U.S. border agent suspected of raping undocumented immigrants found dead

SAN ANTONIO, Texas Thu Mar 13, 2014 7:57pm EDT

Related Topics

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. Border Patrol agent was found dead on Thursday in his Texas home just north of the Mexico border by authorities alerted to allegations he had kidnapped and sexually assaulted three female undocumented immigrants, federal agents said.

Authorities did not release a cause of death, but a local newspaper said he may have committed suicide.

Two of the female victims escaped on Wednesday night and alerted authorities, who then found the third woman in the Mission, Texas, home of the dead agent, according to FBI Special Agent Michelle Lee in San Antonio and Customs and Border Protection officials.

"An injured adult female provided information that she and two other females had been assaulted by a male suspect," a Customs and Border Protection statement said.

Authorities then went to the agent's home where they found his body and the injured woman. Further details were not provided, including the name of the agent.

The McAllen Monitor newspaper cited law enforcement officials as saying the three women had illegally entered Texas on Wednesday night.

The agent is suspected of raping the three, who included a mother and her 14-year-old daughter and another 14-year-old girl. It said local officials believe the Border Patrol agent shot himself.

(Reporting by Jim Forsyth; Writing by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Steve Orlofsky)

We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/
Comments (2)
Array0 wrote:
I am glad he did the right thing and saved us taxpayers a trial. To WildBillWB – sorry to burst your bubble buddy, but if the mom is smart enough to get a dna test done, the kid will have US citizenship regardless of which side of the border she gives birth on.

Mar 20, 2014 5:28pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ArghONaught wrote:
Part of the problem, citizenship anchoring, is easy. Change citizenship laws so at least one parent has to be a citizen. Being born in the US would not be sufficient. Many countries have that approach. It would take a generation to kick in with effect, but it is not hard in practice, just in politics.

Mar 20, 2014 6:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

Full focus