Immigrants escape truck during police stop in Fort Bend

By Phil Archer - Reporter

FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas - About a dozen undocumented immigrants stopped traffic on the Southwest Freeway on Thursday as they fled from police who stopped the stolen truck in which they were traveling in.

The men scattered but were eventually rounded up by Stafford, Meadows Place, Richmond, and Fort Bend County police officers. A startled motorist recorded the scene on his cell phone as the men ran in front of his car.

The video shows the men pouring out of the truck after it was stopped in the median, emergency lane of the freeway at South Kirkwood Road. They ran across the southbound lanes of the freeway and scattered into a neighborhood bordering the freeway in Stafford.

The men's truck was spotted earlier by an officer with the Fort Bend County Narcotics Task Force as it passed through the small town of Beasley, about 30 miles south of Houston. The officer followed in an unmarked car as they headed north after determining the truck was stolen, and it's license plate had been changed.

Police followed at least one of the men into the Meadows Place Senior Village, an independent-living facility.

One resident came around a corner to find officers searching the complex.

"There were two officers and had their guns drawn and they were going door to door and into any outpost they could get into and they waved me to get away," she said.

A total of 12 men were rounded up. All of them were turned over to U.S Immigration and Enforcement agents.

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