An American wanted for multiple rapes in the United States has been arrested by the Bureau of Immigration in Lucena City.
Adrian Dean Eddings II, aged 44, was arrested in Barangay Gulang-Gulang at about 8.30pm yesterday (Wednesday, February 13), Superintendent Reydante Ariza, Lucena police chief, said.
According to Fox23, Eddings, from Cleveland, Oklahoma, fled the United States on January 20 after the rape investigations against him were launched.
Two days later, the Fourteenth Judicial District of Oklahoma City issued a warrant for his arrest.
Eddings is a suspect in multiple rapes in Oklahoma and at least two other states, according to the Pawnee County Sheriff’s Office. Some of the accusations involve minors, investigators have said.
Last year, Eddings married a woman from the Philippines and the couple were living in rural Pawnee County.
Local authorities were able to track Eddings’ passport from Oklahoma City to the Philippines on January 20. Then, US Marshals began to work with Filipino law enforcement to track him down and detain him.
Records from the Oklahoma Secretary of State show Eddings owns a business in Cleveland called Octane Lube. According to real estate records, the business and Eddings’ home both went on the market after he caught the flight bound for the Philippines.
Eddings not only faces a number of rape charges in Oklahoma and other states, but it is also possible he could be charged federally for fleeing the country in an attempt to evade capture.
Since his arrest in the Philippines yesterday, no bail has been recommended for his temporary liberty.
He is now being held at the Bureau of Immigration’s Bicutan detention centre in Taguig.
Last year, the Bureau of Immigration tracked down and arrested 257 foreign fugitives in the country. Almost half were Chinese, followed by 80 Taiwanese, 27 Koreans, 16 Thais, eight Americans, five Britons, a Dutchman, a Swede, a Japanese, a German and a Norwegian.
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