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A leader of a major New York Police Department Union said on Friday that Mayor Bill de Blasio needs to “own” the effects of his sanctuary policies that allowed the city to free an illegal immigrant in November and subsequently allegedly attack and murder a 92-year-old woman.

“The mayor can say what he wants to say — he owns this, Sergeants Benevolent Association Vice President Vincent Vallelong told reporters, according to Fox News. “He should step up and say these are his policies, he owns it.”

Vallelong’s criticism of de Blasio comes after Matthew Albence, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said on Friday that the mayor’s support immigration stance was largely responsible for the sexual assault and murder of the elderly woman.

“Make no mistake, it is this city’s sanctuary policies that is the sole reason this criminal was allowed to roam the streets freely and end an innocent woman’s life,” Albence said. “One simple phone call and Maria Fuertes could be alive today.”

As TheBlaze’s Phil Silver reported, Maria Fuentes was sexually assaulted and murdered just steps from her home on Jan. 6. Fuentes was known to her neighbors as a loving senior citizen and good neighbor.

Initially, police officers thought the 92-year-old woman’s death was the result of a slip-and-fall accident. Upon further investigation, law enforcement officials arrested 21-year-old Reeaz Khan and charged him with murder and sexual assault.

read more at theblaze.com

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