A 21-year-old man suspected of rape and unlawful sexual contact with a minor was arrested by authorities at Los Angeles International Airport as he attempted to board a plane to Japan on April 15.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Tyler Ross Fitzgerald was apprehended after officers confirmed that he was an exact match of an active arrest warrant for a suspect issued on March 14 by the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office in Portsmouth, OH.
CBP officers intercepted Fitzgerald prior to boarding the flight, took him into custody and turned him over to Los Angeles World Airports police, said CBP spokesman Jaime Ruiz. Fitzgerald was arrested and extradition to Ohio was initiated.
Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini expressed his gratitude to the agencies for the apprehension of Fitzgerald, saying the sheriff’s office has received complete cooperation during the investigation, Ruiz said.
“This interception illustrates yet again the great work CBP officers do behind the scenes every day, to keep bad people from entering the United States, as well as apprehend fugitives trying the flee the country and evade justice,” said Todd C. Owen, CBP director of field operations in Los Angeles.
During fiscal year 2012, CBP officers in Los Angeles apprehended a total of 519 wanted criminals, including murderers, child molesters, drug traffickers and larceners.