ARIZONA CITY — A U.S. Bureau of Land Management ranger was allegedly kicked in the face by a man in the country illegally.
According to Pinal County Superior Court records, Carlos Xalin Iquic, 23, is charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest.
BLM rangers and Pinal County Sheriff’s deputies responded around 1:15 a.m. on Oct. 22 to an area of desert south of Arizona City near Sunland Gin Road and Aries Drive where BLM rangers had made contact with a group of 18 people who were allegedly in the country illegally.
One ranger was talking with a group of six people; four of the people in the group were cooperative and two resisted officers and tried to flee into the desert.
As the ranger attempted to stop one of the two resisting arrest, the second person, later identified as Xalin Iquic, kicked the ranger in the mouth. The ranger struck Xalin Iquic and took him into custody. The ranger had a red, swollen lip.
Xalin Iquic was booked into the county jail.