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Kayaker not sneaking across border - he just had to pee?

June 16, 2014
Fort Wayne, MI

A Canadian kayaker has landed in legal hot water in the U.S. after giving border agents this excuse for stopping along the Detroit River bank: He had to relieve himself.

Turned out, records state, the man with the inflatable blue kayak didn't really have to take a bathroom break but was trying to sneak into the country.

According to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court, Jack Bishop, 48, a registered sex offender with a lengthy rap sheet in Canada, was caught Thursday roaming in a "no trespassing" zone known for criminal activity near historic Ft. Wayne, Mich.

Two border patrol agents received a radio call Thursday about a long-haired white male who looked "like a possible homeless man." The agents entered through a hole in a gate to scope out the scene, when they came upon a man in a life preserver next to a blue inflatable kayak. They asked what he was doing in the private, restricted area. He said he was a Canadian citizen who was "out on his kayak and had the urge to urinate, so he decided to make entry into the United States and find a place to relieve himself."

Bishop admitted to entering the country illegally. The agents arrested him for it, and quickly learned that he was a felon from Canada who had tried to sneak into the country in the same location in April, according to the complaint.

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