Doña Ana County, New Mexico - U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed that a Border Patrol agent was recovered after being badly injured. Reports coming in from various news outlets say that the agent was tortured and horrifically mutilated.
On June 10, U.S. Customs and Border Protection released the following statement about the incident:
"U.S. Customs and Border Protection is assisting in the investigation of a report of an assault against an off-duty Border Patrol agent assigned to the Deming, New Mexico, Border Patrol Station.
The agent was discovered on the side of the road by a motorist at 11 p.m. MDT. The agent suffered multiple, serious injuries to his head, chest and hands.
Emergency Medical Services transported the agent to a nearby hospital where he is being treated for his wounds. The agent is in stable condition.
CBP is working closely with the FBI, Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office, and the El Paso Police Department on the ongoing investigation. CBP has informed its workforce of this report and has reminded its law enforcement personnel to be alert and aware of their surroundings and potential threats related to their service.”
That's the only official word on the incident. However, unofficial information has been leaking out from reporters.
Brandon Darby, the editor-in-chief for Breitbart Texas, said that Customs and Border Protection did not issue a warning to agents until after he had contacted them.
Darby later reported that he had hands on a document that identified the border patrol agent and noted that he was kidnapped and assaulted. He says that the FBI is leading the investigation and that, “Agents are advised to remain vigilant and maintain a heightened level of awareness.”
The area immediately south of the border in the El Paso sector, where the Deming station is located, "is controlled by the Juarez Cartel and their enforcers, La Linea", according to Darby.
Robin Zielinski, a photojournalist with Las Cuces Sun-news later released that the Border Patrol agent's fingers were cut off during the attack.
Details are still trickling out, but authorities aren't openly talking about what happened.
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