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Oro Valley man indicted on suspicion of assaulting Border Patrol Agent

Posted at 10:13 AM, May 16, 2024

An Oro Valley man, identified as 26-year-old Erik Alberto Beal, was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 1 on two counts of assault of a federal officer with a dangerous weapon, and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.

The indictment alleges that Beal assaulted a U.S. Border Patrol Agent with a firearm while the agent was on duty in April, according to a news release from the United States Attorney's Office District of Arizona.

The release also states Border Patrol agents were working near the U.S.-Mexico Border when a subject jumped the border fence and ran onto a nearby property. One agent ran in search of the subject.

During the search, Beal allegedly came out of a residence near the fence and confronted the agent with a Sig Sauer, Model P250, .45 caliber pistol, the news release said.

Beal was subsequently subdued and arrested.

Beal faces up to 20 years in prison, and/or a $250,000 fine, for convictions on both counts, according to the news release.