Investigators question brothers in Border Patrol agent's death

Sergio Conner
December 7, 2017

In their investigation, agents say an informant had heard from a "coyote" - which is a reference to a person who smuggles people into the USA - that two men who had recently crossed the Mexican border with a group of immigrants admitted they had attacked the agents with rocks.

An FBI agent believes U.S. Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez was murdered, according to a sworn affidavit filed in a federal court this week.

The FBI Special Agent says that one of the suspects was arrested on an immigration charge of illegal re-entry.

A second person, reportedly familiar with the brothers, identified the two men in the group by name to the informant. Though the specifics of the area where the Border Patrol agents were found makes it unlikely that any fall could have resulted in such injuries to both agents; however, there still exists the possibility that a vehicular accident or attack may have occurred.

However, Daniel Munoz admitted to picking up his brother Antonio in a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am in Presidio, Texas, around November 20.

According to the documents, the trio took turns driving back to Portales but made sure the woman was behind the wheel when they crossed the Marfa Border Patrol checkpoint. Investigators were told the 2004 Pontiac Grand Am the three were traveling in broke down in Tatum, New Mexico, near Portales. The Suspect 1's brother told agents he went to retrieve the vehicle the next day.

The FBI Special Agent stated in the warrant that a passenger in the "subject vehicle" claimed she overheard one of the suspects "speaking to someone on the phone about crossing into the United States will illegal drugs to include methamphetamine and heroin".

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The warrant, issued December 2 by a federal judge in Albuquerque, is to search a Pontiac Grand Am for "trace evidence associated with the murder of a Border Patrol agent and assault of another".

The search is based on a tip from an informer who contacted the Border Patrol to say he heard from a "coyote", or human smuggler, that two brothers who live in Portales were present with a group of unknown immigrants during an assault with rocks on two agents near Van Horn, Texas.

The warrant states that Antonio was a likely "drug courier".

Suspect 2, suspected of taking part in the attack, was not mentioned in the warrant. Now one of the brothers is in custody for being in the country illegally.

Court records indicate that, at this time, no one has been charged with any crime connected to the assault on the agents.

The new court filings were first reported by Albuquerque TV station KRQE.

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