U.S. airman with sexual misconduct warrant arrested near border


U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a U.S. Air Force airman attempting to cross the border to evade criminal sexual misconduct and military desertion charges.

Blaine police officers booked Ian Mitchell Wilson, 20, into Whatcom County Jail February 11, on a fugitive from justice warrant, according to jail records. Wilson had a warrant out for his arrest issued February 9 by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office in Michigan for criminal sexual misconduct of an incapacitated victim and another by the U.S. Marshal’s Office for desertion, according an Air Force Times story. 

According to the Times, investigators searched Wilson’s apartment in the Las Vegas area and found empty packaging for camping supplies. It was believed Wilson fled for the border February 10. Border Patrol agents intercepted Wilson a day later on February 11. Around 3:30 p.m. February 11, Blaine police officers responded to the 100 block of North Harvey Road to assist with a warrant arrest, public information officer Tami Bhachu said in an email. Border agents turned Wilson over to the Blaine police department. Officers transported and booked Wilson into Whatcom County Jail.

Wilson’s vehicle, which was blocking a lane of travel on the cross street to North Harvey Road, was removed by a towing company and impounded, since no one was available to remove it, Bhachu said.

An Oakland County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson told the Times that the office hopes to extradite Wilson to be arraigned in Michigan.

As of February 23, Wilson is being held in lieu of $200,000 bail at Whatcom County Jail, according to the jail roster.


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