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Burke N.Y. Border Patrol Agents Arrest Fugitive Charged with Attempted Fetal Homicide

Release Date: 
January 25, 2017

Bangor, N.Y. – U.S. Border Patrol agents from Swanton Sector’s Burke Station arrested a 43-year-old, male, Indian citizen that entered the U.S. illegally from Canada last week. Manish Patel was apprehended after he entered the U.S. without presenting himself for inspection and also was found to be wanted for multiple felony charges including attempted homicide of an unborn child. 

On January 19, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Trout River Port of Entry encountered a suspicious vehicle and driver who, at the time, was alone in the vehicle.  CBP officers initiated a coordinated operation with U.S. Border Patrol who stopped the vehicle a few hours later the following morning in Bangor, N.Y.  Upon questioning the driver and an additional passenger now in the vehicle, agents became suspicious of their potential involvement in an alien smuggling attempt.

U.S. Border Patrol agents keep a close watch over the rugged terrain along the northern border.
U.S. Border Patrol agents keep a close watch over
the rugged terrain along the northern border.

The subjects were taken into custody and transported to the Burke Station where further investigation revealed that the passenger, later identified as Manish Patel and a citizen of India, had illegally entered the U.S. and has an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

“This is a prime example of the outstanding work that Border Patrol agents do day-in-and day-out to keep wanted criminals out of our communities,” said Burke Station Acting Patrol Agent in Charge, Richard Parker.  “The essential coordination with our CBP Field Operations counterparts and the diligence of our agents led to the arrest of this wanted individual.”

Patel is being held without bond pending his prosecution for 8 USC 1325 Improper Entry by an Alien and then will be turned over to the U.S. Marshals Service pending extradition to Wisconsin in order to answer to additional criminal charges. The second individual, the driver was not charged at this time. 

The Swanton Sector is responsible for securing the land border between ports of entry in Vermont, New Hampshire and northeastern New York. The coordination with assistance of citizens is invaluable to the Border Patrol's border security mission and we welcome community members' help to keep our nation’s borders safe. Please report suspicious activity at 1-800-689-3362.

For more on Customs and Border Protection’s mission at our nation’s ports of entry with CBP officers and along U.S. borders with Border Patrol agents, please visit the Border Security section of the CBP website.

Last modified: 
February 13, 2017