Two charged with assaulting border patrol officers in Imperial Beach

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Posted at 1:55 PM, Dec 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-01 16:55:10-05

IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. (KGTV) — Two men were charged with assaulting two border patrol agents in separate incidents in the Imperial Beach area this week.

Both incidents occurred Thursday night, according to the U.S. Attorney of Southern District of California.

In the first incident, Imperial Beach Border Patrol says an agent encountered a five individuals at about 9:30 p.m., one of them identified as Frazy Jiron, a Honduran national. The agent ordered the group not to move, but Jiron stood up, according to officials.

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When the agent tried to handcuff Jiron, the Honduran national appeared to say something to the others, causing them to also stand and begin to flee, according to border officials. Jiron elbowed the agent in the chest, the agent said, and a struggle ensued, causing both men to fall down a hill.

Jiron was later arrested and admitted to being in the U.S. illegally.

In the second incident, another border agent in Imperial Beach encountered a man at about 10:45 p.m., identified as Franklin Ariel Rochac-Garcia, border officials said. Rochac-Garcia was reportedly running toward the agent and refused the agent's requests to stop. Rochac-Garcia reportedly tried to punch the agent as he approached, but missed and the agent brought Rochac-Garcia to the ground.

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Rochac-Garcia got back up and began running south toward the border, officials say. He attempted to jump over the border fence but the border agent was able to detain him before he made it over.

Rochac-Garcia, an El Salvadoran national, was arrested and admitted to being in the U.S. illegally, according to border officials.

Both men are being charged with assault on a federal officer and illegal entry.