This woman found the man in her backyard and for three days she cared for him, providing him with food and water. But her compassion was met with an assault, according to a press release from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection:
Without warning, the man grabbed the woman, bound her feet and hands, and forced her into her car. When the man tried to start the vehicle, the woman was able to escape from his control.
The woman was rescued by the Dimmit County Sheriff’s Office, who had received calls about her walking, hands bound, along the road. Carrizo Springs Station Border Patrol agents joined the investigation and, alongside Dimmit County Sheriff’s deputies, found the suspect’s footprints leading away from the woman’s house.
Their combined manhunt led to an unusual find:
After tracking the individual for some time with the use of Border Patrol and Dimmit County canines, officials encountered an unresponsive person matching the assailant’s description lying in the brush. A trained Border Patrol Emergency Medical Technician treated the unresponsive subject and transported him to the local hospital where it was determined by doctors the subject had been faking his condition.
The woman, who was in the hospital, was able to identify the man as the one who had attempted to kidnap her. It was determined that he was in the nation illegally and now faces charges of “burglary of a habitation with intent to commit a felony and aggravated kidnapping,” along with deportation proceedings.
Acting Chief Patrol Agent Matthew J. Hudak offered high praise for the border patrol agents involved in the case:
“The skill sets of the men and women of the United States Border Patrol are simply incredible. Tracking and arresting this subject resulted in the detention of an undocumented alien with a propensity for violence.”
The area has been subject to more than one high-profile case, with a local sheriff’s son being arrested for allegedly smuggling illegal immigrants into the country in July 2016. Earlier that year a former Crystal City councilman admitted to accepting payments for transporting illegal immigrants across the state.
KHOU wrote in July 2016 that the southwest border saw its fair share of activity, with more than 34,000 illegal immigrants apprehended in June.