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Dulles CBP Officers Arrest Baltimore Rape Suspect Fleeing to El Salvador

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested a previously deported Salvadoran on Baltimore felony rape charges at Washington Dules International Airport on March 11 as he attempted to board a flight to El Salvador.

CBP officers arrested Salvador Atilio Vasquez Rivera, 32, an El Salvadoran national, and turned him over to Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority Police.

In addition to strongarm rape, Vasquez Rivera was wanted by Baltimore authorities on multiple charges, including third- and fourth-degree sex offenses, second-degree assault, second-degree rape, and sexual abuse of a minor.

A CBP records check also revealed that Vasquez Rivera entered the United States without inspection and was ordered removed from the U.S. on December 18, 2013.

Criminal charges are merely allegations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

“The allegations, if true, are very concerning. Customs and Border Protection officers are pleased to capture a fleeing fugitive and return him to justice,” said Daniel Escobedo, Area Port Director for CBP’s Area Port of Washington, D.C. “Border security remains a critical mission for CBP, and we remain committed to supporting our local law enforcement partners in helping to keep our communities safe.”

CBP officers use information from the National Crime Information Center, to make arersts of individuals wanted for homicide, escape, money laundering, robbery, narcotics distribution, sexual child abuse, fraud, larceny, and military desertion. NCIC is a centralized automated database designed to share information among law enforcement agencies including outstanding warrants for a wide range of offenses.

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