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BP: Agent kicked in head during arrest in Nogales

A Tucson Sector Border Patrol agent was repeatedly kicked in the head Sunday when he apprehended a man scaling the border wall near Nogales, authorities said. 

The man, identified only as a 25-year-old Mexican male, has been charged with assaulting a federal agent, said a spokesman for Border Patrol's Tucson Sector. 

The agent was responding to an "alert of possible illegal activity," when he spotted the man "scaling the fence," the spokesman said. 

The man resisted arrest, "kicking the agent multiple times in the head." 

"Despite the assault, the agent was able to get the combative subject off the fence to complete the arrest before being evaluated at a local hospital for his injuries," the spokesman said. 

The man will be processed for immigration violations and charged for assault by the Assistant U.S. Attorney's Office, said the spokesman. 

According to agency statistics, assaults against Border Patrol agents have spiked nearly 68 percent from the same time period last year, rising from 403 incidents in 2016 to 678 incidents this year. 

Nearly two weeks ago, the agency reported another agent was assaulted when a 22-year-old Mexican man threw dirt in the agent's face during an arrest near Highway 286, about 58 miles southwest of Tucson. 

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A Border Patrol truck in Nogales, Arizona.