Two United States soldiers were disarmed and held at gunpoint on the US side of the Mexican / American Border.
According to Newsweek, The U.S. soldiers said the Mexican soldiers moved tactically fast on their U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) vehicle, which was unmarked. The Army soldiers did not have enough reaction time to activate a 911 emergency on their Shout Nano, a cellphone-sized, two-way GPS tracking device that also doubles as an emergency beacon when soldiers are in need of additional military units.
Speaking in Spanish, the Mexican soldiers instructed the sergeant and the private to move to the front of their vehicle, where they were “gently searched,” according to the incident report. The sergeant’s service pistol, the Beretta M9, was removed from his hip by the soldiers and thrown inside the U.S. government vehicle.
The U.S. soldiers reported they did not see “any identifiable seals or symbols” on the Mexicans’ vehicle and “could not identify any patches or name tapes on the uniform except for the Mexican flags.”
The deputy director of public affairs for NORAD and U.S. Northern Command, John Cornelio, said in a statement to Newsweek on Friday that a joint inquiry by CBP and the Defense Department revealed the gunmen to be Mexican military members who believed the U.S. soldiers were south of the Mexican border.
“After a brief discussion between the soldiers from the two nations, the Mexican military members departed the area. The U.S. soldiers immediately contacted CBP, who responded quickly. Throughout the incident, the U.S. soldiers followed all established procedures and protocols,” the statement said.
The U.S. service members stated someone from the south side screamed vámonos in Spanish.
The Mexican soldiers went back to their vehicle a Ford pickup departed the area, heading westbound on the Mexican levee.