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Offbeat Death threats flood auto shop where immigrant girl hid after escaping detention center

12:35  01 august  2018
12:35  01 august  2018 Source:   latimes.com

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Gonzalez Auto Center in Homestead has been flooded with death threats after police apprehended an immigrant girl who escaped the Florida detention center and then hid in the auto shop .

The death threats poured in after it was reported last Friday that a 15-year-old Honduran immigrant who was being held at the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children briefly escaped from the facility and hid at the Gonzalez Auto Center in Homestead.

a group of people standing next to a fence: The Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children on June 19, 2018 in Homestead, Fla.© Susan Stocker/Sun Sentinel/TNS The Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children on June 19, 2018 in Homestead, Fla. MIAMI - In less than five minutes, Gonzalez Auto Center in Homestead received more than 10 death threats from callers.

"I'm going to bomb your building. I'll find your family and I hope you die," one caller yelled, expletives in between, before hanging up.

The phone calls - just a few of hundreds that the business has received since Friday - happened as a Miami Herald reporter interviewed the shop's workers on Monday.

"Who thought that your life could change in an instant?" Francisco Gonzalez told the Herald, three days after police discovered a 15-year-old Honduran immigrant girl hiding in his shop.

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The Gonzalez Auto Center in Homestead, Florida. The auto shop 's owner says he is receiving death threats from people claiming he called the police on a 15-year-old immigrant girl who fled from a nearby detention facility .

"She was crying." The girl ran into his shop and hid in a corner behind a large shelf full of tools. The Homestead shelter houses an estimated 1,200 immigrant youths, making it the second-largest detention center for migrant children in the country.

On Friday, the teen had escaped from the nearby Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children and barricaded herself behind a large tool box in the shop. Her ordeal was first reported by The Washington Post.

In Gonzalez's oil-stained hands were printouts of several online death threats against him and his relatives, including his 93-year-old mother.

"So this is the address of the cowardly boot-licking f--- who called the cops on an immigrant girl who escaped from a concentration camp," one poster, Anonymous, wrote on Facebook.

The FBI stopped in Monday morning and is investigating, Gonzalez said.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services photo of Casa Padre in Brownsville: Occupants at Casa Padre, an immigrant shelter for unaccompanied minors, in Brownsville, Texas. Picture received June 14. ACF/HHS/via Where the children go

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"Everybody thinks I called the police to come take the girl away," Gonzalez, the shop's owner, said Monday. "That's not true. The shelter people called 911. Police were already searching the area and came right into the shop. Now my elderly mom had to evacuate her home, and I have to walk in public with sunglasses and carry a firearm."

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“All this division, it makes me so sad. We can disagree, but threats ? Why?” The trouble started Friday, when a 15-year-old Honduran girl darted into Gonzalez Auto Center , scared and crying. She had fled from workers at a detention facility where she was being held nearby, the Homestead

Immigrant child escapes Florida detention center , hides in auto - thehill.com. An immigrant girl being detained in a Florida facility briefly escaped and hid in an auto shop on Friday “They put handcuffs on her, but not like a criminal, like a human being.”

According to Homestead police, Gonzalez's story checks out.

The teen girl - who crossed the border by herself and for three weeks had been held at the Homestead detention center, which is housing about 1,200 migrant children - had escaped from facility workers who were taking her to a routine doctor's appointment Friday morning.

As she was getting out of the car to go to the doctor, she made a run for it and somehow dashed into the busy auto shop. That precise moment was not captured on surveillance video as several cars pulled in and out of the service bays, blocking the cameras' views.

"She told the police officers to please don't touch her," Gonzalez said. "The police officer talked to her in Spanish and treated her like a human being, like his daughter. He told her, 'Mama, you have to go back' and then put handcuffs on her like a regular human being, not like a criminal."

Records show Homestead police received a 911 call from the staff members operating the detention center at around 9:15 a.m. Friday saying a teen "ran away from the employees that were transporting her to an eye exam."

