Border Patrol Agent Assaulted near Sasabe, Ariz.
TUCSON, Ariz. – A Tucson Station Border Patrol agent was assaulted by a 22-year-old Mexican man Friday morning near Highway 286, north of Sasabe, Arizona.
When the agent responded to a group of suspected illegal aliens north of the international boundary and attempted arrest one of the suspects, the Mexican national violently resisted by throwing dirt in the agents face and assaulting him. The agent managed to subdue the suspect after a brief struggle.
The agent was later evaluated at a local hospital and released. The Mexican national was un-injured and declined medical attention. He will be processed for immigration violations, per Tucson Sector guidelines, and charged for assault on a federal agent.
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.