Saturday, March 3, 2007


On June 3, 1998, Border Patrol Agent Alexander Kirpnick was assigned patrol duties at Ephraim and Mariposa Canyons in the Nogales area of the Tucson Sector during the midnight shift. He and his partner responded to sensor traffic. About an hour after setting up, they heard foot traffic approaching and spotted five individuals carrying what appeared to be illegal contraband. When the suspects came closer, the agents identified themselves as Border Patrol Agents and moved forward to contact the suspects. Agent Kirpnick moved toward two suspects close to him and his partner moved toward three in his area. Agent Kirpnick’s partner heard Agent Kirpnick order the two suspects to sit down and soon after heard a gunshot. He then went to Agent Kirpnick’s position and found him prone with a wound in the head. Agent Kirpnick passed away at the University Medical Center in Tucson. Agent Kirpnick, an immigrant from Ukraine, was a graduate of the 322nd session of the U.S. Border Patrol Academy in Charleston, South Carolina.
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Decatur apartment raid yields fugitive hit-and-run suspect
By Bayne· 340-2432

A fugitive in a 2-year-old Bentonville, Ark., hit-and-run case is in Morgan County Jail.
Marshal Marty Keely, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service, Northern District of Alabama, told The Decatur Daily on Friday that Lazardo Lobaton, 25, is in jail on negligent manslaughter charges stemming from a July 18, 2004, incident.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Thursday that the Benton County Sheriff’s Department arrested Lobaton in connection with a hit-and-run accident that killed a Robinson, Ark., man on Old Highway 68 near Siloam Springs.
The paper said sheriff’s investigators suspected Lobaton, formerly of Rogers, Ark., of driving while intoxicated when he allegedly struck and killed 31-year-old Brandon Haley. Haley and another man were riding bicycles at the time.
The Democrat-Gazette said authorities believe Lobaton likely traveled back to Mexico for about six months following the accident, and then returned to the U.S.
Keely said marshals executed a search warrant in Florida recently but Lobaton eluded capture.
“We recently received information that he was living in Decatur,” Keely said.
Keely said the U.S. marshal’s Gulf Coast Fugitive Task Force, agents of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Department and three units of the Decatur Police Department raided an apartment at 601 Seventh Ave. S.W. at 5 a.m. on Dec. 14.
“They entered the apartment and found Lobaton and 10 other individuals living there,” Keely said.
Keely said they did not arrest any of Lobaton’s roommates.
According to the Democrat-Gazette, Benton County Deputy Doug Gay came to Decatur on Tuesday to make a positive identification and interview the suspect. In 2004, Lobaton’s status as U.S. citizen was undocumented, so sheriff’s investigators contacted INS. The paper said INS agreed to allow Benton County the first opportunity to press charges against the suspect.
Chief Investigator Mike Corley of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department said Friday that Lobaton does not face any criminal charges locally.

The Decatur Daily News 11/28/06


Deputy Brian Tephford fatally shot during traffic stop; suspects in custody
Deputy Brian Tephford, 34, a six-year veteran of the Broward Sheriff's Office, was shot and killed late Saturday night during a traffic stop as he worked a special detail in Tamarac. Deputy Corey Carbocci, 37, who was called to assist the traffic stop, was also shot during the incident.
Late Sunday afternoon, Broward Sheriff Ken Jenne announced the deputy's killer had been arrested.
BSO deputies and SWAT team members, with assistance from numerous other local and federal law enforcement agencies, converged on the Roadway Inn & Suites and arrested 28-year-old Eloyn Devon Ingraham. Two other males, seen in surveillance video released Sunday, were later taken into custody at the same hotel.
"This was a heartless, cold-blooded assassination," Sheriff Jenne said at a Sunday afternoon media briefing.
Deputy Tephford conducted the traffic stop in the 8000 block of West Colony Circle while on a special detail at the Versailles Gardens Condominium. He called for back-up and shortly after Deputy Carbocci arrived at the scene, both were fired upon. Deputy Tephford was shot twice and Deputy Carbocci was shot four times. Neither deputy had a chance to fire his weapon. They were rushed to Broward General Medical Center where Deputy Tephford was pronounced dead at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday morning. Deputy Carbocci is expected to recover.
Following graduation from the 144th Corrections Academy, Deputy Tephford was sworn-in as a BSO detention deputy sheriff in March 2001. Deputy Tephford served in the Main Jail and then transferred to the Department of Law Enforcement as a cadet. He graduated from the 216th Academy in April 2003 and took the oath as a law enforcement deputy sheriff in May 2003.
Assigned to patrol in BSO’s District 7, the City of Tamarac, Deputy Tephford was also a member of BSO's Field Force. He was named Employee-of-the-Month in December 2005, and in January 2003, the Sheriff presented him with BSO's prestigious Lifesaving Award for saving an inmate from suicide.
Deputy Tephford leaves behind a 4-year old daughter and young twins.

