Wanted man captured, missing child found after FE Warren AFB airmen took action
(Tribune News Service) — F.E. Warren Air Force Base leadership recognized two airmen from the 90th Security Forces Squadron on July 7 for their involvement late last month in capturing a wanted criminal and missing child on base.
According to a recent F.E. Warren Air Force Base news release, Airman Suzanne Pedro — an Installation Entry Controller — was tasked with defending the gate of the base June 28, when a man drove up to the gate with a child in his car and handed her an unusual form of identification.
Pedro felt something was wrong when she noticed that both occupants of the vehicle refused to make eye contact. She said she scanned his identification and it flashed red for warrants on the screen.
She notified the wingmen and supervisors on duty at the gate before directing his vehicle out of the traffic line to prevent him from fleeing the scene. Airman 1st Class Frank Shaw reported the situation to the base defense operations center.
The operations center confirmed the man had active warrants out for his arrest and alerted local law enforcement of the incident. The child involved in the incident has been missing from his biological mother since December 2020. The investigation is still ongoing.
Multiple levels of leadership commended Perdro and Shaw for the actions they took, including 90th Security Forces Squadron commander Maj. Keil Luber.
“Airman Pedro exemplifies what it means to be a Defender,” Luber said in the release. “While not yet qualified on her position, she followed her instincts and training, directly contributing to the capture of a wanted criminal and the recovery of a missing child.”
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