SEATTLE—A 33-year-old man from Burien was taken into custody by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Seattle-Tacoma Airport last Sunday when he was attempting to depart the United States in route to Ho Chi Minh City via Incheon, South Korea aboard Asiana Airlines flight 271.
Sovannarit Son, a U.S. permanent resident, Vietnamese National, was taken into custody after CBP Officers encountered Son in the jetway about to allegedly flee the United States aboard the flight on a one-way ticket. Minutes earlier CBP officers had conducted a name check, which resulted in the discovery of a warrant issued by the King County Sheriff's Office in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database. The warrant was for rape of a child 1, and rape of a child 2, and had been issued on January 22, 2013.
CBP officers held Son until the Port of Seattle Police responded and took custody of Son for transport to the King County Sherriff's Office.
"CBP officers at Sea-Tac International Airport continuously screen passengers to identify and apprehend wanted fugitives arriving in and departing from the United States," said Area Port Director Mark Wilkerson. "Our efforts, in coordination with state and local law enforcement agencies are part of the ongoing effort to keep communities safe."
NCIC is a centralized automated data base designed to share information among law enforcement agencies including outstanding warrants for a wide range of offenses. CBP officers at Sea-Tac have made numerous previous arrests of individuals wanted for a wide range of offenses from local misdemeanors to felonies.
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.