EL PASO: Kidnapped Border Patrol agent left with men to protect his family, affidavit says

EL PASO: Kidnapped Border Patrol agent left with men to protect his family, affidavit says

Robert Moore , El Paso Times

An off-duty Border Patrol agent said he got into a car with two strangers to get them away from his family after noticing one of the men had a gun, according to an FBI affidavit.

The two men went on to kidnap and brutally attack the agent, authorities say.

The affidavit in the federal kidnapping case against the two suspects provides additional details into the events of June 9-10, when off-duty Border Patrol Agent Lorenzo Hernandez was kidnapped in Northeast El Paso and forced to drive almost 50 miles to an area outside Las Cruces, where he was attacked and badly injured. The affidavit was filed June 15 in U.S. District Court in El Paso and made public Thursday.

Hernandez was assisting his mother at her food truck in Northeast El Paso on the night of June 9 when they were approached by two men later identified as Sergio Ivan Quiñonez-Venegas and Fernando A. Puga. (New Mexico law enforcement documents have identified the first suspect as Sergio Ivan Venegas-Quiñonez.

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