(DETROIT, MI) – A U.S. Border Patrol agent rescued a man contemplating suicide from the MacArthur Bridge in Detroit on Sunday evening.
At approximately 8:30 p.m. on Sunday evening, a Border Patrol agent on patrol near downtown Detroit heard radio traffic from Detroit Police Department of a possible suicidal subject on the MacArthur Bridge to Belle Isle State Park.
Once on scene the Agent observed a subject against the pedestrian guardrail that runs along the outside of the bridge. Two Michigan State Police troopers were actively attempting to talk the subject away from the rail. During the conversation, the MSP troopers successfully distracted the subject, which allowed the Border Patrol agent to quickly approach and safely tackle the subject to the ground. Once safely away from the railing, the subject was secured and escorted to a nearby ambulance for examination.
“My hat goes off to Border Patrol Agent Humerez, who risked his life last night to save another life,” said Chief Patrol Agent Douglas Harrison. “This is his second rescue of a suicidal subject from the MacArthur Bridge and he should be commended.”
In addition, a vessel and crew from the Detroit Station patrolling the Detroit River provided safety coverage from the waterway.
Convicted Felon Arrested For 10th Time
Border Patrol agents assigned to the Marysville Station have arrested a formally deported convicted felon who was wanted for an outstanding warrant by the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office.
On Tuesday, the United States Border Patrol was contacted by the Lapeer Police Department to assist in identifying a subject as part of an investigation. During questioning by U.S. Border Patrol agents the subject freely admitted he had illegally crossed into the United States in 2014.
The subject later identified as Sergio Nunez-Barrera and citizen of Mexico was transported back to the Marysville Border Patrol Station for further processing.
During processing, it was determined that Nunez-Barrera has been arrested by the United States Border Patrol nine previous times dating back to 2000. It was also confirmed that Nunez was convicted of 8 USC 1325 (Improper entry by alien) in September of 2012 and sentenced to 30 days incarceration.
“This is outstanding example of our law enforcement community working together and taking a criminal off the streets,” said Harrison.
Sergio Nunez-Barrer was processed and turned over to the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office for his outstanding warrant on burglary charges. A I-247 detainer was placed on Nunez to be returned to the custody of the United States Border Patrol once he is released from the Lapeer County Sheriff’s custody.
Sex Offender Arrested In Detroit
U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Detroit Station along with Detroit Police Department arrest Eritrean citizen who is a wanted sex offender.
On Tuesday, U.S. Border Patrol agents responded to a call from the Detroit Police Department to assist in identifying a man from Eritrea who was attempting to gain entry to a local church in Detroit. The church which has an active child care facility, denied entry to the subject due to his criminal sexual background and contacted authorities.
Upon questioning by U.S. Border Patrol agents the subject was identified as Eritrean Citizen Yemaneh Gebremedhin, who is a 53 year old male and convicted sex offender. The subject was transported back to the Detroit Border Patrol Station for further processing.
During processing it was determined that Gebremedhin was convicted in 2015 of Gross Sexual Imposition and has an active warrant for his arrest out of Cuyahoga County, Ohio for failure to register as a sex offender. Further investigation revealed that Gebremedhin is also illegally present in the United States and was ordered removed from the country in June of 2016, which he failed to comply with.
“This is another great example of how the U.S. Border Patrol and the Detroit Police Department collaborated to remove a predator like this from the streets of Detroit,” said Chief Patrol Agent Douglas Harrison. “These Agents and Officers should be commended for their due diligence to remove this threat from the community.”
Gebremedhin was processed and extradited to the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department. ICE ERO has placed a detainer on Gebremedhim and will take custody of him once criminal proceedings are complete in Cuyahoga County.