ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers at Cyril E. King Airport in Charlotte Amalie took into custody a man wanted in St. Croix, for alleged robbery and unauthorized use of a firearm in the commission of a violent crime.
The man presented himself for inspection in St. Thomas, seeking travel to Florida on October 2.
CBP officers arrested Luis Raul Torres, 31, when a name check revealed he was the subject of an outstanding warrant for robbery and unauthorized use of a firearm. After verifying the warrant, CBP contacted the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD), which responded and took custody of the subject.
“Customs and Border Protection is an agency committed to safeguarding America’s borders. If during the course of our operations, CBP officers encounter persons wanted by other law enforcement agencies, we take the appropriate law enforcement action,” said USVI Area Port Director Louis Harrigan. “We are proud of our officers’ continuing vigilance and their commitment to keeping communities safe throughout the United States.”
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 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.