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Monday, July 13, 2015

U.S. Marshals Arrest Canadian Murder Suspect in Bay Area



Man wanted for allegedly murdering wife while children slept

San Francisco, CA - The Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force (PSWRFTF) announces the arrest of Harinder Singh Cheema, 30, who was taken into custody Thursday in Fremont, California. Cheema is wanted by Canadian authorities in Montreal for stabbing and killing his wife, Manpreet Kaur, while his children slept in 2007. After the killing, Cheema allegedly left his two infant children with a friend of his deceased wife and fled to the United States under the alias “Baljit Singh”. Cheema remarried and was employed as a luxury limousine driver in the Fremont area until his recent arrest.

PSWRFTF members developed information regarding the possible whereabouts of Cheema and set up surveillance within the 4000 block of Central Avenue in Fremont. After several hours, Cheema arrived driving a white Honda Accord. Cheema was immediately detained without incident.

“This arrest demonstrates that no matter how far you run, no matter where you go, you cannot escape justice,” said Don O’Keefe, the U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of California. “Our cooperative relationships with our international and domestic law enforcement partners were paramount in Cheema’s successful apprehension.”

Cheema was booked into the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s office and is being held without bail. He is awaiting extradition to Canada to answer for his alleged crime.

The San Francisco Fugitive Task Force is a division of the Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force and is part of a network of U.S. Marshals task forces across the country. Additional information about other Northern California fugitives can be found at www.northerncaliforniamostwanted.org.

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