Border Patrol agents rescue woman from canal, arrest alleged rapist in her group


EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Border Patrol agents arrested an alleged rapist and rescued a woman from a dangerous canal Wednesday morning in El Paso.

Border agents said they observed four individuals making an illegal entry into the U.S.

Agents quickly apprehended them and learned three of them were Guatemalan and one Mexican.

Other responding agents encountered a Guatemalan woman who was struggling to stay afloat in the American Canal, a release said.

Agents quickly used a rope to pull the woman to safety before she was swept away. The El Paso Fire Department arrived at the scene to evaluate the woman, who appeared to be in good condition. She was taken to a local hospital for precautionary measures.

Agents took the group to the Paso Del Norte Processing Center, where a check of criminal records revealed that one of the Guatemalan man, 24-year-old Clemente Perez-Jimon, had been arrested by the Guymon City Police Department earlier this year in Guymon, Okla. Perez-Jimon was charged with rape strong-arm, a release said.

Perez-Jimon remains in custody pending criminal prosecution.

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