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Reports: off-duty Border Patrol agent kidnapped and brutally assaulted in New Mexico

Photo: U.S. Border Patrol

An off-duty Border Patrol agent suffered serious injuries Friday night after an apparent assault in New Mexico.

At about 11 p.m. Friday, a motorist found the off-duty agent "on the side of the road" in Doña Ana County, New Mexico, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

"The agent suffered multiple, serious injuries to his head, chest and hands," according to the news release. "Emergency Medical Services transported the agent to a nearby hospital where he is being treated for his wounds. The agent is in stable condition."

The news release didn't specify where, exactly, the motorist found the off-duty agent — or identify the road by name.

Details about the injuries suffered by the agent weren't immediately clear.

Robin Zielinski, a photographer for the Las Cruces Sun-News newspaper, tweeted that a "credible source told me that fingers of off-duty Border Patrol agents were cut off during last night (sic) attack."

Brandon Darby of Breitbart Texas, who first reported the attack, said he obtained a document from the El Paso Border Patrol Sector that provided additional details about the incident.

"The document does specifically identify that a Border Patrol agent was kidnapped and assaulted," according to Breitbart Texas. "The document also asserts that the FBI in El Paso, Texas, is leading the investigation."

Customs and Border Protection will work with the FBI, the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Office and the El Paso Police Department will investigate the assault, according to the news release.

"CBP has informed its workforce of this report and has reminded its law enforcement personnel to be alert and aware of their surroundings and potential threats related to their service," according to the news release.

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