by BOB PRICE
6 Mar 2019
An illegal immigrant from Mexico allegedly assaulted an El Centro Sector Border Patrol agent with a broken lawnmower blade while she was patrolling the border fence. The agent sustained minor injuries.
A Calexico Station agent patrolling the border fence in the town of Calexico, California, observed a man approaching her marked duty vehicle on Tuesday morning. As the man came closer, he allegedly produced a broken lawnmower blade and threw it through the closed window of her patrol car, according to El Centro Border Patrol officials.
The force of the blade shattered the window, causing minor injuries to the agents arms and face, officials stated. As the alleged attacker fled, the agent gave chase. Other responding agents managed to take the man into custody.
Officials identified the alleged attacker as 33-year-old Josue Gomez-Reyes, an illegal immigrant from Mexico. The statement also alleges the man is a gang member. The name of the gang was not disclosed. The criminal complaint filed in the U.S. Southern District of California is marked “restricted” by the court.
“It is unacceptable for our Border Patrol agents to come under such a violent attack, but I am extremely proud of the quick determination of our agent to give chase and arrest her attacker,” El Centro Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez said in a written statement. “Our agent was ambushed while faithfully carrying out her sworn duties as a law enforcement officer by a gang member with a lengthy criminal history here in the United States. Anytime a person chooses to attack a Border Patrol agent, they will know that they are going up against a highly trained professional and that once arrested they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”