Dallas — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested a man wanted on hit and run and failure to stop and render aid charges stemming from an accident occurring last week.
The suspect, 25-year-old Omar Bashir Mohammed, a lawful permanent resident, had purchased a ticket within hours of boarding the international flight, February 19.
“As a law enforcement agency, our local, state and federal partners at times call on us for assistance in locating suspects attempting to flee the country,” said CBP Acting Port Director for Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Erik Shoberg. “During the course of performing our primary mission, if we encounter an individual wanted by other law enforcement agencies, we will arrest that person and turn them over to the appropriate agency.”
Arlington Police Department (APD) issued a request for law enforcement assistance in locating Mohammed, February 19. According to the information APD provided, Mohammed was a suspect in a hit and run accident that occurred February 15.
Upon receiving the request for assistance, CBP officers began conducting a manual search for the suspect. In a matter of hours, CBP officers identified a passenger who matched the information provided by APD. CBP found the suspect had boarded an international flight that very evening and that the aircraft had just left its gate.
CBP notified the tower and the aircraft returned to its gate where CBP officers were waiting. CBP officers boarded the plane, arrested the suspect and removed him from the aircraft without incident.
CBP then turned the suspect over to DFW Department of Public Safety.
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.