PHILADELPHIA — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested two wanted fugitives Monday at Philadelphia International Airport who were wanted in Michigan and in New York.
Petar Tchotrov, 31, of Commerce Township, Mich., arrived from Brussels, Belgium and was referred to a secondary examination where CBP officers confirmed that Tchotrov was the subject of an arrest warrant out of Oakland County, Mich., for assault with a deadly weapon.
Charles Walton, 64, a U.S. citizen living in Germany, arrived from Frankfurt and was referred to a secondary examination where CBP officers confirmed that Walton was the subject of an arrest warrant out of Watertown, N.Y., for possession of stolen property.
After confirming with both jurisdictions that the warrants remained active, CBP officers took both men to Tinicum Township Police Department to start extradition proceedings.
“As the nation’s border security agency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers take very seriously our responsibility of identifying fugitives at our ports of entry and returning them to face justice for crimes they may have committed,” said Susan Stranieri, CBP Port Director for the Area Port of Philadelphia.
CBP maintains a robust law enforcement posture at our nation’s 328 international ports of entry and routinely conducts inspection operations on arriving and departing international travelers and cargo. In addition to arresting wanted fugitives, CBP removes immigration law violators, and intercepts narcotics, weapons, unreported currency, prohibited agriculture products, and other illicit items.
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