- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) - One of 11 Cubans who landed on a South Florida beach over the weekend is facing an assault charge after authorities say he swung a machete at a federal officer.

SunSentinel (https://goo.gl/oN3lZj ) reports that a federal magistrate ordered Lazaro Mora Gutierrez to be held without bond during a Tuesday hearing. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

A complaint filed Monday says Gutierrez swung a machete at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer as federal agents, including the U.S. Coast Guard, tried to stop the 12-foot boat off a Hollywood beach. After missing the agent, Gutierrez reportedly dropped the machete and then tried to stab himself with another knife.

Agents eventually backed away, and the boat - carrying 10 men and one woman - made it to the beach.


Information from: Sun Sentinel , https://www.sun-sentinel.com/

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