EAGLE PASS, TX – An agent from the Uvalde Border Patrol Station was assaulted after a failed human smuggling attempt on Highway 57 near Eagle Pass.
“Violence against on our agents will not be tolerated,” said Del Rio Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Louie W. Collins. “We will seek maximum penalties available under the law on anyone who assaults a Border Patrol agent.”
On March 30, Border Patrol agents attempted to stop a pick-up truck on Highway 57. After the driver failed to yield for several miles, he stopped and attempt to abscond on foot. When confronted by an agent he became combative, striking the agent in the face before being subdued and arrested. The agent suffered mirror bruising to the side of his face but did not require medical attention other than first aid at the scene.
Upon inspection of the driver’s vehicle, agents found nine undocumented Mexican nationals in the bed of the truck and inside the cab. The nine individuals were processed per CBP guidelines.
The driver, a 21-year-old legal permanent resident, originally from Honduras, faces a charge of 18 USC § 111 – assault on a federal officer – and was turned over to the custody of the FBI.