Wanted Italian child sex offender walks into BI office, is immediately apprehended

Published February 2, 2021, 5:07 PM

by Jun Ramirez

An Italian child sex offender was arrested after he made the mistake of handing over his passport to the Bureau of Immigration’s (BI) field office in Angeles City, Pampanga.

Ivaldi Antonella, 51, was nabbed while attempting to extend his tourist visa.

Alien control officer Mark Leslie Gonzales said Antonello submitted his passport to extend his stay when BI personnel discovered that he was included in the watchlist for being a fugitive from justice.

Gonzales said the Italian has been in the country since 2019 as a tourist. “We immediately coordinated with the BI’s fugitive search unit (FSU) to effect his arrest,” he said.

In his report to BI Commissioner Jaime Morente, FSU chief Bobby Raquepo said Antonello was arrested with the help of PNP- Criminal Investigation and Detection Group operatives.

Morente said Italian authorities have sought the assistance of his office in locating and arresting  Antonello.

Records showed that an warrant of arrest was issued in 2019 by the Prosecutor’s Office at the Appeal Court of Trieste, Italy against the undesirable visitor for aggravated rape and sexual assault of a minor.

Antonello will be transferred to the BI warden facility in Bicutan, Taguig City once he receives his negative COVID-19 swab test results.(Jun Ramirez)