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BORDER PROTECTION: Two Wanted Fugitives Nabbed By Customs … One At STX Airport


Unidentified wanted man arrested by CPB on St. Croix

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Two wanted fugitives were captured by federal officials in separate incidents at the St. Thomas airport recently, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB).

CBP Pre-clearance inspections at the Cyril E King International Airport in St. Thomas and at the Henry E. Rohlson Airport in St. Croix alerted CBP officers to the outstanding arrest warrants.

On October 16, CBP officers at the Cyril E. King Airport in St. Thomas identified an individual boarding a flight to Miami, Florida, with a final destination of New Orleans.

Agents noticed that he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest on charges of harassing communication and stalking.

CBP alerted law enforcement in New Orleans, who proceeded to arrest the individual upon his arrival to their port.

On October 19, CBP officers in St. Croix identified another individual wanted by law enforcement authorities.

During CBP inspections at the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport, CBP officers interviewed a passenger boarding a flight with final destination Atlanta, Georgia.

System checks revealed he had an active warrant from the Magistrate of the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands on robbery charges.  CBP officers contacted the Virgin Islands Police Authority, who proceeded to place the subject under arrest.

“Technology and close collaboration amongst law enforcement allows CBP to detect felons that try to elude detection,” Marcelino Borges, Director of Field Operations for Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands, said. “CBP officers will remain vigilant to ensure that individuals that are traveling through our borders but are being sought by the criminal justice system for different transgressions are identified and brought to justice.”

CBP said its officers capture many people wanted by authorities in the continental U.S., upon their arrival to the USVI or their return to the mainland from Puerto Rico and the territory.


 Henry Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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