U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced a parental abduction was thwarted at the Peace Bridge Friday.
CBP officers encountered a Canadian citizen traveling with two minors at the Peace Bridge port of entry and during primary inspection the officer noticed one of the minors was visibly upset, leading the officer to believe the children were not authorized to leave the country.
The family was escorted for further inspection and CBP officers coordinated with Canadian law enforcement and confirmed the subject had taken the children from a sports camp in the Toronto area without the custodial parent's knowledge or permission.
The father was arrested by the Toronto Police Department, the children were returned safely to their mother with the help of the Canada Border Service Agency and TPD.
“CBP officers are trained to identify indicators warranting further inspection of individuals arriving at the U.S. border,” said Director, Field Operations Rose Brophy. “Although our usual focus is on matters involving national security, our officers are committed to assisting law enforcement partners, helping to keep our communities safe, and in this case, protecting the innocent.”