On Thursday, in Flint, Mich., U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Detroit Director of Field Operations Chris Perry, along with Genessee County Prosecutor David Leyton, briefed reporters on the Aug. 11, apprehension of a prime suspect in several murders and assaults in Michigan and Virginia.
"At approximately 9:30 p.m. last night, U.S Customs and Border Protection's Office of Field Operations was notified by a CBP Joint Terrorism Task Force Representative that a man recently identified as a prime suspect in several murders and other assaults was attempting to leave the country through the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport," said Perry. "CBP coordinated with the Atlanta Police Department and apprehended the suspect as he was attempting to board Delta flight 152 bound for Tel Aviv."
Perry went on to explain that CBP works closely and in partnership with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to not only secure the American public from threats attempting to enter the country but also apprehending fugitives trying to leave the country to avoid prosecution for their crimes.
He also spoke of how CBP officers are charged with enforcing not only immigration and customs laws, but they also enforce over 400 laws for 40 other agencies and have stopped thousands of violators of U.S. law.
Genessee County prosecutor David Leyton concluded Thursday's press conference by thanking all of the local, state and federal agencies that helped in the apprehension of the serial killer suspect.
"The investigation continues," said Layton. "The victims of these crimes should be in our thoughts and prayers. Five people from our community are gone, and we should pray for their families."
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.