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04/11/2019

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Man sentenced for assaulting CBP officer at Orlando International Airport

ORLANDO – A man was sentenced yesterday to seven years and three months in federal prison for forcible assaulting a federal officer causing bodily injury. This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

“This case emphasizes zero tolerance for violence against law enforcement,” said HSI Orlando Assistant Special Agent in Charge David J. Pezzutti. “Thanks to our law enforcement partners, including U.S. Customs and Border Protection, this man will be held accountable for his actions.”

According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, on Aug. 11, 2018, Myrick arrived at the Orlando International Airport from Bogota, Colombia. While passing through the screening area, a Customs and Border Protection officer (CBPO) directed Myrick to the baggage control seating area. While in the seating area, Myrick had an altercation with another CBPO who attempted to control Myrick by grabbing Myrick’s arm. Myrick resisted, fell on top of the CBPO, and began punching the officer in the back of the head several times. The CBPO suffered a fractured ankle in the process. Myrick was convicted following a two-day jury trial on Jan. 8, 2019.

The case was prosecuted by U.S. Attorney Middle District Florida Special Assistant United States Attorney Brandon Bayliss, on assignment from the Office of Principal Legal Advisor, ICE, and Assistant United States Attorney E. Jackson Boggs.

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Last Reviewed/Updated: 04/11/2019