Radio saves Border Patrol agent from getting stabbed

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File photo of a Border Patrol vehicle (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) File photo of a Border Patrol vehicle (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
TUCSON, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A radio saved a U.S. Border Patrol agent from getting stabbed by an undocumented immigrant, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Officials said agents from the Border Patrol and Air and Marine Operations responded to a report of approximately 10 migrants walking in the desert near Three Points, Arizona, on Tuesday night.

A helicopter crew was guiding agents on the ground toward the group's location when they spotted one of the migrants attempting to leave the area.

An agent contacted that person and a struggle ensued. Officials said the migrant pulled out a knife and attempted to stab the agent, but it struck the agent's handheld radio, which was attached to his body armor.

Agents were able to subdue and arrest the suspect.

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