UPDATE: Border Patrol identifies man accused of assaulting agent - Tucson News Now


UPDATE: Border Patrol identifies man accused of assaulting agent, escaping custody

Carlos Erazo Velasquez. (Source: Border Patrol) Carlos Erazo Velasquez. (Source: Border Patrol)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Authorities are still searching for the man accused of assaulting a federal agent and escaping custody while at a Tucson hospital. 

On Saturday, March 4, Border Patrol identified the suspect as 37-year-old Carlos Erazo-Velasquez.

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The CBP said Erazo-Velasquez, of Honduras, was arrested Wednesday, March 1, near Nogales, AZ.

Carlos Erazo-Velasquez. (Source: Border Patrol)

"At the time of the encounter, the suspect attempted to evade arrest, assaulted an agent and fled on foot," CBP said in a release. "During the foot chase, the suspect collapsed and (agents) rendered aid. The suspect was transported to Banner UMC."

The agent allegedly assaulted by Erazo-Velasquez was treated and released, according to CBP.

While getting a medical evaluation at Banner Friday night, Erazo-Velasquez escaped custody.

CBP agents, using vehicle and helicopters, began searching the area around the hospital and a midtown apartment complex.

The Tucson Police Department initially assisted in the search for a while, but withdrew its support for unknown reasons.

The TPD did issue a news release late Saturday afternoon. The release can be read HERE.

The search for Erazo-Velasquez continued on Saturday. He has been described as a 5-foot-7, 215-pound man with curly black hair. He was last seen wearing a hospital gown and gray pants. 

Anyone who has seen Erazo-Velasquez is asked to call 911 or the Tucson Sector Border Patrol at 748-3000.

According to the Sweetwater Now, Erazo-Velasquez was arrested in Wyoming in June 2016. The report claims he was a facing charges of marijuana possession, no driver's license and a detainer from ICE.

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