Dulles CBP Arrests Herndon, VA Man Wanted for Sex Assault on a Minor
One of Six Fugitives Officers Arrested Last Two Weeks
STERLING, Va., — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested Daniel Alexander Hernandez Amaya, 20, Wednesday at Washington Dulles International Airport on multiple Herndon felony charges for sex assault on a minor.
Hernandez Amaya was wanted on charges including sex assault, aggravated sexual battery on a victim 13-14 years-old, and rape of a child less than 13-years-old. CBP officers confirmed Hernandez Amaya’s identity after he deplaned from El Salvador 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, and turned him over to Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority (MWAA) Police officers.
CBP officers placed a detainer on Hernandez Amaya, a Salvadoran with U.S lawful permanent resident status, to return to CBP custody upon adjudication of his charges to complete his admissions inspection.
Hernandez Amaya’s arrest was one of six fugitives that CBP officers arrested during the last two weeks.
“Any sexual victimization of a minor is reprehensible, and any deliberate violation of United States laws disturbs me as it would any law-abiding citizen. U.S. Customs and Border Protection supports our law enforcement partners by returning wanted persons to face their charges,” said Wayne Biondi, CBP Area Port Director for the Port of Washington Dulles.
The previous arrests included:
- Mestawot Tilahun Gebe, 36, an Ethiopian citizen with U.S. lawful permanent resident status living in Silver Spring, Md. He was wanted on charges of violating a protective order from Montgomery County, Md. Gebe arrived Monday on a flight from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
- Amjad Mahmood, 47, a U.S. citizen living in Norfolk, Va. His charges include assault and battery from York County, Va. Mahmood arrived February 12 on a flight from Lahore, Pakistan via Doha, Qatar.
- Edmund Commey Oblitey, 32, a U.S. citizen living in Burke, Va. He was wanted on charges of fraud-illegal use of a credit card from Fairfax County, Va. Oblitey arrived February 9 from London, U.K.
- Ibrahima Choi, 24, a Gambian citizen with U.S. lawful permanent resident status living in Decantur, Ga. His charges include second degree criminal damage to property in Fulton County, Georgia. Choi arrived February 7 from Brussels, Belgium.
- Ilham Lassri, 30, a Moroccan citizen with U.S. lawful permanent resident status living in Sterling, Va. She is charged with embezzlement and credit card fraud from Fairfax County, Va. Lassri arrived February 5 on a flight from Morocco.
CBP officers turned all fugitives over to MWAA police officers, except for Lassri. She departed in custody of Fairfax County Police officers.
CBP ordered Gebe, Choi and Lassri returned to CBP custody upon adjudication of their charges to complete their admissions inspections. Criminal convictions are grounds to review, and potentially revoke, lawful permanent residency status.
CBP conducts inspection operations and intercepts currency, weapons, prohibited agriculture products and other illicit items, and on average arrests 22 wanted persons a day at U.S. Ports of Entry nationwide.
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Criminal charges are merely allegations. Defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.
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.