Suspect in Mesa QT Killing Faced Deportation Proceedings

Jim Walsh, AZ Central, January 27, 2015

The man accused of gunning down a Mesa convenience-store clerk over a pack of cigarettes was facing deportation proceedings but had been released from federal custody on bond, authorities said Monday.

Federal immigration authorities launched the proceedings two years ago against Apolinar Altamirano, but he was released on a $10,000 bond shortly after his conviction on a burglary charge.


Apolinar Altamirano

While Altamirano, 29, was out of custody, two injunctions against harassment were issued against him by a Mesa Municipal Court judge. “I am in fear for my life,” one woman wrote, adding that Altamirano had threatened to kill her “plenty of times” and pointed a gun at her boyfriend, according to court records.

The latest order was served on Altamirano on Jan. 19. Three days later, he was accused of first-degree murder in the slaying of Grant Ronnebeck, 21, a Quik Trip clerk who was shot to death after Altamirano dumped a jar of change on a counter at 4 a.m. and demanded a pack of cigarettes.

Ronnebeck initially told Altamirano that he needed to give Ronnebeck the money before he could give him the cigarettes, but Altamirano responded, “You’re not gonna take my money,” and pointed a gun at the clerk, the document said.

Ronnebeck was handing over the cigarettes to Altamirano when a surveillance video captured Altamirano fatally shooting him and later stepping over his body to grab two packs of cigarettes, according to the court document. Police say they found the cigarettes when they took Altamirano into custody after a high-speed chase at 19th Avenue and Buckeye Road in Phoenix.

In statement released Monday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement acknowledged that Maricopa County Superior Court had informed the agency about Altamirano, that he had been taken into custody and was released pending the outcome of his case in immigration court.

Altamirano had pleaded guilty in 2012 to a reduced charge of facilitation to commit burglary and placed on two years of supervised probation, even though he had claimed ties to the Mexican Mafia after entering a woman’s apartment in Mesa after Mesa police had arrested her boyfriend on drug charges, court records show.

“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) assumed custody of Mr. Altamirano on January 3, 2013, following his conviction by the Superior Court of Arizona, Maricopa County, for Facilitation of Burglary in the Second Degree,” the ICE statement said.

“After reviewing his immigration and criminal history, which showed only this conviction, ICE determined that under applicable law, Mr. Altamirano was eligible for bond. Mr. Altamirano posted a $10,000 bond on January 7, 2013. Mr. Altamirano’s removal case was still pending with the immigration courts at the time of his most recent arrest.”


Topics: , , ,

Share This

We welcome comments that add information or perspective, and we encourage polite debate. If you log in with a social media account, your comment should appear immediately. If you prefer to remain anonymous, you may comment as a guest, using a name and an e-mail address of convenience. Your comment will be moderated.
  • The quickie mart burned in the first Ferguson riots back in August was also a QT (Quik Trip).

    It has not been a good last couple of months for them.

  • Luca

    Brown Privilege in action.

    • propagandaoftruth

      Looks like more than a drop of el groido too.

      • Luca

        Most Hispanics have anywhere from 2% to 25% sub-Saharan DNA.

    • phillyguy

      The F.B.I. should send this picture to the White House and tell the commander in chief to stick it where the Sun don’t shine.

      • Sick of it

        The modern FBI is little more than a political goon squad. They don’t care about the law.

        • phillyguy

          I couldn’t say that someone should send it, so …

  • Easyrhino

    How many more have to die at the hands of illegal psychopaths (murdering someone over a pack of cigarettes?) before we acknowledge that with regard to the judicial system, the inmates have taken over the asylum?

    • BloodofAlbion75

      Our elected psychopaths in Washington,DC don’t care how many people die at the hands of illegal aliens, because they’re actively helping the illegal (and legal) psychopaths invading us from the Third World take over our country,as well.

  • dd121

    This happens all the time but hardly ever makes the news. Nothing to see here folks. Move along.

  • I see Barry Soetoro’s immigration reform is working out. Deport all blacks, browns and yellows, starting with Barry.

  • BloodofAlbion75

    If Jeb Bush were the judge on this case,he’d dismiss the charges against Altamirano on the grounds that his actions were merely an “act of love”.

  • LHathaway

    This is the kinda guy we’re going to give ‘amnesty’ too. Maybe Oprah can have a short talk with him and mellow him out.

  • Who Me?

    That mug shot is enough to give a starving hyena a case of the dry heaves.

  • FozzieT

    Gaze upon the face of the “natural Conservative” to whom our Republican leaders wish to open our Southern borders.

  • MBlanc46

    Of all the convenience store clerks in the country, he had to kill what appears to be a white guy.

  • Spaniard in LA

    The ugly man is not part of the Mexican mafia because a real member would not admit that such a thing even exist. Members of organized crimes do not go around robbing stores at gunpoint. Other than that, he should fry for his crime.

    • Michael Robert Ryan

      That’s a fair point. He also has no visible tattoos, which would indicate prison gang membership. I also remember reading somewhere that the guy is kind of a mental case. I’d bet he’s probably just making up stories about being in the eme. If he is, then they’re probably not going to be very happy with him when he gets to prison. I know that the Aryan Brotherhood will murder anyone who falsely claims membership in their gang, and I would suspect that other prison gangs are no different.

  • Clyde Weathers

    Our broken down federal government must be destroyed, along with those who underminded it.

  • Earl Turner

    Vibrant diversity? More like biological weapons!