U.S. Border Patrol arrests wanted Rwandan man near Houlton border crossing

Posted Aug. 06, 2014, at 7:24 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 06, 2014, at 8:48 p.m.
Jean Leonard Teganya
Courtesy of Canada Border Services Agency
Jean Leonard Teganya

HOULTON, Maine — A Rwandan man wanted on an active warrant in Canada for removal from that country was arrested Sunday after he illegally crossed the international border near Houlton, according to the Canada Border Services Agency.

Jean Leonard Teganya, 42, whose last known address was in Laval, Quebec, was targeted for removal from Canada for violating human or international rights under international law, according to the agency.

“This individual is the subject of an active Canada-wide warrant for removal because he is inadmissible to Canada,” Teganya’s listing on the agency’s website states. “It has been determined that he violated human or international rights under the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act or under international law.

The wanted man was apprehended after a U.S. Border Patrol agent from the Houlton station followed up on a citizen’s report of a suspicious person walking in the Houlton area near the international boundary between the United States and Canada, Shelbe Benson-Fuller, a public affairs specialist with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said in a news release issued Wednesday.

When the agent went to the area, he found a man matching the description given by the citizen, she said. The man eventually was identified as Teganya.

During questioning, the agent learned Teganya, a citizen of Rwanda who has several aliases, illegally entered the United States by walking across the international border from Canada.

Subsequently, Teganya was arrested and taken to the Houlton Station for further processing in connection with a violation of 8 USC 1325, or Entry Without Inspection.

There, database verification revealed Teganya was the subject of the warrant for removal from Canada, Benson-Fuller said.

Teganya was processed for removal and turned over to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s office of Enforcement and Removal Operations, she said.

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