SAN DIEGO — A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer at the San Ysidro port of entry was bitten by a woman Monday, after several officers encountered her attempting to walk up through the vehicle lanes into the United States.
At about 2:45 p.m. on Monday, May 4, CBP officers roving the lanes of vehicles waiting to enter the United States encountered a woman walking up through the lanes of traffic. People on foot are not permitted to walk up and enter the U.S. through the vehicle lanes, and instead must use the pedestrian lanes in the processing building.
The CBP officers advised the woman to leave the vehicle lanes and instead make entry into the U.S. through the pedestrian lanes. When she failed to comply, and attempted to walk past CBP officers, they took her into custody. As the officers took her into custody, she became verbally and physically aggressive, including biting one officer on the leg.
The woman, a 41-year-old U.S. citizen, was arrested and booked into the Metropolitan Correctional Center; she will face federal charges related to assaulting an officer.
"When CBP officers encounter someone who is non-compliant or failing to respond to instructions, they can never be sure of how the situation will unfold," said Pete Flores, Director of Field Operations for CBP in San Diego. "CBP officers everyday face unusual challenges in their work guarding our nation's borders."
San Ysidro is the nation’s busiest port of entry, processing almost about 100,000 people entering the United States every day. In fiscal year 2014, CBP officers within the San Diego Field Office, representing all border crossings between California and Mexico, performed more than 68 million inspections of travelers.
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.