Victoria police arrest one of FBI's Most Wanted
With reporting by Hudson Mack
March 15, 2004
Michael James Scarpitti, who goes by the alias "Tre Arrow," was arrested in Victoria on a shoplifting charge. Scarpitti is on the United States' FBI Most Wanted list.
CREDIT: CH TV
Victoria police believe they have arrested an alleged eco-terrorist on the FBI Most Wanted list.
Michael James Scarpitti, who uses the alias Tre Arrow, was arrested Saturday at a Canadian Tire on a shoplifting charge.
Police say the 30-year-old American was identified by his fingerprints, which were sent to immigration officials and to the FBI.
In Victoria, Scarpitti is charged with theft, assault and obstructing a peace officer. He remains in custody.
The FBI is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to Scarpitti's arrest. It isn't clear whether the Canadian Tire security guard who brought Scarpitti to police will get the reward.
Scarpitti is wanted on several charges in Oregon, but Canada Immigration officials say the Victoria charges will be dealt with before anything is done to extradite Scarpitti to the United States.
Scarpitti is wanted by the FBI for allegedly setting a fire at a sand and gravel company in Portland, Oregon in 2001. Three concrete mixing trucks were damaged by the fire.
Scarpitti was also allegedly involved in an arson at a logging company in Oregon in 2001. Two logging trucks and a front-loader were damaged in the incident.
The FBI Most Wanted website says Scarpitti is "a longtime environmental activist with an extensive history of involvement in anti-logging tree sits and other related protests" and is affiliated with the Earth Liberation Front.
The objective of the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) is to stop the destruction of nature and stop the exploitation of natural resources "through whatever means necessary." ELF is considered a terrorist group.