A man caught smuggling fourteen illegal aliens into southern California struck a U.S. Border Patrol agent in the face with a rock. He then managed to escape back into Mexico.
The incident happened about 7 p.m. Pacific Time on Sunday and officials identified the suspect on Tuesday.
Authorities report that Martel Valencia-Cortez, 39, was observed bringing fourteen illegal aliens into the U.S. near Jacumba Hot Springs, southeast of San Diego, California, according to a KYMA-NBC11 report. He threw a softball size rock at the approaching agents while trying to get to higher ground. One of the agents was struck in the face with the rock.
The injured agent pulled his weapon and fired several shots at Valencia-Cortez. The suspect managed to evade both the gunfire and capture and quickly crossed the border back into Mexico, Fox5 reported.
Other agents took the fourteen illegal aliens into custody while the injured agent received care.
The suspect, Valencia-Cortez, is apparently well known to agents in the area. He is a Mexican national who has been smuggling illegal aliens since 1997. He was released in September from three-year prison on a previous human smuggling charge, Fox5 reported…
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