Wilcox man tries to stab Border Patrol officer

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DOUGLAS, Ariz. -- A Wilcox man reportedly tried to stab a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer at the Douglas port of entry Thursday afternoon.

CBP officers were screening pedestrian traffic coming from Mexico on Thursday when they were approached by an 18-year-old man. The officers noticed that the man kept his hands in his pant pockets and they told him to show his hands.

Authorities said the man stepped toward an officer as he pulled his hands from his pockets and attempted to stab him with a knife that he had been concealing in his pocket.

The officer was able to block the stabbing attempt and the man was taken into custody.

The man's name was not released, but authorities said he is a U.S. citizen and resident of Wilcox.

The man was charged with assault on a federal officer.