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Man Wanted for Rape, Sodomy Arrested by CBP Officers

Release Date: 
February 26, 2014

Niagara Falls, N.Y. – Today, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the arrest of a wanted felon.

On February 25, CBP officers working at the Rainbow Bridge encountered 27-year-old Abdinasir Abdi, a citizen of Somalia and Lawful Permanent Resident of the United States.

Abdi walked across the Rainbow Bridge early yesterday afternoon and said he was a wanted felon in the United States and was ready to surrender himself to U.S. authorities.

CBP officers conducted background checks on Abdi and discovered an active arrest warrant from the St. Louis Police Department. Further investigation revealed that Abdi is also listed on the Toronto Police most wanted list for his U.S. warrant. The warrant states that Abdi is wanted for two counts of forcible rape and a sodomy charge.    

Once CBP officers verified the warrant and confirmed extradition, Abdi was arrested by CBP and subsequently turned over to the custody of the Niagara Falls Police Department for extradition to St. Louis.

If convicted Abdi will be considered an aggravated felon and be placed into formal removal proceedings, possibly resulting in deportation back to Somalia.

CBP is responsible for securing our borders while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel into and out of the United States. We also assist and support the law enforcement efforts of our state, local, tribal, federal and international partners on both sides of the border, as we carry out our traditional border-related responsibilities. We will continue to collaborate, and actively share intelligence and information as we work together to ensure the security of our mutually shared border and the safety of our communities.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017