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Mexican national arrested by immigration officials charged with assaulting federal agent

February 16, 2017 at 11:40 am 6 News
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Federal authorities on Tuesday filed felony assault charges against the Mexican national arrested by federal immigration agents last week on Northwest Austin.

Hugo Baltazar-Ramirez, 23, could face 20 years in federal prison if convicted of a charge of assaulting a federal deportation officer. His arrest on Friday triggered high alert in Austin as it became one of the first signs of what would turn out to be an operation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that ultimately netted the arrest of 51 people suspected of living in the country illegally.

ICE officials have said the operation focused on capturing unauthorized immigrants who were suspected of re-entering the country illegally or committing criminal offenses.

The increase in federal enforcement, which occurred in several states, prompted outcry from Mayor Steve Adler, some council members and advocacy groups. It has also led to numerous protests in North Austin near the site of an ICE arrest caught on a video that went viral.

Baltazar-Ramirez was driving to work when an ICE agent pulled him over near U.S. 183 and Lake Creek Parkway after checking an immigration database, a news release from the U.S. attorney’s office in San Antonio said.

When the agent informed Baltazar-Ramirez that he was being arrested, Baltazar-Ramirez ran from the agents. According to the the U.S. attorney’s office, a struggle ensued after the agent caught up to Baltazar-Ramirez, who is accused of repeatedly hitting the agent’s head against the ground.

A second agent arrived and was able to restrain Baltazar-Ramirez, the news release said. The injured agent was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and released.

Friends of Baltazar-Ramirez who arrived at the scene minutes after he was pulled over deny that he injured the agent. Baltazar-Ramirez’s girlfriend Angel Velazquez saw him run from ICE agents and said the agent involved had no injuries.

“Hugo got scared and took off running, because they didn’t give him a chance to get out his papers,” Velazquez told the American-Statesman.

Baltazar-Ramirez has lived in the U.S. for about four years working in construction and building frames for houses, Velazquez said. She said he had no arrest warrants.

The FBI is investigating the incident. Baltazar-Ramirez remained in federal custody on Tuesday, the news release said.

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  1. jurban February 16, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    If he had time to run, he had time to show his papers. He could have showed the agents his papers right off the bat but he made phone calls, ran and attacked which now makes him a criminal. He should be deported and his girlfriend and friends can go with him if they want to protest.

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    • jacobite February 16, 2017 at 4:44 pm

      Any criminal who attacks a LE officer, banging his head against concrete, ought to be buried, not deported. What the hell’s the matter with these guys?

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    • ltuser
      ltuser February 16, 2017 at 5:12 pm

      If anyone bashes the head of a cop or other LE agent against the ground repeatedly, they should be charged with ATTEMPTED murder!

      AND SINCE HE IS AN ILLEGAL invader in this country he already IS a criminal..

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  2. drillbeast February 16, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Cool! He may have just bought himself another 20 years in the USA …. before he gets deported.

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  3. texasoltimer February 17, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Why do we have to wait until they break a second law to deport someone here illegally already breaking that law? In any other country, you’re lucky if you’re only deported. The vet that accidentally got on the wrong road and entered Mexico who only wanted to turn around and come back was thrown in prison for months until citizens and some in the government helped to get him back.

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  4. ltuser
    ltuser February 17, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    And in some foreign countries you would be lucky as hell to even GET a phone call to contact the consulate. LET alone get given FREE medical, FREE Interpreters, FREE calls, etc…

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