Third suspect charged with shooting off-duty Border Patrol agent

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - A third suspect has been charged with shooting at an off-duty Border Patrol agent on I-10 near Eastlake last week.

Sebastian Aldaz, 19, was charged with Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity/Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. Rafael Valenzuela, 23, and Raul Beltran, were charged last week.

Court records show that the off-duty agent spotted a dark-colored Ford around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday near his home in east El Paso as he left for work. Shortly after spotting the suspicious vehicle, he pulled into a Valero gas station on Lee Trevino. 

He told investigators that the same dark-colored vehicle pulled in to the gas station and a man, later identified as Valenzuela, got out of the car and went inside. 

After fueling up, the agent followed the car to get a license plate and called the suspicious activity into police. As he was doing this, the car began following the agent on Loop 375 south until he got onto I-10 East. 

Despite trying evasive action, the car continued to follow him, according to court records. As the agent neared I-10 at Eastlake, the documents show the car sped up and shots were fired from inside the car toward the off-duty agent, hitting it three times.

Surveillance footage from the Valero and license plate records identified Valenzuela as one of the men allegedly involved in the incident.

El Paso County Sheriff's Investigators later identified the two other suspects in the vehicle as Beltran and Aldaz.

Aldaz was in custody since the night of the shooting after an alleged home invasion burglary in East El Paso. In that separate incident, he is suspected of breaking into a home with four other men to steal marijuana from a victim at gunpoint.  

Valenzuela and Aldaz's bonds were each set at $200,000. Beltran's bond is currently set at $75,000. No word on whether additional arrests are expected. 


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