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Border Patrol agent assaulted, 4 men arrested

DULZURA, Calif. —  A Border Patrol agent was assaulted early Wednesday while trying to apprehend an undocumented migrant with prior convictions for illegally crossing into the country and having sexual contact with a child, authorities said.

The attack happened Wednesday morning as agents were searching for five people suspected of illegally entering the U.S. in a remote area on Otay Mountain.

Agents located the group around 9 a.m. on a mountain ridge.  As agents approached, the five people fled in different directions.  Agents quickly located two men hiding in brush.  One man freely turned himself in to authorities.

A second man reportedly became combative when approached by agents in a gully. The man grabbed the agent’s arm, pulled him down the hill forcefully, then threw an elbow strike at the agent and attempted to flee, officials said.

The agent managed to follow the man and complete the arrest, but later needed to have treatment at the hospital.  The man has prior immigration and felony convictions, including sexual contact with a child.

“Most of the illegal entries in the Brown Field area are attempted on foot through remote, rugged terrain.  This not only endangers our agents when subjects become combative, but endangers those entering illegally as well,” Brown Field Station Patrol Agent in Charge Mickey Valdez said.

A Border Patrol K-9 alerted to an area where a third man was hiding in brush.  Several hours later, a fourth man was arrested.  He was suffering from a knee injury and dehydration.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection responded to the scene and airlifted all four to the hospital. Three of the men had prior immigration and criminal convictions, authorities said.

After being treated for their heat-related illness, three suspects were turned over to agents for immigration and criminal violations.  The fourth man remains in the hospital.  A fifth person fled and was not located.

To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.