe Storie, 51, of Lenoir, N.C. was an annual visitor to the Outer Banks and was traveling northbound on U.S. 158 when the accident occurred. His wife, Alicia, and sister, Christina were seriously injured in the accident, as was Rodriguez.
While hospitalized at Sentara Norfolk general Hospital, Rodriguez fled the facility and was tracked to Raleigh, where he was apprehended and returned to custody in Dare County.
In spite of the attempt to flee custody, on Jan. 9, 2012, Superior Court Judge J.J. Cole granted a request by Rodriguez’s attorney Phillip Hayes for a bond reduction, ignoring pleas from the prosecution that he posed a flight risk based on his previous attempt to escape custody and elude law enforcement.
Rodrguez failed to appear for an April 2012 court date and subsequently vanished.
In a related story, the Voice uncovered evidence in 2012 that Rodriguez’s bondsman, Matthew Gregory claimed Rodriguez had been incarcerated in a Raleigh prison on the day his trial was supposed to start.
In February, Gregory was charged by the District Attorney’s office with obstruction of justice related to the Rodriguez case. The charges claim Gregory misrepresented Rodriguez’s incarceration in order to avoid forfeiture of the bonds he posted on behalf of Rodriguez.
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