Brazilian soldier convicted of massacre busted in NH

Police photo of Filho

A former Brazilian military officer, convicted of multiple murders and sentenced to over 200 years in prison in his home country, was arrested in the Atlantic seacoast town of Rye, NH on Aug. 14.

Antonio Jose De Abreu Vidal Filho, 29, was apprehended by Rye Officers collaborating with the Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) unit of the Boston Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Vidal is to remain in ICE custody pending a hearing before a federal immigration judge.

In June, Vidal was convicted of 11 murders, attempted murder, and physical and mental torture.

His crimes were part of a notorious 2015 incident known as the “Curio Massacre.” Vidal was reportedly a military police officer when a fellow officer was gunned down in the coastal city of Fortaleza. Vidal and others then 11 people – suspected killers and others – in the city’s Curio neighborhood. The judge-and-jury action was known as “Chacina do Curio,” or “Curio massacre.” 

Following the convictions, he was sentenced to 275 years and 11 months in prison.

Rye Police Chief Kevin Walsh detailed Vidal’s arrest, revealing that agents had been observing him while he worked on a local construction project.

The arrest, which took place at 7 a.m. on Monday, was executed without incident.

An Interpol Red Notice had been issued for Vidal due to his involvement in the massacre. The details of how he managed to escape Brazil and surface in New Hampshire remain unclear. – Newport Dispatch

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7 replies »

  1. How many other ” bad actors ” are walking into the United States, either in the southern open border or the semi open northern border. Our open policy border thrust upon us by this administration will have long and short term negative implications.

  2. Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security and the Biden administration are responsible for exposing U.S. citizens to dangerous criminals like Filho and have to be held accountable. Mayorkas is a complete failure, whether he’s a tool of the administration or personally responsible for his decisions. He has even refused to grant presidential candidate, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Secret Service protection. Our borders are not secure and legitimate immigration is backlogged. The influx of illegal aliens and irresponsible political behavior has to stop.

  3. Maybe we need a little tit-for-tat on all these Trump indictments. Would be nice to see a local prosecutor from Idaho or Montana bring Biden and/or Mayorkas up on charges of treason for letting 6 million unvetted invaders into the country, after a violent crime is perpetrated by one in their jurisdiction…

  4. There are thousands and thousands of these guys in the US on visitor visas right this moment….
    And to think the Biden admin just issued another directive making the deportation of these foreign criminals MORE difficult. You can’t make this crap up.

  5. While I’m not condoning or defending this guy’s actions, I don’t think he is characteristic of the many bad actors coming into our country. His actions appear to be a response to the type of illegal activity that is proliferating here as well: violent gang activity. This guy had a fellow officer gunned down and took matters into his own (fed up) hands. Vigilante behavior always subverts due process and often harms those not actually guilty of a crime, but I can understand the emotional reaction. That is why in addition to my small stature, I wouldn’t make a good police officer, as I would likely allow myself to succumb to the passion of the immediate situation. This guy committed his act of passion, a bad choice and then got out of Dodge. He was found WORKING at A JOB! Hardly what we can expect from drug dealing gangs, traffickers and pimps…just saying.