Documents: Coyote tipped investigators to possible suspects in Border Patrol agent's death

Documents: Coyote tipped investigators to possible suspects in Border Patrol agent's death

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

During the course of the investigation, the FBI Special Agent says he identified a "subject vehicle" and that he believes "contains trace evidence associated with the murder of a Border Patrol agent and the assault of another, alien smuggling, and drug trafficking". ABC-7 is not identifying the suspects because they have not yet been charged with a crime.

Court records show that Martinez suffered wounds to his head and body resulting in significant blood loss. But upon questioning, both brothers denied any role in the attack on the agents, according to the affidavit. That agent's name has not been made public. The coyote told investigators possible Suspect #1 could be found in Portales, New Mexico while possible Suspect #2 could be located in Odessa, Texas.

The paperwork shows several interviews were conducted and agents learned that a third brother and an American woman admitted to driving to Presidio, Texas to pick up Suspect 1 the day after the attack. Investigators were told the 2004 Pontiac Grand Am the three were traveling in broke down in Tatum, New Mexico, near Portales. Martinez was on patrol in the Big Bend Sector when he died in the line of duty.

A woman riding in the Grand AM when possible Suspect #1 was picked up allegedly told investigators she overheard possible Suspect #1 talking on the phone about crossing into the U.S. illegally with methamphetamine and heroin. The suspect appeared before a magistrate judge in Roswell, New Mexico, on November 29 on the alleged immigration violation.

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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 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".

"With the evidence that has been collected federal investigators they "...believe that the SUBJECT VEHICLE will contain trace evidence relating to drug trafficking, the murder of Agent Martinez, and the assault of (the other) Agent". Court filings show he was deported in 2015.

KTSM is working closely with our sister station KRQE in Albuquerque on this developing story.

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