TUCSON, ARIZ.—Three people trapped in the trunk of a burning vehicle were rescued by Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents over the weekend.
On Saturday night, a Casa Grande station agent working near Federal Route 15 observed a suspicious vehicle traveling northbound. As the agent initiated a vehicle stop, the sedan suddenly stopped and burst into flames. Four individuals jumped out of the vehicle and attempted to evade arrest; two were quickly apprehended. A third person returned to the scene and told agents that there were people locked in the trunk.
Agents managed to open the trunk and rescue one adult and two juveniles who were trapped inside. The juveniles were suffering from symptoms of smoke inhalation and were subsequently transported to the hospital for treatment. A short time later, agents apprehended the fourth person who attempted to abscond.
Tohono O'odham Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire that had also spread into nearby brush.
All seven individuals were determined to be Mexican nationals illegally present in the U.S. The driver of the vehicle faces possible prosecution.
This is yet another example of smuggling organizations' callousness and disregard for human life, including those of children. The Tucson Sector Border Patrol is committed to educating migrants about the dangers of dealing with unscrupulous smugglers.
CBP welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol by calling (877) 872-7435 toll free. All calls will be answered and remain anonymous.
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.