Man facing charges for allegedly assaulting Border Patrol officer

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NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) – A man is facing federal charges after he allegedly assaulted a Border Patrol officer at a hotel in Niagara Falls.

On Sunday, an employee of the Sheraton Hotel on Third Street flagged down the officer and told the officer he needed help getting Felix Santos to leave the premises.

Authorities say the officer approached Santos, identifying himself as a Border Patrol agent, and say the 41-year-old immediately began to shout at the officer and the hotel employee.

The officer asked Santos to calm down and produce his residency paperwork. After receiving the documents, the officer returned to his vehicle to verify their authenticity.

Authorities say Santos followed the officer out of the hotel and continued shouting.

The officer told Santos to leave the hotel, and at some point, Santos allegedly placed his hands on the officer’s chest and shoved him.

Santos was subdued and placed in handcuffs. He was then taken into custody by Niagara Falls Police.

Now Santos is facing federal charges of assaulting an officer of the United States. He could face eight years in prison if convicted.

The officer suffered a minor scrap and a bruised knee.

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