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Border Patrol Agents Rescue Two Suicidal Men in Detroit on Same Day

Detroit riverfront. Photo by Steve Neavling.

Detroit riverfront. Photo by Steve Neavling.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents saved two men attempting to commit suicide in separate incidents in Detroit on Wednesday.

The Detroit News reports that a Border Patrol agent on patrol spotted a man stumbling in the street at about 7 p.m.

“The agent stopped to assist him and noticed he was covered in blood,” authorities said Thursday. “The individual stated he just tried to commit suicide and stabbed himself.”

Instead of waiting for an ambulance, agents rushed the man to the hospital.

At 10:30 p.m. that night, separate Border Patrol agents responded to a possible suicidal man near the Detroit River. The man jumped into the river but was rescued when the agents threw bags with ropes so the man could reach shore.

“Each of us in this world has a purpose,” Chief Patrol Agent Douglas Harrison said in a statement Thursday. “I am proud that the purpose for these Border Patrol agents last night was to save the lives of two people who needed help.”

Sister of Kidnapping, Murder Suspect Files Claim Against FBI for Killing Brother

fbi logo largeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The sister of a man killed in the Idaho wilderness after authorities said he abducted a 16-year-old girl and killer her relatives is suing the FBI for $20 million, saying her brother never got a fair trial, the Associated Press reports. 

The attorney of Lori DiMaggio Robinson filed a claim with the FBI Thursday and plans to soon file suit.

“We need a lot more information,” attorney C. Keith Gree said. “We need to know why the officers felt like they were being targeted and to find out if they truly were in harm’s way.”

James DiMaggio, 40, was killed in August 2013 after triggering a massive manhunt.

He was shot six times after the FBI said he fired rifle shots as a rescue attempt was underway.

“The FBI agents’ unprivileged use of force therefore constitutes an assault and battery against DiMaggio, leading to DiMaggio’s wrongful death under Idaho law,” attorneys stated in the claim. “None of the agents present sought to intervene to prevent the excessive force, though able.”

Border Patrol Agent Rescued Following ATV Crash in Texas

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent is recovering from traumatic injuries after his ATV plunged over a ledge near the Rio Grande in Sanderson, Texas.

Agents from the Office of Air and Marine boarded a helicopter and rescued the agent soon after the crash.

“The safety of our officers and agents is critical. These men and women put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe. We are glad to say that our air crew was able to successfully extract this individual from an extremely remote location to safety,” Supervisory Air Interdiction Agent Clay Tippit said in a press release.

The agent was treated and stabilized and then sent to a hospital via helicopter.

“We work closely with other agencies in the area especially Border Patrol. When an agent, or any individual, is injured we do everything we can to ensure an outcome such as this. Everyone worked together and got this injured agent the care that he needed. Because of that, I can gladly say that the agent has been released from the hospital and is doing well,” said Tippit.

 

 

Horrifying 50 Minutes for Border Patrol Agent Who Drove into River

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Emergency responders rescued a Border Patrol agent whose car plunged into the St. Clair River in Michigan early Wednesday morning.

The Detroit Free Press reports that that agent was in the water for about 50 minutes, hanging onto the seawall near a water treatment plant in Algonac before he was rescued.

It wasn’t immediately clear how the unidentified agent and the Border Patrol vehicle ended up in the water.

The agent, who is assigned to the Marysville station, was patrolling when the accident happened.

The agent was treated and released from the hospital.

FBI Sting Rescues 168 Children, Nets 281 Arrests Involving Sex Trafficking

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A weeklong child-prostitution sting netted 281 arrests and the rescue of 168 children nationwide, Time reports.

Dubbed “Operation Cross Country VIII,” the string is part of a larger effort that has so far rescued about 3,600 children and led to the convictions of 1,450 people.

“Operation Cross Country reveals that children are being targeted and sold for sex in America every day,” said John Ryan, the CEO and president of NCMEC, in a statement.

The FBI originally targeted casinos, truck stops and websites advertising dating services, using that information to expand the string.

“Child sex traffickers create a living nightmare for their adolescent victims,” Leslie Caldwell, assistant attorney general for the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, said in a statement. “They use fear and force and treat children as commodities of sex to be sold again and again. This operation puts traffickers behind bars and rescues kids from their nightmare so they can start reclaiming their childhood.”

 

Chinese Immigrants Are Crossing Texas Border By Hundreds a Year

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hundreds of Chinese immigrants are crossing the Texas border annually, prompting the Border Patrol to erect signs in Mandarin, Fox San Antonio reports.

“We have had on occasion a number of Chinese in the groups that we have called in and reported to border patrol,” said Jim Gibson, with the Texas Border Volunteers.

Border Patrol estimates about 500 Chinese immigrants try to cross the border in South Texas every year.

To curtail the number of immigrant dying trying to cross the border, the feds posted Mandarin-worded rescue beacons, Fox San Antonio reported.

“The fact that the federal government put the chinese language on a rescue beacon is significant and tells us there are a significant number of people from China coming through or else they wouldn’t have bothered with it,” Gibson said.

Border Patrol Agent Saves Life of Drowning Child in Neighbor’s Swimming Pool

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A quick-acting Border Patrol agent saved a drowning child who fell into a neighbor’s swimming pool over the weekend in McAllen, Tex.,  The Monitor reports.

Agent Carlos Cojelo was at his house when he heard commotion from a neighbor’s house. When he arrived, he saw a mother clutching her 3-year-old child, who was turning blue.

“I pressed on his stomach and water came out of his mouth,” Vasquez told The Monitor. “I pressed again and more came out. I was desperate I didn’t know what to do. That’s when he touched on my shoulder and told me that he knew what to do.”

Cojelo, a former EMT, resuscitated the child while they rushed to the hospital.