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Three Bahamian men were charged last week in connection with opening fire on the two deputies - killing one and seriously injuring the other. Eloyn Devon Ingraham, 28, was charged with first degree murder of Deputy Tephford, 34, and the attempted murder of Deputy Carbocci, 37, according to the Broward County Sheriff's office. Two other men, both Bahamians, who were seen on surveillance video with Ingraham, were also arrested. Arron Bernard Forbes, 22, and Andre M Delancy,l9, were charged with accessory after the fact.
Thousands honor slain Broward deputy
Miami Herald, The, November, 2006 by Miami Herald staff
Thousands of friends, family members and officers from South Florida and around the country gathered this afternoon at the Broward Center for Performing Arts to pay their last respects to Broward Sheriff's Office Deputy Brian Tephford. The ceremony included a video tribute, a 21-gun salute, Taps played by bagpipers and a flyover by helicopters from BSO, Miami-Dade police and the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office. The funeral procession, led by hundreds of motorcycles and marked police cruisers, began about 1:15 p.m. at the T.M. Ralph Funeral Home, 371 NW 136th Ave. in Sunrise. The procession shut down traffic along Broward Boulevard from Sunrise to Fort Lauderdale. All major intersections were closed as the procession passed. Uniformed police officers, firefighters and BSO employees lined the streets to honor Tephford as his hearse passed. The hearse, flanked by motorcycle units, moved past the Fort Lauderdale Police Department on Broward Boulevard.
Posted on Sat, Nov. 18, 2006
When Alyssa Tephford learned that her father had been killed, she immediately began drawing pictures and writing cards.
The 4-year-old tied the notes to her ''Daddy'' onto balloons and then released them into the sky, hoping that her father, Broward Sheriff's Office Deputy Brian Tephford, would see them in heaven.
A letter written by Alyssa was read aloud by Sheriff Ken Jenne during a memorial service Friday in Fort Lauderdale honoring Tephford, who was gunned down Nov. 11 during a traffic stop in Tamarac.
''My Mommy told me a very bad man hurt my Daddy and now my Daddy is dead,'' the letter read. ``I was very sad. I cried and cried.''


Illegal immigrant charged in deaths of New Castle motorists

Originally published December 23, 2006

An illegal immigrant faces criminal charges in the deaths of two New Castle residents killed when their car rear-ended a grain wagon without working tail lights that had stopped on Ind. 38 west of the Henry-Wayne county line.
Ernesto M. Reyes, 20, 2770 N. Henry County Road 900-E, was charged Friday with two counts of reckless homicide, a class C felony carrying a standard four-year prison term.
An initial hearing in Henry Circuit Court is set for 3 p.m. Wednesday. Reyes was being held late Friday in the Henry County jail under a $500,000 bond.
Indiana State Police Trooper Eric Thumb said Reyes was driving a tractor that was hauling the grain wagon and had stopped on the two-lane state highway, waiting to turn into a private road, when a car crashed into the rear of the wagon.
Gregory Duvall, 39, and his mother-in-law, Vickie D. Guffey, 60, both of 126 N. 10th St., were pronounced dead at the scene, between Henry County roads 850-E and 950-E.
Henry County Prosecutor Kit Crane said Duvall didn't have time to react when he came upon the tractor and wagon in the dark about an hour after sunset Wednesday because the trailer lacked the required operational tail lights.
Crane said Reyes was a Mexican national who entered the U.S. illegally. Reyes, who was not hurt in the crash, was hauling the wagon loaded with about 13,000 pounds of grain for a local farmer.


Roman Pena Rubi, an illegal alien, was sentenced this December to 5 years in prison for the 2002 hit-and-run death of William T. Johnson of Waynesboro, Virginia. Rubi, like so many other cowardly illegal aliens, ran away and left Johnson to die. Rubi evaded capture for four years until he was arrested last April while working illegally on a Virginia farm, picking fruit. [The farm owner should also be fined and jailed for hiring an illegal alien fugitive.]


