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Man attacks Border Patrol agent

April 6, 2019

A Mexican man arrested for allegedly entering the U.S. illegally is accused of slipping out of a leg shackle and using it to attack a Border Patrol agent who was transporting him to his initial appearance in federal court.

Salvador Ramirez-Olvera is charged with assaulting a federal agent on April 1 at the U.S. Border Patrol Brownsville Station in Olmito, according to a criminal complaint.

Border Patrol apprehended Ramirez-Olvera March 29 as he attempted to enter the country illegally near Colonia Galaxia, court documents indicate.

Ramirez-Olvera allegedly attacked a Border Patrol agent at 7:15 a.m. on April 1 immediately after the agent unlocked the cell door where he was held.

The man allegedly swung the leg shackle toward Solis’ upper body.

Solis was able to duck out of the way, but the shackle struck his upper body and wrapped around his lower arm, causing bruising, according to the criminal complaint.

In an effort to subdue the man, another Border Patrol agent used a taser, which had no effect and, according to the criminal complaint, Ramirez-Olvera briefly gained control of the taser before it fell to the floor.

Ramirez-Olvera is scheduled for a probable cause hearing on April 13 at 1:30 p.m.

mreagan@brownsvilleherald.com