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Off-duty BP agent stops alleged carjacking

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Border patrol says the agent witnessed a local pastor being assaulted and jumped into action

WESTMORLAND, Calif. (CBS 13) - While on his way to work last Sunday, border patrol agent Roy Rosas witnessed an alleged carjacking on Forrester Rd. and State Highway 86 in Westmorland.

According to the El Centro Sector Border Patrol, the off-duty agent stopped and was able to help a citizen whose car was allegedly broken into by a 24-year old.

The agent witnessed the victim, a local church pastor, being assaulted around 12:45 p.m. by the suspect who was attempting to take the pastor's car. That's when agent Rosas intervened and a short fight ensued between the agent, the suspect, and the pastor.

The 24-year-old was removed from the pastor's vehicle and detained until Westormorland Police could arrive.

“As sworn officers, Border Patrol Agents risk their lives every day both on and off-duty,” said Chief Patrol Agent Gregory K. Bovino. “Agent Rosa's actions demonstrated just that and brought great credit upon himself and the U.S. Border Patrol.”   

The suspect was taken to a local hospital and treated for minor injuries before being booked into the county jail.

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