YUMA – When Border Patrol agents aren’t being attacked by Washington D.C. politicians, they often find themselves under attack working in the crisis situation those same politicians created along the southern border.
Last week was business as usual for agents near Yuma and San Luis, who were assaulted by border crossers in two separate incidents.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, at approximately 2:10 a.m. on July 14, remote camera operators observed two border crossers running north from the International Boundary Wall at Avenue 3 ½ E.
A Yuma Station agent responded to the are and found one of the border crossers hiding behind a bush. As she gave verbal commands in English and Spanish to lie on the ground, the man disobeyed her commands and stood up in a fighting stance. As the agent attempted to handcuff the subject he elbowed her in the ribcage. The agent was able to get physical control of the man and place him under arrest. The 31-year-old Mexican national was arrested for assault on a federal officer and immigration violations. The second subject returned to Mexico.
In the second event at approximately 5:30 p.m. on July 16, remote camera operators observed a group of border crossers illegally cross into the U.S. near County 9th Street and the Levee Road.
An agent apprehended one of the subjects and was escorting him to his vehicle when the individual began to resist. The subject elbowed the agent in the forehead. Additional agents responded to the area and assisted in placing the resistant subject in handcuffs. The 22-year-old Honduran national was arrested for assault on a federal officer and immigration violations. Three additional border crossers were also arrested nearby and charged with immigration violations.
Neither of the assaulted agents required medical attention and both completed their assigned shift.