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Two Brothers Questioned in Mysterious Death of Border Patrol Agent

File photo of a Border Patrol vehicle, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal investigators may be closer to solving the mysterious death of a Border Patrol agent who was found at the bottom of a ravine in Texas last month.

The FBI is investigating two brothers who have been called “persons of interest” in the death of Rogelio Martinez and critical injuries to his partner on Nov. 18 near Van Horn, Texas, the Dallas Morning News reports

The news, which the feds said is preliminary, comes less than two weeks after a local sheriff and the FBI cast doubt on a Border Patrol union’s claims that the agents were brutally attacked by blunt objects, possibly rocks, not far from the border of Mexico. President Trump also peddled the unfounded narrative that the agents were attacked by immigrants.

Court documents signed on Dec. 2 reveal that FBI agents questioned Antonio and Daniel Muñoz and discovered red-stained fabric in a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am.

A forensics lab in Virginia is testing the fabric.

The brothers have denied they were involved, and neither has been arrested or charged.

Investigators said they are still pursuing the theory that the agents fell into a ravine along treacherous terrain.

Sheriff: Truck May Have Caused Fatal Injuries to Border Patrol Agent

Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez was found dead at the bottom of a ravine in west Texas.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Although President Trump quickly declared that two Border Patrol agents were brutally beaten by rocks in Texas last month, a local sheriff says the pair may have been struck by a tractor-trailer.

Culberson County Sheriff Oscar Carrillo told the Dallas Morning News he believes a tractor-trailer may have accidentally hit them.

Rogelio Martinez, 36, and his partner were found in a ravine along a treacherous stretch of land near Van Horn in West Texas, about 30 miles from the Mexican border.

Martinez died soon after following traumatic head injuries and broken memories. His partner, who has yet to be identified, reportedly can’t remember what happened and remains hospitalized.

“From the beginning we were radioed to assist in the incident as an injury, not an assault,” Carrillo said. “That’s the way it was communicated to us.”

A day after the injuries were reported, Trump tweeted, “Border Patrol Officer killed at Southern Border, another badly hurt. We will seek out and bring to justice those responsible. We will, and must, build the Wall!”

Trump added that the surviving agent had been “badly beaten.”

The union that represents Border Patrol agents, the National Border Patrol Council, suggested the agents were attacked.

But local authorities and the FBI are more skeptical.

The FBI is now offering a $45,000 reward for information leading to what caused the injuries and death.  

Cat Hair, Cigarettes Lead FBI to Woman Accused of Sending Bomb to Obama

Cat photo by Steve Neavling.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Cat hair and a pack of cigarettes helped lead the FBI to a woman accused of sending a bomb to President Obama, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and the Social Security Administration near Baltimore.

Julia Poff, who is accused of sending the improvised explosive devices, was captured after the FBI found several unusual clues, RT.com reports.

“Cat hair was found under the address label,” the indictment reads. “The cat hair on the Obama package was microscopically consistent with the hair of one of Poff’s cats.”

The FBI also found remains of a cigarette box used to make one of the bomb, and on the pack was a sticker that identified the store where the tobacco was purchased. Bank statements show Poff bought cigarettes at the same store.

Poff is being held pending trial and could be sentenced to life in prison or death.

Funeral Held for Border Patrol Agent Whose Grisly Death Remains a Mystery

Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez was found dead at the bottom of a ravine in west Texas.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent was laid to rest Saturday following his mysterious death at the bottom of a culvert in the Texas desert. 

Family, friends and law enforcement officers attended the funeral at a Catholic church in El Paso, Texas, to mourn the death of Rogelio Martinez, 36, the Washington Post reports

Martinez’s U.S. flag-draped coffin was carried by Border Patrol pallbearers in green uniforms while bagpipes played.

“It honors him to see law enforcement agencies from across the United States” attend the service, Border Patrol spokesman Ramiro Cordero told reporters outside the church.

Martinez, who was responding to a triggered sensor on Sunday night in west Texas, was found with “traumatic head injuries” and broken bones. He died early Sunday from head injuries.

His partner, who has not been identified, also was found with head injuries and had been in critical condition last week.

The union representing Border Patrol officers insist the agents were attacked with rocks, but the FBI is not so sure.

