‘America’s Most Wanted’ fugitive, Steven Dyer, arrested in Montreal after ten years on the run
Postmedia News Feb 22, 2012 – 3:40 PM ET | Last Updated: Feb 22, 2012 4:12 PM ET
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Dyer was living under an assumed Canadian identity
By Thandi Fletcher and Kim Bolan
An American fugitive who was regularly featured on the TV show America’s Most Wanted was arrested in Montreal on Tuesday, more than 10 years after he fled the United States.
The Canada Border Services Agency says Steven William Dyer, 44, was arrested around 9 p.m. Tuesday at Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport.
“He was coming from Venezuela,” said Veronique Lalime, a CBSA spokeswoman in Montreal.
Dyer was convicted in 2002 of 12 counts of sexual conduct with a minor and one count of public sexual indecency with a minor present, and faces a minimum prison sentence of 169 years in Arizona.
He was released on bail, but failed to appear for his court proceedings.
Ms. Lalime said CBSA was alerted by an anonymous tipster to Dyer’s arrival back in the country, and worked quickly to arrest him.
“He was travelling under a false identity,” she said. “Right now he is in detention in the Montreal region.”
It has not yet been determined whether Dyer will be extradited to the U.S., said Ms. Lalime.
“First, he’ll definitely have to face Canadian laws,” she said.
A CBSA spokeswoman in Vancouver, Faith St. John, said Dyer assumed his Canadian identity in 2004.
“So we know for sure he has been here since that time,” said Ms. St. John.
CBSA said that Dyer may have been living in Vancouver most of the time he was on the run, buying two Lower Mainland houses after assuming the identity of a Canadian citizen.
CBSA enforcement officer Cindy Lepur headed the investigation that led to Dyer’s arrest as he arrived from a holiday.
She said the probe is still in its early stages, but CBSA will be working with the RCMP in British Columbia to see if Dyer has victims in this country.
“We are hoping that victims will recognize him and come forward,” she said.
“The (photos) online are a very close match to what he looks like currently.”
For privacy reasons, CBSA is not releasing the name that Dyer has been using in B.C., she said.
But under that name, he purchased houses in Vancouver and Chilliwack.
“Due to privacy issues, I can’t release the identity that he had assumed. But while here, he did his best blending in to Canadian society as a Canadian citizen,” Ms. Lepur said.
“He was living throughout the Lower Mainland from Vancouver to Chilliwack. He moved around quite frequently.”
She said the CBSA has some leads on where he was working, but would not confirm that information as the investigation is still in its early stages.
“In December of last year, as the result of an intensive investigation and information received from the U.S. Marshalls, we were able to determine that he was here in Vancouver and had fraudulently assumed the identity of a Canadian citizen,” she said.
According to the America’s Most Wanted website, Dyer was a youth sports coach and volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
He worked as a pharmaceutical sales rep and did not have a criminal background, said a report on the website.
Since fleeing Arizona, Dyer had been spotted throughout the southwest United States and in Mexico, according to the report.
Dyer graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and was working as a pharmaceutical sales representative in Scottsdale when approached the young neighbour he was convicted of molesting.
He volunteered with Big Brothers at the time and took the boy on camping trips, plying him with alcohol and “grooming” him, according to records of the case.
The father of a second victim went to police in December 2000, leading to a series of charges.
Dyer was released on bond after his father put up his house as collateral. He disappeared in January 2002, four months before a jury convicted him on all charges.
America’s Most Wanted has reported that Dyer’s family has denied having any knowledge of his whereabouts.