23-Year-Old Charged with Assaulting a Border Patrol Agent

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TUCSON, Ariz. – Last week, United States Border Patrol (USBP) agents arrested Edy Eduardo Sicajan-Jochola, 23, of Guatemala, for Assault on a Federal Officer and Improper Entry by an Alien.

The complaint alleges that on November 29, 2022, the victim located two suspected undocumented individuals near Sasabe, Arizona. As the victim approached the two individuals, Sicajan-Jochola took off his backpack and swung it at the victim, striking the victim in the face and shoulder. The force of the strike caused the victim to fall to the ground. Sicajan-Jochola fled from the victim but was later apprehended and arrested. USBP agents were unable to apprehend the other individual. After an interview, agents learned Sicajan-Jochola was a non-U.S. citizen without legal permission to enter or remain in the United States.

Assault on a Federal Officer carries a maximum penalty of eight years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, or both.

Improper Entry by an Alien carries a maximum penalty of six months in federal prison and a fine of up to $5,000, or both.


A complaint is simply a method by which a person is charged with criminal activity and raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Customs and Border Protection’s U.S. Border Patrol conducted the investigation in this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathaniel Walters, District of Arizona, Tucson, is handling the prosecution.

 

CASE NUMBER:            MJ-22-07848-N/A-EJM
RELEASE NUMBER:    2022-220_Sicajan-Jochola

 

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