An Italian national, previously convicted in the assault of a New Jersey police officer, was indicted today on charges that he attacked a Customs and Border Protection officer in May at Philadelphia International Airport, said U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger.
Francesco Riccio, 51, currently lives in Philadelphia. On May 19, he was returning from Rome with his wife when he was detained at passport control. A lawful permanent resident of the U.S. since 1975, Riccio presented his passport but said his alien registration card had been stolen. Government officials ran Riccio's name through a database and discovered Riccio had been convicted in 2005 for assault on a police officer in New Jersey and convicted in 2009 for reckless endangerment, according to the indictment.