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Federal and state charges filed against El Paso man accused of pointing a gun at migrants

EL PASO, TX (Border Report) — El Paso police have identified a man accused of pointing a gun at migrants near Holy Hearth Church on New Year’s Eve in South El Paso.

Steven Matthew Driscoll, 27, of East El Paso, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, evading arrest and/or motor vehicle arrest, and disorderly conduct, El Paso police said in a statement.

According to the El Paso FBI, which investigated Driscoll along with the El Paso Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Driscoll is also facing federal charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm. .

The FBI also said it was prepared to investigate Driscoll for potential violations of federal civil rights should such allegations arise.

El Paso police responded to reports that a man harassed migrants and then pulled a gun shortly after 10:30 a.m. Saturday near Sacred Heart Church, where many migrants had camped for several days.

The police conducted a search but could not find the man.

About two hours later, in the early hours of New Year’s Day, police say the same 911 caller told them the man was driving near the Greyhound Bus Station in downtown El Paso.

The police noticed a suspicious car in the area and stopped traffic.

Officers asked the driver to get out of the truck before he allegedly jumped back and drove away.

The police car broke down and the police lost sight of the truck. However, the following day, investigators located the vehicle and were able to identify and apprehend Driscoll.

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