Two Americans hunted by the United States for assault and felony battery were detained in isolated operations this month, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) Jaime Morente, BI Commissioner stated last Thursday. Morente said arrests were made by BI’s Fugitive Search Unit (FSU) in Baguio City and Mandaluyong City.
Apollo Cioffi, 46, was detained March 1 within a mall in Baguio City. He was a hunted by authorities in California for assault charges. BI added a superior court in San Francisco had served an arrest warrant over Cioffi.
Concurrently, William Schweizer, 32, was seized March 5 within his home at Tivoli Garden Residences in Mandaluyong. Broward County, Florida published an arrest warrant over Schweizer for felony battery by strangulation.
BI-FSU Chief Bobby Raquepo reported that suspects have been prolonging stay in the country as undocumented aliens with their passports revoked by the State Department.
Raquepo added the suspect have reclused within the country since March 10, 2018 and July 2015, respectively.
As per Morente, the suspects will be deported back to the US. “Like all the other foreign fugitives whom we have arrested in the past, we will deport these two undesirable aliens and ban them from re-entering the Philippines,” Morente in a statement. “They have no place in our country, as their presence here poses a risk to our people.”