Rape suspect in Alaska arrested in Pampanga

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DAVAO CITY (April 15)— A suspected rapist in Alaska was arrested by the personnel of the Bureau of Immigration in Angeles City, Pampanga recently.

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente identified the American as 57-year-old Carmen Daniel Perzechino Jr. who was arrested April 4 by members of the BI Fugitive Search Unit (FSU) at his apartment in Angeles City.

Morente said he issued the mission order for Perzechino’s arrest at the request of the US Embassy in Manila which informed the BI about the latter’s presence in the country.

Perzechino, has been wanted for rape in Alaska during the last two decades, we will be deported soon to face the charges in his country.

Perzechino reportedly fled to the Philippines last Feb. 11 after receiving information about his impending arrest to evade US authorities.

Morente mentioned that Perzechino’s passport was already revoked by the US State Department to facilitate his immediate deportation as an undocumented alien.

He disclosed that Perzechino is subject of an arrest warrant by a Superior Court in Kenai, Alaska where he was charged with two counts of sexual assault in the first degree and one count of kidnapping-injury with sexual assault.

“We are at one with our foreign counterparts to ensure that justice is served,” said Morente. “The crime was committed 18 years ago, but now he has been caught by our men, and will be sent back to his country to face trial,” he added.

According to BI-FSU Chief Bobby Raquepo, Perzechino committed his alleged crime in Sterling, Alaska on Jan. 20, 2001 when he kidnapped his victim before sexually assaulting and raping her.

“People like him are not welcome in our country,” said Morente. “If he did that in the US, then there is a possibility that he might commit the same crime in the Philippines. Criminals like him ought to be barred from ever setting foot in our country.”

The American is presently detained at the immigration facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig pending issuance by the BI Board of Commissioners of his summary deportation order.

Afterwards, he will be placed in the BI blacklist and banned from re-entering the Philippines for being an undesirable alien.-NewsLine.ph

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