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Migrant accused of assaulting Border Patrol agents

Posted at 12:05 PM, Jun 06, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-06 15:05:19-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — A man accused of assaulting agents faces federal charges.

Mexican citizen Miguel Angel Acatzihua-Temoxtle, 25, will appear in federal court to face charges of assault on a federal officer with the use of a deadly or dangerous weapon.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Acatzihua-Temoxtle kicked several large boulders to slow agents who were pursuing groups of undocumented migrants who were passing through Baboquivari Mountain Range May 31. Acatzihua-Temoxtle also allegedly tried to strangle one agent with his own lanyard.

Acatzihua-Temoxtle faces as much as 20 years in prison or a $250,000 fine.

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