Headline — 23 January 2015 — by Albert J. Ciego
US fugitive arrested in Hopkins

HOPKINS, Stann Creek District, Thurs. Jan. 22, 2015–United States fugitive Robert Andrew Ragin, 54, who is wanted by the US Justice Department to answer charges on 12 counts of promoting sexual performance by child minors, was arrested in Belize for immigration offenses.

The US Justice Department has issued a warrant for his arrest.

He was wanted in the US for “promoting sexual performance by minors”

Ragin reportedly lived in Hopkins for about six months. However, his freedom came to a crashing end when at about 3:30 on Friday afternoon, US Marshals, who had tracked him down to Hopkins, together with Dangriga police, travelled to the village and arrested him.

The arrest reportedly was carried out without incident. After Ragin was arrested, he was taken to the Dangriga Police Station and charged with Belizean immigration offences.

Ragin was then taken to the Dangriga Magistrate’s Court at about 2:30 Monday afternoon on the immigration offenses, and a removal order was issued by the court, ordering his extradition.

It was ordered that Ragin be deported back to his country to face the charges levied at him. He is presently detained at the Dangriga Police Station. From there he will be returned to the United States, courtesy of the US Marshals.News-banner---burgandy

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