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Charges filed against San Benito man for assault with vehicle

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A 21-year-old San Benito resident has been indicted for assaulting federal agents with his vehicle, announced U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani.

A federal grand jury returned the three-count indictment today.

According to the charges, on May 2, authorities attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Hector Eduardo Gamez. He allegedly refused to stop and fled at a high rate of speed.

Three federal agents arrived on scene, at which time Gamez nearly collided with three federal agents who arrived on scene to assist, according to the charges. Authorities allegedly apprehended him following the pursuit.

If convicted, Gamez faces up 20 years in prison and a possible $250,000 maximum fine.

The FBI conducted the investigation along with the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Marshals Service, Texas Rangers and the San Benito Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alejandra Andrade and Edgardo J. Rodriguez are prosecuting the case.

An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence. A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.

Updated May 17, 2023

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