No threat to El Paso identified so far as FBI remains on alert ahead of Inauguration Day; Congresswoman Escobar asks community to help ID rioters

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EL  PASO, Texas (KTSM) — The FBI El Paso Division is joining national efforts to combat public safety threats in the days leading up to Inauguration Day.

On Friday, Special Agent in Charge Luis Quesada released a statement on the safety measures being taken locally following last week’s violent attack inside the U.S. Capitol.

“This is all part of the effort to ensure the safety of our communities,” Quesda wrote.

“We are focused on identifying, investigating, and disrupting individuals that were involved in the siege of the Capitol and/or continue to incite violence and engage in criminal activity here locally,” the statement continued.

Congresswoman Veronica Escobar is also asking community support in identifying rioters.

“On January 6, 2021, El Pasoans and Americans across the country witnessed a deadly attack against our nation that resulted in at least six deaths, more than 50 seriously injured police officers, and 15 hospitalizations,” said Escobar. “To ensure the safety of our community and our country, El Pasoans have the responsibility to assist the FBI in identifying those who aided and abetted this attack.”

The FBI El Paso Division is establishing a command post to facilitate intelligence gathering, as well as coordination efforts with other local and state partners. 

“We also have special agents, bomb technicians, the FBI Evidence Response Team, tactical teams, intelligence teams, and others to support investigations and counter any potential threat of violence to federal buildings and our shared community,” Quesada added. 

The FBI has not received any threats to the El Paso area but continues to be on heightened alert and requests the public’s assistance.

“Between now and the presidential inauguration on January 20, we will be maintaining a heightened posture to monitor for any emerging threats to the region,” Quesada wrote. 

El Pasoans are urged to submit any information, photos, or videos that could be relevant at fbi.gov/USCapitol or verbally report tips and/or information related to this investigation or any suspicious activity leading to the Presidential Inauguration of Joe Biden at ‪1-800-CALL-FBI (1-‪800-225-5324).

To see images from current cases, visit fbi.gov/wanted/capitol-violence.  

If you know of an immediate emergency, call 911.

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