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Border Patrol Agent Kidnapped & Hacked with Machete

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Published on: June 20, 2017

A US Border Patrol was kidnapped and hacked with a machete, according to a statement from the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Department.

Breitbart reported on the story.  According to them, “Customs and Border Protection (CBP) first tried to keep the matter from the public and then downplayed aspects of the attack.”

An official statement from the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Department was released.  The text of that statement is provided in full.

TWO MEN SUSPECTED IN ATTACK OF OFF-DUTY AGENT IN CUSTODY

Two men accused in the brutal attack of an off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent on June 9 are in custody.

On Tuesday, FBI agents in the El Paso Sector, with the assistance of Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives, arrested 33-year-old Sergio Ivan Vanegas-Quinonez on an outstanding warrant of aggravated battery (great bodily harm) and aggravated assault. He is currently in custody at the El Paso County Detention Center awaiting extradition to Doña Ana County.

Thursday, 31-year-old Fernando Puga of Las Cruces was taken into custody by Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives with the assistance of FBI agents. Puga is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and attempted murder.  He is currently being held at the Doña Ana County Detention Center on a $1 million cash bond.

According to court documents filed by sheriff’s detectives, Vanegas-Quinonez and Puga confronted an off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent on Friday, June 9, as the agent was reportedly helping his mother at her tamale stand near the intersection of Stan Roberts and McCombs in northeast El Paso.

The agent reportedly left in his vehicle with Vanegas-Quinonez and Puga.

At approximately 11:40 p.m. that same night, a sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to Paradise Lane, just off Shalem Colony Trail west of Las Cruces. Upon his arrival, the deputy reported finding a 30-year-old male subject who appeared to be suffering from multiple lacerations to his head and arms.

The male subject was later identified as the off-duty agent who reportedly left with Vanegas-Quinonez and Puga from northeast El Paso. The victim said the two men were armed with a gun and a machete. Detectives say the victim was struck repeatedly with the machete.

The gun was later discovered to be a pellet gun.

Sheriff’s detectives began to piece together details of the attack with an

Two men accused in the brutal attack of an off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent on June 9 are in custody.

On Tuesday, FBI agents in the El Paso Sector, with the assistance of Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives, arrested 33-year-old Sergio Ivan Vanegas-Quinonez on an outstanding warrant of aggravated battery (great bodily harm) and aggravated assault. He is currently in custody at the El Paso County Detention Center awaiting extradition to Doña Ana County.

Thursday, 31-year-old Fernando Puga of Las Cruces was taken into custody by Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives with the assistance of FBI agents. Puga is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and attempted murder.  He is currently being held at the Doña Ana County Detention Center on a $1 million cash bond.

According to court documents filed by sheriff’s detectives, Vanegas-Quinonez and Puga confronted an off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent on Friday, June 9, as the agent was reportedly helping his mother at her tamale stand near the intersection of Stan Roberts and McCombs in northeast El Paso.

The agent reportedly left in his vehicle with Vanegas-Quinonez and Puga.

At approximately 11:40 p.m. that same night, a sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to Paradise Lane, just off Shalem Colony Trail west of Las Cruces. Upon his arrival, the deputy reported finding a 30-year-old male subject who appeared to be suffering from multiple lacerations to his head and arms.

The male subject was later identified as the off-duty agent who reportedly left with Vanegas-Quinonez and Puga from northeast El Paso. The victim said the two men were armed with a gun and a machete. Detectives say the victim was struck repeatedly with the machete.

The gun was later discovered to be a pellet gun.

Sheriff’s detectives began to piece together details of the attack with an earlier call for service, one that happened just before 9 p.m. on the same night in the 100 block of Amparo Road in Chaparral.

Deputies responded to that location on what was initially believed to be an unrelated domestic dispute. When they arrived, it was learned that Vanegas-Quinonez had been at the house, demanding to see his ex-girlfriend. The woman’s sister told deputies Vanegas-Quinonez threatened her with what appeared to be a handgun. The sister described the vehicle Vanegas-Quinonez was in as an older-model red Nissan – the same vehicle that sheriff’s deputies located on the side of McCombs Road, just south of the New Mexico/Texas state line.

The vehicle matched the description provided by the victim on Amparo Road. Physical descriptions of the two suspects also matched between the victim on Amparo Road, the agent and his mother.

The victim remains in critical condition at UMC.

The incident is still an open investigation, in cooperation with the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas, and the Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Breitbart had previously reported on the incident earlier in June.  In their first report on June 9, they exposed the fact that Customs and Border Protection did not prioritize alerting the public or other Border Patrol agents to the kidnapping and attack.

When they followed up, they used a “Be on Lookout” (BOLO) report that was sent to law enforcement and agents concerning the incident.

Finally, all of the details of the BOLO were revealed in a third report, along with the name of the suspect and that a source said the suspect had been deported three times before the attack occurred.

Why was this kept from the public and more importantly, knowing that an agent had been kidnapped, why was there not a high level of alert given to agents on the matter?  These seem reasonable questions we should ask of those who are doing this job.

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