A woman is in custody after allegedly biting a Border Patrol officer who had told her she couldn't cross the border in San Ysidro's vehicle entry lanes on foot, Customs and Border Protection officials are reporting.
On Monday afternoon, May 5, the woman, identified only as a 41-year-old U.S. citizen, was approached by officers patrolling the lines of cars waiting to cross into the United States. She was advised to leave the traffic lanes and instead guided toward the pedestrian port of entry.
The suspect instead refused to yield and walked past the officers, continuing toward the border. At this point, the agents attempted to detain her. The woman "became verbally and physically aggressive," and in the process of being arrested bit one officer on the leg.
"When CBP officers encounter someone who is non-compliant or failing to respond to instructions, they can never be sure of how the situation will unfold," observed CBP San Diego director Pete Flores in a release.
After being restrained, the suspect was booked into the Metropolitan Correction Center downtown, where she faces federal charges for assault of an officer.