Two U.S. Border Patrol agents were assaulted this week while patrolling along the U.S./Mexico border in San Diego County. The agents were assaulted in separate incidents.
“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,” said Jerry Conlin Information and Communication agent for Border Patrol. “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.”
Border Patrol said they turned the suspect over to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) custody and the unidentified suspect faces charges for assault on a federal agent.
The second incident happened yesterday at approximately 8:30 p.m., near the busiest port in the country, San Ysidro. Conlin said, “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.” Luckily the responding 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,” said Special Operations Supervisor Michele Morales.
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