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Archive for May 20th, 2021

FBI Releases New Videos of Suspects Wanted in ‘Violent Attacks’ at Jan. 6 Riot

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By Steve Neavling

The FBI on Wednesday released two new videos of suspects accused of violently assaulting law enforcement officers during the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. 

One of the suspects is shown striking officers with a tactical baton after trying to rip off an officer’s mask. Another suspect is shown punching officers with metal knuckles. 

The FBI is hoping the videos help lead to the arrests of the suspects. 

“The American people answered the call when we asked for their help two months ago in identifying 10 individuals captured on video in some of the most violent attacks on officers who were protecting the U.S. Capitol on January 6,” Steven M. D’Antuono, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, said. “As difficult as it is to report family, friends, and co-workers, the American public continues to provide vital assistance to the FBI and our partners in this investigation.”

So far, the FBI has arrested more than 425 suspects in connection with the riot. Nearly 90 of the suspects were charged with assaulting law enforcement officers. 

The FBI said they are still searching for some of the most violent suspects. 

“Our work is not done yet,” D’Antuono said.

Border Patrol Agent, Canine Handler Honored After Dying from COVID-19

Border Patrol Agent Freddie Vasquez. Photo: CBP

By Steve Neavling

A Border Patrol agent and canine handler who died from COVID-19 was honored Wednesday at a funeral Mass in Texas. 

Agent Freddie Vasquez, 43, was hospitalized and placed on a ventilator in February after authorities say he was infected with the coronavirus while on the job. The CBP determined he died in the line of duty.

“Today, we will lay to rest our friend and brother, Border Patrol Agent Freddie Vasquez,” El Paso Border Patrol Chief Gloria I. Chavez said in a tweet. “We will never forget the impact you have made on our lives, and we will honor your legacy always.  We will miss you Freddie.  Honor First.”

Vasquez, who worked for CBP for nearly 19 years, was given full honors at San Lorenzo Catholic Church in Clint, Texas. 

Vasquez is survived by a wife, three children, two brothers and both parents. 

Last month, his wife Inez Vasquez said she encouraged her husband to get vaccinated but he didn’t follow through. 

“I am left to wonder if he had obtained the vaccine, would he have been left like this, would it have been as severe?” Vasquez, 44, a registered nurse, told The San Diego Union.