Nellis airman wanted for criminal sexual misconduct and desertion nabbed at US-Canada border


A Nellis Air Force Base airman wanted on charges of criminal sexual misconduct and desertion was captured in Washington State Friday trying to cross the border into Canada, a spokeswoman for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations told Air Force Times.

Ian Mitchell Wilson, 20, is believed to have fled after learning of an active warrant for his arrest.

“He was captured as he tried to get into Canada,” AFOSI spokewoman Linda Card told Air Force Times.

Wilson was wanted by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office in Michigan and the U.S. Marshals Service for criminal sexual misconduct on an incapacitated victim, according to a USMS BOLO.

OCSO, located in Pontiac, Michigan, issued the warrant for Wilson’s arrest on Feb. 9. Wilson is also wanted by the Air Force for desertion, with a second warrant issued on Feb. 10.

Investigators searched Wilson’s apartment in the Las Vegas area and found empty packaging for camping supplies, according to the BOLO.

Wilson is believed to have fled on Feb. 10, possibly heading for the Canadian border.

Officials from Nellis, OCSO and USMS did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Investigators said they believed Wilson was driving a white 2019 Chevy Malibu with temporary Nevada license plates numbered L18534A. Before his capture, his last suspected sighting was at a gas station in Parowan, Utah, according to the BOLO.

This is a developing story. Stay with Air Force Times for updates.


Harm Venhuizen is an editorial intern at Military Times. He is studying political science and philosophy at Calvin University, where he’s also in the Army ROTC program.

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