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Guatemalan National Convicted of Stabbing Border Patrol K-9

May 22, 2013

McALLEN, Texas – A federal magistrate in McAllen has accepted the guilty pleas of Guatemalan National Luis Gilberto Cruz-Solis, 19, of willfully and maliciously harming a police animal and for illegally entering the country, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today.

On May 12, 2013, Border Patrol K-9 “Dinie” was conducting line-watch operations with her handler and other federal agents when they discovered approximately 30 suspected undocumented aliens fleeing into an orchard near Mission. While in pursuit, “Dinie” located Cruz-Solis hiding in the brush. As the K-9 approached, Cruz-Solis attacked “Dinie” with a knife and stabbed her in the right side of her neck, inflicting a wound two inches deep that narrowly missed her spinal cord. Despite her injury, “Dinie” led agents to Cruz-Solis where he was apprehended.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter E. Ormsby accepted the pleas and set sentencing for June 5, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. At that time, Cruz-Solis faces up to a year in prison and a possible $100,000 fine. 

This case is being investigated by Border Patrol and the FBI. Assistant United States Attorneys Grady J. Leupold and Kimberly Leo prosecuted the case.


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