According to the California Highway Patrol, an 18-year-old male was driving a Ford Taurus southbound on Otay Lakes Road when he struck the motorcyclist. Investigators said the teen crossed the double yellow line at a turn and overcorrected, striking and killing the motorcyclist who was coming in the opposite way.
Officials are investigating to determine if the driver is a U.S. citizen.
“His only form of identification he had on him was a photo ID and an educational ID from Mexico,” said CHP spokesman Brian Pennings. “He gave us a Los Angeles address, though.”
The car’s driver suffered minor injuries and will face numerous charges, said officials.

The identity of a motorcyclist killed Thursday in a crash on Otay Lakes Road has been released.
The victim was identified as retired San Diego police Officer Sgt. Robert Gregorio.
An 18-year-old driver crashed into Gregorio’s motorcycle Thursday, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Border patrol agents began chasing the 18-year-old motorist after receiving a tip of illegal immigrant activity in the area, NBC7/39 reported.
Agents had pulled off the chase shortly before the accident.
The driver did not have a valid driver’s license, police said.


Residents want crackdown on illegal immigrants
Men accused in death of Warren County man's son had entered U.S. without a visa.
By Tiffany Y. Latta Staff Writer Saturday, September 16, 2006 HAMILTON TWP.,
Warren County, Ohio —

Bill Barnhill is determined to stop people living in the country illegally from calling Warren County home. Barnhill's son, Kevin, was killed in Mason last month and the men accused of the crime had entered the United States without a visa, police said. Now Barnhill is among a dozen residents who have formed Citizens for Legal Communities to discourage people who have entered the county illegally from settling in Warren County. Police continue to search for a man wanted in connection with the beating and stabbing death of Barnhill near the Mason Pub. Enrique Torres, 27, of Cincinnati is wanted for complicity to commit murder in the death of Kevin Barnhill.Topics: illegal immigration, Warren County, Ohio illegal aliens, Murder, Crime, illegal alien, Bill Barnhill, Kevin Barnhill, illegal immigrantsHumberto Mota, 30, of Mason faces the same charge and is being held at the Warren County Jail with bail set at $1 million. "I'm on a crusade to get the word out about this increasing problem. I'll do all I can to get politicians to listen, even if it means taking this issue to the Supreme Court,'' Barnhill said. He and the other residents met Thursday evening with county officials, including Sheriff Tom Ariss and Prosecutor Rachel Hutzel to learn what law enforcement officials can do to help. Hutzel and Ariss said that in the past six months there's been an increase in violent crimes committed by illegal immigrants in Warren County. To help, residents must contact their elected officials and demand stiffer penalties for those who commit felonies while living in the United States illegally, Hutzel and Ariss said. They also said residents must demand that elected federal officials beef up the number of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents that patrol Ohio counties. "We have no authority to charge them for being illegal. They only thing we can do is charge them for violating laws,'' Ariss said. Police responded to a call of a man carrying a baseball bat outside the Mason Pub on U.S. 42 on Aug. 26. They could not find the man, but did find Kevin Barnhill, badly beaten behind the building. He died at the scene. Witnesses told police there was a fight at the bar that spilled out into the parking lot and to the rear of the building where Barnhill was found. Mota was indicted two weeks ago in Warren County on drug possession charges for cocaine he had when he was booked into the Warren County Jail, officials said.


Friday, January 12, 2007 6:57 PM PST
By: North County Times wire services - SANTA ANA -

