DETROIT, MI (The Detroit News) – An undocumented immigrant and wanted sex offender has been arrested by U.S. Border Patrol agents and police in Detroit, officials said.
Authorities have identified the man as Yemaneh Gebremedhin, 53, an immigrant from Eritrea, a country in northeast Africa on the Red Sea coast.
Border Patrol officials said agents were called by the Detroit Police on Tuesday to help identify a man who had attempted to get into a Detroit church that has a child care facility. The facility’s workers denied the man entry because of his criminal sexual background and called police, the Border Patrol said.
Agents questioned the man and identified him as Gebremedhin, officials said. He was taken to the agency’s Detroit station to be processed.
Investigators learned Gebremedhin was convicted in 2015 of gross sexual imposition and was wanted in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, for failing to register as a sex offender.
They also learned he is in the United States illegally and was ordered removed from the country in June 2016, according to officials.
Gebremedhin was processed and extradited to the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department, they said.
In addition, federal officials will take custody of him after criminal proceedings are complete in Ohio.