EL PASO, Texas – FBI brokers investigating the unexplained dying of a Border Patrol agent have turned their consideration to 2 brothers who could also be suspects within the case, certainly one of whom has been taken into federal custody on an immigration violation, in response to courtroom paperwork filed this week in New Mexico.
Border Patrol agent Rogelio Martinez’s dying final month was shortly seized upon by President Donald Trump to re-affirm his case for a wall alongside the border with Mexico. However the FBI has solely stated it’s treating Martinez’s dying as a “potential assault,” and had but to find out if he might have died in an accident or beneath different circumstances.
The paperwork launched this week are the strongest signal but investigators consider that Martinez was the sufferer of a ugly roadside beating on Nov. 18. The 36-yr-previous agent was discovered with extreme head accidents and damaged bones on the backside of a culvert alongside Interstate 10 in West Texas. He died at an El Paso hospital hours later.
One other agent, whom courtroom paperwork recognized for the primary time as Stephan Garland, was discovered close to Martinez with critical accidents, and no reminiscence of what occurred. Neither officer drew his weapon, initially casting doubt on the possiblity the brokers got here beneath assault.
Jeanette Harper, spokeswoman for the FBI in El Paso, which is main the investigation, stated officers might say little concerning the newest courtroom filings as a result of the probe is ongoing.
“We’re nonetheless at first levels to see if these individuals are related to this incident,” Harper stated in an interview.
However within the courtroom filings the FBI refers back to the brothers, Antonio and Jesus Munoz, as “the doubtless perpetrators of the assault.”
On Sunday, investigators discovered material with pink stains and different discolored clothes after acquiring a warrant to look a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am that transported Antonio Munoz, and one other brother, Daniel Munoz, on or round Nov. 20.
The brothers denied any position within the incident or any information of what occurred to the brokers.
Martinez’s post-mortem report has not but been accomplished, the El Paso County Medical Examiner’s Workplace stated Wednesday.
Antonio Munoz was taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Nov. 30 after admitting to getting into america illegally. The U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace for New Mexico on Tuesday assigned one in every of its prime prosecutors to Munoz’s immigration case, however it’s unclear if the federal government plans to file further costs.
In accordance with the FBI affadavit, a confidential informant informed Border Patrol brokers that the Munoz brothers have been a part of group which will have assaulted the officers with rocks.
A lady who traveled within the Pontiac with the brothers advised investigators she overheard Antonio Munoz chatting with somebody about crossing into the USA with medicine “together with methamphetamine and heroin.”
The FBI affadavit states that Antonio Munoz “was possible a drug courier.” Courtroom filings present he was deported in 2015. He was taken into…