Man pleads guilty in Arizona on assault charge after throwing rocks at CBP helicopter
Apr 19, 2023, 8:00 PM
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PHOENIX — A man pleaded guilty in Arizona to an assault charge after admitting he threw rocks at a Customs and Border Protection helicopter, authorities said.
Hugo Alexander Garcia-Sales, 22, of Guatemala, threw five softball-sized rocks at the helicopter on Oct. 13, 2022, according to a press release from the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona.
One of the rocks came within feet of hitting the aircraft, but none made contact.
Garcia-Sales, as part of his plea agreement, admitted that hitting the helicopter with a rock could have caused it to crash.
He also admitted he wasn’t an American citizen and entered the country illegally.
Garcia-Sales faced one count of improper entry by an alien in addition to one count of assault on a federal officer with a deadly weapon or dangerous incident.
He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 21.
Border Patrol conducted the investigation.