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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of California

Friday, May 11, 2018

Two Mexican Nationals Charged with Assaulting Border Patrol Agents

Kelly Thornton (619) 546-9726    


SAN DIEGO – Two Mexican nationals – one armed with a makeshift plastic shiv and another with a 4X4 piece of lumber - were arrested and charged in unrelated assaults on U.S. Border Patrol agents along the border this week.

According to a complaint, in the first incident, on May 9, 2018 at approximately 10:15 a.m., Pedro Damien Gonzalez Iglesias is accused of assaulting Border Patrol Agents Edmund Parra and Ramiro Lizarraga after he illegally entered the United States.  Gonzalez Iglesias walked up to the agents, who were working near the San Ysidro port of entry, and tried slashing them with an object that looked like a piece of plastic shaped like a knife.  The agents tried using verbal commands numerous times to get the defendant to drop his weapon. The subject got to within arm’s length of the agents before Agent Lizarraga was able to successfully deploy his Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) Spray.  The agents took the subject into custody. No injuries were reported.

According to details in another complaint, the second incident occurred on May 10, 2018, at approximately 10:05 a.m. Defendant Carlos Miranda-Alonso is accused of assaulting Border Patrol Agent Raymond Gray during an attempted arrest. The defendant threw punches and elbows and ran away when Agent Gray attempted to place the subject in handcuffs. Miranda-Alonso picked up a 4x4 piece of lumber approximately 3½ feet in length and swung it at Agent Gray. Agent Gray was able to step out of range to avoid being hit. Miranda-Alonso attempted to flee westbound through the Tijuana Estuary. At 10:22 a.m. the defendant was apprehended west of the Tijuana Estuary Visitor center. No injuries reported.

“Assault on federal officers is one of the Department of Justice’s top priorities,” said U.S. Attorney Adam L. Braverman. “Our office is committed to vigorously prosecuting these cases.”

DEFENDANT                                               Case Number 18mj2339                                          

Pedro Damien Gonzalez Iglesias


Assault on a Federal Officer, in violation of Title 18, U.S.C., Sec. 1 ll(a)(l )A

Maximum penalty: Six months in prison and a $5,000 fine

DEFENDANT                                               Case Number 18mj2380__  

Carlos Miranda-Alonso


Assault on a Federal Officer, in violation of Title 18, U.S.C., Sec. 1 ll(a)(l )A

Maximum penalty: Eight years in prison, $250,000 fine


U.S. Border Patrol

*The charges and allegations contained in an indictment or complaint are merely accusations, and the defendants are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Updated May 11, 2018