Border agents arrest suspected child rapist

Published on Wed, Jul 9, 2014 by Steve Guntli

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents arrested a Ferndale man suspected of child rape.

A Ferndale man wanted on several felony counts was arrested at the border as he attempted to return to the United States from Canada on July 4. 

Brandon J. John, 21, was wanted by Ferndale police who are investigating John for three counts of rape with three different victims. The victims ranged in age from 9 to 18. 

Complaints were first filed against John in October 2012. Sufficient probable cause was established to make an arrest, but John fled to Canada before Ferndale police could make the arrest. Before the weekend, police received a tip that John would be returning to the area, and he was detained at the border on July 4. 

The earliest suspected incident took place in 2005. Due to the ages of the victims and the nature of the crimes, the victim’s names will not be released. Superior Court Commissioner David Thorn set bail at $100,000. John is scheduled to be arraigned on July 18.

“A critical component in our homeland security effort is the apprehension of fugitives from justice,” said Blaine area port director Gregory Alvarez. “We are proud of our officers’ continuing vigilance and their dedication to keeping communities and children safer throughout the United States.”