Border Rancher Rob Krentz And Dog Found Shot To Death After Aiding Illegal Alien

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Our prayers and thoughts go out to Rob’s family.

Bob KrentzThe body of Rancher Rob Krentz and his dog were found shot to death on his ranch. Krentz, who always was good-natured and willing to help people, had called in that he had found an illegal alien at one of his watering holes and was assisting him. That was the last that was heard from him before his body was discovered.

Rob Krentz was a lifelong rancher in Southeastern Arizona, 12 miles north of the U.S./Mexico border and 25 miles northeast of the city of Douglas. He was the father of three children. The ranch has been in his family for three generations, more than 100 years – since 1907, and sits on about 35,000 acres with 1,000 head of cattle. Running a ranch is hard work and with the influx of illegal aliens increasing, Rob was at ground zero of the stampede that is destroying the fragile desert landscape.

The Krentz family has received numerous threats in the past by illegal aliens trespassing on their property. In 2002, the family was physically threatened when one of them stumbled upon a group of 39 illegal aliens. They were told to get off the land and they made threats. The Border Patrol did catch the illegal aliens after they were called, but we all know that illegal aliens, if deported, come right back across.

In 1999, Krentz and his wife Susan did an interview with PBS when they came around asking about the issue of illegal immigration and its impacts on the local ranchers.

“We’ve been broken into,” Susan Krentz told PBS.

Rob and Susan Krentz

“One time,” Rob said “You know, we’ve personally been broke in once. And they took about $700 worth of stuff. And you know, if they come in and ask for water, I’ll still give them water. I – you know, that’s just my nature.”

In 2003, Congressman Tom Tancredo mentioned the challenges of the border ranchers, and in particular highlighted the the Krentz family’s plight.

“In the month of November, 2002, in the Tucson Sector of the U.S. Border Patrol … where the Krentz ranch is located, the Border Patrol apprehended 23,000 border crossers,” Tancredo wrote. “many people would suggest that the [apprehension] ratio is just about maybe one in five, and that is a very conservative estimate. … I think it is closer to one in ten”.

That means in that sector alone for one month, 8 years ago, the most conservative estimate is that 115,000 illegal aliens crossed the border in that one chunk of land in the Tucson sector. All of the illegals are unknown.

Tancredo notes that the Krentz’s did mention to him that they called the Border Patrol. In one instance illegal aliens had butchered one of his calves.

In February [2002] … a calf was butchered by illegal alien trespassers. Two men responsible were caught. They were tried. They were found guilty. They served a total of 51 days in jail. They were also ordered to pay $200 in restitution to the Krentz ranch. The Krentz ranch has not seen a cent of that money; and, of course, our best guess is they will not because these people have been released. They either came back into the population up here in the U.S.A. or returned to Mexico.

Tancredo goes into the cases of deliberate sabotage of the Krentz ranch’s water supply and the other impacts on the Krentz’s by illegal aliens. You can read more, where Tancredo dubs the Krentzs American Homeland Heroes

6 years after the PBS interview, in 2005, Krentz did an interview with KOLD as the number of illegal aliens exploded.

“We’re being over-run, and it’s costing us lots and lots of money,” Krentz said.

“We figured it up over the last five years and it’s cost us over $8 million,” Krentz said. “Cattle don’t like people walking through, so they move. So, cattle weight loss, destruction of fences, breaking our pipelines, they break them in two and (the pipes) run for two or three days before we find it.”

Krentz went on to say that when he was a boy he actually knew the few illegal aliens that came through looking for work, he said it’s nothing like that now as hundreds of unknown illegals stream across his land.

Rob Krentz is just one of the many people who live and work along our southern border. A tough, hard working man who was trying to make a living and doing what he loved. Those who support illegal aliens will talk about “human rights”, but where were the “human rights” when it came to Rob Krentz? Where was the government to protect our border and prevent this from happening, though they’ve been told time and time again? They didn’t protect his property rights, nor his civil rights.

This country failed Robert Krentz, his family and all who work for him. As they have failed countless families all across this country. The number of deaths is estimated to be from 15-25 deaths caused by illegal aliens each day in this country.

It is not known yet whether Krentz was specifically targeted or whether it was just one of the hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens who come across our border every year who have actual criminal records, but in the end does it matter? A hard working man was killed on his own land. And all for just trying to help out someone in need.

And that is simply outrageous.

