Federal Bureau of Investigation searches vehicle in death of border agent

Lester Mason
December 7, 2017

Federal search warrants unsealed over the weekend indicate that the FBI is zeroing in on two suspects in the beating death of Border Patrol agent Rogelio Martinez and the assault of a second agent near Van Horn in late November.

Harper referred to an announcement by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday that it is doubling a reward - from $25,000 to $50,000 - for information that could lead to solving the case.

Border Patrol pallbearers carry Border Patrol agent Rogelio Martinez to a graveside service at Restlawn Cemetery, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in El Paso, Texas.

Harper said the Federal Bureau of Investigation continues to investigate leads brought forward by the public, and that the agency doubled its reward offer to $50,000 this week.

Investigators have said Martinez's partner, who radioed for help and has not been named, is recovering from similar injuries but does not remember what happened.

Were a pair of brothers in New Mexico behind the murder of a border patrol agent in Texas?

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.

In the affidavit, the FBI investigator said an informant told a Customs and Border Protection agent that two brothers who were recently smuggled into the United States spoke about assaulting the agents.

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

The suspects allegedly told the coyote they assaulted the Border Patrol agents with rocks. The possible suspect allegedly admitted to entering the USA illegally on November 20, 2017.

On Sunday, investigators found fabric with red stains and other discolored clothing after obtaining a warrant to search a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am that transported Antonio Munoz, and another brother, Daniel Munoz, on or around November 20.

A woman who traveled in the Pontiac with the brothers told investigators she overheard Antonio Munoz speaking to someone about crossing into the United States with drugs "including methamphetamine and heroin".

Investigators believe they can find evidence, linking possible Suspect #1 to the assault on the agents, inside the Pontiac Grand AM.

"When two individuals struggle, the physical components of their person can be exchanged, as well", the agent wrote in the affidavit.

The search warrants do not reveal what trace evidence, if any, was found in the objects collected inside the vehicle. That trace evidence includes a red stain on a seat and athletic trousers that had unknown stains.

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