Border Patrol arrested a heavily-armed man who called himself a member of a Texas militia. He carried a pistol, an automatic long rifle, two large knives, a can of mace, a baton and tactical military garb.
On Wednesday night, Laredo law enforcement arrested a heavily armed man who called himself a member of a Texas militia who was conducting his own border security operation.
Thomas Rivera, 23, was apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol and turned over to the Laredo Police Department. He is charged with misdemeanor unlawful carry and felony possession of a prohibited weapon.
On his person, Rivera had a can of mace, a baton, two knives (one with a 9.5 inch blade), a .45 caliber Glock pistol and a 1977 Romarm SA/Cugir 7.62 caliber rifle with two banana clips. He wore tactical gear, including a green camouflage uniform, a Kevlar vest, water canteens and a patch with a Texas flag that said, “secure the border.”