BOSTON - Homeland security agents have tracked down a Guatemalan war criminal living under the radar in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Francisco Cuxum Alvarado appeared in Boston federal court on Friday for charges of reentering into the United States illegally, according to NECN.

Alvarado is also a war criminal in his native country where he is accused of partaking in massacres and mass sexual assaults between 1980 and 1982. 

Assistant Special Agent of Homeland Security, Michael Ronayne, shared that agents begin looking for Alvarado back in April after learning of his involvement in crimes committed against humanity in his country.

Agents investigating Alvarado discovered that he has been living in Waltham quietly while working as a landscaper.

“Women and children were tortured, raped and murdered,” Ronayne while discussing the case against Alvarado and his past.

Alvarado did admit to U.S. law enforcement that he was involved in the violent removal of the Maya Achi people from the Rio Negro area in Guatemala as a member of a civil militia group.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling addressed the capture of Alvarado and his illegal residence in Waltham.

“Mr. Cuxum Alvarado is in Massachusetts illegally, evading accountability for human rights violations in Guatemala,” Lelling said. “While many immigrants come to this country seeking a better life, Mr. Cuxum Alvarado came here illegally, to escape a dark, criminal past. This case highlights the important work of Homeland Security Investigations and ICE in identifying and removing war criminals, human rights violators, and other dangerous aliens who illegally seek a safe haven in the United States.”

Judge Indira Talwani, who presided over the case, informed Alvarado during the court proceedings that he would be turned over to the U.S. Marshal's Office who would then transfer him to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation.

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