Caravan member threw rocks at border patrol agents and set a tree on fire
An alleged migrant caravan member was apprehended by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents last Friday. The agents believed the man had crossed over from Mexico to the US illegally.
They tracked him down with helicopters and when they finally found him he retaliated. The man had several previous arrests in Florida.
At around 5:45 p.m. on Friday the Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents found footprints from someone who had illegally crossed from Mexico into the United States. The footprints were just east of the Andrade, California port of entry.
A Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine helicopter were called in to assist in tracking the suspect. The illegal immigrant was tracked for almost a mile until he was found near a tree.
UPDATE: Booking photo of Honduran caravan member who assaulted #YumaSector Border Patrol agents and #CBP helicopter with rocks along with a photo of the tree he set fire to. #NationalSecurity #SouthwestBorder Details: https://t.co/QSMf1tpDWr pic.twitter.com/lGNfedEF0L— CBP Arizona (@CBPArizona) November 26, 2018
For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. Trying to get away, the male suspect climbed into the tree and set it on fire as he began throwing rocks.
“CBP said reporting illicit activity could result in saving someone’s life.”
He threw rocks at agents on the ground as well as at the CBP helicopter while standing in the tree. The suspect eventually came down from the tree and was taken into custody.
Luckily, none of the agents or the helicopter were struck during the altercation. The man was identified as Alan Suazo-Gomez, 31, from Honduras.
He told arresting agents that he had been part of one of the migrant caravans that had been covered by the media in Mexico recently. Suazo-Gomez was taken to the Yuma Central Processing Center.
The burning tree was attended to by the Winterhaven Fire Department. When Suazo-Gomez was processed; authorities found that he had several previous arrests in Florida.
Lock them all up— Ronn Murphy (@murphyrm2361) November 25, 2018
On June 4, he was deported from the US and he’s currently being presented for prosecution and removal proceedings. CBP officials shared that they welcomed any assistance from the community.
People can report suspicious activity anonymously by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free. They added: “Reporting illicit activity could result in saving someone’s life.”