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Deputies: Illegal immigrant arrested in Sarasota road rage incident

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SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Sarasota County Sheriff's office says they have  arrested an illegal immigrant, Magdiel Medrano-Bonilla, after he struck a motorcyclist during a road rage incident on Sunday, April 8. 

During the investigation, detectives say they found Medrano-Bodilla's car stripped of its tag, doors and windows. Detectives say they found messages on Medrano-Bodilla's phone that he was planning to destroy the vehicle to avoid criminal charges. 

According to the Sarasota County Sheriff's office, Medrano-Bonilla was born in El Salvador and entered the United States through Texas. The Sheriff's office will communicate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to determine the next steps. 

“This is another example of people illegally coming into our community to commit crimes.” said Sheriff Tom Knight. “We have had this conversation time and time again but the problem doesn’t seem to be going away. When individuals come into our community and victimize those who live here, I take it personally. Thankfully though, through our partnership with ICE, we have been able to quickly notify their agency and look forward to them prioritizing this case so Medrano-Bonilla will no longer have an opportunity to commit crimes in Sarasota County.”

According to deputies, the incident happened at the intersection of Beneva Road and Rivera Drive around 5:00 p.m. 

A witness recorded the hit and run incident on his cell phone. 

The video was released on social media by a witness Sunday evening and is now being shared by detectives in hopes that someone can identify the suspect’s vehicle.

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