Rest in peace Robert Krentz, the country will surely miss a great and kind man like you.


  1. Sherlock Holmes says

    C Wren:
    My theory makes a heck of a lot more sense than some lone Mexican with a gun walking twenty miles into US territory, shooting this guy, and then walking back twenty miles, leaving tracks all the way. The whole story stinks!
    Guys like yo like this scenario because it feeds your agenda.

  2. Not-Sherlock Holmes,
    I know the area, I know the smuggling routes, and 20 miles is not out of line.

    You’re incredulous because city boys know nothing about tracking and your theory is that of a silly, sofa-sitting amateur.

    Do I have an agenda? Of course! I want our borders secure. What’s your agenda?

  3. Sherlock Holmes says

    Cactus Hen,

    My agenda? Justice. Some local idiots are fast on the draw but slow on the uptake. Any fool can see this was an inside job.

  4. Sherlock Holmes says

    Dear Mr. Hen,
    How do you know all the smuggling routes? And by an inside job, I am referring to US citizens. Until the perp is found, no one can be excluded.

  5. Hey, Not-Sherlock…
    I don’t know all the routes, but I know quite a few. Plain and simple: I’m a better detective than you.

  6. Sherlock Holmes says

    Dear Mrs. Hen,
    What are you doing on those smuggler’s routes you do know then, dropping off water jugs? If you are such a good detective, who done dood it, tenderfoot?
    You don’t know, nor does anyone else. Seems to me a lot of good folks here are just looking for an excuse to harass our poor southern neighbors. If we didn’t employ them or like the drugs they bring in, they would not be crossing the border by the truck load.
    How about electing government officials immune to payoffs from special interests and held accountable for year after year after year of unproductive, toothless legislation.. Guys like McCain and Kyl have been laughing at the jokers who voted for them for years! I live in Az. and best thing I can say about it is we don’t have Daylight Savings Time-yet!

  7. That mex restaurant is now boarded up I am glad to say.Level it with no comeback.

  8. JAQUEBAUER says

    If this were my property, I would sow a strip of land mines. These illegals deserve nothing but to die. Obama wants to raise taxes so they can support more illegals on our tax dollar–To hell with obama and the rest of the government that refuses to secure the border. I bet any rancher could sell admission to “amateur snipers.” Set ’em up with a Barrett .50 and a night vision scope, a case of beer and have a night of man hunting. Maybe that would stop the flow. John Mccain has done nothing to secure the border-only now does he get religion–when he is up for re-election. Dump Mccain, and put the new guy in–its long overdue.

  9. Start by fencing the border for several hundred miles in either direction directly south of this location as the first stage of punishment for the murder. Then never allow anyone to cross that border illegally again.

  10. onthasoapbox says

    Sad to see otherwise intellegent Americans bringing up the topic of marijuana reform. It’s obvious you know nothing of this subject. Marijuana, cocaine and other hard drugs have absolutely nothing to do with one another. It has been proven time and time again that alcohol is safer than alcohol or cigarettes, which are legal. I personally agree with some others here that we should allow open season for snipers on our borders to protect us. No need to spill out stupidity concerning marijuana. Legalize it, and then the market for illegals bringing it into the US would dissolve. Tax it, and use that money to enforce our borders, improve our roads, schools etc…

  11. The Governor did the right things for Arizona.

    1. Passed the open carry laws so citizns can protect themselves. It’s gooten that bad!

    2. Re-enforced an already established Federal Law that was not being enforced and therefore allowed this problem to reach the point where people have to arm themselves.

    3. Finally got the attention of the incompetent U.S. Government in Washington DC.

    4. Will hopefully lead to further such laws in all other border states.

    5. Lets the Fedral Goverment know that the 10th Amendment still exist

  12. The only viable solution to the border problem is to ANNEX MEXICO !

  13. You people are so ignorant. This was all a plan to wage war on illegal immigrants. Not any illegal just Mexicans. I don’t see anybody messing with the Canadians or Arabs. A lot of news outlets are reporting that the set of tracks lead in to the us and that there is a American suspect. And who says illegal alien when they are passing. Wetback would be believable but illegal alien. All Bs. It probably was the brother. But the us government saw this as an opportunity.

  14. By the way I’m Mexican American and born and raised in az. If you leave them alone they will do the same just like any human. It’s only the idiots that stick there noses where it don’t belong that pay the price.


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