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."