STERLING, VA.—Officers of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at Washington Dulles International Airport arrested two fugitives on September 19.
Viken Doudaklian, 51 of Gaithersburg, Md., was scheduled to depart Washington Dulles International Airport on a flight to France. CBP officers determined Doudaklian to be subject to a warrant of arrest issued by the Montgomery County, Md. Sheriff's Office for 2nd Degree Assault. The officers verified the validity of the warrant and confirmed extradition. Doudaklian was arrested by CBP and turned over to Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority police for extradition.
Fati Hassan, 20 of Brooklyn, Minn., arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport on a flight from Ethiopia. CBP officers determined Hassan to be subject to a warrant of arrest issued by the Weld County, Colo. Sheriff's Office for Dangerous Drugs. The officers verified the validity of the warrant and confirmed extradition. Hassan was arrested by CBP and turned over to Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority police for extradition.
CBP placed an immigration detainer on Hassan, who is a citizen of Ethiopia and a legal permanent resident of the U.S., which ensures that he is returned to CBP upon the adjudication of any charges.
"The United States is a welcoming nation," said Christopher Hess, CBP port director for the Port of Washington. "And CBP is committed to facilitating legitimate travel; however we stand ever vigilant in intercepting those travelers that our laws identify as needing further scrutiny."
CBP conducts inspection operations and intercepts currency, weapons, prohibited agriculture products or other illicit items, and on average makes 54 criminal arrests a day at U.S. Ports of entry nationwide.
Travelers are encouraged to visit CBP's Travel website to learn rules governing travel to and from the U.S.
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.