LOS ANGELES — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in coordination with Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) agents intercepted two suspects wanted in connection with a bank robbery in Huntington Beach, California.
CBP was notified Wednesday that two men suspected of robbing a Bank of America in Huntington Beach earlier that day may attempt to flee the country on an international flight out of LAX.
CBP officers, along with FBI agents encountered Wesley Lewison, 50, and Gregory Roberts, 47, as they attempted to board an Air Berlin flight to Dusseldorf, Germany, and took the suspects in for questioning. CBP notified the Huntington Beach Police Department, whose officers arrived and arrested the suspects.
“This is an exceptional example of CBP officers’ vigilance and superb law enforcement commitment in detecting and intercepting those suspected of violating our laws,” said Carlos C. Martel, CBP Director of Field Operations in Los Angeles.
“CBP works closely with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners and is proud to have done our part in preventing two fugitives from justice from fleeing the country,” said Mitchell Merriam CBP LAX Port Director.
Both suspects, naturalized U.S. citizens, were born in Germany.
In fiscal year 2016, CBP officers at LAX apprehended 341 wanted criminals, ranging from murderers, child molesters, drug traffickers to larceners.
For additional information about the robbery investigation, please contact Huntington Beach Police Department (714) 375-5009.
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.