RANGELEY, Maine – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rangeley Border Patrol Station arrested the subject of a felony warrant and rescued the subject of a missing and endangered person alert.
On November 19, Border Patrol agents received information from an off-duty warden with the Maine Warden Service regarding two suspicious subjects near a remote forested area in northwestern Maine. Border Patrol agents responded to the area and were able to track the subjects, eventually encountering a man and woman, both United States citizens. Records checks through law enforcement databases and the National Crime Information Center confirmed the 21-year-old man as a convicted violent sex offender and fugitive from Virginia, with an extraditable warrant for failing to register as a sex offender. The woman had an active alert out of Virginia as a missing and endangered person. Based on the information provided by records checks, the male was placed under arrest and the female was taken into custody for her safety. Both subjects were transported to the Rangeley Border Patrol Station for further processing.
At the Rangeley Border Patrol Station the male subject’s warrant was confirmed active and he was turned over to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office for extradition to Virginia. Detectives from the Maine Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Program arrived at the station to interview the woman, who was later reunited with family.
“Significant arrests of violent criminals like this are great examples of how our partnerships with local and state agencies are imperative to the safety and security of our communities and our nation,” said Acting Chief Patrol Agent Jason Schneider. “We hope we have provided relief and comfort to the victim and her family with her safe return home.”
The National Crime Information Center (NCIC) is a centralized, automated database designed to share information among law enforcement agencies including missing persons and outstanding warrants for a wide range of offenses. Based on information from NCIC, Border Patrol agents have made previous arrests of individuals wanted for homicide, escape, money laundering, robbery, narcotics distribution, sexual child abuse, fraud, larceny, and military desertion. Criminal charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
The Houlton Sector Border Patrol relies on the cooperation and assistance of the public. Anyone wishing to make a confidential report of suspicious activity may call (800) 851-8727 to contact the United States Border Patrol in Maine or download the “USBP Maine” mobile app free from Google Play or the Apple Store.