A 36-year-old migrant from El Salvador choked a Border Patrol agent on Thanksgiving night near Peñitas, according to federal court records.
At approximately 7:25 p.m. Thursday, migrants fled from Border Patrol agents near Military Road and the Hidalgo County Irrigation District 6 canal.
With a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter hovering overhead, Border Patrol agents attempted to track down the migrants.
Agent “A.M.” attempted to arrest Jorge Alexander Garcia Murgas, 36, of El Salvador, according to the criminal complaint against him. Federal court records refer to the Border Patrol agent only as “BPA A.M.”
When the Border Patrol agent attempted to handcuff him, Garcia Murgas twisted away and grabbed the agent’s belt.
“BPA A.M. looked down and saw Garcia-Murgas’ hand on his holster tugging it in the direction to release the weapon,” according to the criminal complaint. “BPA A.M. stated at that moment he feared for his life if Garcia-Murgas was able to obtain his service issued pistol.”
The Border Patrol agent knocked Garcia Murgas’ hand away from the holster.
“At this time, Garcia Murgas grabbed the lanyard for BPA A.M.’s night vision goggles hanging around his neck and began to choke him,” according to the criminal complaint. “BPA A.M. stated he could feel the cord cutting pressure into his windpipe.”
After throwing off the night-vision goggles, the Border Patrol agent finally subdued Garcia Murgas.
Agents interviewed Garcia Murgas at the McAllen Border Patrol Station, where he confessed to grabbing the Border Patrol agent’s neck while attempting to escape, according to the criminal complaint.
FBI agents charged Garcia Murgas with assaulting a federal officer.
Court records don’t list an attorney for Garcia Murgas, who couldn’t be reached for comment.