Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Migrants report another hold-up in mountain area

By JB Miller
For the Nogales International

Bandits once again preyed on undocumented migrants near Arivaca, only two days after a similar robbery took place in the same area of the county.

On Oct. 20 at 2:50 p.m., the U.S. Border Patrol asked deputies from the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office to respond to its checkpoint on Arivaca Road after agents apprehended seven people who claimed they were robbed at gunpoint in the vicinity of Murphy Peak.

Deputies said the alleged victims told them that a total of 11 undocumented immigrants had crossed into the U.S. from Mexico via Sasabe the day before. After trekking throughout the night the migrants eventually reached the Bartolo Mountains, east of
Arivaca Lake, where at approximately 8 a.m. they were approached by two "Mexican male subjects armed with handguns and ski masks."

"The victims stated three members of the group fled while the others were robbed of food, money, and cell phones," said Lt. Raoul Rodriguez of the sheriff's office. "Fortunately, no one was hurt and they were released after surrendering their personal items."

The victims were later apprehended by Border Patrol agents.

Two days earlier, on Oct. 17, a group of 11 undocumented immigrants were traveling near White Tank located approximately 5-8 miles southeast of Arivaca when they were stopped by two masked gunmen who stole a total of 1,700 pesos, $10 and three cell phones.

The remote canyon and mountain areas Santa Cruz County have now been the site of at least a half-dozen incidents since the Dec. 14, 2010 killing of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

Terry was gunned down in Peck Canyon near Rio Rico while he and his special BORTAC tactical team attempted to apprehend a group of suspected border bandits following another spate of robberies and assaults.

Nogales International

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