A U.S. Border Patrol agent has been indicted on two federal offenses after he allegedly ran down an undocumented migrant in his truck late last year in Nogales, then lied about it in a report.
The indictment, filed May 30 at U.S. District Court in Tucson, accuses Matthew Bowen of one count of depravation of rights under the color of law. That offense stems from an incident on Dec. 3, 2017, when he allegedly intentionally struck the victim with his service vehicle, causing bodily injury.
It also accuses him of knowingly falsifying records in a federal investigation when he submitted a memo to the chief patrol agent in the Tucson Sector on Dec. 12, 2017, in which he falsely stated that he never intended to strike the victim with his truck, and didn’t know if he had.
The Arizona Daily Star, citing an affidavit filed with a search warrant request, reported that the victim is a 23-year-old Guatemalan man who entered the country illegally near the Mariposa Port of Entry and ran north toward an open lot. Three Border Patrol agents arrived at the scene, and when the man tried to run back toward the port, Bowen chased him in his truck, striking him twice with the front of his vehicle.
The second time he hit him, the Star reported, Bowen drove his truck directly into the man’s back, knocking him to the ground and coming within inches of running him over. The incident was reportedly recorded by Border Patrol surveillance cameras.
The man was taken briefly to the hospital with abrasions to his hand and both knees, then convicted and sentenced the next day for illegal entry, the Star reported.
Bowen is scheduled to appear in court on the charges on June 15, according to the criminal summons he was served on May 31.