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He was on a bus headed for home across the border. Instead, he’s in jail

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers inspect vehicles and interview travelers at the Peace Arch Port of Entry in Blaine.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers inspect vehicles and interview travelers at the Peace Arch Port of Entry in Blaine. The Bellingham Herald file

A 33-year-old British Columbia man was arrested on a King County fugitive warrant earlier this week while trying to cross the U.S.-Canada border at the Blaine Peace Arch Port of Entry.

Michael Thomas Vareschi, of Prince George, was booked on suspicion of a first-degree child molestation and domestic violence charges.

Vareschi arrived at the Blaine border crossing on a Greyhound bus headed for Vancouver and a systems check in the National Crime Information Center showed he had fugitive warrants out of King County, according to a Customs and Border Protection news release.

Vareschi was arrested by the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office around 5:20 p.m. Tuesday and later transferred to King County.

“CBP officers are diligent in apprehending dangerous individuals and keeping them out of our neighborhoods,” said Area Port Director Kenneth L. Williams in a prepared statement. “This suspected child molester is off the streets thanks to the great work and tireless efforts of our officers.”

Denver Pratt: 360-715-2236, @DenverPratt

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