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BP agents arrest 2 men suspected of holding migrant at gunpoint

Border Patrol agents arrested two Mexican men Thursday after an apprehended migrant told agents that the men had held him at gunpoint on the Tohono O'odham Nation, authorities said.

That morning, agents in the Tucson Sector apprehended a man for entering the United States illegally, said Rob Daniels, a spokesman for Customs and Border Protection. The man told the agents that he had escaped from armed men who had been holding him against his will about 30 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, Daniels said. 

Later that day, agents with BORTAC—the Border Patrol's elite tactical team—and agents from the Casa Grande Station's Mountain team boarded a helicopter and flew to an area known as South Mountain, Daniels said. 

After a search, the agents located the two men near the village of Quijotoa, about 30 miles northwest of Sells. 

The agents apprehended the men without incident, and found a AK-47-patterned semi-automatic rifle, as well as cell phones and two-way radios. 

An evidence collection team processed the seized items, and all three men will remain in custody while agents complete an investigation, Daniels said. 

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A semi-automatic rifle, cell phones and two-way radios were found during the apprehension of two men suspected of holding an immigrant at gunpoint near the village of Quijotoa, about 30 miles northwest of Sells on the Tohono O'odham Nation.