Man faces deportation

Published 9:50 pm Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A Kenyan man living in Suffolk is facing deportation after police allegedly found his 1-year-old and 6-year-old nieces home alone when he was supposed to be caring for them.

Patrick Thuo, 27, was pulled over by police on North Main Street on Monday for allegedly speeding, city spokeswoman Debbie George said. When he was asked for identification, he was unable to produce any, and told the officer he is from Kenya and in the United States on a visa.

The officer sent someone to the residence where the vehicle was registered to attempt to obtain some identification for the man. That’s where the officer found the door open, with the two young girls at the door.

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“Investigation revealed these were his nieces, and the mother had left them in the care of him,” George said. “However, he decided to go shoe shopping.”

The man did not tell the officers about the children at home until they confronted him, George added.

Thuo is charged with two counts of child neglect. The federal government has issued a detainer for him, George said, which means he is being held and faces deportation.

George did not know the immigration status of anyone else in the family.