Two men returning to Baltimore after an international cruise on the Carnival Pride were arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers on Sunday, after it was determined they had outstanding warrants for their arrest, CBP officials said Tuesday.
"If you do know that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, you need to know that we're going to know that you're on that ship," said Steve Sapp, a CBP spokesman.
Christopher Turner, 45, of Lanham, was wanted in Montgomery County for failing to appear in court on assault charges, while Christopher Main, 28, of Aliquippa, Pa., was wanted by the Butler County Sheriff's Department in Pennsylvania for contempt of court and theft, customs officials said.
The men, who were traveling with separate groups, were both turned over to Maryland Transportation Authority Police after CBP officers "confirmed with the wanting jurisdiction that the warrant and extradition remained active, and verified both men's identity as a match to the warrants," customs officials said.
"The last thing a traveler wants to experience after a pleasant vacation cruise is to be arrested," said Dianna Bowman, CBP's area port director for the port of Baltimore. "The lesson to those with outstanding arrest warrants is to know that Customs and Border Protection officers will identify you upon your arrival to the U.S., and return you to custody to face your charges."
Court records show Main is being held in Baltimore on a fugitive warrant, and is set to appear in court on Wednesday. He did not have an attorney listed.
Court records show Turner was held in Baltimore but released on Tuesday, with a trial date set for Oct. 15 in Montgomery County. His case has been assigned to the public defender's office, but no specific attorney was listed. He could not be reached for comment.