Man accused of kidnapping son from Canada in 1987 arrested in Vernon

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A man who allegedly kidnapped his 21-month-old son in Canada back in 1987 was arrested in Vernon on Friday morning. 

U.S. Attorney John H. Durham and other U.S. officials have announced the arrest of 66-year-old Allan Mann for the alleged abduction of his 21-month-old son Jermaine Allan Mann on June 24, 1987, during a court-ordered visit in Toronto.

Mann, who has dual citizenship in both Canada and Ghana, entered into the U.S. with his son and changed his name to Hailee Randolph DeSouza. He also changed his son’s name and acquired counterfeit birth certificates for them both. 

According to officials, Mann has most recently been living in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) Section 8 subsidized housing in Vernon. In connection to applying for his rental application to participate in the program, Mann provided a birth certificate that was purportedly issued in Texas in 1985, for his birth in Houston in 1957.

The state of Texas has confirmed that the birth certificate is counterfeit and that there was no one bearing that name recorded there.

Mann was arrested on a federal criminal complaint that charged him with making false statements and making false statements in HUD transactions.

“We are extremely ecstatic to have Allan Mann in custody and to bring closure to this kidnapping case after 31 years,” said U.S. Marshall Brian J. Taylor.

“This is one of those rare cases that tugs at your heart strings,” said HUD-OIG Special Agent in Charge Christina D. Scaringi.  “Not only did we, working collectively, get this alleged bad actor off the street, but we played a role in reuniting an unjustly separated family.”  

The case remains under investigation. 

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