Del Rio, Texas - CBP U.S. Border Patrol agents, assigned to the Eagle Pass South Station, captured a kidnapping suspect and rescued his victim early Sunday morning.
Agents responded to a house on the east side of town around 4:40 a.m., following a request for assistance by the Eagle Pass Police Department. Police advised agents that a man had broken into a house and fled with a woman at knifepoint. Agents, with the assistance of a Border Patrol canine, searched the surrounding area and found the suspect and victim. The 24-year-old victim, who was covered with blood, told agents the suspect had struck her with his fists repeatedly on the face and head.
Agents turned the 19-year-old suspect over to the Eagle Pass Police Department. The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Martin R. Clark, Patrol Agent in Charge of the Eagle Pass South Station, noted that cooperation between Border Patrol and local authorities is a key element in keeping the border area safe.
"Were it not for the quick response by local police officers and responding Border Patrol agents, this incident could have had a more tragic ending," Clark said. "This level of coordination between our agencies has been of great benefit to our community. I commend all of the officers and Border Patrol agents involved in making this arrest."
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.