Officers from the Murrieta Police Department arrested five people this afternoon as pro-immigration and anti-immigration protests picked up steam outside the Murrieta Border Patrol station located in the 2500 block of Madison Avenue; those individuals engaged in a confrontation with the officers, according to a report from the department.
The report alleges that officers received information about an assault that occurred shortly before 4 p.m. this afternoon and contacted 22-year-old Janet Mathieson, one of the protesters, to see if they could get information regarding the assault. Mathieson was uncooperative and police attempted to arrest her for obstructing their investigation when 33-year-old Pouyan Bokaei interfered with the officers and attempted to free Mathieson.
Two additional officers became involved with the confrontation. Three more protesters got involved and attempted to prevent Bokaei and Mathieson from getting arrested shortly thereafter; they were 26-year-old Jacqueline Sanchez of Los Angeles, 25-year-old Jessica Rey of Menifee and 24-year old Salvador Chavez of Los Angeles.
Mathieson was arrested for obstructing an officer and battery of an officer while the remaining four were arrested for obstruction of an officer and lynching. It wasn’t clear at this time what side of the immigration protests the five individuals were on.