Migrant Caught Crossing Border into Texas Carrying Molotov Cocktail
Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents catch Mexican with deadly weapon
A Mexican migrant with a history of immigration violations has been arrested by Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents for allegedly carrying a deadly Molotov cocktail as he illegally crossed the boundary near Roma, Texas.
CBP agents working near Roma apprehended the illegal alien after he allegedly crossed into the United States illegally from Mexico.
Agents found the suspect, 53-year-old Joel Salinas Garcia, hiding in a bush holding a “homemade gasoline bomb,” Valley Central CBS4 reported this week.
Authorities told the local news outlet that agents found Garcia with a glass container filled with gasoline and a cloth stuffed in the top of the bottle.
According to Breitbart, officials say the situation could have turned deadly.
A Molotov cocktail, also known as a gasoline bomb, bottle bomb, poor man's grenade, is a generic name used for a variety of bottle-based improvised incendiary weapons.
Due to the relative ease of production, Molotov cocktails have been used by street criminals, protesters, rioters, criminal gangs, urban guerrillas, terrorists, hard-line militants, anarchists, irregular soldiers, or even regular soldiers short on equivalent military-issue weapons.
They are primarily intended to easily cause widespread destruction of their targets.
Public records obtained by the local CBS affiliate indicate Garcia has a history of at least two arrests for illegal entry into the U.S., the article stated.
Garcia’s mugshot reveals a heavily tattooed man with “Mexico” emblazoned across his stomach.
KRGV reported the device to be a “Molotov cocktail.”
The report indicates the Mexican national is being held on an immigration violation and a charge of possession of a prohibited weapon.
No one was hurt during the arrest, officials stated.
Roma Police Department say this case remains open as authorities continue to investigate.
An immediate response from police officials was not available.