FBI Investigating Mysterious Death of Border Patrol Agent in Texas

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Was a Border Patrol agent killed or did he fall? What about his partner, who is in critical condition at a hospital?

The FBI is investigating what happened to the agents on a treacherous stretch of west Texas late Saturday night.

“There are a number of possible scenarios, but right now we are going to pursue it as an assault on a federal agent,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Emmerson Buie Jr. said during a Tuesday briefing in El Paso, the Los Angeles Times reports. “This is the most important investigation in the El Paso division of the FBI. We will be aggressively investigating all leads.” 

Here’s what the FBI knows: Angelo Rogelio “Roger” Martinez, who was responding to a triggered sensor, was found with “traumatic head injuries” and broken bones. He died early Sunday from head injuries.

His partner, who has not been identified, also was found with head injuries. As of Tuesday evening, he was in critical but stable condition.

The union representing Border Patrol officers insist they were attacked with rocks.

“There’s no way he fell,” Chris Cabrera, a union spokesman and veteran agent based in McAllen, Texas, said of the agent who died. “Border Patrol agents are like mountain goats. They don’t fall. Especially two at the same spot.”

The FBI isn’t so sure. The agents were found at the bottom of a 9-foot-deep culvert in a treacherous area.

The death is still be investigated as a homicide.

Apple Served Search Warrant for iPhone of Church Shooter, But Case Unlikely to Go Federal

Church shooter Devin Kelley

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Texas law enforcement has served Apple with a search warrant for data stored on the blood-splattered iPhone used by the gunman in the Texas church shooting that killed 26 people earlier this month.

But the Washington Post reports it’s unlikely the FBI will take the case to federal court, like it did over the locked phone of a terrorist in San Bernardino, because authorities believe Devin Patrick Kelly acted alone and was not tied to terrorists. 

Nevertheless, Texas Rangers served a search warrant to obtain digital photos, messages, documents and other types of data from Kelly’s phone, a second mobile device found near his body and the gunman’s iCloud account, the San Antonio Express-News reports.

It’s unclear whether Apple will comply with the warrant or fight it like the company had in the San Bernardino case.

At the point, the feds are unlikely to make it a federal case.

“We do have a role in supporting the locals, but it’s not in FBI’s wheelhouse to run this case,‘‘ said one law enforcement official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the probe is ongoing. “It’s more of a local investigation at this point.”

Border Patrol Agent Killed in Likely ‘Ambush,’ Beaten to Death by Rocks

File photo of a Border Patrol vehicle, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent who was killed in southwest Texas was likely “ambushed” and beaten to death by rocks, according to the president of the National Border Patrol Council.

Another agent was seriously injured and remains in the hospital following the attack on Sunday.

Rogelio Martinez, 36, and his partner were patrolling the Big Bend Sector when they came under attack by a group of illegal immigrant, Brandon Judd, president of the labor union, said.

“I have been told by several agents that it was a grisly scene, and that his injuries were very extensive,” Judd said Monday in a phone interview with The Washington Post. “We believe he was struck in the head with rocks, or multiple rocks.” 

Both agents received blunt force trauma to the head.

“There were no indications the agents fired their weapons,” Judd told Fox News. 

The FBI is now investigating the assault.

Details remain murky because Customs and Border Protection has yet to disclose what happened.

The agents were patrolling near Interstate 10, in the Van Horn Station area, when they were alerted to illegal immigrant traffic.

Border Patrol Agent Killed, Prompting Trump to Renew Calls for Wall

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has taken over an investigation into the death of a Border Patrol agent in Texas Big Bend area, where his partner also was seriously injured Sunday. 

A Border Patrol spokesman declined to divulge what caused the injuries but said the FBI and other authorities are looking for potential suspects and witnesses.

Agent Rogelio Martinez, 36, and his Big Bend partner “were responding to activity while on patrol near Interstate 10, in the Van Horn Station area,” Customs and Border Patrol announced Sunday

Martinez’s partner called for assistance, saying both of them were injured.

Agents who responded provided immediate medical care and transported both agents to a local hospital.

Martinez, who had been a Border Patrol agent since August 2013, was later pronounced dead, and his partner, whose name has not been released, was still in the hospital Sunday in serious condition.

President Trump responded in a tweet Sunday night, renewing his call for a border wall with Mexico.