IDALOU, TX – A National Guard caravan transporting coronavirus vaccines through northern Texas Monday morning was stopped and held at gunpoint by a man posing as a police detective. The unarmed guardsmen called police as the man conducted a search of their vans.
“An Arizona man has been arrested after he cut off and held at gunpoint a caravan of National Guardsmen transporting COVID-19 vaccines” https://t.co/DYLT7LORGW
— Jared Holt (@jaredlholt) March 23, 2021
Arizona resident Larry Harris was arrested after he cut off the caravan around 7 a.m. and held them at gunpoint, according to Idalou police. He stands accused of following three National Guard vans from Love’s Travel Station on East Regis Street in Lubbock, about two miles east of Idalou.
According to police, Harris made several attempts to run the vans off the road before turning his vehicle into oncoming traffic on Highway 62/82 and stopping the vans.
— Dawn Allen (@Dawnarama) March 24, 2021
Idalou Police Chief Eric Williams described the incident:
“He had followed them all the way down the highway, through Idalou, had pointed the gun at them, forced them off the road.”
One guy held 11 national guard members at gunpoint?
There goes the classic “you think gun owners can stand up to soldiers?” argument
— Lance Jensen (@LanceCJensen) March 29, 2021
Harris then pointed a gun at the guardsmen and identified himself as a police detective.
He demanded to search the vehicles after ordering the eleven unarmed guardsmen out of their vans.
While he searched the vans, the guardsman called 911. Idalou police and the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Department responded and took Harris into custody.
Lost for words..
Police say man cut off caravan transporting COVID-19 vaccines, held National Guardsmen at gunpoint https://t.co/o00ho1mT7H
— jane ryan (@cleansweep42) March 24, 2021
Chief Williams said:
“He made a U-turn on the highway and parked his vehicle head-on in front of those vans, got out, announced that he was a detective, didn’t show a badge, didn’t show credentials.”
Arizona Man Held Up National Guard Convoy At Gunpoint: DOJ https://t.co/ChPujzj8k9
— News Chant USA (@NewsChantUSA) March 26, 2021
When police arrived, Harris was in possession of a Colt 1911 .45 caliber pistol and a loaded magazine. He had an additional magazine inside his truck, according to police. Chief Williams said:
“He’s got a loaded pistol, he had an extra magazine on his person, another magazine, and some ammunition in his truck and we’re very thankful that he didn’t start shooting them.”
Arizona Man Held 11 National Guardsmen At Gunpoint, Pretended to Be Detective https://t.co/PUoWiICH72
— John W. Owens (@JohnWOwens) March 24, 2021
Harris told police he thought the people in the vans had kidnapped a woman and a child.
Harris was booked into the Lubbock County Jail. He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful restraint of 11 National Guard Soldiers, unlawful carrying of a weapon, impersonating a Public Servant, and interference with Texas Military Forces.
Texas National Guardsmen held at gunpoint while transporting COVID-19 vaccines https://t.co/5MDawNbYFP
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) March 23, 2021
No guardsmen were injured during the incident. Chief Williams said the situation could have ended badly:
“Mr. Harris appeared to be mentally disturbed. This was a very dangerous situation since the suspect was standing in the midst of the unarmed Guardsman with a loaded weapon when the Idalou Officers arrived on scene. We are grateful that the officers were able to take him into custody without any of the Guardsmen, the officers or the suspect getting hurt.”
The incident is under investigation by the Idalou Police Department and by federal authorities.
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TX Gov. Abbott deploys State Troopers and National Guard to assist with overwhelming border crisis
March 7, 2021
AUSTIN, TX – Texas Governor Greg Abbott recently announced a newly launched plan to curtail and combat issues related to the smuggling of humans and narcotics through the southern border, which includes deploying the states National Guard and State Troopers to key areas.
Gov. Abbott Deploys Texas National Guard, State Troopers to Counter Biden’s ‘Open Border Policies’ https://t.co/QEqZCFiBn9
— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) March 7, 2021
On March 6th, Governor Abbott announced what has been dubbed as “Operation Lone Star” – which the operation’s main focus is, “to combat the smuggling of people and drugs into Texas.”
In a statement provided by Governor Abbott regarding the operation, the following was noted:
“The crisis at our southern border continues to escalate because of Biden Administration policies that refuse to secure the border and invite illegal immigration.”
“Texas supports legal immigration but will not be an accomplice to the open border policies that cause, rather than prevent, a humanitarian crisis in our state and endanger the lives of Texans.
We will surge the resources and law enforcement personnel needed to confront this crisis.”
The effort will include the deployment of the state’s National Guard and DPS officers in concurrence with, “air, ground, marine, & tactical border security assets to deny Mexican cartels & smugglers the ability to move drugs & people into Texas,” as mentioned in a follow-up tweet by the governor.
Today Texas launched Operation Lone Star to respond to the border crisis.
It deploys Nat’l Guard + DPS Officers + air, ground, marine, & tactical border security assets to deny Mexican Cartels & smugglers the ability to move drugs & people into Texas.https://t.co/r68J2laDpH
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 7, 2021
Just days before this announcement from the governor was made, even Democrat Congressman Henry Cuellar admitted that there was something that needed to be done about what was impending at the southern border:
“We are weeks, maybe even days, away from a crisis on the southern border. Inaction is simply not an option. Our country is currently unprepared to handle a surge in migrants in the middle of the pandemic.”
The Texas Democrat made said statement after it was revealed that Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents had managed to apprehend approximately 10,000 migrants in a seven-day period between late-February and early March.
Congressman Cuellar explained that with illegal border crossings going along in concurrence with the ongoing pandemic is, “potentially exposing border communities to the coronavirus and putting us at risk.
“Right now, none of the migrants are being tested for COVID-19 by Border Patrol.”
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Author: Scott A. Davis