YUMA, ARIZ.—On January 8, Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents encountered a female juvenile who had been reported missing from a Mesa group home.
Agents assigned to the Bike Unit in San Luis noticed the suspicious behavior of a female attempting to cross the border into Mexico. During a brief encounter with the subject, the female claimed to be a 19-year-old Mexican national illegally present in the United States. Agents arrested and transported her to the Yuma Station.
Further investigation revealed the female to be a 14-year-old U.S. citizen who had run away from a group home for troubled children in Mesa. It was also discovered that she had a warrant for her arrest for allegedly assaulting a school resource officer.
The teen was turned over to the Yuma Police Department for further processing.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.