Man with knife causes shutdown of Andrade Port of Entry

Photo Credit: Hector Ramirez

WINTERHAVEN, Calif. – The Andrade Port of Entry is back open after law enforcement officials shut it down Saturday afternoon. Imperial County Sheriff’s Deputies Responded to Andrade Road around 12:15 p.m. Witnesses said a Hispanic man on the Mexico side of the border had a knife to his throat. They told the port was closed until about 1:20 p.m. while officers tried to calm him down. One witness filmed cell phone video while the man made his way across the border into the U.S.

“He was, in Spanish, yelling that he wanted an American ambulance, which he did receive. The police, or rather the border patrol, for almost an hour were constantly trying to ask him in Spanish to calm down, is there anything they can do,” David Krawcheck said, who witnessed the entire incident from feet away.

Officials with U.S. Customs and Border Protection declined to comment on the incident as of Saturday evening.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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