A border agent in California was attacked by illegal immigrants crossing from Mexico.
(U. S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Public Affairs )
A U.S. border patrol agent was attacked during an attempt to understand a group of illegal immigrants across the border in California on Tuesday.
The unknown agent was patrolling in the vicinity of the Calexico West Port of Entry and the New River, when he came across a group of people who try to the border of Mexico.
The agent, who himself, was able to hold down a man, and place him in custody in the back of his service vehicle. When he focused his attention on the rest of the group, another member of the group to leave the river and opened the rear passenger door, allowing the man into custody to try to get a flight.
The two men walked to the river and the agent pursed them.
“He was resisting arrest, active resistance, to pull away. While the agent attempted to make the arrest of the other members of the group began to throw stones and other objects, oral, screaming threats at the agent,” Agent Justin Zaffuto told KYMA.
The agent suffered injuries, officials said.
The border-crosser, which was originally placed in the vehicle was arrested again. He faces federal criminal prosecution for the alleged mistreatment of the agent.
The rest of the group fled back to Mexico.
“The New River and the immediate vicinity remains one of our most challenging and dangerous areas to work,” El Centro Sector Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David Kim said in a statement. “The wall system to replace the old fence in that area is a solid step in reducing those challenges.”
Zaffuto told KYMA, that the physical attacks on agents have increased this year.
“In comparison with last year, we had 23 years,” he said. “This year is so far, we have 80 attacks on agents. A lot of the times, agents work itself.”
He continued: “It is a 24-hour operation. You could be in areas where it is dark, completely dark and you see a large group. Just the numbers alone is a disadvantage.”
Lucia I. Suarez Sang a Reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang