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San Diego man charged with deserting the Army is arrested at U.S.-Canada border

March 16, 2010 |  4:36 pm

A San Diego man who allegedly deserted the Army was arrested as he crossed back to the United States after he was refused entry into Canada, authorities said Tuesday.

Robert Lucas, 20, was taken into custody last week at the Pacific Highway Port of Entry in Blaine, Wash., the Department of Homeland Security said.

Canadian border officials denied Lucas permission to enter that country when his name turned up on a law-enforcement database with a warrant for alleged desertion.

Lucas is stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood in Missouri. He was turned over to local authorities while awaiting extradition back to the Army, the Homeland Security Department said.

-- Robert J. Lopez