A wanted felon with prior convictions for lewd acts with a minor was taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol agents near Campo this week after he allegedly tried to cross the border illegally and tackled an agent to the ground.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials, the man was arrested Monday shortly after midnight.
Agents noticed fresh footprints near the U.S.-Mexico boundary line and tracked the prints to three men hiding in brush about 500 yards from the border. Near the brush, agents found large knives and scissors.
Speaking in both English and Spanish, an agent ordered the men to stay on the ground and not move. Two of the men complied, but the third allegedly did not, grabbing the agent and pushing him to the ground.
As the pair struggled, backup agents were called and the three men were handcuffed. All three were in the U.S. illegally, officials said.
The man who tackled the agent was from Guatemala, officials said, and had an active felony warrant in Norwalk, Calif. His name was not released, but officials said he also had prior convictions for lewd and lascivious acts with a minor and spousal abuse.
He was booked into San Diego Central Jail and will be extradited to Norwalk, according to the CBP.