On March 16, the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested a Venezuelan national, 19-year-old Jhon Rincon-Teran for assaulting a federal officer in El Paso, Texas.
On March 14, at approximately 5:45 p.m., a uniformed United States Border Patrol (USBP) Processing Coordinator at the United States Border Patrol – El Paso Sector Centralized Processing Center on Hondo Pass observed Rincon-Teran becoming agitated after instructions were given to the entire group of illegal immigrants he was being held with. He began running around the detention cell and became aggressive towards the others around him. The USBP officer instructed Rincon-Teran to stop running, sit down, and relax. He became non-compliant and yelled obscenities toward the officer. The officer then called for assistance to separate Rincon-Teran from the others. He became more aggressive and positioned himself into a fighting stance. While the officer attempted to place handcuffs on him, he became resistant. Rincon-Teran bit the officer and drew blood during the altercation. The USBP officers were able to handcuff him and place him into another holding area.
Rincon-Teran had his Initial Appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Leon Schydlower today.
Rincon-Teran has been federally charged with Assault on a Federal Officer.
“Our partners with the United States Border Patrol interact with thousands of people every day and selflessly put themselves in harm’s way protecting our nation’s borders,” said FBI El Paso Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey R. Downey. “Assaults on USBP officers or any other federal agents/officers or task force officers will not be tolerated and will be addressed swiftly by our office so they can continue to carry out their sworn duty to protect our communities.”
“Our agents along with our Border Patrol Processing Coordinators continue to show valor and courage in the most trying circumstances. This is just another example of the inherent dangers our agents and BPCCs face every day,” said El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Anthony “Scott” Good. “Thankfully, the aggressor is facing prosecution through our invaluable law enforcement partnerships with law enforcement agencies and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.”
The Federal Bureau of Investigation El Paso Field Office’s Violent Crime and Gang Task Force investigated this case.
It is important to note the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.