Larry Mitchell Hopkins, 69, is a member of an armed group that had reportedly detained migrants close to Sunland Park, New Mexico, state Lawyer Basic Hector Balderas mentioned in a press release.
Hopkins — also referred to as Johnny Horton Jr. — was arrested on felony costs of being in possession of firearms and ammunition, in response to a press release from the FBI’s Albuquerque subject workplace.
Earlier this week, movies posted on-line purported to point out migrants being held by a militia referred to as the United Constitutional Patriots earlier than being turned over to US Border Patrol.
“It is a harmful felon who shouldn’t have weapons round kids and households,” Balderas mentioned. “Right this moment’s arrest by the FBI signifies clearly that the rule of regulation ought to be within the fingers of skilled regulation enforcement officers, not armed vigilantes.”
Hopkins is anticipated to make a primary look in court docket on Monday, the FBI mentioned. CNN was unable to find out Saturday whether or not he was represented by an lawyer.
CNN has reached out to the United Constitutional Patriots for remark, however has not heard again.
Movies present armed males in masks, fatigues
Numerous non-public militia teams — usually espousing anti-immigrant views — have patrolled the border for years, but it surely’s uncommon to see footage of an armed group detaining migrants on the US aspect of the border.
Movies purported to point out members of the group detaining migrants, together with households with kids, who’ve simply crossed the border.
CNN has reached out to the group and the people who posted the movies for remark however has not confirmed particulars about who shot the movies, or when and the place they have been recorded.
Within the footage, folks sporting full navy fatigues will be seen with handguns strapped to their sides, sporting gloves and black face masks. Armed males order the migrants to cease, drive them to sit down on the bottom after which seem to name Border Patrol to select the migrants up.
In no less than two movies posted on the group’s Fb web page, a person in fatigues verbally identifies himself as “Border Patrol” when stopping a gaggle of migrants.
A US Customs and Border Safety spokeswoman declined to touch upon the United Constitutional Patriots and the net movies, however mentioned the company “doesn’t endorse or condone non-public teams of organizations taking enforcement measures into their very own fingers.”
CNN’s Catherine Shoichet, Rebekah Riess, Deanna Hackney, Geneva Sands and Paul P. Murphy contributed to this report.