Pittsburgh - Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Pittsburgh International Airport arrested a dangerous fugitive on Friday who is wanted by Allegheny County, Pa., on armed robbery charges.
CBP officers arrested Frederick Douglas, 24, of Pittsburgh, after he arrived from the Virgin Islands through Miami. Douglas was wanted on an armed robbery charge from Wilkinsburg, Pa.
Before Douglas' arrival, CBP officers confirmed the warrant with Wilkinsburg Police and Allegheny County, Pa., Sheriff. They then confirmed Douglas' identity when he arrived and turned him over to Allegheny County deputies.
"One of the key benefits of Customs and Border Protection's international passenger vetting is that we can identify and arrest dangerous fugitives," said Joseph Klaus, CBP port director for the Port of Pittsburgh. "As a law enforcement agency, CBP remains committed to taking wanted persons off our streets and bringing them to justice."
CBP officers routinely examine passenger manifests of arriving international flights and discover passengers with outstanding arrest warrants or previous customs, immigration or agriculture violations. Passengers with previous violations may be referred for a secondary inspection to ensure they comply with federal laws and regulations.
CBP officers at Pittsburgh International Airport made one arrest in fiscal year 2010 while processing the arrivals of more than 62,000 international passengers.
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.