CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Defense attorneys say immigration agents detained two men at a North Carolina courthouse.
The Charlotte Observer reports the arrests Wednesday appear to be the first since new Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden stopped participating in a program assisting immigration authorities. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement previously said it could use other ways to find suspects if they can’t take them into custody at the jail.
Defense attorney Bob Trobich told the newspaper his client, Leonardo Hernandez, was arrested Wednesday by ICE agents after arriving for a hearing on charges including kidnapping.
Trobich and Assistant Public Defender Rex Marvel say they saw ICE agents arrest a second man walking into a courtroom. His name wasn’t clear.
An ICE spokesman didn’t immediately respond to emailed questions.