Fake IDs, bogus license plates, and no home addresses show how little officials know about migrants arrested in Chicago

CHICAGO — Some recent Chicago police arrest reports show how little officials know about some of the migrants who have made their way here.

Take Angel Acosta-Rivero as an example.

Chicago police pulled him over in the 8600 block of South Halsted earlier this month for a traffic infraction. As you may have guessed, though, Acosta-Rivero, 26, has never been issued a driver’s license, and he had no insurance, his arrest report said. He even told the cops that, they said.

Why did the cops stop Acosta-Rivero in the first place? Because the car he was driving had a photocopy of a fake Illinois temporary tag instead of a license plate, according to court records.

Acosta-Rivero’s arrest report states police were “unable to positively ID the offender due to him not possessing any kind of federal or state identification.” The report does say he was born in Colombia, though.

A federal fingerprint check returned a couple of details about him: he was born in Venezuela, and he was detained for “alien inadmissibility” by federal authorities at a border crossing in Eagle Pass, Texas, on June 7.

He’s scheduled to appear in court this week on charges of unlawful display of a license plate and driving infractions.

Then there’s 19-year-old Geremi Jose Nunez Bracamonte.

Police arrested him at the Nordstrom Rack, 24 North State, on October 10 after store personnel said he tried to shoplift $65 worth of merchandise. When cops asked for his identification, he presented a fraudulent U.S. Permanent Resident card and a fraudulent Social Security card, according to his arrest report.

From left: Angel Acosta Rivero, Geremi Nunez Bracamonte, and Jose Rodriguez | Chicago Police Department

Prosecutors charged him with two felonies for allegedly possessing fraudulent identifications and misdemeanor retail theft. Judge William Fahy released him to await trial on October 18.

But Nunez Bracamonte failed to show up for his first court date last Monday. Judge Robert Kuzas set a new court date of November 17 and ordered the clerk of court to send him a postcard to remind him to show up in court.

It’s unclear where the clerk will mail the postcard because his address is listed as “unknown.”

Another new Chicagoan is 29-year-old Jose Rodriguez, who has been living in the lobby of the Central (1st) District police station, 1718 South State.

According to his arrest report, Rodriguez had been in Chicago for just 13 days when cops arrested him at Macy’s, 111 North State, on October 2. Store security officers accused him of stealing a backpack and a headband from the shelves.

The arrest report noted that he arrived “without ID.” Nonetheless, he was released from the police station about 12 hours later with instructions to show up in court on November 17.

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