Posted: Nov 14, 2013 9:02 AM
Updated: Nov 14, 2013 9:03 AM
LAREDO - One man from Mexico and another man from Ecuador have been charged with assaulting a U.S. Border Patrol agent.
Mexican National Jose Luis Zavala-Rodrigue, 22, and Johnny Jose Redrovan-Pesantez, 23, of Ecuador are both in custody. Rodriquez is also charged with conspiracy to transport illegal immigrants for financial gain.
Both men are expected to make an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Scott Hacker, Friday.
The agent required medical attention but survived the attack.
Each faces up to 20 years in prison and a possible $250,000 fine. Zavala-Rodriguez further faces an additional 10-year possible sentence on each of the remaining two charges, as well as a $250,000 fine.
The case was investigated by FBI and the Laredo Police Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Homero Ramirez.