SEATTLE, Wash. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations officers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport detained a 21-year-old United States citizen from Wenatchee Tuesday morning, who was wanted on a felony warrant on a rape of a child, third degree charge out of Franklin County, Washington.
CBP officers caught the man as he was about to board a flight with a one-way ticket to Cancun, Mexico. CBP officers turned him over to the Port of Seattle Police, who confirmed the warrant and took him into custody.
The man was booked into the King County Jail to await extradition to Franklin County.
“Fortunately our officers were able to apprehend this wanted man before he could flee the country. Now he can face justice for the crime of which he is accused,” said Mark Wilkerson, director CBP Area Port of Seattle. “The apprehension of wanted individuals is one of the many ways in which CBP officers keep our nation and, ultimately, our communities safe.”
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.