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TSA, Police Cooperation Leads to Capture of Alleged Criminals

Friday, October 10, 2008

Police in Orlando, Fla., provided TSA with a photo of a suspect in a home invasion robbery and asked for assistance. Forty minutes later, TSA Behavior Detection Officer Raymond Llamas and TSO Eladio Bezares spotted Saul Pagan-Davila, 19, in the airport's food court.

TSO Eladio Bezares assists passengers at the checkpoint.

The Orange County Sherriff's Office and local law enforcement agencies in Central Florida were on the look out for Pagan-Davila.

After spotting the suspect, the TSA officers continued to observe him as they called police. Pagan-Davila was arrested and charged with home invasion, armed robbery and grand theft.

Earlier in the week, Orlando TSA officers identified a suspicious person who was attempting to smuggle a gun through security. Further investigation revealed he was a fugitive wanted in Colorado on drug charges. TSA notified police and the man was taken into custody on the outstanding arrest warrant.

"Our officers do much more than what you see at the checkpoints," said FSD Lee Kair. "We have officers all over the airport, at the curb, in the secure areas, doing random gate checks, even searching aircraft. We partner with law enforcement and members of the Central Florida intelligence community to keep travelers safe."