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CBP: Dirt thrown in agent's face during arrest near Sasabe

A 22-year-old Mexican man will face charges for assaulting a Border Patrol agent after he threw dirt in the agent's face during an arrest near Highway 286, about 58 miles southwest of Tucson, on Friday morning. 

The Tucson Sector agent was attempting to arrest a group of people near the road north of Sasabe, when one of the men "violently resisted," throwing dirt in the agent's face, said Rob Daniels, a spokesman with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. 

The agent "managed to subdue" the man, who was identified only by his age and nationality, after a brief struggle, Daniels said. 

The alleged assault comes just days after one Border Patrol agent was killed and another severely injured while on patrol in West Texas, leading to speculation by officials, including Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and President Donald Trump, that the agents were attacked. 

The Arizona agent was evaluated at a local hospital and released. The Mexican man was not injured, and declined medical attention, said Daniels. 

The Mexican man will face charges for assault on a federal agent, and will be deported under Tucson Sector guidelines, said Daniels. 

TucsonSentinel.com's original reporting and curation of border and immigration news is generously supported in part by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

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