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Man sentenced to 68 months in prison for assaulting a CBP officer at the San Ysidro Port of Entry

Rene Robert Ruiz, 55, was handed a 68-month prison sentence for assaulting a Customs and Border Protection Officer at the San Ysidro Port of Entry when attempting to enter the United States from Mexico.
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A man is sentenced to nearly six years in prison for assaulting a Customs and Border Protection officer at the San Ysidro Port of Entry when attempting to enter the United States from Mexico. 

U.S. District Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel recently sentenced 55-year-old Rene Robert Ruiz to 68 months in prison for attacking a CBP officer on May 17, 2021, at the port of entry. According to court records and trial testimony, Ruiz walked toward the limit line separating the countries and yelled “f*** you!” at an officer near the line. 

Prosecutors said Ruiz continued to yell at officers and made no efforts to provide identifying documentation that would permit him to enter the United States. Ruiz told an officer “F*** you, I’m a U.S. citizen, I’m coming in,” after an officer said he could not enter until he calmed down. 

The U.S. Attorney's office said Ruiz then attempted to push past the officer and eventually struck the officer in the head while resisting restraint. Prosecutors said the officer suffered a concussion and other injuries due to the assault. 

During the sentencing hearing, Judge Curiel said “Ruiz’s assaultive conduct was the culmination of a thirty-year history of violence and disregard for law enforcement, including his self-admitted leadership role in a violent motorcycle gang. 

“This defendant viciously attacked a customs officer completing routine duties at the port of entry,” said U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman. “Law enforcement officers—such as the victim here—perform vital services for us all and must be allowed to do their jobs without the risk of harm. The U.S. Attorney’s Office will continue to vigorously prosecute those who place their safety and security at risk.”

The financial penalty Ruiz will face will be determined during an Aug.29 restitution hearing. According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Ruiz could face a $250,000 fine.