Border militia leader attacked while in Dona Ana County Jail

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The leader of the United Constitutional Patriots was assaulted while in jail, the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office confirmed.

Larry Mitchell Hopkins, 69, was the victim of an assault Monday at the Dona Ana County Detention Center, the sheriff’s office said.

He suffered non-life-threatening injuries as a result of the assault and was transferred out of the jail by the U.S. Marshals Service on Tuesday. 

Hopkins is the leader of the United Constitutional Patriots, the New Mexico-based militia group who has been posted along the U.S.-Mexico Border since mid-February.

He was arrested over the weekend and is charged with being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, according to the New Mexico U.S. Attorney’s Office. 

A complaint affidavit said that FBI agents saw the firearms in Hopkins’ possession during a visit to his home in Flora Vista, N.M. in 2017. 

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