A day laborer who used a 6.6-pound rock to beat a young woman about the face and head before sexually assaulting her in rural Trabuco Canyon was sentenced today to 46 years to life in prison for the 2004 attack that put her in a coma and left her with disabling injuries. Raul Salvador Marin, 33, was convicted last October of attempted murder and five other counts, including assault with intent to commit rape, sexual penetration by a foreign object by force, kidnapping to commit rape and aggravated assault. Orange County Superior Court Judge David Hoffer said Marin will be at least 70 years old before he is eligible for parole. "It is unlikely the defendant will receive parole in his lifetime," the judge said. Before Marin was sentenced, the now-22-year-old victim, referred to as Jane Doe, stood shakily before the court."But for this incident, I was scheduled to go to school in about a month and start my college," she said in a halting voice. "Unfortunately that's been postponed. I would ask for this man to be put away for life if possible so he'll never have a chance to do this to someone else." Her adoptive mother said the young woman had an abusive life before coming under her care and continued to have difficulties afterward, but later earned a general education diploma. She was on track to reach her dream of attending culinary school and opening a restaurant before the attack, the mother said. But now, "I'm not sure at this point if she has the ... ability." "After two years of intensive rehabilitation, she is unable to live on her own," the mother said. Senior Deputy District Attorney Mike Fell asked Hoffer to impose a second life term, to be served consecutively to the first. "I implore this court to give this monster the maximum time available," he said. "This was a horrible and evil and cruel crime by a horrible and evil man." He said the night of the June 14, 2004, attack, the victim, whom he called a "beautiful, beautiful woman," left a campsite where she had encountered some men in the canyon. She was going home when Marin chased her, quickly catching up as she lost her sandals. "She was running for her life," Fell said. Marin used the rock -- the size of a large brick -- to stop her screams and force her compliance, then sexually assaulted her and "strangled her for approximately a minute" and stuffed her mouth with dirt, Fell said. The beating was so severe the lower part of her right ear is missing, Fell said. When found the next day, her body temperature was 84 degrees and starting to shut down. "While he was sleeping in his warm bed, the defendant froze," Fell said. "While he was eating breakfast, the victim tried to breath through mud and dirt he caked in her mouth. While he laid back and drank beer, the victim laid in a hospital bed in a coma." But Deputy Public Defender Tracee May-Brewster painted a picture of events that night placing much of the blame on the victim, who, she said, was not the "innocent girl" the prosecutor portrayed. "She was living a transient, homeless lifestyle, using drugs at every opportunity," May-Brewster said. The woman was wearing a halter top and pajama bottoms so low-slung that a tattoo in her pelvic area was visible, May-Brewster said. As she walked past a group of day laborers, "one calls out, `Hey baby,' and that's the end right there," the lawyer said. "This woman was behaving like a drug-addicted prostitute." She said what happened to the victim is what happens to troubled women who "don't get the help they need." Marin, she said, had only a fifth-grade education, and as a young child in Mexico was tied up to a tree in the yard by his mother and not fed." "He's been a raging alcoholic since age 12," she said, and has "never had a relationship with a woman other than prostitutes." "You have two people raised in such circumstances (that) obviously one is going to be a victim and one is going to be a defendant," she said. "Mr. Marin is a product of his whole life, just as the victim is." She said Marin is compassionate, funny and good humored, accepted Jesus while in jail and would never have done such a thing if he was in his right mind at the time. The judge concurred that "Mr. Marine is not a monster," but added, "He is a person who committed a monstrous act." "The victim in this case is not a prostitute," he said. "Her choices that night were not wise, but in no way did her behavior cause it to happen." Hoffer called it "a brutal, vicious, callous attack," and said "it occurred because the defendant chose to do that. The victim in this case did nothing to invite this ... she was simply going home when this attack happened." May-Brewster told the judge after the sentencing that she has already prepared paperwork for Marin's appeal.


Woman arrested in hit-run death of ASU executive
Sarah Muench
The Arizona Republic
Mar. 2, 2007 03:55 PM
Police arrested late Thursday the driver they believe hit and killed Micheal Boulden, Arizona State University Foundation's chief of staff, police said.Yesenia Angulo-Gastelum, 26, was booked Thursday night into Maricopa County Jail on suspicion of hit and run after someone called in a tip following media reports, Phoenix police said.Boulden, 37, was riding a red mountain bicycle east on the shoulder of Pinnacle Peak Road in Phoenix at 6:23 a.m. Feb. 18 when a vehicle struck him from behind.The impact killed Boulden, who left behind a 3-year-old daughter. He had returned from visiting her in Germany just the day before the incident, according to Phoenix police and university officials. Police say Angulo-Gastelum left the scene and failed to provide identification or call for assistance, police said."She was brought in for questioning and made admissions, fully aware she struck someone," said Sgt. Joel Tranter, a Phoenix police spokesman. "She said she was afraid of getting caught for striking him."Angulo-Gastelum said didn't know Boulden and hitting him was not intentional, Tranter said.Tranter said Angulo-Gastelum and her boyfriend, who was riding in her 1999 Chevy Malibu at the time of the collision, "made a conscious effort" to conceal the car, replace the windshield and make repairs to the body of the car. The two drove the car for a week after a week's worth of repairs, Tranter said.Detectives discovered red paint from Boulden's bicycle on the car, Tranter said.Angulo-Gastelum didn't provide information on how the accident happened but Tranter said they were both traveling eastbound. It was dark, but Boulden had lights on his bike.Her boyfriend has not yet been arrested and police have submitted charges to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.Tranter said thanks to one tip, police were able to solve the case."We asked for the public's assistance on this case and it's that one phone call from the public that gives us that one little tidbit of information that our investigators can follow up on and crack the case," he said.Boulden had been at the ASU Foundation, the university's fund-raising organization, for two years. He played a major role in the organization having its most successful year ever in 2006, university officials said."Micheal was a young and vital man with a good heart, and we will miss him terribly," said ASU Foundation President Johnnie Ray. "All of us here at the foundation - Micheal's colleagues and friends - are privileged and honored to have known this lovely young man who left us all too soon."ASU employees and Boulden's family plan to celebrate his life at a barbecue with jazz music, just as he would have wanted it, officials said.The celebration is scheduled for Monday at 11 a.m. at the ASU Fulton Center 300 E. University Drive, near College Street and University Drive.


