Border Patrol says 19-year-old assaulted agent in Arizona

December 22, 2018

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Federal authorities say a Border Patrol agent was assaulted by a 19-year-old man near a stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona.

In a statement Friday, the U.S. Border Patrol said the teen from Mexico was arrested and charged with assaulting a federal agent. Authorities say the assault south of Bisbee on Wednesday came as the agent attempted to arrest the teen, prompting him to try to flee.

The teen was not identified by authorities, who say he was in the country illegally. He is accused of resisting arrest by fighting and striking the agent with a rock.

According to authorities, the teen was quickly apprehended after the encounter. The Border Patrol agent was treated at a hospital and released.

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