Within a three-hour period, San Diego border patrol agents were assaulted in three separate incidents on a single day last week, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Two of the incidents involved Mexican nationals trying to enter the U.S. illegally, and one incident involved a U.S. citizen.
According to the CBP, the first incident occurred around 6 p.m. when border patrol agents attempted to pull over a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV.
The driver, a 30-year old male, refused to yield and ultimately led agents on a short chase. The chase ended after the driver rammed his truck into an agent’s vehicle. The U.S. citizen was arrested and charged with assaulting a federal officer.
The second incident occurred at the U.S.-Mexico international boundary at Otay Mesa, California at 7:30 p.m. The CBP reports agents had approached a man hiding in a bush. The man first attempted to run away but then stopped and threatened the agents with a knife. Several agents were able to take him down and pry the knife out of his hands, according to the report.
The 47-year-old Mexican national reportedly possessed a glass pipe along with methamphetamine. He was arrested and charged with illegal entry into the United States.
The last incident occurred at 8 p.m. in Otay Mesa, the CBP reports. Agents confronted a man they saw near the border and, as they approached him, he began to throw punches and kicks. The agents resorted to pepper spray to take the 36-year-old Mexican national down. He is also facing charges for illegal entry into the United States.
A full report can be found on the U.S. Custom and Border Protection’s website.
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