An 11 year search for parental kidnapper Robin Resovich, 53 ended at Dulles Airport when she was arrested returning to America on a flight from Madrid, Spain. Her daughter Katiana, now 18 years old was kidnapped in 2007 when she was only 7 years old. Customs and Border Protection Officers arrested Robin Resovich at the Washington D.C. Airport.
The arrest of Robin Resovich in indicative of the post-September 11th era of arresting and prosecuting parental abductors, specifically after the kidnapper returns to the United States after the kidnapped child turns 18. Some parental kidnapper have been additionally charged with passport fraud which are often times more serious and have a longer prison term than our current family abduction charges.
Some of the media is reporting that Robin Resovich returned to the United States five years ago and was traveling under her sister’s identification. She was stopped by the San Francisco Police Department, but the SFPD would not live-scan her fingerprints without what they called ‘fresh charges’.
That said, it’s nice to see the following from Christopher Hess, Port of Washington customs director, “Parental kidnapping is a serious offense that deprives a person of their parental rights”…”Regardless of the circumstances, in this arrest warrant, Mrs. Resovich is a wanted person and customs officers are duty bound to return fugitives to justice when we encounter them at our nation’s ports of entry.”
I’m sure the Family Abduction Community would applaud the efforts of our U.S. Customs Border Protection Department in this case. It’s really nice to hear that the parental kidnapping crime is being enforced in that case. Now, we are waiting for news of Eileen Clark’s extradition back to the United States!
In closing a note to Katiana Resovich. We imagine your return back to the United States is so that you can take advantage of the significant number of educational opportunities in America. We sincerely hope that you have the independent thinking and the courage to reunify with your father and his family. Many parentally kidnapped children are so brainwashed by the parental kidnapper that they will not be open to reunification with their left-behind and victim parent. It’s apparent from the numerous media reports that your father and his family cared about you. We look forward to hearing that you did the right thing.