Jamaica, NY - Trying to escape the long arm of the law is never a good idea; something that a fleeing alleged criminal found out recently at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Even more impressive was how JFK Customs and Border Protection officers were able to track him down with very little information.
On August 21, CBP officers were notified by the New York Police Department Bronx Homicide Squad that a homicide suspect was attempting to flee the United States for the Dominican Republic. The information was based on an anonymous tip received by NYPD and was passed on to CBP officers for further analysis. CBP officers were given a first name only; "Jeffrey" and that he would be boarding a flight to the Dominican Republic in an attempt to flee the U.S. CBP officers armed with this limited amount of information were able to confirm that the passenger in question, a Jeffry Alfredo Ramirez Lopez, was in fact boarding a flight to the Dominican Republic.
Armed with this information, CBP officers conducted a passer-by inspection of outbound passengers waiting to board the Dominican Republican bound flight. The CBP officers conducting the scan of passengers were able to locate Lopez prior to his boarding the flight to the Dominican Republic and detained him until NYPD arrived on the scene.
New York Field Operations Director, Robert E. Perez said, "CBP officers stand on the frontlines in defending the United States from threats both externally and internally. This is another example of our CBP officers working in-concert with other law enforcement agencies in the apprehension of an alleged criminal."
The subject was turned over to NYPD for processing and arraignment.
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.