TUCSON, Ariz. – On Dec. 6, a Border Patrol agent assigned to the Ajo Border Patrol Station was assaulted near Gu Vo, Arizona. The agent was responding to a call in the area when the assault took place.
The agent suffered lacerations to the face and an orbital bone fracture, resulting in 22 stiches. The agent was air-lifted from the scene to a Tucson hospital and has since been released. A person of interest has been identified as Carlos Manuel Pena-Nieblas, a citizen of Mexico. The search for the assailant is on-going and the FBI is investigating.
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.