DEMING, N.M. – An off-duty U.S. Border Patrol Agent was reportedly kidnapped and had fingers cut off, according to a photo journalist in New Mexico.
The agent was discovered on the side of a roadway with serious injuries to his head, chest, and hands, according to officials. The Border Patrol agent appears to have been ruthlessly attacked. Sources first alerted Breitbart Texas to the incident. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) confirmed many of the details on the matter.
The Border Patrol agent is assigned to the Deming, New Mexico, Border Patrol Station, which is in the El Paso Sector.
Robin Zielinski, a photo journalist of the Las Cruces Sun Times reported that the officer had his fingers cut off. The agent is also believed to have been kidnapped before receiving his injuries, according to BAM.com.
BREAKING: Credible source told me that fingers of off-duty Border Patrol agent were cut off during last night attack https://t.co/SKOga2w0uB
— Robin Zielinski (@Ikillthelight) June 11, 2017
According to CBP:
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.
The region immediately south of the border in the area is controlled by the Juarez Cartel and their enforcers, La Linea, reported Breitbart. They operate in the El Paso Sector and are known to abduct individuals and administer torture techniques.
The fact that the FBI is investigating the matter, rather than just local law enforcement agencies, would indicate that the attack on the Border Patrol agent is due to his employment as a law enforcement officer with the U.S. government.
Also, the warning issued by CBP to Border Patrol agents indicates that the violent attack was related to the agent’s employment as a law enforcement officer with the U.S. government. The warning shows that CBP feels this attack indicates possible risks to additional agents along the U.S.-Mexico border.
CBP did not alert the public or other Border Patrol agents until after the agency was contacted by Breitbart Texas. Only after CBP was contacted, did they publish a statement according to Brandon Darby, managing director and editor-in-chief of Breitbart Texas.
A spokesman for CBP contradicts this assertion and claims that they internally notified agents, not the public, prior to being contacted by Breitbart Texas.
Important to note: @CustomsBorder did NOT issue warning to agents until AFTER I contacted them for comment. https://t.co/ifBs4RdjXN
— Brandon Darby (@brandondarby) June 10, 2017