The Latest on a young immigrant charged with murder (all times local):
Federal immigration authorities say a suspect in the slaying of a popular San Francisco community activist had a monitoring device removed from his ankle four days after the killing.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Friday that its contractor received a tampering alert on Aug. 19 that 18-year-old Erick Garcia-Pineda’s ankle bracelet was off. It says authorities couldn’t find him and told the man’s attorney that his client should report to them immediately.
The San Francisco Sheriff’s Department says Garcia-Pineda was wearing the device when he was booked Sept. 3 on a misdemeanor battery charge. They removed it before his release.
ICE says it didn’t try to find him after his release because it didn’t want to jeopardize or impede the murder investigation.
Federal authorities say the San Francisco sheriff ignored a request to detain a second young immigrant wanted for deportation arrested on local charges.