A Russian Yeshiva Bochur remains in U.S. custody after reportedly swimming across the St. Lawrence River to Morristown, N.Y., on Tuesday night.
Details surrounding the incident, however, remain murky. As reported Thursday in The Watertown Daily Times, A 23-year-old Russian national seeking to attend Yeshiva in Lakewood New Jersey, is believed to have used a scuba suit to swim from Brockville, in eastern Ontario, to neighbouring Morristown.
He was apprehended by New York State troopers sometime after 11 p.m. at a convenience store on Route 37 after an employee reported a suspicious-looking man carrying a large backpack.
He told authorities he came to Canada from Israel on Oct. 30 and had been in Ottawa for several days prior to travelling to Brockville by taxi.
As reported by The Daily Times, he is expected to be arraigned in U.S. District Court in Plattsburgh, N.Y., sometime over the next few days. He has been charged with illegal entry.
A woman who saw the man, and wished to remain unidentified, told QMI Agency he was clad all in black and looked to be very cold.
Sources tell YWN that he had just returned from learning in a Yeshiva in Yerushalayim, and wanted to go learn in Lakewood, but his visa had expired. The determined Yeshiva Bochur had hoped to evade US Customs Agents, and make his way across the river, and then travel by car to Lakewood.
(Source: Toronto Sun)