Wrong turn at Peace Bridge leads to rape arrest

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A wrong turn onto the Peace Bridge led to more than a momentary excursion into Canada for a driver who was arrested on active warrants for rape, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday.

45-year-old Jose Cruz Lopez was arrested at the Port of Buffalo on Monday by CBP officers after accidentally turning onto the Peace Bridge between Buffalo and Fort Erie, Canada.

CBP says Cruz Lopez was directed to a secondary inspection area after arriving at the border without proper identification. It was there that officers identified Cruz Lopez as having an active felony arrest warrant in Philadelphia.

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“Our CBP officers continue to work hard in identifying and intercepting wanted criminals,” said Buffalo Port Director Gaetano Cordone. “Our strong relationships with our local law enforcement partners are pivotal in ensuring fugitives are brought to justice.”  

After officers confirmed Cruz Lopez’s warrant, he was turned over to the Buffalo Police Department and extradited to Philadelphia.

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Justin McMullen is a Western New York native who joined the News 4 team in 2023. You can read more of his work here.

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