Man involved in Bridgeport Amber Alert deported in 2013


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — The man who was involved in the Bridgeport Amber Alert on Friday was deported in 2013.

ICE spokesperson Shawn Neudauer released the following statement:

Oscar Obedio Hernandez, a citizen of El Salvador, was issued a Final Order of Removal by an immigration judge on Oct. 29, 2013. He was removed from the United States by ICE officers in Hartford, CT on Nov. 27, 2013. He has prior felony convictions from 2002 for assault and threatening, as well as several misdemeanor convictions. ICE has placed an immigration detainer with the Bridgeport (Connecticut) Police Department.”

Governor Malloy’s Spokesperson sent a statement to News 8 regarding Hernandez’s history:

“Our local laws are designed to protect our residents and also ensure that those in harm’s way feel safe seeking help from law enforcement. That’s why convicted violent felons are detained for deportation under our state laws that the governor has consistently and strongly supported.”

Police found 6-year-old Aylin Hernandez safe, after she was believed to have been taken from the scene of a fatal stabbing at her home in Bridgeport on Friday morning. Pennsylvania State Police say her dad, Oscar Hernandez, is in custody.

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It is unclear why Oscar Hernandez fled to Pennsylvania. Police are continuing their investigation.

According to Bridgeport Police Chief Armando Perez, dispatchers received multiple 9-1-1 calls of a dispute. Officers responded to a “horrific” scene on Greenwood Street around 2:45 a.m. where two people were stabbed. Perez said that it is Aylin’s mother, 26-year-old Nidia Gonzales, who was found dead at the scene.

Officials say another woman was also stabbed at least 14 times and was taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital where she is in critical but stable condition. She is expected to survive. Police have not released her name.

Just after 4:30 a.m., an Amber Alert was issued, and area agencies immediately began looking for the child. Officials believed that Aylin was with her father, 39-year-old Oscar Hernandez, who police say fled their Greenwood Street home following the homicide.

According to officials, Oscar Hernandez had been home when Aylin’s mother, whom he has a dating relationship with, and her friend came home, prompting the attack. Police Chief Perez added that the apartment was filled with alcohol bottles, and Hernandez has a criminal history; as well as a protective order in place involving a different female.Web Extra: Bridgeport Police Chief Armando Perez updates the media on the search for Aylin Hernandez

Around 9:30 a.m., Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim gave a press conference with the newest updates on the Amber Alert.

Police were looking for a silver 2017 Hyundai Sonata with the license plate number AG91925, that Hernandez was traveling in.Web Extra: Neighbors react to missing child and Greenwood Street homicide

Around 11:30 a.m., Pennsylania State Police announced that Oscar Hernandez had been taken into custody, and Aylin Hernandez had been safely recovered.

Once the child was found, the Amber Alert was canceled.

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News 8’s sister station WTAJ reported that Oscar Hernandez was involved in a car accident on I-99 near Altoona, Pennsylvania.

Officials say law enforcement had been looking for Oscar and Aylin Hernandez in a silver 2017 Hyundai Sonata. A trooper from Phillipsburg saw the vehicle along I-99 and tried to conduct a traffic stop. According to officials, Oscar Hernandez refused to pull over and a pursuit began and other troopers became involved. Officers say Hernandez was travelling at a high rate of speed and struck a truck trailer that was also travelling along the interstate. After the impact, a vehicle struck the back of Hernandez’s vehicle and another vehicle and then struck the rear of the initial vehicle.

Hernanzdez was taken into custody and transported to the hospital for treatment of his injuries.

WTAJ said one police cruiser was involved in Hernandez’s car accident. The amount of damage the cruiser sustained is unclear. The troopers involved in the accident were treated for minor injuries.

Aylin Hernandez was taken away from the crash scene by ambulance for minor injuries.

Northbound traffic along I-99 is being re-routed around the scene. That portion of I-99 is expected to be closed for several hours as the crash is being reconstructed.

Officials say criminal and traffic charges will be forthcoming against Oscar Hernandez.

“We are all absolutely relieved that after this horrible tragedy that resulted in the death of a young mother in Bridgeport, her six year-old daughter was not harmed, and is being held safely in custody,” said Mayor Joe Ganim. “I want to thank everyone for their support and the combined efforts of police, the media, and the general public. This was not the work of one agency. With everyone’s quick assistance to this case and the Amber Alert, the suspect was apprehended and we are grateful for the safe return of Aylin Hernandez.”

Bridgeport Police Chief AJ Perez said, “This is never a good situation, but we are pleased to report the perpetrator has been apprehended, is being detained, and the little girl is safe and in the custody of officials. We can thank the excellent investigative work of our Bridgeport Police Department as well as local police, state police, and law enforcement across the country.”

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