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Man accused of illegal re-entry allegedly tried to take agent’s gun

September 19, 2018

A Mexican man accused of assaulting a Border Patrol agent and attempting to take the man’s service weapon had been deported just three days before the alleged attack, court documents show.

Alejandro Ramirez-Martinez, born in 1982, is charged with assaulting, resisting or impeding a federal officer.

According to a criminal complaint, Border Patrol Agent John Robert Sowa Jr. encountered Ramirez-Martinez at approximately 10:15 p.m. on Sunday night near an international boundary by Brownsville and ordered the man to stop.

Ramirez-Martinez allegedly fled on foot, leading Sowa on a chase through a mangrove swamp where he allegedly pulled Sowa to the ground in the muddy swamp where there was approximately 6 to 10 inches of water, according to a criminal complaint.

During the struggle, Ramirez-Martinez shoved Sowa 12 to 15 times, wrestled away on three occasions, took the agent’s handcuffs, attempted to take his flashlight and reached for Sowa’s service-issued firearm before Border Patrol Agent Fabian Christopher Rodriguez stopped him.

Ramirez-Martinez is also charged with illegal re-entry.

Court records show he was removed from the United States last Thursday after being convicted of illegal re-entry on June 28.

mreagan@brownsvilleherald.com

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