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Arizona Man Indicted After Threatening to Kill Border Patrol Agent

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By Steve Neavling

An Arizona man accused of threatening to kill a Border Patrol agent and smuggle undocumented migrants was indicted earlier this month, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

Jesus Alberto Ibarra-Barraza, 31, of Tucson, was indicted by a grand jury on an eight-count indictment. 

According to the indictment, Ibarra-Barraza tried to transport four undocumented noncitizens in his vehicle. 

When he was pulled over by law enforcement, he stopped his car so the passengers could exit and then fled at a high rate of speed before he crashed his vehicle. 

He was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. 

At the hospital, Ibarra-Barraza threatened to kill a Border Patrol agent once he was released, according to the indictment.  

Border Patrol investigated the case. 

Grand Jury Indicts Guatemalan National Accused of Assaulting Border Patrol Agent

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By Steve Neavling

A Guatemalan man was indicted by a grand jury for allegedly assaulting a Border Patrol agent. 

Jorge Oliverio Moran-Can, 42, is accused of ramming his shoulder into an agent’s torso on July 3 in a remote location near New Field, Ariz. 

The agent was tracking a group of suspected undocumented immigrants and found three people hiding near a ledge. Two of the people fled on foot when the agent approached them. 

Moran-Can stayed and was complaint until the agent reached for handcuffs. That’s when Moran-Can allegedly rammed the agent, causing both of them to tumble several yards down a rocky slope. 

After a brief struggle, the agent gained control and arrested the Moran-Can. 

The agent was treated at a local hospital with abrasions and bruising on his left knee and hip. 

Border Patrol handled the investigation. 

Autopsy: Border Patrol Agents Stabbed Migrant to Death

By Steve Neavling

An autopsy revealed that a CBP agent fatally stabbed a Mexican man twice in the chest during a confrontation in Douglas, Ariz., on May 24. 

Abigail Roman Aguilar, 32, was stabbed twice and had blunt force injuries, The Arizona Republic reports.

The cause of death was “sharp forced injuries of the trunk,” according to the autopsy report, which lists homicide as the manner of death. 

The incident happened near the border with Mexico at about 12:43 a.m. on May 24. 

Border Patrol agents apprehended Roman Aguilar and took him to the hospital after he had injured himself on barb wire while running from agents. After he was discharged, he was “reportedly involved in an altercation with a United States Border Patrol agent, during which time he was stabbed with a knife,” according to the autopsy. 

The FBI is investigating the death. 

Border Patrol Agent Justified in Fatal Shooting of Migrant, Prosecutor Says

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By Steve Neavling

A Border Patrol agent who fatally shot a migrant in a remote canyon in Arizona in February won’t be charged with a crime, the Cochise County Attorney’s Office said. 

An investigation uncovered no evidence to contradict the official explanation of the shooting involving Agent Kendrek Bybee Staheli, the Arizona Daily Star reports

The shooting occurred after two agents on horseback approached a group of migrants in Skeleton Canyon on Feb. 19.

After the agents apprehended three migrants, Carmelo Cruz Marcos “picked upon a large rock and appeared to be ready to strike” Staheli, according to Cochise County Attorney Brian McIntyre. That’s when Stahli shot Marcos several times. 

“Based upon the available evidence, the shooting was legally justified, and there would be no reasonable likelihood of conviction on any criminal charge if pursued,” McIntyre wrote.

CBP Agent Accused of Abducting, Sexually Assaulting 15-Year-Old Girl

By Steve Neavling

A 27-year-old CBP agent was arrested this week on charges of abducting and sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl from Arizona. 

Agent Aaron Mitchell is accused of approaching a 15-year-old girl en route to school, the Arizona Republic reports.

Douglas police said Mitchell, who was wearing a tactical vest labeled “POLICE, asked the girl for documentation and then told her he was going to drive her to a police station. Instead, Mitchell is accused of driving her to an apartment complex where he “allegedly sexually assaulted her.” 

Police arrested Mitchell on Tuesday during a traffic stop. 

