Henry Rodgers, DCNF

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Six illegal immigrants allegedly attacked a border patrol agent trying to arrest them in Calexico, California, Tuesday night, leaving the agent with injuries.

The agent reportedly witnessed the group illegally enter the U.S. near the Calexico West Port of Entry and New River, so he pursued them. The agent originally arrested one of the illegal immigrants, who was put in the back of his service vehicle, before attempting to chase down the rest of the group.

While the agent was in pursuit of the rest of the illegal immigrants, one of them allegedly jumped out of the river and was able to open the door to the agent’s service car, letting the suspect who was placed in custody free. The two then jumped back in the river, trying to flee from the agent, who spotted the two fleeing, while the rest continued to run.

The two men then assaulted the agent as he tried to arrest them. The rest of the illegal immigrants in the group then reportedly began throwing objects at the agent, while the agent called for backup.

Border Patrol agents were able to arrest the one illegal immigrant who escaped custody. He was placed into federal custody and is awaiting charges. The five other illegal immigrants safely made it back across the U.S.-Mexico border.

“The New River and immediate surrounding area remains one of our most challenging and dangerous areas to work,” El Centro Sector Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David S. Kim said in a statement. “The border wall system replacing the old fencing in that area is a solid step in mitigating those challenges.”

This incident comes just days after an illegal border-crosser broke both of his legs and injured his back after falling from the top of the 30-foot border wall in Calexico.

The number of illegal immigrants trying to enter the U.S. dropped significantly since President Donald Trump took office in 2017.

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