Border Agent In Calif. Assaulted From Mexican Side of Border Fence

Deming, New Mexico Station arrested a subject in the desert area near Deming, New Mexico after sign-cutting what was believed to be a group. The prints led Agents to 33-year-old Constantino Sanchez Martinez, from Mexico.
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CALEXICO, Calif. – A U.S. Border Patrol agent assigned to the Calexico Station was assaulted yesterday as he responded to an immigration violation in downtown Calexico.

At 10:42 p.m., Remote Video Surveillance System operators observed a man illegally enter the United States and cross First Street near the border fence. A Border Patrol agent responded to the area.

While in the process of apprehending the man, the agent was struck on the shoulder by a block of concrete, approximately four inches in diameter, that was thrown over the border fence by an unknown assailant in Mexico.

The agent suffered soft tissue contusions, but was not seriously injured and declined medical treatment.

“I would like to commend the bravery and quick thinking that our agents display, not only under normal circumstances but also in dangerous situations such as this one,” said Carlos E. Briones, Patrol Agent in Charge of the Calexico Station.

Since Oct.1, 2016 (FY17) there have been seven reported assaults on El Centro Sector agents.

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