Immigration arrests American fugitive wanted for rape charges

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

AN AMERICAN fugitive charged with rape in the United States was arrested by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) recently.

Commissioner Siegfred Mison said Phillip Vaughn Cox, 53, was apprehended by the joint operatives of the BI’s Fugitive Search Unit and local police in a resort at Barangay Pagdalagan Sur, Bauang, La Union last February 13.

The foreigner is wanted in the United States for two counts of rape of a minor.


He said that armed with a warrant of deportation, the BI operatives went to the said province and arrested Cox.

However, at first, Cox told operatives that he is not Philip Cox and his name is "Patrick," but after checking the documents, it was found that a driver's license under the name of Phillip Vaughn Cox, which confirms his identity.

The American is now detained at the BI Warden Facility in Bicutan, Taguig City, and awaiting deportation.

On the other hand, Mison said that they are closely monitoring several foreign fugitives who may be in the country following the arrest of the American national.

He added that most of these fugitives entered the country on tourist visas but with the cooperation from concerned citizens and local police the bureau can arrest and deport them on the basis of being "undesirable aliens." (FP/Sunnex)

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