19 Cubans appear in commander's back yard

Published January 26, 2007

KEY WEST - Nineteen Cuban illegal migrants came ashore in the back yard of the home of Naval Air Station Key West's commander, officials said.

The group of 12 men, five women and two children was discovered Wednesday morning by an off-duty Defense Department officer who was jogging on U.S. military property at Truman Annex, Key West police said.

The officer knocked on Capt. J.R. Brown's door, alerting him to the situation and asking to use his phone to call authorities, the Key West Citizen reported.

The group arrived in what appeared to be a homemade boat, police said.