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Wanted Chinese citizen arrested boarding flight at LAX

June 7, 2012 | 12:50 pm

A Chinese citizen wanted on suspicion of robbery has been arrested by federal agents as he tried to board a plane to China at Los Angeles International Airport, authorities announced Thursday.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers said Gangyi Zhang, 20, a student at a local university, was apprehended Monday about 10:45 p.m. They said he was an exact match for a warrant issued about four hours earlier by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Federal officers said Zhang bought a one-way ticket to China just before the flight's scheduled departure without having a reservation. 

He appeared to be aware of the warrant, they said, and was attempting to flee the U.S. when customs agents intercepted him at the boarding gate.

Last year, Customs and Border Protection officers in Los Angeles apprehended 499 people on warrants stemming from a variety of crimes, such as murder, child molestation, drug trafficking and larceny, records show.


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