Pablo Villavicencio thought he was having an average day at work as a pizza delivery man, but he didn’t realize that one of his deliveries would led to his arrest. The Ecuadorean pizza man was set to make a delivery to a U.S. Army base located in New York where he had made successful deliveries to in the past.
The 35-year-old father of two was immediately detained while trying to gain access to the base. He showed the military police his IDNYC, a government-issued ID card, but the guards requested additional identification. When Villavicencio couldn’t provide any additional identification, they decided to run a background check on him. One of the guards contacted the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, and ICE confirmed the individual had an active warrant. The pizza delivery driver was immediately arrested and detained.
Sandra Chica, the suspect’s wife, has explained that Villavicencio has already applied for a green card. His application is pending, and he is already currently married to a U.S. citizen. She told news reporters that it is ‘cruel’ to separate him from his daughters and wife.
Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York, took to social media to defend Pablo the pizza delivery man. He called for his immediate release, and he clearly highlighted his dissatisfaction with the incident. He tweeted, “delivering a pizza is not a threat to public safety.”
In response to this distasteful arrest, local restaurants are becoming more reluctant to make deliveries to the Army base. Some restaurants are now making a new policy that requires servicemen to meet delivery drivers outside of the gate to prevent an unwanted background check.