22-Year-Old Man Pleads Guilty to Attempted Murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent

Rey David Marquez-Jimenez, 22, of Mexico, previously pleaded guilty to one count of Attempted Murder of a Federal Officer on October 20, 2022. Sentencing is scheduled for January 12, 2023, before United States District Judge Jennifer G. Zipps.

On January 26, 2022, near Hereford, Arizona, Marquez-Jimenez tackled a United States Border Patrol (USBP) agent as the agent attempted to handcuff another individual. Marquez-Jimenez punched the agent several times and tried to pull the agent’s firearm from his holster. When the firearm came out of the holster, Marquez-Jimenez tried to point it at the agent. He then got on top of the agent and attempted to slash and stab him with a knife. The agent gained control of the knife, and Marquez-Jimenez fled on foot before being apprehended by other USBP agents.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, Marquez-Jimenez faces a sentence of 60 to 108 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation in this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah B. Houston, District of Arizona, Tucson, is handling the prosecution.