Charlotte police ignored two ICE detainers on Honduran charged with kidnapping

On June 4, 2019, R. Andrew Murray, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina announced that Luis Analberto Pineda-Anchecta, 37, a Honduran national, had been charged with illegal reentry of a deported alien. Court records prove that Pineda-Anchecta was deported in 2006.

That initial criminal complaint alleged that on or about May 15, 2019, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department arrested Luis Analberto Pineda-Anchecta for the following offenses:

  • Assault on a Female
  • Communicating Threats
  • Injury to Personal Property Over $200
  • Larceny of Property or Goods with a Value Over $1000
  • Simple Assault.

On May 16, 2019, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations filed an immigration detainer with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, which is located in Charlotte, North Carolina. Immigration detainers request notification of a person’s presence in a detention facility and request that a hold be placed on that individual, so that ICE officers will have time to determine the subject’s true identity, immigration status and criminal record.

The complaint alleges that, on May 17, 2019, after Luis Analberto Pineda-Anchecta paid bond, the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office ignored the immigration detainer and released him without notifying ICE. The criminal complaint further alleges that a few days later, Pineda-Anchecta engaged in a standoff with a Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department SWAT team that lasted several hours. Pineda-Anchecta was again arrested by the CMPD and charged with:

  • Assault on a Female
  • Communicating Threats
  • Assault on a Person by Strangulation and Inflicting Physical Injury
  • Violation of a Domestic Violence Order
  • First-Degree Kidnapping of a Person Over 16.

The complaint alleges that on May 24, 2019, ICE filed a second detainer with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office. However, after Pineda-Anchecta paid the bond amount set by a North Carolina magistrate judge, the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office again refused to honor the detainer and released Pineda-Anchecta from custody without notifying ICE.

A second federal complaint charges the Honduran national with kidnapping

On January 9, U.S. Attorney Andrew Murray announced that a criminal complaint had been filed in federal court in Charlotte, charging Luis Analberto Pineda-Anchecta with kidnapping. The complaint centers on the standoff with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department that followed his first release from state custody on bond.

The following is reprinted from the Department of Justice news release announcing the new criminal complaint. “F.M.” is how Pineda-Achecta's ex-girlfriend is identified in court documents.

As alleged in the criminal complaint, in the evening of May 21, 2019, F.M. was approached by two masked men as she was walking to her vehicle parked at her apartment complex in Charlotte. The victim recognized one of the masked men as the defendant, who allegedly proceeded to grab the victim by the arm, stuff a cloth in her mouth, and then wrap a cord or rope around her head so the cloth would stay in place. The complaint alleges that Pineda-Anchecta and the other masked man then forced F.M. against her will into the passenger seat of a vehicle. As alleged in the complaint, Pineda-Anchecta then told F.M. “I love you and I’m going to kill you.” The complaint alleges that the other masked individual did not accompany Pineda-Anchecta and F.M. in the vehicle.

According to allegations in the criminal complaint, Pineda-Anchecta drove his vehicle on Lancaster Highway. While Pineda-Anchecta was driving, the complaint alleges that he maintained a tight grip on the plastic rope tied around the victim’s face. According to the complaint, after traveling a short while on Lancaster Highway, Pineda-Anchecta parked his vehicle on the side of the road near a wooden area and turned off the vehicle’s engine. Pineda-Anchecta maintained his grip on the plastic rope around F.M.’s face, and allegedly pulled the victim out of the car and dragged her toward the wooded area near the road.

The complaint alleges that, following a struggle between Pineda-Anchecta and F.M., the victim was able to escape and run into the middle of the highway, and was assisted by motorists who stopped to offer help. According to allegations in the complaint, the victim identified Pineda-Anchecta as the person who had assaulted her.

The complaint further alleges that Pineda-Anchecta left the scene on foot. After obtaining a search warrant, CMPD officers searched Pineda-Anchecta’s vehicle, from which they recovered a spool of plastic rope similar to the rope wrapped around the victim’s face during the course of the kidnapping. Law enforcement also located the victim’s phone in Pineda-Anchecta’s vehicle.