Sterling, Va. - Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Gaithersburg, Md., resident on charges of third degree sexual abuse of a minor at Washington-Dulles International Airport on Monday, and a New Castle, Del., resident on Tuesday for failure to register as a violent sex offender.
CBP officers arrested Kehipo Honore Bolou, 46, an Ivory Coast citizen, after he returned to the U.S. from Brussels, Belgium. CBP officers placed a detainer for Bolou to be returned to CBP after adjudication of his charges and turned Bolou over to Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police.
"Any allegation of an adult causing harm to a minor is disturbing, but a sexual offense on a minor is a particularly heinous charge. Providing Bolou's alleged victim with a chance at justice is a source of great pride for the Customs and Border Protection officers," said Christopher Hess, CBP Port Director for the Port of Washington.
CBP officers arrested New Castle resident Robert Joseph Binford, 52, after he arrived from Kuwait and turned him over to U.S. Marshals Service agents. Binford's suspended sentence and probation was reportedly revoked after his failure to report.
These arrests capped a month in which CBP officers made nine arrests. The others in reverse chronological order:
Nov. 29 - Maria Roxanna Polio, 29, Herndon, Va., on a Roanoke, Va., charge of larceny. Polio returned to Dulles from El Salvador and was turned over to Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) Police.
Nov. 27 - Celestino Molina, 52, Hyattsville, Md., on a Prince Georges County, Md., charge of third degree burglary. Molina was turned over to MWAA Police after he arrived from El Salvador.
Nov. 26 - Lam Nguyen-Nhu, 65, Springfield, Va., on a Fairfax County, Va., charge of domestic assault and battery charge. Nhu was turned over to MWAA Police after he arrived from South Korea.
Nov. 26 - Patience Iheakanwa, 48, Laurel, Md., on Montgomery County, Md., on an outstanding failure to appear warrant for auto theft, failure to return a rental vehicle. CBP placed a detainer on Iheakanwa, who arrived from Germany, and turned her over to MWAA Police.
Nov. 18 - Chetan Yenmakaj Fai, 44, Ashburn, Va., on an outstanding Ohio warrant for failure to appear on a charge of harassing communication. CBP placed a detainer on Fai, who had arrived from India, and turned him over to MWAA Police.
Nov. 6 - Patrick Njaria, 37, Irving, Texas, on a Dallas charge of insurance fraud. CBP officers arrested Njaria after he arrived from Ethiopia. CBP officers placed a detainer on Njaria then turned him over to MWAA Police.
Nov. 1 - Charles Neil Schroeder, Jr., 32, Washington, D.C., on a Montgomery County, Md., charge of assault. CBP officers arrested Schroeder after he arrived from Paris, France and turned him over to MWAA Police.
CBP places a detainer on non-U.S. citizens, including legal permanent residents, to be returned to CBP upon adjudication of criminal charges. Criminal convictions may have an impact on a subject's immigration status.
CBP officers routinely examine passenger manifests of arriving international flights and discover passengers with outstanding arrest warrants.
"Fugitives returning from overseas trips should know that Customs and Border Protection officers remain committed to taking wanted persons off our streets and bringing them to justice," Hess said.
So far during fiscal year 2011, CBP officers have made 19 arrests. CBP officers made 146 arrests during fiscal year 2010 and have averaged about 120 arrests during the previous five fiscal years.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.