March 11, 2014
After a tense standoff with raised weapons, a U.S. border patrol agent turned back a pair of armed Mexican soldiers that had crossed the border on foot just outside Sasabe, Arizona, last January.
On the morning of Jan. 26, U.S. Border Patrol Agent David Olaya spotted two armed men walk onto U.S. soil nearly 2 1/2 miles west of the Sasabe Port of Entry. The lone agent confronted the subjects, who were wearing camouflage and appeared to be “Mexican personnel,” and after a harrowing standoff they lowered their Heckler & Koch G3 rifles and turned back towards Mexico, BuzzFeed reports.
The soldiers identified themselves as part of the Mexican military’s 80th Battalion, but the names they provided didn’t match the name on their uniforms. When Olaya questioned why they had crossed the international border, they said they “had been pursing [sic] three subjects that were seen in the area.”