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Border Patrol agent assaulted near San Luis

March 23, 2017

YUMA, Arizona On Tuesday, March 21, a Yuma Sector Border Patrol agent escaped injury early Monday after being bombarded with rocks thrown over the border fence near San Luis, Arizona. The agent was tracking footprints from two individuals heading north from the border toward Avenue H. The agent followed the footprints and apprehended one individual who had illegally entered the U.S.

While tracking the second individual who had started to circle back towards Mexico, the agent was suddenly attacked with multiple rocks being thrown over the fence. The agent was able to get back into his vehicle and leave the area but not before his vehicles windshield took a direct hit.

Agents are processing the individual apprehended on the U.S. side of the fence in accordance with Yuma Sector guidelines.

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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