Buffalo, N.Y. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Field Operations announced the arrest of a United States citizen wanted on rape charges.
On Nov. 29, CBP officers received notification from Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) that Teame Afeworki, a 41-year-old United States citizen from Newark, Del was being deported from Canada and returned to the United States. Mr. Afeworki attempted to enter Canada on Oct. 4, via the Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Canada, but was detained by CBSA because of the possible existence of an active U.S. warrant. Mr. Afeworki was subsequently given an order of deportation from Canada and returned to the United States today via the Peace Bridge border crossing in Buffalo.
Upon his return to the United States, CBP officers verified the validity of the nation-wide felony warrant and confirmed the extradition. The warrant was issued by the Newark (Del) Police Department on Jan. 14, 2003, after Mr. Afeworki failed to appear for trial. He was originally charged on Nov. 6, 2000 with attempted rape causing injury, unlawful sexual contact, unlawful imprisonment and criminal trespass.
Mr. Afeworki advised CBP officers that he was returning to the United States via Canada approximately eight weeks from a business trip in Germany and Amsterdam. Mr. Afeworki was arrested by CBP and turned over to the custody of the Buffalo Police Department pending extradition to Delaware.
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.