U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of U.S. borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.
Lynden, Wash – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the port of Lynden, Washington have apprehended the suspect in yesterday’s armored-car robbery on the campus of the University of Alberta in Edmonton. The robbery left three dead and a fourth victim in critical condition.
Travis Brandon Baumgartner, 21, was taken into custody shortly after 3 p.m. (PDT) when he arrived at the port of entry in a blue Ford F-150 pickup truck bearing fictitious Alberta license plates. Queries revealed that the subject was a suspect in the robbery and murders, and should be considered “Armed & Dangerous”. CBP officers took immediate custody of Baumgartner removing him the vehicle and secured the suspect in a holding cell.
A search of his vehicle resulted in the discovery of no weapons but a backpack containing a large sum of Canadian currency suspected of being the proceeds from the armored car robbery was located.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and their families in their hour of sorrow,” said Lynden Port Director Jose Ortega. “That our CBP officers were able to take a multiple homicide suspect into custody without further loss of life is a tribute to their professionalism and dedication to protecting the American homeland by securing our Nation’s borders.”
Baumgartner was processed for immediate removal from the United States and turned over to the Canadian Border Services Agency and Royal Canadian Mounted Police for extradition.