Attempted Homicide Suspect Arrested at Border Patrol Checkpoint
North Hudson, N.Y. - On May 11, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Champlain, N.Y. Border Patrol Station arrested Roger Ronaldo Williams, a citizen of Jamaica, at the Interstate 87 Border Patrol traffic checkpoint in North Hudson, NY. Williams, illegally in the United States, has an outstanding warrant for a 2006 attempted homicide in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
Williams later admitted to possessing cocaine and ecstasy and has been charged with possessing a schedule II controlled substance with intent to distribute. He also has been charged with willfully misrepresenting himself as a U.S. citizen. Williams' initial appearance in Plattsburgh, N.Y. was before U.S. Magistrate Judge Larry A. Kudrle.
Border Patrol agents assigned to the Champlain Border Patrol Station were working at a traffic checkpoint on Interstate 87 in North Hudson, N.Y. when they encountered a man initially claiming to be a U.S. citizen named Harold D. Johnson. Upon further questioning, the subject stated that his real name was not Johnson, but was Michael Clarke, a citizen of Jamaica illegally present in the U.S. At the time of their initial encounter with Williams, Border Patrol agents also discovered a small black bag that proved to contain 26 grams of cocaine, approximately 50 Ecstasy tablets, and an unknown substance currently being tested.
Biometrics and a check of law enforcement databases in both the U.S. and Canada revealed that the subject's true name was Roger Ronaldo Williams and he was wanted in Windsor for attempted homicide. He has been a fugitive in Canada since November of 2006.
Williams is currently being detained in the Clinton County Jail. Canadian authorities have been advised of his detention. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of New York with the assistance of the U.S. Border Patrol, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement is coordinating the prosecution of Williams.
Swanton Sector Border Patrol Chief Daniel B. Doty said that, "This is one more excellent example of the strong partnerships that exist throughout Swanton sector. Border Patrol agents, working closely with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of New York, the Adirondack Drug Task Force, the New York State Police, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Drug Enforcement Administration, as well as our Canadian partners in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Windsor Ontario Police Department identified and arrested a wanted fugitive. I would also like to point out the important role that biometrics and law enforcement databases played in assisting law enforcement in determining the subject's true name and that he was wanted in Canada on this very serious charge. Working together we are helping to keep our borders secure and our communities safe."