Chinese police transfer Naquan Ferguson, wanted by Interpol for armed robbery, to the U.S. Justice Department at Baiyun International Airport in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, Aug. 25, 2017.
(ECNS) -- Chinese police have captured and extradited a U.S. criminal, wanted by Interpol for armed robbery, to the U.S. Justice Department, the latest judicial cooperation between the two countries.
Naquan Ferguson, a man from Brooklyn, New York, robbed a jewelry store in Greenwich, Connecticut in September 2011. In 2014, he pleaded guilty to armed robbery with the threat of a weapon, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, and first-degree larceny charges in return for a sentence of eight-and-a-half years in jail, followed by nine-and-a-half years of special parole.
But Ferguson escaped in October 2014, prompting Interpol to issue a red notice for him in May 2015.
Ferguson arrived in Guangzhou City, the capital of South China's Guangdong Province, in February this year. The U.S. Justice Department then asked for help from Chinese police, who later caught Ferguson.
Early on the morning of Aug. 25, Ferguson was transferred to officers from the U.S. Justice Department at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport.
The transfer followed the extradition of criminal suspects back to China by the U.S. authorities in June and August.
An officer from the Ministry of Public Security said Chinese police had increased cooperation with police in many countries. China has zero tolerance towards transnational crime and would continue with international efforts in the spirit of law, mutual trust, and cooperation.