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Video allegedly shows Border Patrol running man down near Tohono O'odham village

Video uploaded to Facebook on Thursday allegedly shows a Border Patrol vehicle hitting a Tohono O'odham man on the nation near the village of Topawa. 

The 38-second video shows a newer-model Border Patrol Tahoe on a dirt road, circling a small mesquite tree before it collides with the man, who tumbles to the ground with his phone in hand. 

As the man, identified as Paulo Remes, approaches the vehicle, the driver heads directly for him, hitting him and knocking him to the ground. The driver accelerates away and does not appear to return. After he is knocked to the ground, Remes reads out a number on the vehicle, M87864, and says, "They just ran me over, bro." 

In a statement, a spokesman for the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector said that the agency is "fully cooperating with the Tohono O’odham Police Department as they investigate a Border Patrol agent involved vehicle incident that occurred late Thursday evening on the Tohono O’odham Nation." 

"Tucson Sector has been made aware of a video taken yesterday on the Tohono O’odham Nation relevant to this incident," he wrote. "We stress honor and integrity in every aspect of our mission. We do not tolerate misconduct on or off duty and will fully cooperate with all investigations of alleged unlawful conduct by our personnel."

"The Nation is aware of disturbing video footage of the incident that has been posted online. The safety and wellbeing of the general public is the Nation’s top priority, and the Nation’s leadership is monitoring this issue closely," Edward D. Manuel, chairman of the Tohono O’odham Nation, said in a statement Friday.

The Tohono O’odham Nation Police Department, which has primary jurisdiction for all crimes committed on the Nation, is conducting the investigation in concert with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Attorney’s Office, said Manuel.

According to a Facebook post following the video, Remes received care at the hospital in Sells, Arizona and is back home resting with his family. 

Remes said he was talking on the phone with his older brother when he spotted the Border Patrol agent at an abandoned house that belongs to his grandmother. 

The incident comes just as another Border Patrol agent was indicted in May for allegedly striking a man with his truck intentionally during an incident in December near Nogales. 

On May 30, a federal grand jury indicted Border Patrol agent Matthew Bowen, 38, for one count of deprivation of rights under color of law and one count of falsifying records in a federal investigation. 

TucsonSentinel.com's original reporting and curation of border and immigration news is generously supported in part by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

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A Border Patrol vehicle near the San Miguel Gate, on the Tohono O'odham Nation.