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Border Patrol: Canadian man at center of South Dakota Amber Alert entered U.S. illegally, drove through fence

Federal agents discovered a "cut fence" while on a routine patrol along the border between Montana and Canada.

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HAVRE, Mont. — A Canadian man who was at the center of an Amber Alert in South Dakota entered the United States illegally by driving through a fence on the border, federal agents said.

Benjamin Moore, 50, of Alberta, Canada, was arrested for possible illegal entry and kidnapping, according to a statement shared by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

According to the agency, Moore, his girlfriend and her two children crossed illegally driving through a barb-wired fence near the Havre, Montana, border crossing. Border Patrol agents later detected what CBP referred to as a "cut fence" while on a routine patrol along the border.

"Havre Sector Border Patrol reached out to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) through the Integrated Border Enforcement Team charter to assist in the identification of the subject," according to press release issued in response to a Mitchell Republic inquiry. "The man not only crossed the border illegally, but also had a lookout for kidnapping as well a history of sexual assault and child pornography."

Moore, a registered sex offender in Canada, was already wanted by the RCMP for failure to maintain current information on a Canadian sex offender registry, according to Saskatchewan RCMP Chief Supt. Tyler Bates.

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"Havre Sector utilized a Border Patrol agent assigned to the Homeland Security Investigations Task Force to assist in locating the man," CBP's press release continues.

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Benjamin Moore

Though CBP did not indicate when agents first discovered a break in the fence, the manhunt began for Moore began in Canada on Monday evening, when an Amber Alert was first issued in Saskatchewan. Moore was later apprehended by multiple agencies in Meade County in western South Dakota.

“I am proud of the work our agents do every day to keep us safe by using their skills as well as inter-agency relationships to arrest those who have committed crimes in our communities and abroad,” said Acting CBP Chief Patrol Agent Richard Fortunato. “This is a perfect example of bringing criminals to justice through a whole-of-government approach and working with our international law enforcement partners.”

Extradition processes are already underway to bring Moore back to Canada, officials say, though it's unclear what impact multiple charges in multiple various states, provinces and countries could have.

The South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigate announced they had located the children roughly 90 minutes after an Amber Alert was first issued.

A South Dakota native, Hunter joined Forum Communications Company as a reporter for the Mitchell (S.D.) Republic in June 2021. After over a year in Mitchell, he moved to Milwaukee, where he now works as a digital reporter for Forum News Service, focusing on regional news that impacts the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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