California man shot in head for resisting carjacking, illegal alien in custody

Recovering - Anthony Holmes.
Recovering – Anthony Holmes.

In a convoluted tale of a federal government that appears to ignores its own immigration laws, a twice deported illegal alien with multiple identities, and one citizen who refused to surrender, California’s capital city is looking more like the Wild Wild West, and less like the seat of government. As reported by the news portal and also the Associated Press news agency via CBS News Sacramento, both on Oct. 26, 2014, two Sacramento, California sheriff’s deputies are dead, another wounded, while another civilian was shot twice for refusing to surrender his car during a brazen daytime carjacking.

In what has been described as a real-life Bonnie and Clyde crime spree, 34-year-old Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte (aka: “Marcelo Marquez”) and his wife, Janelle Marquez Monroy, 38, gunned down Sacramento County Deputy Sheriff Danny Oliver, 47, with a single shot to forehead at point blank range while he was checking out a suspicious looking vehicle in a motel parking lot. After the duo fled the area, their vehicle was spotted parked alongside a road where Deputy Sheriff Jeff Davis and Homicide Detective Michael “David” Davis Jr., 42, approached to investigate. It was then that both deputy’s were shot, Detective Davis died at a hospital – 26 years to the day after his father, for whom he was named, died in the line of duty as a Riverside County, California deputy sheriff. Deputy Jeff Davis was reportedly hit in the arm and has since been released from the hospital.

Also shot by Monroy-Bracamonte was 38-year-old Anthony Holmes, a Sacramento car salesman. When the gunman attempted to carjack Holmes in the midst of his latest crime spree, Holmes stood his ground and wouldn’t allow the illegal immigrant to rob him. Holmes was reportedly shot twice, one of the rounds directly to his head. After an 8-hour surgery, Holmes has been upgraded from critical to fair condition. As a friend of the wounded man, Tyrone Murphy, told the local CBS News affiliate, “Anthony Holmes is a strong guy, and he’s not gonna let a guy take his car.”

With a police record that very well could make Jesse James blush, Monroy-Bracamonte not only has the latest slew of malfeasance going against him, but quite a history of lawlessness to include being deported twice, only to slide back into the United States. According to the Associated Press (AP), the now in custody lawbreaker “was first removed from the country in 1997 after a conviction for possession of drugs for sale in Arizona, then arrested and repatriated to Mexico again in 2001.”

Not done yet, Monroy-Bracamonte also popped up on a records check done by the AP for “10 tickets and misdemeanor traffic offenses between 2003 and 2009.” Also noted was “one speeding ticket in 2009 and three small claims filings attempting to collect outstanding debts.”

While Monroy-Bracamonte and his wife claim residence in the Greater Salt Lake City area, it remains unknown why the couple were in Northern California. The nearby municipalities along with Sonoma County have classified themselves as so-called sanctuaries for those who have entered the United States illegally: Berkeley, Fresno, Oakland, Salinas, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Cruz, and Wilmington.