On Sunday, 24-year-old Weld County Sheriff's Deputy Alexis Hein-Nutz was killed in a hit-and-run in Colorado. Born in Bismarck, North Dakota, Hein-Nutz's lifelong dream was to serve her community and country as a peace officer. A 36-year-old illegal alien, Noberto Gonzales-Garcia, was arrested on Monday and charged with cutting that dream down.
Hein-Nutz was driving her motorcycle to work on September 18 when Garcia reportedly struck her with his Ford van and then fled on foot, leaving her body on the road.
Although Garcia initially evaded arrest by hiding in a nearby cornfield, investigators with the Colorado State Patrol, Weld County sheriff's office, and Ft. Collins Police Services ultimately hunted him down.
The WCSO noted that the community, when prompted, provided officials with actionable tips, one of which "steered us to Fort Collins and resulted in Garcia-Gonzales' arrest."
When they made the arrest at 10:15 p.m. on Monday, officers used Hein-Nutz's handcuffs to restrain her alleged killer.
Not his first hit-and-run, yet still in the country illegally
Garcia has been charged with careless driving resulting in death and leaving the scene of an accident involving death. Joshua Lewis with the CSP indicated that there was sufficient evidence at the site of the crash to indicate Garcia was intoxicated at the time of the slaying.
The suspect had been in the country illegally. Officials recovered a falsified green card and a fake Social Security card from his vehicle and later confirmed that he had passed himself off using a different first name, Octavio.
He had previously been arrested by U.S. Border Patrol in 2007 but was permitted to voluntarily return to his home in Mexico. Garcia illegally entered the U.S. again and was convicted in January 2012 for driving under the influence. One year later, Garcia was convicted with another DUI, but this time also with a hit-and-run.
In May 2013, after two DUIs and a hit-and-run, an immigration judge granted Garcia a voluntary departure, which he ignored.
Colorado, where Garcia took illegal residence, is officially a so-called sanctuary state.
Democrat Gov. Jared Polis made this so by signing into law House Bill 1124. This law's prime sponsors are Democrat state Reps. Adrienne Benavidez and Susan Lontine and state Sens. Mike Foote and Julie Gonzales.
Accordingly, state and local law enforcement are prevented from honoring immigration detainers or requests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hold illegal aliens already in custody for up to 48 hours.
Additionally, owing to the law passed by Colorado Democrats and signed by Polis, probation officers are prevented from sharing critical information with ICE about criminal noncitizens like Garcia.
'A brighter future'
According to the Weld County sheriff's office, Hein-Nutz served as a detentions deputy and was one week away from celebrating her 25th birthday.
Weld County Sheriff's Deputy Alexis Hein-NutzWeld County Sheriff's Office
Upon graduating from jail academy, Alexis wrote on Facebook: "After many years of dreaming of being in law enforcement, I can finally say I am officially following my dreams. This is only the first stepping-stone to a brighter future. Here is to a better life and doing what I was meant to do."
One of Hein-Nutz's coworkers told KDVR, "She was a hard worker ... very bright and outgoing."
Even former prisoners extolled her abilities and virtues. "Spending 50 days in jail, I saw her probably five days out of the week," said former Weld County jail inmate Ben Selvey. "You would think maybe a female officer might not get the respect a man does, but there wasn't a single dude in that jail [who] wasn't afraid of her."
Sheriff Steve Reams noted on Facebook that the Weld County sheriff’s office is accepting donations to help assist the family through the office's 501c3.
"The public can make a tax-deductible donation to the Weld County Sheriff’s Office Posse and note Deputy Alexis Hein-Nutz in the memo. Checks can be sent or dropped off at Weld County Sheriff’s Office Headquarters, 1950 O St., Greeley, CO 80631. Be sure to include your name, address and phone number to receive a tax letter."
A tragic trend
On September 9, 56-year-old illegal alien Maximino Delgado Lagunas was sentenced to 15 years to life for murdering a 6-year-old Orange County girl. Lagunas had run over Grace Aguilar, who had been playing on the sidewalk, after he had drunk enough to exceed the state's legal blood-alcohol limit by three times. Lagunas was in the U.S. despite having previously been convicted of a DUI and having been twice deported.
Lagunas and Garcia are only two among a multitude of illegal aliens who have taken to American roads while intoxicated, endangering citizens' lives.
So far this year, there have been 1,419 illegal aliens convicted for driving under the influence. Last year, there were 1,620 convictions. In 2020, under President Donald Trump, there were 364.
Among the millions of illegal aliens who have entered into the U.S. this year, and the tens of millions who have stolen across the border over the course of previous years, there are many who have marked such habits in blood.
A 72-year-old Florida man was left dead and three others injured earlier this year when Jose Virgilio Carcamo Elvir took to the wheel under the influence.
In January, Jarol Leiva-Navarro killed a 32-year-old American while reportedly driving drunk at 110 miles per hour.
In March of last year, a father of two, Cheston Edwards, was slain by Rolbin Pacheco.
A 5-year-old in Florida was killed in a hit-and-run last October by an intoxicated illegal alien who had been driving without his lights on.
In July 2020, three members of the Thin Blue Line motorcycle club were run down by a drunken DACA-protected illegal with a lengthy criminal record.
So far this year, 60 illegal aliens have been convicted of murders on American soil.