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PH authorities successfully nab 2 elusive American fugitives

2 American fugitives nabbed
By Ferdinand Patinio
MANILA -- Two Americans wanted by US federal authorities for assault and battery charges were arrested by Bureau of Immigration (BI) operatives in separate operations.

In an advisory Thursday, BI Commissioner Jaime Morente identified the fugitives as William Schweizer, 32, who was arrested inside his unit at the Tivoli Garden Residences in Mandaluyong on Tuesday and Apollo Cioffi, 46, who was apprehended inside SM Baguio last March 1.

“Like all the other foreign fugitives whom we have arrested in the past, we will deport these two undesirable aliens and ban them from re-entering the Philippines. They have no place in our country, as their presence here poses a risk to our people,” Morente said.

Schweizer is the subject of an arrest warrant issued by a circuit court in Broward County, Florida after he was charged with felony battery by strangulation.

Under Florida statutes, felony battery and domestic battery by strangulation occurs when a person actually and intentionally touches another person against their will and causes them great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement.

On the other hand, Cioffi is wanted by authorities in California for assault. A superior court in San Francisco has reportedly issued a warrant for his arrest.

The BI said that the US Embassy did not give a detailed account of his alleged crime but California’s penal code law defines assault as a misdemeanor and as an “attempt to a violent injury on someone else.”

Meanwhile, BI-FSU chief Bobby Raquepo reported that both Americans are overstaying and undocumented aliens as their passports were already revoked by the State Department.

He added that Schweizer has been in the country since July 2015 while Cioffi had hidden in the country since March 10 last year. (PNA)

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