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The girl ran into his shop and hid in a corner behind a large shelf full of tools. It was a busy morning at the large auto shop that operates 14 bays. Bertha Lopez called Nora Sandigo, head of a local nonprofit organization that helps immigrant families navigate the legal system. Lopez told the girl that

a young boy sitting on a table: (1 of 3) A woman, identified only as Maria, is reunited with her son Franco, 4, after a month-long separation, at the El Paso International Airport in El Paso, Texas, on July 26, 2018. Maria, originally from Guatemala, was reunited with Franco, who was being held in New York for the previous month, after being separated when they crossed into the United States. Photos: The Agonizing Realities of Family Reunification

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The girl - who has not been identified - was ultimately found inside. Footage shows officers roaming around the shop and locating the girl in a corner behind an orange tool sectional.

According to police reports, an anonymous person near the shop advised officers that the person they were looking for may be inside.

The girl was handcuffed, as per police policy, placed in the front seat of a patrol car and taken back to the Homestead shelter without incident.

Regardless of who flagged down officers, Homestead Police Detective Fernando Morales says Florida State Statute 787.03 obligates anyone with knowledge of such a situation to cooperate with police.

"If someone knew about the girl's whereabouts, and didn't tell law enforcement, or lied to law enforcement, that person is subject to arrest and could be charged with obstruction of child custody," Morales said.

"Put it this way, if your child ran away and was hiding at her friend's house, and that friend's parents knew police was looking for her, and stayed quiet, or lied about the runaway's whereabouts, there's ground for the arrest of those parents for obstructing. This is the same situation."

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"She was crying." The girl ran into his shop and hid in a corner behind a large shelf full of tools. The Homestead shelter houses an estimated 1,200 immigrant youths, making it the second-largest detention center for migrant children in the country.

That’s when Frank Gonzalez saw her. “She came running in from the streets,” said the owner of Gonzalez Auto Center in Homestead, Fla. shop - after - escaping -attendants-from-florida- detention - facility /ar-BBLaYNg?li=BBnbcA1.

According to Gonzalez, workers at the auto-repair shop noticed the weeping girl as she hid. When they approached her, she told them she was 19 and that she was "being chased by a man." The frightened child stayed at the shop for more than an hour as tears streamed down her face.

"We had no idea she was a minor," said the shop owner's son, Eric Gonzalez. "All she kept saying is that she didn't want to go back."

Local immigration rights activists, who were contacted by family members of shop workers the day of the incident, told the Herald the girl described the shelter as a "prison."

The Homestead facility is the second-largest shelter in the country and is managed by Comprehensive Health Services, a company that has a contract with the federal government for at least $30 million.

In June, about 70 of the more than 1,100 children living in the facility had been separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, with the majority of the children coming from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador in Central America, according to shelter officials.

The Department of Health and Human Services, the entity that regulates the facilities, would not comment on the incident.

The Trump administration's zero tolerance policy, enacted in April, led to more than 2,500 children being separated from their parents at the border. After many vociferously denounced the policy, Trump signed an executive order in June prohibiting family separations at the border.

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Immigrant girl escapes Homestead detention center — is then found hiding in an auto shop . By Monique O. Madan. [email protected]

The auto shop owners wife already called someone that helps immigrants navigate the legal system. Before this person had a chance to arrive, the auto shop owner flagged down the The problem with this is that it means she was immediately returned to the detention center where she was being held.

Since then, government officials have reunited the majority of families after a federal judge ordered HHS to reunite all of them by Thursday. But the federal government failed to meet that deadline, acknowledging it still had more than 700 children in its custody for various reasons.

On Monday, as customers got their cars serviced at the auto-repair shop, TV camera crews camped out front. Since Friday, the story has mushroomed with people criticizing Gonzalez's willingness to give up the girl.

"Look, we gave this girl water, offered her food; I treated her as my own daughter," Gonzalez said. "I explained to her that the police want to 'make America great again' by uniting her with her family, but for that to happen, she needs to cooperate."

He added: "We live in a country with laws, laws I had to follow, even if it breaks my heart."

The shop on Monday deleted its social media pages amid the threats. Before going offline, the company issued a statement:

"Please be certain that Gonzalez Auto Center will not entertain false accusations but instead will prosecute those who intentionally defame our hard work. Our business was in full function at the time of the incident and by the time we realized what was happening the person was already apprehended by authorities who had a perimeter around all businesses."

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