Startled migrant thought agent was a cow before striking him, lawyer says

Border Crime

LAREDO, Texas — An undocumented immigrant who hit a border agent with a flashlight said he thought the agent was a cow, his defense lawyer said in court.

Melecio Lopez-Hernandez, a 39-year-old from Mexico who claimed he did not mean to assault the Border Patrol agent, was sentenced to a little more than five years in prison.

The defense attempted to convince the court that the immigrant thought the agent was a cow and was startled when the agent appeared. But the judge was not persuaded.

Sources told KVEO that Lopez-Hernandez was walking through the brush south of Freer, Texas, when he was encountered by a Border Patrol agent. The agent attempted to detain Lopez-Hernandez before the two got into a tussle.

During the struggle, Lopez-Hernandez dislodged a flashlight clipped to the agent’s outer vest. He then verbally threatened the agent before striking him with the flashlight.

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