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Published July 16, 2012, 12:54 PM

Border Patrol Arrest Man With Same Name as NC Attempted Murder Suspect

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Shortly after 11 a.m., U.S. Border Patrol agents and Grand Forks police stopped a light blue van on I-29 that had passed through the U.S. Border crossing at Pembina.

By: Forum Communications,

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Shortly after 11 a.m., U.S. Border Patrol agents and Grand Forks police stopped a light blue van on I-29 that had passed through the U.S. Border crossing at Pembina.

But it turned out he "was all clear," and the victim of having the same name as an alias used by the man wanted in North Carolina, said Brian Pigg, assistant chief patrol agent for the U.S. Border Patrol’s sector office in Grand Forks.

The man was taken to the Border Patrol's headquarters west of the Grand Forks International Airport and fingerprinted. It quickly became clear he was all clear and had nothing to do with the North Carolina crime and was sent on his way, Pigg said.

Border Patrol agents and local police were alerted when his name matched one on the national crime list after the man had crossed the Canadian border.

The apparent match led to a quickly-assembled law enforcement action to intercept the van as it approached Grand Forks.

The driver was stopped just south of the Gateway Drive exit on I-29.

Dozens of vehicles were backed up in the southbound lanes as law enforcement officers arrested the possible suspect.

Pigg said the man is a Canadian resident and asked if the man was angry, he said, "I don't, but I would be."

It was just a similar name and there is no reason to think the man wanted in North Carolina is in this region, he said.

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