Boy, 14, held at gunpoint

assailants seek immigrant

November 13, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — Two men were in custody today two days after they allegedly held a gun to a 14-year-old boy here and ordered him to turn over an immigrant who had jumped the border fence.

The two men arrested, David Hiram Navallez, 19, of Calexico and John Lopez Vasquez, 29, of Brawley, were booked into the county jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. Bail for each was set at $20,000.

Calexico police allege the two drove to a house in the 800 block of First Street — 30 feet from the border fence — and confronted the 14-year-old, who lives at the house and was outside the residence.

Calexico police Sgt. Victor Legaspi said the two told the victim to turn over a "pollo." "Pollo," or "chicken," is slang for an undocumented immigrant, Legaspi said.


The victim denied that an immigrant was inside the house.

Then one of the men allegedly pulled a handgun and held it just inches from the victim. The men again ordered the victim to turn over the immigrant.

Legaspi said the victim repeated that he was not hiding an immigrant and told one of the suspects, "You don't need to do this." He then ran behind the suspects' vehicle.

One of the suspects, according to Legaspi, then told the youth "not to worry about it." The two men got in their vehicle and drove away.

Legaspi said those residing at the house then called the U.S. Border Patrol, who began keeping a watch on the scene.

Later the two returned to the house and were quickly taken into custody by Border Patrol agents, who turned over the suspects to the Calexico Police Department.

Border Patrol officials said because the two were turned over to Calexico police they had no information on the arrests.

Calexico police officials said the case remains under investigation, adding they did not have specific information regarding why the men went to the house demanding an immigrant be turned over.

There was no information on whether an immigrant was inside the residence.

>>Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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