CBP Arrests Felony Rape Suspect at BWI Airport
BALTIMORE – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Baltimore rape suspect at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) Monday, following an alert from CBP’s Toronto, Canada Preclearance Station.
CBP officers turned Paul Kahungi Njoroge, 30, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Kenya residing in Rosedale, Md., over to Maryland Transportation Authority Police at BWI.
Njoroge traveled from Toronto to Baltimore. During his inspection at CBP’s Preclearance Station in Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, CBP officers matched Njoroge to an outstanding arrest warrant in Baltimore County for second-degree rape.
Since Njoroge was destined to BWI, Toronto CBP officers alerted CBP officers at BWI, who met the precleared flight at a domestic gate and escorted Njogore to CBP’s inspection station.
“This arrest illustrates the close collaboration between stateside and overseas Customs and Border Protection stations to bring fugitives to justice to face their criminal allegations,” said Adam Rottman, CBP Acting Port Director for the Area Port of Baltimore. “This collaboration is another example of how CBP contributes its unique border security authority to help keep our communities safe.”
Criminal charges are merely allegations. Defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.
“Customs and Border Protection takes exceptional pride in supporting our local law enforcement partners every day, and one way in which we support them is by identifying and interdicting travelers who are fugitives to outstanding arrest warrants,” said Casey Durst, CBP's Field Operations Director in Baltimore. “The arrest of this subject demonstrates the unwavering commitment of CBP officers to help keep our country and our citizens safe.”
Preclearance operations is the strategic stationing of CBP law enforcement personnel overseas to inspect travelers prior to boarding U.S.-bound flights. CBP Officers conduct the same immigration, customs, and agriculture inspections of international air travelers typically performed upon arrival in the United States.
Today, CBP has more than 600 law enforcement officers and agriculture specialists stationed at 15 air Preclearance locations in six countries. Read more about CBP’s Preclearance Operations.
CBP arrested an average of 21 wanted persons each day at 328 air, land and sea ports of entry across the United States. Learn more of what CBP achieves “On a Typical Day” during 2017.
CBP’s Office of Field Operations
Almost a million times each day, CBP officers welcome international travelers into the U.S. In screening both foreign visitors and returning U.S. citizens, CBP uses a variety of techniques to intercept narcotics, unreported currency, weapons, prohibited agriculture, and other illicit products, and to assure that global tourism remains safe and strong. For international travel tips, please visit CBP’s Travel webpage.
CBP's border security mission is led at ports of entry by CBP officers from the Office of Field Operations, who enforce all applicable U.S. laws, including against illegal immigration, narcotics smuggling and illegal importation, and by CBP agriculture specialists, who protect U.S. agriculture from the introduction of pests or disease from overseas sources.
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 the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.