Off-duty Border Patrol agent arrested and charged in road rage incident
LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) - An off-duty Border Patrol agent was arrested after an alleged road rage incident. 35-year-old Roman Rodriguez, Jr. is facing charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
According to Laredo police, officers responded to reports of two cars chasing each other on the northbound lane of I-35 on Wednesday, December 21, at around 2 p.m. Once officers arrived at the 6400 block of I-35, they found Rodriguez and another person verbally arguing with each other.
Eyewitnesses told police that prior to the argument, a car cut off a pick-up truck Rodriguez was allegedly driving. Rodriguez reportedly hit the car from behind. The drivers got out and began to argue.
Investigator Joe Baeza said, ”At that point, the vehicles got off to the side of the road. The two individuals got out and became physically involved in an altercation. From there, one of the individuals actually drew a weapon and produced a weapon toward the victim.”
It is unclear why several Border Patrol agents were present at the scene of the alleged road rage incident. U.S. Border Patrol officials confirmed Rodriguez is an agent for the agency.
The Laredo Police Department confirmed Rodriguez has been arrested before.
The case remains under investigation by the Laredo Police Department and the Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Professional Responsibility.
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A Border Patrol agent was arrested for Wednesday’s road rage incident on the 400 block of I-35.
The Laredo Police Department confirmed that 35-year-old Border Patrol agent Roman Rodriguez, Jr. was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. He was off-duty at the time.
The incident happened on Wednesday, December 21 around 2 p.m. on the northbound lane of I-35 near 320 West Village Boulevard. Over 10 police units were seen around a white pick-up truck. Shortly after 3 p.m., a Border Patrol unit arrived at the scene. No injuries were reported in the incident.
Two boxes were seen being taken out of the white pickup truck.
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