Border Patrol: Ecuadorian assaulted agent on mountain trail

PATAGONIA, Ariz. (AP) - The U.S. Border Patrol says an Ecuadorian man assaulted an agent on a mountain trail in southern Arizona after the Ecuadorian and two Mexican men apparently crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally.

The Border Patrol says neither the agent nor the Ecuadorian required medical attention after being evaluated at a Border Patrol station after the Wednesday night incident near Patagonia.

According to the Border Patrol, the Ecuadorian hit the agent several times when the agent tried to take him into custody and that they fought and slid down a hillside before the struggle ended when additional agents helped handcuff the man.

The Border Patrol says the Ecuadorian faces criminal charges of assaulting a federal agent and that three men remained in custody on suspicion of immigration violations.

No identities were released.

Fox 10 reported this from Phoenix.