In the immortal words of George W. Bush: “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me – you can’t get fooled again.” Just like Bush mangled that quote, California police seem to have mangled law and order by allowing a twice-deported sex offender to roam free until he was finally arrested a third time, this time for attempted burglary.
39-year-old Guillermo Damaso hails from Mexico but has been illegally living in the United States for several years, hopping from one sanctuary jurisdiction to another as he carried out crime after crime.
He had just returned to the U.S. after two deportations when a woman noticed Damaso running and jumping through neighbors’ backyards while wearing a black hoodie. Another woman claimed that she heard a window opening in her home, and when she went to check it, she saw Damaso menacingly standing in the window.
The women’s frantic police calls resulted in a short chase that saw Damaso get arrested for attempted burglary. Police learned that he had just recently crossed back into the U.S., was on probation in California for weapon and drug violations, and was dodging a Florida warrant for a child sex crime.
What’s more, Damaso was arrested last month in Oxnard after getting arrested for drunk driving, but local law enforcement apparently did not check with federal agents about Damaso’s legal status.
“He says that he paid a coyote money to illegally cross into the United States,” said Port Hueneme Police Chief Andrew Salinas. “What was even more concerning is that within 24 hours, he was up to his same behavior as he had previously been deported for.”
Now, Damaso faces a third deportation and is behind bars on a $200,000 bond.