Armenian national pleads guilty to attacking immigration officer

The attack happened at an immigration detention center in Kern County.

An Armenian national has pleaded guilty to assaulting an officer at a Kern County Immigration Detention Facility. 

Arsen Tonoyan, 46, pleaded guilty to assault on a federal officer or employee that inflicted bodily injury in federal court on Monday. 


The big picture: Court documents state that Tonoyan, a former resident of Los Angeles, was a detainee at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Golden State Annex detention facility in Kern County. 

  • On March 7, 2022, Tonoyan walked up to a detention officer and hit him multiple times, which caused the officer to fall to the ground. 
  • The officer suffered bodily injuries, including a concussion, cuts and swelling on his face and shoulder pain from the attack. 

What we’re watching: Tonoyan will be sentenced on Sep. 16 and faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. 

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