Suspect in Pelosi Attack Was in the US Illegally, Officials Say, Authorities Say He Was Arrested for Sex Charges After His Return to the US
U.S. authorities arrested a man in Maryland after he returned to the U.S. from Mexico with an intent to kill House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, according to federal prosecutors.
The suspect made the trip from Mexico on Sept. 14, and authorities allege that he returned to the U.S. on Sept. 18, after being detained in Mexico.
The man, identified by federal prosecutors as Ricardo A. Galindo, arrived in Washington on a one-way ticket, but the FBI found when they searched his baggage that he was not a citizen of the nation. He was arrested at Dulles Airport on a federal warrant.
The man, a U.S. citizen, had been granted a US visa in July 2017 to travel to the US, and he was a US national and was also on a valid tourist visa, court documents show.
Authorities said they found a “handwritten” piece of paper in his hand-carried carry-on luggage. It had Galindo’s name, address and phone number, along with a message to kill a person, prosecutors said.
Pelosi, who has been in office since 2011, is reportedly the target of his plan, and authorities said they believed that she had information about the planned attack.
The attack was first reported by Fox News.
“The alleged suspect returned to the United States and was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and transported to a Baltimore, Maryland, Federal Detention Center in accordance with state law,” officials said in a statement.
Galindo was arrested on Sept. 18, 2018 at Dulles Airport, according to the Department of Justice.
According to federal prosecutors, the suspect was in the country illegally by law, and he did not have a valid visa or green card.
The suspect had been living in the U.S. for seven