WAKE COUNTY, North Carolina (WTVD) — In his first face-to-face interview with ABC11, Ruben Guzman took us back to the night that would take him away from his home in Knightdale for two months.
“I was brought it on a crime I did not commit and no one believed me,” said Guzman, 22.
In mid-March, Guzman said friends picked him up for a party in a car he didn’t know had been stolen. Knightdale police arrested the group. Guzman said surveillance video later proved his innocence and after about a month at the Wake County jail his charges were dismissed.
“I thought I was going to get out,” Guzman said.
That didn’t happen.
“They put chains on my feet, on my hands and then they drove me in a small van out of North Carolina,” Guzman said.
He was taken into Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody and found himself in a transport van on his way to a facility in South Carolina.
“I was terrified, I thought that this was it for me, that I’d lost everything I built,” recalled Guzman.