Border Patrol Agent Assaulted in Arizona Mountains

US Border Patrol vehicles are seen along a road near the US-Mexico border on cattle rancher Jim Chilton's 50,000 acre ranch southeast of Arivaca, Arizona on October 14, 2016 near where a barbed-wire fence is all that separates the two countries. Despite the difficult Sonoran desert terrain, the area remains …
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An Ecuadorian migrant allegedly assaulted a Border Patrol agent on a mountain trail about 15 miles north of the Arizona border with Mexico. The Ecuadorian migrant was traveling with two Mexican migrants.

Agents assigned to the Sonoita Border Patrol Station responded to a reported group of migrants hiking on a remote trail near Lone Mountain close to Patagonia, Arizona. As the agents attempted to take the migrants into custody, one of the migrants began fighting with one of the agents, according to information obtained from Tucson Sector Border Patrol officials.

The migrant allegedly struck the agent multiple times. He fought with the agent for several minutes causing both to slide down the hillside, officials reported. Several minutes later, additional agents responded and subdued the migrant. The additional agents handcuffed the migrant and placed him under arrest.

The agents identified the suspect as an Ecuadorian migrant who had no legal authorization to be in the United States.

Agents checked the migrant and the assaulted agent for injuries. Both declined additional medical attention.

Other agents apprehended the two Mexican migrants.

Border Patrol officials reported that the Ecuadorian migrant is now facing charges of assaulting a federal agent and immigration violations.

The two Mexican nationals will also face charges for immigration violations. All three are being held in federal custody pending the outcome of their charges.

“Assaults highlight safety concerns for agents who often encounter and arrest multiple subjects in remote and isolated locations in rugged terrain,” Tucson Sector Border Patrol officials stated.

Breitbart News reports extensively on Border Patrol agents who are assaulted in the line of duty.

Del Rio Sector agents came under attack in March by a group of migrants throwing rocks at the agents in order to avoid apprehension.

A group of Border Patrol agents from the Eagle Pass South Station began tracking a group of migrants who illegally crossed the border from Mexico. The agents caught up with the group and took one into custody, according to information provided by Del Rio Sector Border Patrol officials. The rest took off to the Rio Grande River. One of the rocks struck a Border Patrol agent in the face.

Also in March, a previously deported gang member from Mexico attacked an El Centro Sector Border Patrol agent with a broken lawn mower blade. The illegal alien attacked the agent as she sat in her patrol vehicle.

A Calexico Station agent patrolling the border fence in the town of Calexico, California, observed a man approaching her marked duty vehicle on Tuesday morning. As the man came closer, he allegedly shouted “f*ck you!” and produced a broken lawnmower blade. He then threw it through the closed window of her patrol car striking the agent, according to a criminal complaint obtained from the FBI by Breitbart News.

The force of the blade shattered the window. The agent reacted by raising her left hand, stopping the piece of steel from striking her head. The alleged assault caused minor injuries to the agent’s arms and face, officials stated.

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior political news contributor for the Breitbart Border team. He is an original member of the Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX and Facebook.


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