Incident Summary:

04/18/2019: Assailants detained and threatened at least 200 migrants at gunpoint in Sunland Park, New Mexico, United States. All 200 hostages were released later the same day. The United Constitutional Patriots claimed responsibility for the attack and stated that the detention was legal and similar to a verbal citizen's arrest.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

New Mexico

Sunland Park

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Migrants
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 200
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
Assault rifles and handguns were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
United Constitutional Patriots Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"FBI arrests leader of armed group stopping migrants in New Mexico," Reuters News, April 22, 2019.
"A militia group detained migrants at the border. The ACLU calls it kidnapping," CNN Wire, April 19, 2019.