UPDATED: 1:44 p.m. on Monday with details from Stoughton Police.
FRAMINGHAM – A Framingham radio show host has been arrested and is now being considered for deportation, according to family and friends.
Frilei Bras, a very popular radio host at Rede A Brasileira de Rádio, 650 am radio station in Framingham, was arrested by Stoughton Police on Sunday.
He was charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, according to Stoughton Police.
According to police, he was released on bail.
After he was released by Stoughton Police, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent then took him into custody, according to Stoughton Police.
Bras, has been in the United States since 2005. He is married. His wife is expecting the couple’s fourth child. They now live in Stoughton.
“He is very active in the Stoughton Catholic Community, preacher of the Word, broadcaster of 650 AM Radio Station, co-founder and manager of the Juve-Pro Soccer team,” writes the GoFundMe.
“Frilei is the main provider of their house. Now, that he is arrested, the bills do not stop, and they will have extra expenses with attorney and fees,” wrote Joycelene Castro Ferreira on the GoFundMe page. “We count on the generosity of all friends, acquaintances, listeners of the Radio, all of you who know them, or maybe don’t even know but would like to help this family that now needs our help!”
“Frilei is one of the most admired radio talk show from radio Abr, and active member of the Catholic Community,” said Framingham City Councilor Margareth Shepard.
“This is a very sad moment for Massachusetts Brazilian Communities,” said Shepard, who was elected to represent District 7 in Framingham.
According to friends, Bras was stopped on his way to the Brazilian bakery in Stoughton.
The Stoughton Police ran his license plate and made an arrest, according to friends.
It is unknown on what charges Bras was arrested for, at this time.
Bras, came to America from Central de Minas in Brazil, at age 18. He is not a U.S. citizen, and has been in the United States for at least a dozen years.
Photo courtesy of GoFundMe page