Border patrol nabs wanted men at Peace Arch crossing in Blaine

Border Patrol officers in Blaine apprehended two wanted men this week.
Border Patrol officers in Blaine apprehended two wanted men this week. pdwyer@bhamherald.com

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two wanted men at the Peace Arch border crossing in Blaine last Wednesday.

After checking both men’s names through the National Crime Information Center, border officers found out that Roy L. Sinclair, 70, of Ronan, Montana, had a warrant from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office in Polson, Montana, for an assault with a weapon charge, according to a Border Patrol news release.

NCIC is a centralized database that shares information among law enforcement agencies, including warrants for a wide range of offenses.

Sinclair was detained and later taken to the Whatcom County Jail. Records show Sinclair was released, but it’s unclear Tuesday whether he had been extradited to Montana.

Later that same day, Border Patrol officers ran Elmer L. Cross’s name through the NCIC database and found out Cross had a warrant out of Tumwater issued by the Washington State Department of Corrections. Cross, 48, of Denver, was detained and also taken to jail pending extradition.

Jail records show Cross was transferred to another facility, but which facility is unclear Tuesday.

“Our officers’ vigilance in keeping our communities safe includes the apprehension of felons with outstanding warrants, especially those who have escaped custody,” said Kenneth L. Williams, Area Port director, in a prepared statement. “The work we do is vital to protecting our communities and those within them. I am proud of the work our officers do on a daily basis.”

Washington DOC and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office could not immediately be reached for comment.

Denver Pratt: 360-715-2236, @DenverPratt