Off-Duty US Border Patrol Agent Assaulted

By Jack Phillips, Epoch Times
June 13, 2017 11:14 am Last Updated: June 13, 2017 5:16 pm

An off-duty U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer was allegedly assaulted in New Mexico, according to a statement released by the agency this week.

The agency, as the statement reported, will assist “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 incident took place over the weekend, local reports indicated.

(CBP statement/screenshot)
(CBP statement/screenshot)

The statement read: “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.”

A U.S. Border Patrol agent looks for footprints of illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.–Mexico border near Nogales, Arizona, in 2010. On Jan. 25, President Donald Trump ordered a continuous physical wall be constructed along the southern border. (John Moore/Getty Images)
A U.S. Border Patrol agent looks for footprints of illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.–Mexico border near Nogales, Arizona, in 2010. On Jan. 25, President Donald Trump ordered a continuous physical wall be constructed along the southern border. (John Moore/Getty Images)

As the El Paso Times reported Sunday evening, officials have remained mum on the investigation into the assault.

The name of the agent has not been released to the public.

The incident follows last month’s killing of an off-duty U.S. Border Patrol Agent Isaac Morales, who was found stabbed in East El Paso.

(CBP/Twitter)
(CBP/Twitter)

“CBP mourns the loss of USBP Agent Isaac Morales. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and fellow agents during this difficult time—KM,” the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Twitter said at the time.

The El Paso Times reported that Hisaias Justo Lopez, 39, will face murder charges in Morales’ death. Police said he’s being held on $500,000 bond in the El Paso County Jail.

(Screenshot/Border Patrol Twitter)
(Screenshot/Border Patrol Twitter)

(GoFundMe)
(GoFundMe)

A GoFundMe was set up for Morales’ family, raising nearly $20,000.

It described Morales as a “kind, big hearted person who has the ability to light up any room with just his smile. Isaac has impacted many people, who can all attest to what an amazing person he is.”