Indian American sex offender arrested in O’Hare while fleeing to India


An Indian-American who is registered as a sex offender in the US tried to flee the country on Monday, but his escape was cut short, and was caught in the airport.

The suspect tried to get off the country using his friend’s passport, officials here have said.

Duraikandan Murugan, 41, has a pending criminal cases in New Jersey related to attempted sexual assault of a minor.

He was arrested at the Chicago O’Hare International Airport on Monday during a routine enforcement interview of passengers departing the US, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials said on Wednesday.

During the interview, the passenger’s wallet and carry-on luggage were searched, which yielded several documents issued to Murugan. Mobile biometric verification was conducted, which revealed a pending criminal case against him related to attempted sexual assault of a minor.

Murugan admitted his true identity and stated he had taken the passport of his friend Dias to leave the United States to see his ailing father, the CBP said in a statement.

The CBP contacted the State of New Jersey, Somerset County Prosecutors Office to advise them of Murugan’s detention in Chicago.

State authorities in New Jersey issued an arrest warrant for Murugan for using a passport belonging to another to board an international flight. Murugan was turned over to the Chicago Police who will coordinate extradition back to New Jersey, the statement said.

“We work closely with state, local and federal law enforcement partners to identify individuals that are fugitives from the law and bring them to justice,” said Shane Campbell, Area Port Director-Chicago.