Border-jumper captured in Abbotsford

Police dog tracked suspect down in a field

The suspect in a border-jumping incident sits in the back of an Abbotsford police cruiser.

The suspect in a border-jumping incident sits in the back of an Abbotsford police cruiser.



A border-jumper trying to escape the U.S. Border Patrol was found by an Abbotsford Police canine unit hiding in a Gladwin Road blueberry bush.

The incident started at about 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday night, when Abbotsford Police were asked to assist U.S. Border Patrol in finding a border-jumper.

According to Const. Ian MacDonald, two individuals were stopped carrying a duffel bag on the U.S. side of the border, directly south of Gladwin Road in Abbotsford. The duffel bag was found to contain a handgun.

One of the men was handcuffed, but before the second man could be taken into custody he pushed free of the police officer detaining him, and ran north into Canada.

When APD got the call, they deployed regular patrol officers, the Integrated Border Enforcement Team, members of the Municipal Integrated Emergency Response Team and a canine unit.

“We sent the troops,” said MacDonald, adding that U.S. authorities with a helicopter also searched.

The dog team found the suspect in a farmer’s field in the 2200 block of Gladwin Road, about a mile north of where he crossed the border.

A 35-year-old Mexican man was taken into Abbotsford Police custody. He will be turned over to the Canada Border Services Agency.