Oro Valley Man Charged With Assaulting Border Patrol Agent

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[Photo courtesy US CBP]

An Oro Valley man, Erik Alberto Beal, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Tucson on two counts of Assault of a Federal Officer with a Dangerous Weapon, and Brandishing a Firearm During a Crime of Violence.

According to the Department of Justice, on April 11, 2024, in Nogales, Arizona, the 26-year-old Beal assaulted a United States Border Patrol Agent with a firearm while the agent was on duty. Border Patrol agents were working near the United States-Mexico Border when a subject jumped the International Boundary Fence and ran onto a nearby property. The victim agent ran in search of the suspected undocumented non-citizen. During the search, Beal came out of a residence adjacent to the border fence and confronted the agent. Beal pointed his firearm, a Sig Sauer, Model P250, .45 caliber pistol, at the victim agent before eventually being subdued and arrested.

A conviction for Assault of a Federal Officer with a Dangerous Weapon carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both. A conviction for Brandishing a Firearm During a Crime of Violence carries a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years up to life imprisonment, a fine of $250,000 or both.

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  1. Is this a problem? I have heard that there is no problem on the Mexican border! Don’t tell me, someone is lying… Any bets it is a politician?

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