Five illegal immigrants caught in Goliad County

Five undocumented immigrants are in federal custody following a pair of bail-outs Sunday night and early Monday morning in Goliad County.

Those apprehended include three women and two men. Three are from El Salvador, one is from Colombia. The fifth person’s origins are unknown.

The incident began shortly after 10pm Sunday evening (06.30.19) when Deputy Kirk Fowler attempted a traffic stop on a speeding 2017 Dodge pickup truck on FM 622 near the Goliad North subdivision.

As the vehicle came to a stop, a group of individuals, including the driver, fled on foot.

Assisting deputies, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden Service all attempted a foot pursuit, but were unsuccessful in the darkness.

Shortly after 3am (07.01.19) Deputy Isaac Kimbrough, while continuing to check the area, observed another pickup truck exiting Korth Lane onto Danforth Road, not far from the scene of the initial bail-out. The vehicle was disguised to look like a utility truck.

Kimbrough attempted to stop the second truck and it also failed to stop. Following a short pursuit, the truck exited the roadway, ran through several fences, and the suspects again fled.

Over a period of several hours, officers detained a total of five illegal immigrants.

Capt. John Pape of the sheriff’s office said the two bail-out incidents probably involve the same parties.

“The locations involved are close in both time and proximity, so we’re working on the presumption that the two are related,” Pape said. “We are continuing to investigate the ownership of the vehicles involved and, in particular, the vehicles that was marked to resemble a utility vehicle.”

The vehicles involved were impounded at the Goliad County Sheriff’s Office.

All of those detained were turned over to the US Border Patrol.

The information in this article is from a press release sent by Capt. John Pape, with the Goliad County Sheriff’s Office.