TORONTO, Aug. 15 /CNW/ - A fugitive from the United States was arrested
on an Immigration violation in downtown Toronto on August 13th by members of
the Immigration Task Force (ITF). Police and Canada Border Services Agency
officers with the Immigration Task Force were notified by Halifax Canada
Border Service Agency officers that a known Texas registered sex offender had
failed to return to a cruise ship docked in the Port of Halifax on August 9th,
2007. Immigration Task Force officers yesterday afternoon closed in on the
transient fugitive who in four days of fleeing across Eastern Canada had
sought sanctuary at a number of locations. The man was arrested without
incident as he returned to a downtown Toronto hostel.
Arrested was Richard Lee JONES, 53 yrs, a citizen of the United States.
He is currently being held in custody on his Immigration matter. JONES is also
wanted by US Authorities for Breach of Probation for Indecent Sexual Contact
With A Minor.
"The arrest of this wanted fugitive sends a message to criminals who wish
to attempt to flee to Canada. There is a determined effort by law enforcement
and other government agencies to locate and arrest persons who pose a threat
to our public and community safety." said RCMP Sgt. Tony Gollob of the
Immigration Task Force.
The ITF is composed of members from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police,
Canada Border Service Agency and Provincial ROPE members from the Ontario
Provincial Police and Toronto Police Service.
For further information:
For further information: Sgt. Tony GOLLOB, Office: (905) 676-2805 Ext.
222, Cell: (416) 896-5290