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Attempt to string razor wire across All-American Canal leads to man's arrest

April 04, 2001|By KELLY GRANT, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — In an interesting interpretation of lifelines on the All-American Canal, a man was arrested here Tuesday after attempting to string razor wire across the canal for purposes of stopping "infiltrators at the border."

Around 4:43 p.m., U.S. Border Patrol agents spotted the man along the canal near the New River and international border as they patrolled the bank, Calexico police Sgt. Armando Marquez said.

At first the agents did not know what the man was doing but later saw he was laying cable across the canal and tying razor wire to it, Marquez said.

Calexico police officers were called out and arrested Douglas Morgan Cohn, 41, a transient originally from Littleton, Colo., on suspicion of being a public nuisance and trespassing, Marquez said.

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According to the incident report, Cohn indicated he was trying to stop "infiltrators at the border," Marquez said.

Cohn remained this morning in the county jail. Bail information was not available.

Staff Writer Kelly Grant can be reached at 337-3441.

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