He still works for CBP, the agency said. 

CBP Rescues Injured Hiker High Up in Huachucha Mountains in Arizona

CBP rescued an injured hiker. Screenshot via CBP video.

By Steve Neavling

CBP rescued a seasoned hunter who was injured from a fall and was running out of water in the Huachucha Mountains in Arizona. 

CBP’s Air and Marine Operations were called to the hiker’s location at about 2 p.m. on March 16 following a report that the woman may have broken her ankle and was running out of water.

CBP used a UH-60 Black Hock helicopter to help with the rescue because of high winds and rugged terrain. 

CBP wrote:

Upon arrival, given the terrain and winds, the crew took extra time to find the best place to insert two Rescue Specialists. After establishing a hover approximately 200 feet above the ground, the crew inserted the Rescue Specialists via hoist who medically evaluated the patient.  The Rescue Specialists realized that a litter extraction may not be possible because the aircraft would not be able to get low enough to support the line to keep the litter stable.  A Rescue Specialist a certified EMT performed a brief medical assessment and the patient stated that she could walk but not very far. Due to the shifting winds, it was necessary for the Rescue Specialists to move the hiker to another location to safely airlift her from the mountain. The hiker was packaged in an air rescue vest, hoisted back into the helicopter, and transported to Cochise County Search and Rescue personnel several miles away.

“Air and Marine aircrews are highly trained and experienced in performing these challenging types of rescues,” Michael Montgomery, director of the Tucson Air Branch, said. “Despite the environmental challenges posed by the high altitude and gusting winds our crews safely provided initial medical care and relocated this patient to a higher level of care.”

To see a video of the rescue, click here.

Book Trilogy by Border Patrol Agent Gets Published After His Death, Thanks to His Mother

Delta Tango Trilogy by Christopher LaGrone

By Steve Neavling

Christopher LaGrone left behind his life’s work when he died of altitude sickness while on vacation in Peru in 2018. 

The former Border Patrol agent had written there fictional books, called the “Delta Tango Trilogy,” inspired by his time with the agency in Southern Arizona. 

His mother Sherryl LaGrone set out to get the books published. 

“It was Chris’ dream to be a published author,’’ his mother told “I was overjoyed that Denny volunteered to finish writing the third book. I had complete faith in him; he knew where Chris was going with the story. He said ‘I won’t do it justice, but I’ll do the best I can.’ Well, he did it justice and then some.’’

Denny Dressman, a Denver newspaper editor, finished the third book as LaGrone searched for a publisher. 

“It was so heartbreaking; Chris had all but finished the third book,’’ LaGrone said. “But once we got over the shock, after we held a memorial service, I was determined to do everything I could to finish Chris’ project and get the books published.’’

She found a publisher – the New York City firm, Morgan, James Publishing. The firm published all three books – “Fleeing the Past,” “Felina’s Spell’’ and “Moments of Truth.’’

LaGrone will talk about her son’s books at the Tucson Festival of Books on Sunday. 

Sheriff’s Office: Border Patrol Agent Who Fatally Shot Migrant Acted in Self-Defense

By Steve Neavling

A migrant who was fatally shot by a Border Patrol agent in southern Arizona first assaulted the agent with a rock, the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office said. 

The sheriff’s office is investigating the fatal shooting that occurred at about 10 p.m. on Saturday in a rugged area of the Peloncillo Mountains in Douglas, a few miles north of the border. 

In a statement, the sheriff’s office said the agent was acting in self-defense when he shot the migrant multiple times, 12 News-TV reports.

The migrant has been identified as 32-year-old Carmelo Cruz-Marcos of Mexico. 

Moments before the shooting, the agent encountered a group of undocumented migrants, including Cruz-Marcos. The migrants ran, prompting a foot chase. Both Cruz-Marcos and the agent tripped, and a struggle ensued. 

Cruz-Marcos struck the agent in the shoulder and then retrieved a rock, according to the sheriff’s office. As the migrant raised his arm with the rock, the agent told investigators that he had “feared for his life” and pulled the trigger.