Groveland Man Indicted For Assaulting Customs And Border Protection Officer At Orlando International Airport
Orlando, Florida – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces the return of an indictment charging John Craig Myrick (67, Groveland) with forcible assault of a federal officer. Myrick faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.
According to the criminal complaint, on August 11, 2018, Myrick arrived at the Orlando International Airport from Bogota, Colombia. While passing through customs, a Customs and Border Protection Officer (CBPO) referred Myrick into the baggage control seating area. While in the seating area, after a brief interaction, Myrick moved towards another CBPO, who attempted to control Myrick by grabbing Myrick’s arm. Myrick resisted, striking the CBPO in the back of the head or neck. Myrick then fell on top of the CBPO, striking him in the back of the head several times. The CBPO suffered a fractured ankle in the process.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. It will be prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Brandon Bayliss.
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