BLAINE, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a suspect in a 1983 murder in Oklahoma was arrested when he showed up at the U.S. border in northwestern Washington state and tried to enroll in a “trusted traveler” program for frequent border crossers.
Suhail Shanti of Burnaby, British Columbia, was wanted on a first-degree murder warrant issued in LeFlore County, Okla. U.S. Customs and Border Protection says he was arrested Friday when agents at the Pacific Highway Port of Entry in Blaine took his fingerprints as part of the interview process for the border crossing program.
Agents confirmed the warrant with officials in Oklahoma and arrested the 48-year-old.
Details of the killing were not immediately available, and it was not clear if Shanti had obtained a lawyer. Shanti was turned over to the Whatcom County sheriff’s office pending his return to Oklahoma.