Wimberley man detained by ICE after traffic stop in Hays Co. released from custody
A Wimberley man being held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement after a traffic stop last month has been released.
Kyle Police arrested Victor Alejandro Avendano-Ramirez on January 30 for not coming to a complete stop at a stop sign. He had two warrants for his arrest for charges of driving without a license and violating promise to appear in court, both Class C misdemeanors.
While he was being booked, police say Avendano told them he was not a US citizen and was born in Mexico. The sheriff's office then informed ICE of his status, and their agents took custody of him on January 31.
He was released Tuesday night.
Avendano's family and friends said the punishment doesn't fit the crime.
"It was early in the morning, tired, going to work, 5 o'clock in the morning. I feel like a stop sign should not separate me from my dad," said Nataly Avendano, Victor's 17-year-old daughter.
Nataly says her father should not be detained or deported because of a minor traffic violation. She also says he has three children and a 2-year-old grandson.