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Border Patrol Agents Assaulted in Two Separate Incidents

Release Date: 
July 25, 2019

YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents working near Yuma and San Luis were assaulted by illegal aliens in two separate incidents last week.

At approximately 2:10 a.m. on July 14, remote camera operators observed two illegal aliens running north from the International Boundary Wall at Avenue 3 ½ E.

A Yuma Station agent responded and located one of the illegal aliens hiding behind a bush. As she gave verbal commands in English and Spanish to lie on the ground, the man disobeyed her commands and stood up in a fighting stance. As the agent attempted to handcuff the subject he elbowed her in the ribcage. The agent was able to get physical control of the man and place him under arrest. The 31-year-old Mexican national was arrested for assault on a federal officer and immigration violations. The second subject returned to Mexico. 

In the second event at approximately 5:30 p.m. on July 16, remote camera operators observed a group of illegal aliens illegally cross into the U.S. near County 9th Street and the Levee Road.

An agent apprehended one of the subjects and was escorting him to his vehicle when the individual began to resist. The subject elbowed the agent in the forehead. Additional agents responded to the area and assisted in placing the resistant subject in handcuffs. The 22-year-old Honduran national was arrested for assault on a federal officer and immigration violations.  Three additional illegal aliens were also arrested nearby and charged with immigration violations. 

Neither of the assaulted agents required medical attention and both completed their assigned shift.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials welcome assistance from the community. Individuals can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free. Reporting illicit activity could result in saving someone’s life. 

Last modified: 
July 25, 2019