Agent Assaulted While Conducting an Arrest
TUCSON, Ariz. – A Mexican national crossed the U.S. border illegally Feb. 11 on the Tohono O’odham Nation, near the village of Vamori, and assaulted a Border Patrol agent assigned to the Three Points Station.
Agents had tracked down two men suspected of illegally entering the United States but, upon contact, one of the subjects ran. A chase ensued and, when the agent caught up with and tried to handcuff the suspect, the man became combative.
After securing the 43-year-old assailant, the agent was taken to a local hospital, treated and released. The man is currently facing charges for assault on a federal officer and immigration violations. The other suspect, also an adult Mexican male, was arrested without incident.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.