STERLING, Va. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) at Washington Dulles International Airport arrested two fugitives in two days, January 24 - 25.
Manuel Antonio Alonso Velasquez, 38, a Nicaraguan citizen living in Petersburg, W.Va., arrived on a flight from Germany on January 24. CBP officers determined Velasquez to be subject to an arrest warrant issued by the Montgomery County, Md., Sheriff’s Office for failure to appear on charges of second degree assault on a Police Officer. The officers verified the validity of the warrant and confirmed extradition. Velasquez was arrested by CBP and turned over to Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority police for extradition.
CBP placed an immigration detainer on Velasquez which ensures that he is returned to CBP upon the adjudication of any charges for further immigration processing.
On January 25, Ivekou Brahim Vall, 23, a Mauritanian citizen living in Alexandria, Va., arrived on a flight from France. CBP officers determined Vall to be subject to an arrest warrant issued by the Metropolitan Washington (D.C.) Airport Authority police for vehicle theft. The officers verified the validity of the warrant and confirmed extradition. CBP officers arrested Vall and turned him over to Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority police.
CBP placed an immigration detainer on Vall which ensures that he is returned to CBP upon the adjudication of any charges for further immigration processing.
“We were pleased to stand by our state and local law enforcement partners and bring these fugitives to justice,” said Wayne Biondi, CBP Area Port Director for the Port of Washington Dulles. “CBP remains 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 arrests 22 wanted persons 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.