26-Year-Old Man Pleads Guilty to Assaulting Two Border Patrol Agents
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona
TUCSON, Ariz. – Miguel Angel Acatzihua-Temoxtle, 26, of Mexico, pleaded guilty Wednesday before United States Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Rateau to one count of Assault on a Federal Officer Resulting in Bodily Injury and one count of Assault on a Federal Officer with the Use of a Deadly or Dangerous Weapon.
On May 31, 2022, near Newfield, Arizona, on the Tohono O'odham Nation, United States Border Patrol agents, as part of their official duties, were assigned to Border Patrol operations at the San Miguel Forward Operating Base. While on duty, the agents received information that several groups of undocumented non-citizens were passing though the Baboquivari Mountain range. Agents inspected the area where one of the subjects, later identified as Acatzihua-Temoxtle, was located.
Acatzihua-Temoxtle fled from the agents by running up the side of a wash while kicking several large boulders above one of the agents to slow his pursuit. While Border Patrol was trying to detain him, Acatzihua-Temoxtle physically assaulted two agents, which included the use of an agent’s flashlight and use of an agent’s lanyard which held night vision goggles. The agents ultimately detained and arrested Acatzihua-Temoxtle.
A conviction for assault on a federal officer resulting in bodily injury carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, and up to a $250,000 fine. A conviction for assault on a federal officer with the use of a deadly or dangerous weapon carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, and up to a $250,000 fine.
Customs and Border Protection’s United States Border Patrol conducted the investigation in this case. Assistant United States Attorney Raquel Arellano, District of Arizona, Tucson, is handling the prosecution.
CASE NUMBER: CR-22-01420-TUC-JCH-JR
RELEASE NUMBER: 2023-038_Acatzihua-Temoxtle
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Updated March 20, 2023