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.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

El Paso Correspondent Latest Stories

More Julian Resendiz

South Texas Correspondent Latest Stories

More Sandra Sanchez

California Correspondent Latest Stories

More Salvador Rivera

Border Report Correspondents' Stories

Latest Stories

Washington D.C.

More Washington D.C.

Don't Miss


About Border Report

The mission of is to provide real-time delivery of the untold local stories about people living, working and migrating along the U.S. border with Mexico. The information is gathered by experienced and trusted Nexstar Media Group journalists hired specifically to cover the border.