PINE VALLEY, Calif.—Earlier today, U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a man on a commercial bus who had an outstanding warrant.
The incident occurred at approximately midnight at the Pine Valley Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 8. A westbound commercial bus arrived at the primary inspection area and was referred to secondary for an immigration inspection. An agent boarded the bus and questioned the passengers about their citizenship. As the agent approached a 55-year-old man, he verified that he was a U.S. citizen, then blurted out to the agent, “I bet I won’t leave this bus with all these warrants I got.”
Based on the man’s statement, agents requested that he leave the bus for further questioning. A records check revealed that the man, Scott Gothier, had a criminal history for burglary and assault with attempt to rape and had an outstanding felony warrant out of Sacramento.
Gothier was detained by agents and will be turned over to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Office pending extradition.
To prevent the smuggling of humans, drugs, and contraband and to prevent criminal activity, 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.