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Nearly six months after a Fort Washington man was charged with second-degree rape, Prince George’s County sheriff’s deputies arrested him while he was getting off of a return flight from Jamaica.

Obrian Ricardo James, 19, of the 300 block of Beverly Court, allegedly sexually assaulted a female after pulling her into a room and locking the door at his home on Oct. 13, 2011. County police issued an arrest warrant for James after identifying him as a suspect in the case Nov. 8, 2011.

Dfc. Tyesha Hackett, a spokeswoman for the Office of the Sheriff, said when deputies began investigation James’ whereabouts, they had reason to believe he had left the country. She said the office’s warrant squad received new information Wednesday that he was returning to the country on a flight to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport from Jamaica. He was arrested when walking off of the plane without incident with the help of the airport authority police at BWI.

“I think warrant squad does a really good job at surveillance and intel into where these people are, and they brought him to justice,” Hackett said. “This guy fleeing the country is a big deal, and to think that he would just slip back in.”

James is charged with second-degree rape, second-degree assault and false imprisonment. He is now being held in the county’s department of corrections.

He has a preliminary hearing set for May 29 in the county’s district courthouse in Upper Marlboro, according to online district court records.

Attorney information for James was not listed with the courts by Thursday.

A phone number for James’ residence could not be located.

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