SEATTLE — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport detained a man Sunday when they discovered he had a warrant for his arrest.
The 41-year-old man, who is a U.S. citizen, arrived at the airport on a flight from the Philippines, with his wife, infant son and mother-in-law. Upon further inspection, it was discovered that the man had an active National Crime Information Center (NCIC) warrant issued by the King County Sheriff’s Office on a charge of child molestation - first degree. CBP officers arrested the man and turned him over to the Port of Seattle Police Department.
“This arrest demonstrates the vigilance of our frontline officers in safeguarding our borders and keeping our communities safe,” said Area Port Director Mark Wilkerson. “Thanks to the diligence of our officers, this man will face the charges against him.”
NCIC is a centralized automated database designed to share information among law enforcement agencies including outstanding warrants for a wide range of offenses. Based on information from NCIC, CBP officers have made previous arrests of individuals wanted for crimes such as homicide, escape, money laundering, robbery, narcotics distribution, child sexual abuse, fraud, larceny, and military desertion.
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.