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Agents attempt to render aid & end up struggling with man in stolen vehicle


September 20, 2018

QUARTZSITE, Ariz – Blythe Station Border Patrol agents responded to what they thought was a single vehicle accident on the evening of Wednesday, Sept 12, only to end up dealing with an assaultive subject and in a stolen pickup truck. At approximately 7:00 p.m., agents operating along Highway 95 near Quartzsite observed a truck sitting in the desert that appeared to have also struck a bicycle.

Thinking the truck had actually struck a bicyclist, agents immediately called Emergency Medical Services and the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office for assistance.

When agents arrived at the truck’s location, they encountered sole male in the truck who had apparently run over an abandoned bicycle while driving through the desert. As agents contacted the truck’s driver, he became combative, forcing agents to use a less-than-lethal device to gain control until a Sheriff’s deputy arrived.

In the course of an onsite investigation, the deputy learned that the tuck was reported stolen out of Santa Ana, California, and that no bicyclist was in the area at the time of the incident.

The subject, a 48-year-old U.S. citizen, declined medical treatment. The deputy then arrested the man for assault and possession of stolen property.

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents encounter a variety of situations during their efforts to secure the nation’s border. Sometimes their efforts include working with various law enforcement partners and emergency service agencies to preserve human life and enforce U.S. laws.

Citizens can help the Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Protection by calling 1-866-999-8727 toll-free to report suspicious activity. Callers may remain anonymous.

An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.


All persons, drugs and vehicles are processed per Yuma Sector guidelines. Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt.

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents effectively combat smuggling organizations attempting to illegally transport people and contraband through southwestern Arizona and California. Citizens can help the Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Protection by calling 1-866-999-8727 toll-free to report suspicious activity. Callers can remain anonymous.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP strives to keep terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.



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