Virgin Islands CBP Detains Wanted Man on Assault Charges
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers identified yesterday afternoon a man sought out for assault charges by the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office in California.
Salvatore Rubino, 34, presented himself for CBP inspection at the Cyril E. King Airport in St. Thomas before boarding an American Airlines flight bound to California.
Law enforcement databases alerted to an outstanding warrant for his arrest for charges of assault with a deadly weapon and probation violation from the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office.
CBP officers in St. Thomas confirmed Mr. Rubino's identity and verified the outstanding warrant. The Virgin Islands Ports Authority took custody of the subject for extradition proceedings.
"Customs and Border Protection is an agency committed to securing our borders while at the same time cooperating with other law enforcement agencies in the enforcement of U.S. laws. CBP officers conduct themselves with utmost diligence and professionalism and will ensure that individuals that have transgressed the criminal justice system and are encountered at our borders are identified and detained," stated Marcelino Borges, Director of Field Operations for Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands.
CBP officers detect many individuals wanted by authorities in the continental U.S., upon their arrival to the USVI, or upon their return to the mainland from Puerto Rico and the USVI.
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.