Lee County sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday arrested a man who was present and broadcasting live to Facebook during a federal immigration raid at Bear Creek Arsenal in Sanford the day before.
Christian Enrique Canales, 27, of Sanford has been charged with communicating threats and placed in the Lee County Jail under a $5,000 secured bond.
Canales had apparently arrived at Bear Creek Arsenal around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday to help a friend after receiving word of the raid. As he did, he began broadcasting a Facebook Live video in which he shows his ID to agents in the parking lot and is told he can leave the property. In addition to saying on the video that “[ICE] doesn’t give a —-. They do not care” about splitting up families, he can also be heard to say to agents that “you need a f—— bullet proof vest,” and that if he had his “f—— gun,” he would “shoot both of you b——.”
Video below: (Warning … while The Rant did its best to bleep expletives in the video below, our Spanish is terrible … so those words got by)
Canales was quoted by at least one media outlet following the raid. He told Rewire.News on Tuesday that when he was leaving his shift Tuesday morning, he received a call from a friend employed at Bear Creek:”
“My friend said he was going into work and there was a lot of guys who looked like cops around. He told me he was scared and he wanted to know if I could check it out for him,” said Canales, a U.S. citizen. “I wanted to do what I could to help, but when I got there, the place was already surrounded. I saw people that I knew getting pulled aside by ICE. We are a small community here, and this hurt us. The family members of the people who got taken don’t even know where they are. ICE hasn’t told them where they’re being held or what’s going to happen.”
“People told me, and I saw it myself, Lee County sheriffs had checkpoints nearby after the raid,” Canales said. “They worked with ICE, and all of the checkpoints were in places where mostly Hispanic people live.”
“It was frustrating to see ICE agents show up in bulletproof vests and go after people who are just trying to work. We’re all supporting each other, but it’s still scary,” Canales said. “It’s so weird here right now, so quiet and calm because people are hiding out. It’s hard to put into words what it’s like. My mother was deported when I was 14, so I know how it feels to have your family taken.”
Meanwhile, a GoFundMe campaign set up to cover the cost of Canales’ bond appeared on Wednesday evening. He is also charged with driving on a revoked license.