A 41-year-old woman is facing federal charges after she allegedly bit a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer on the leg at a border crossing in south San Diego, officials confirmed.
CBP officials said the assault happened Monday afternoon at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. The woman attempted to walk up through the vehicle lanes and into the United States. However, people on foot are not permitted to cross the border through those lanes because they are designated for cars only.
Instead, pedestrians must use the pedestrian lanes located in a processing building at the port of entry.
CBP officers spotted the woman in the vehicle lanes and asked her to leave and cross the border via the pedestrian lanes instead. Officials said the woman failed to follow order and allegedly attempted to walk past the officers.
CBP officers then took her into custody and as they did so, she allegedly became verbally and physically aggressive, biting one officer on the leg, according to officials.
The woman, who is a U.S. citizen, was arrested and booked into the Metropolitan Correctional Center. She faces federal charges of assaulting an officer. Her name was not released.
According to Pete Flores, Director of Field Operations for CBP in San Diego, though this case was odd, it’s all part of the job for CBP officers.
“CBP officers every day face unusual challenges in their work guarding our nation’s borders,” said Flores.
The San Ysidro Port of Entry is the nation’s busiest port of entry, processing nearly 100,000 people entering the U.S. every day.