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Border Agent Was Killed For His Night Vision Goggles

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Emilio Samyn Gonzales-Arezenas, one of the men responsible for the robbery and killing of a Border Patrol agent near Campo in 2009, said the victim was targeted in an effort to steal his night vision equipment, according to KTLA. Five men lured the agent, 30-year-old Robert Rosas Jr., into a trap by leaving footprints in the dirt while he was on patrol.

Gonzales-Arezenas, who faces life in prison, will be sentenced Oct. 17 by U.S. District Judge M. James Lorenz. Christian Daniel Castro Alvarez, a juvenile, was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison. Jose Luis Ramirez Dorantes was extradited to the United States from Mexico, and Marcos Rodriguez Perez is expected to be extradited following his April arrest. Suspect Jose Juan Chacon Morales is still at large.

According to Gonzales’ plea agreement, Chacon and Rodriguez planned to rob the Border Patrol agent of his night vision equipment because they had lost a similar device used to smuggle illegal immigrants and drugs into the United States.