SAN DIEGO—In separate incidents this week, two U.S. Border Patrol agents were assaulted while performing patrol duties in San Diego County.
The first assault occurred on Monday at approximately 8 p.m., in the Otay Mountain area when a Border Patrol agent attempted to arrest a male undocumented Mexican national who had entered the U.S. illegally. During the arrest the suspect became assaultive and struck the agent in the face and head. After a brief struggle, the agent was able to successfully detain the man. The suspect is being held in DHS custody pending charges for assault on a federal agent.
The second incident occurred yesterday at approximately 8:30 p.m., near San Ysidro, Calif. A U.S. Border Patrol agent responded to four men who had jumped over the primary fence and continued to run north to the secondary fence with a ladder. The agent was able to apprehend one Mexican national as the other three men returned to Mexico. During the arrest, the three men in Mexico began throwing rocks over the primary fence at the agent. The agent did not sustain any injuries.
"These assaults are examples of the unpredictability and inherent dangers that Border Patrol agents face every day while securing our nation's borders," stated Special Operations Supervisor Michele Morales.
In San Diego Sector assaults against agents have increased more than 70% from 77 in FY 2011 to 133 in FY 2012. To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.
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.