A U.S. border patrol agent was assaulted whereas making an attempt to apprehend a bunch of unlawful immigrants crossing the border in California on Tuesday.
The unidentified agent was patrolling close to the Calexico West Port of Entry and the New River when he got here throughout a bunch of people making an attempt to cross the border from Mexico.
The agent, who was by himself, was in a position to detain one man and place him in custody at the back of his service car. When he turned his consideration to the remainder of the group, one other member of the group exited the river and opened the rear passenger door, permitting the person in custody to aim an escape.
The 2 males ran in direction of the river and the agent pursed them.
“He was resisting arrest, actively resisting, pulling away. Whereas the agent was making an attempt to make the arrest different members of the group started to throw rocks and different objects, verbally shout threats on the agent,” Agent Justin Zaffuto instructed KYMA.
The agent suffered minor accidents, officers mentioned.
The border-crosser who had initially been positioned contained in the car was re-apprehended. He faces federal prison fees for the alleged assault on the agent.
The remainder of the group fled again to Mexico.
“The New River and rapid surrounding space stays considered one of our most difficult and harmful areas to work,” El Centro Sector Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David Kim mentioned in an announcement. “The border wall system changing the previous fencing in that space is a stable step in mitigating these challenges.”
Zaffuto instructed KYMA that bodily assaults on brokers have elevated this 12 months.
“In comparison with final 12 months, we had 23 all 12 months,” he mentioned. “This 12 months thus far, we’ve had 80 assaults on brokers. Numerous the occasions, brokers are working by themselves.”
He continued: “It’s a 24-hour operation. You is likely to be in areas the place it’s darkish, utterly darkish and also you encounter a big group. Simply the numbers alone is an obstacle.”