Denis Yoshio Cruz Ramirez Earns Immigration Hold for craigslist Ad Hawking Stolen Bike
That set in motion a chain of events that not only led to Denis Yoshio Cruz Ramirez's arrest, but a possible looming deportation hearing for the Costa Mesa 23-year-old.
The unidentified bike owner called the number on the craigslist ad, set up a meeting to see the bike in Costa Mesa with a fellow who identified himself as Denis Ramirez and then called Costa Mesa Police, according to a statement from that agency's Lt. Paul Dondero.
|Picture this Fuji bike, only black.|
The plainclothes officer then took the owner's place at the phony sale meeting, where the cop identified attributes of the stolen bike, asked Ramirez some pointed questions and then arrested the salesman, according to Dondero. The bike's real owner was then asked to come over and identify the bike, and he mentioned a light and seat bracket were missing. Dondero says Ramirez led officers to the missing items.
He was booked into the city jail on suspicion of possessing stolen property, and additionally held on an immigration hold, said Dondero, who added that while the victim was grateful he got his bike back, he requested his name not be released to the press.