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Border Patrol Agent Assaulted

February 8, 2017

YUMA, Arizona – A Border Patrol Agent was assaulted with rocks on Saturday afternoon while working near the Los Algodones US Customs & Border Protection Station in the area of Andrade, Calif. Shortly after noticing two individuals in Mexico approach the International boundary, the agent’s vehicle was bombarded by rocks.

Despite the glass shattering throughout the truck, the agent was fortunate to only sustain minor injuries. Mexican officials were contacted but both subjects fled the area and could not be located.

“Although Yuma Sector is one of the most secured stretches of border, there are still inherent dangers to our job,” stated Chief Patrol Agent Anthony Porvaznik. “It’s everyone’s job at Yuma Sector to ensure the safety of our Agents each and every day. These actions by deviant individuals will not sway us from protecting the border,” concluded Chief Porvaznik.

An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

All persons, drugs and vehicles are processed per Yuma Sector guidelines. Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt.

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents effectively combat smuggling organizations attempting to illegally transport people and contraband through southwestern Arizona and California. Citizens can help the Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Protection by calling 1-866-999-8727 toll-free to report suspicious activity. Callers can remain anonymous.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP strives to keep terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

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