DETROIT (WJBK) - A convicted sex offender who was illegally in the United States and ordered by a judge to leave was arrested Tuesday in Detroit after trying to enter a church.
The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol said it arrested Yemaneh Gebremedhin, an Eritrean citizen. Eritrea is a small African country near the Sudan and Ethiopia and borders the Red Sea.
According to the CBP, agents were called by Detroit Police after he tried to get inside a local church that has an active child care facility. He was denied entrance because of his criminal sexual background.
When agents arrived, they determined the 53-year-old convicted sex offender was Gebremedhin, who was convicted of gross sexual imposition in 2015. He has an arrest warrant out of Ohio for failure to register as a sex offender
He was also ordered to be removed from the United States in 2016, an order in which which he did not comply.
“This is another great example of how the U.S. Border Patrol and the Detroit Police Department collaborated to remove a predator like this from the streets of Detroit,” said Chief Patrol Agent Douglas Harrison. “These Agents and Officers should be commended for their due diligence to remove this threat from the community.”
Gebremedhin was extradited to the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department and will be eventually taken into custody by ICE once his criminal proceedings are complete.