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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Undocumented Alien Indicted for Attacking Federal Agents

LAREDO, Texas – A federal grand jury has returned a three-indictment against a 23-year-old Mexican citizen for assault on three Border Patrol (BP) agents, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.

Luis Gustavo Ramirez-Saucedo was originally charged by criminal complaint and ordered into custody pending further criminal proceedings. Today, a grand jury sitting in Laredo returned the indictment. He is expected to make an appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sam Sheldon in the near future.

The facts in the complaint allege that on March 29, 2019. BP agents were working their assigned duties in Laredo. At approximately 9:30 p.m., they were alerted to a group of approximately 20 subjects entering the United States from Mexico by illegally crossing the Rio Grande River and activating electronic sensors, according to the charges.

According to the complaint, agents responded immediately and made contact with Ramirez-Saucedo within minutes. At that time, he allegedly violently resisted three BP agents’ efforts to apprehend him, allegedly striking them and ignoring multiple commands to halt before finally being detained.

The BP agents were treated for injuries at a medical facility.

Ramirez-Saucedo is charged with knowingly and unlawfully assaulting and resisting federal officers in their official duties. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in federal prison.

BP and the FBI are conducting the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Francisco J. Rodriguez is 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.

Topic(s): 
Immigration
Violent Crime
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Updated April 23, 2019