San Diego — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Ysidro port of entry Wednesday afternoon apprehended a 39-year-old man after he threw a “Molotov cocktail” at them.
On December 18, at about 1 p.m. a male U.S. citizen crossed the border line from Mexico into the U.S. on foot. He approached the vehicle lanes in the area between the international boundary and the CBP inspection booths.
The man threw a lit “Molotov cocktail” that landed on the pavement about one yard south of the inspection booth in lane 23, a lane on the western side of the port and in close proximity to four CBP officers and nearby travelers. A large fireball erupted.
CBP officers responded and apprehended the subject. They used fire extinguishers to put the fire out. No one was injured and there was no damage to any property.
Lane 23 was closed as officials investigated the incident, but reopened at about 5:45 p.m.
Special agents with the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Protective Service arrested the subject. He was booked into the Metropolitan Correctional Center.
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.