RIVIERA, Texas ̶̶ A Border Patrol agent was assaulted in the brush during the apprehension of several subjects on Monday, Feb. 23. The incident occurred just south of Highway 285, north of the Sarita Border Patrol Checkpoint.
At approximately 5 p.m., agents assigned to the Kingsville Station, were working in the brush when they saw several subjects circumventing the Sarita Checkpoint. As the agents approached the group, an adult male resisted arrest and proceeded to assault an agent by biting him numerous times. After a brief struggle, the agent subdued and arrested the man. The agent was transported to a local hospital for medical evaluation. He was treated and subsequently released to full duty. The assaultive subject was transported to the Kingsville Border Patrol Station for further processing.
At the station, the man was interviewed and identified as the brush guide. He is a Mexican national and had been previously deported from the United States. The case has been referred to Homeland Security Investigations, Corpus Christi Office for prosecution.
“The continued vigilance and dedication exhibited by our agents, has caused criminal organizations to be less effective and oftentimes they resort to violence,” said RGV Sector Chief Patrol Agent Kevin W. Oaks. “The levels of frustration are apparent in the actions taken in order to avoid apprehension. Our agents will continue to defend our homeland, fully recognizing the potential for danger as they continue to execute their sworn duty.”
The Rio Grande Valley Sector is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity, call the sector’s toll-free telephone number at 800-863-9382.
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.