SAN DIEGO—Border Patrol agents and Cal Fire deployed this weekend to rescue a man who had entered the United States illegally.
On Saturday evening, Jan. 20, Border Patrol agents spotted three men near Barrett Junction, CA north of the U.S./Mexico border. As agents approached the subjects, the three individuals began running through the dark, arduous terrain in an attempt to evade arrest. While fleeing from agents, one subject, an adult male, fell in a rocky creek bed and sustained non-life threatening injuries.
A Border Patrol emergency medical technician responded to provide initial care. Shortly after, Cal Fire paramedics arrived and requested helicopter extraction due to the remote mountainous terrain. Emergency response personnel hoisted the subject out of the creek bed and transported him to a local hospital. He was evaluated, cleared, and transported to a Border Patrol station for processing.
Record checks revealed that the injured individual was actually a Salvadoran national with an extensive criminal history including convictions for rape and child molestation. The aggravated felon has been charged with 8 USC 1326, felony re-entry after deportation, and is being held in federal custody pending prosecution.
Nationwide, the U.S. Border Patrol has arrested approximately 42,000 criminal aliens convicted of various crimes since Fiscal Year 2015. More than 600 of those crimes were sexual offenses.
To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on corridors of egress away from our Nation’s borders. To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.
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.