Caravan member threw rocks at border patrol agents and set a tree on fire

Junie Sihlangu
Nov 27, 2018
12:13 P.M.

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.


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.

Source: Twitter/CBP Arizona

Source: Twitter/CBP Arizona

Luckily, none of the agents or the helicopter were struck during the altercation. The man was identified as Alan Suazo-Gomez, 31, from Honduras.

Source: Twitter/CBP Arizona

Source: Twitter/CBP Arizona

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.


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.

Source: Twitter/CBP Arizona

Source: Twitter/CBP Arizona

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.”

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