American fugitive bound for Japan nabbed at NAIA
A 39-year-old American fugitive was arrested in Manila on June 11, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) disclosed on Thursday.
BI OIC Deputy Commissioner and Port Operations Division Chief Marc Red Mariñas identified the man as Kenneth Collins Dunn, who was wanted in Oregon for violating his parole after being sentenced for burglary.
The US Embassy sought help from Philippine authorities after receiving information that he recently arrived in the country.
According to a report sent to BI Commissioner Jaime Morente, Dunn was scheduled to depart to Los Angeles via Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 after his arrival from Bangkok early this month.
However, he missed his flight but he was spotted at the NAIA 3 terminal when he was about to board an Air Nippon Airways (ANA) flight to Narita, Japan, instead of his scheduled flight to the US.
An officer discovered Dunn’s identity despite using a Belizean passport under the name of Kelsey Brian Dunn.
“Apparently, the American used his Belizean passport – he allegedly threw away his US passport – so he could evade arrest by American authorities and leave Manila undetected,” Mariñas said in his report.
“We have strong coordination with our foreign counterparts, thus any attempt to use the country as a transit point to evade justice will definitely be thwarted,” the official assured.
Dunn’s travel document was released by the US Embassy a week after he was nabbed.
He has already left aboard a Philippine Airlines flight to Los Angeles to face charges against him, Mariñas said. — Carol Anne Balita/INQUIRER.net intern
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