YUMA – “Men behaving dangerously” were encountered by Yuma Sector Border Patrol in separate incidents last weekend. The men, “visibly behaving erratically,” were under the influence of methamphetamine.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), on Saturday morning, Yuma Station agents apprehended a man who illegally crossed into the United States east of the Port of San Luis, who they described as behaving erratically. Emergency medical services assessed the Mexican national before he was taken into Border Patrol custody for immigration violations processing.
While under agent supervision, the subject struck at the light in his cell, ripped up floor matting, and urinated on the door. Records checks indicated the man is an admitted Paisa gang member with an extensive criminal history. He is being charged with property damage in addition to immigration violations.
Then on Sunday morning, agents responded to a report of a man running east from the Levee Road at County 16 ½ St. near the Colorado River. The man, who had a pit bull with him and was wielding a metal pipe with a blade attached to its tip, acted in a threatening manner toward the agents. They tazed him and were able to safely arrest the man. The man had meth in his possession. He was found to be a United States citizen with two extraditable warrants out of Washington for attempting to elude and escaping community custody. He was turned over to the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office.
“Our agents face a variety of threats while patrolling the border,” said Yuma Sector Chief Patrol Agent Anthony Porvaznik. “However, their experience and training allows them the ability to safely make arrests even when facing attackers under the influence of dangerous narcotics.”