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2 men arrested for allegedly assaulting border agents in Arizona in separate incidents

May 18, 2023, 11:01 AM | Updated: 11:02 am

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(U.S. Customs and Border Protection Photo)

(U.S. Customs and Border Protection Photo)

PHOENIX – Two men were recently charged with assaulting Border Patrol agents in separate incidents in Arizona, authorities said.

Adbiel Martinez-Barrera, 21, of Mexico faces charges of assault on a federal officer and illegal entry into the United States for the first incident, which occurred May 5 in a remote area near Douglas, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona said.

The maximum sentence for assault on a federal officer is eight years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Martinez-Barrera allegedly climbed on an agent’s back and forced the agent’s face into the ground, prosecutors said. The suspect and a woman he was with then ran off but were later apprehended by the Border Patrol.

Prosecutors say Martinez-Barrera entered the country illegally through a port of entry.

On May 8, agents encountered Alfredo Perez-Rodriguez, 18, of Mexico in a group of five people believed to be in the country illegally in the San Pedro River area near the U.S.-Mexico border, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Perez-Rodriguez allegedly got into a fight with an agent who was trying to arrest him and got control of the agent’s taser. Another agent helped subdue the suspect and take him into custody.

Perez-Rodriguez was charged with assault on a federal officer with a deadly or dangerous weapon, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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2 men arrested for allegedly assaulting border agents in Arizona in separate incidents