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Mexican national sent to prison for assaulting federal officer

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

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A 41-year-old Mexican national has been ordered to prison after admitting he injured a Border Patrol (BP) agent by hitting him with arm shackles, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.

Salvador Ramirez-Olvera pleaded guilty June 4, 2019.

Today, U.S. District Judge Rolando Olvera handed Ramirez-Olvera an 18-month sentence. Not a U.S. citizen, he is expected to face removal proceedings following the sentence.

On April 1, 2019, Ramirez-Olvera was in custody at the Brownsville BP station for illegal entry. While awaiting transfer to federal court, he slipped out of his arm shackles and hit the agent with them. The agent was hit on his shoulder area, thus causing bodily injury.

After a brief struggle, officers had to use a Taser to control Ramirez-Olvera.

He was then arrested and charged with assaulting a federal agent who was engaged in the performance of his official duties. 

He has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

The FBI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joe Esquivel and Ana Cano prosecuted the case.

Updated January 8, 2020

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