Since the story was strikingly similar to numerous other stories coming in from around the nation that involve illegal aliens and gang rape, ALIPAC e-mailed a request to Grand Junction Daily Sentinel newspaper reporter Mike Wiggins regarding his latest article on these crimes. Wiggins responded: "I believe some or all of (the) three may be illegal immigrants, though I haven't heard anything mentioned about it at any of their court hearings." Reynaldo Tuyub, 21, Carlos Soberanis, 34, and Lorenzo Varguez, 28, have been arrested and charged with sexual assault, kidnapping and third-degree assault. Authorities say the three men kidnapped a woman from a gas station near Grand Junction and took her in a van to a Colorado National Monument on August 22. According the Daily Sentinel reports, Soberanis confessed he was the driver of the van and had driven the woman up to the monument at the direction of Tuyub and Varguez. He said he watched at least two men have sex with the woman but denied participating in the rape, according to court records. A district judge has assigned court appointed attorneys for two of the men. A third has waived his right for a preliminary hearing and will be arraigned on Jan. 24. A search of the Google news service indicates that no media outside of Grand Junction is reporting this story at this time. This is common practice when a story involves illegal aliens that commit gang rape. Incidents of alleged gang rape are widely reported when the suspects are American citizens. Frequent news searches on the topic of gang rape indicate that a high percentage of gang rapes in America involve illegal aliens. "We are seeing two very clear patterns," ALIPAC President William Gheen said. "There is a clear association between illegal immigration, illegal alien gangs, and the crime of gang rape. The second trend is that these rapes are reported locally and not picked up by the national or statewide news agencies if the suspects are illegal aliens. Similar incidents involving legal U.S. citizens are reported nationally." This is the sixth incident of gang rape by illegal aliens ALIPAC has reported in a little over three months. Several other gang rape stories and stories involving illegal aliens are being suppressed. Police arrested six illegal aliens near Charlotte, N.C., on or around October 10 and charged them with the gang rape of a Huntersville woman. Each illegal alien had a valid North Carolina driver license. The story was posted on ALIPAC's Web site and forwarded in a release to national and state news outlets. To date, no media outside of the immediate Charlotte area have reported this crime except for one article in a newspaper in Myrtle Beach, S.C.


Gang Member Pleads Guilty
Salvadoran Admits Role in Fatal Attack on Va. Woman
By Tom Jackman Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, December 10, 2004

A Salvadoran gang member admitted yesterday in a Fairfax County courtroom that he led the gang rape of a Falls Church area woman in the summer of 2001, then kicked her in the neck with such force that it killed her. Oscar Omar Ramos Hernandez, 26, pleaded guilty to capital murder, abduction and rape and signed a plea agreement to serve three consecutive life sentences. Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge Kathleen H. MacKay said she would probably accept the deal but ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set a sentencing hearing for Feb. 4. The slaying was one of 10 in Northern Virginia believed to have been committed by Latino gangs since 2000. The killing of Diana Garcia, 24, was one of the most brutal and was one of four in which the victim was not a gang member. Hernandez told police that one of his friends claimed she was a "chavala," or rival gang member, just before the attack. Hernandez was born in El Salvador and told police he was "jumped in" -- or beaten for 13 seconds -- to the gang Mara Salvatrucha there at age 13. Hernandez reported participating in a machete killing in El Salvador when he was 16, served two years in a juvenile facility there and moved to the United States in 2000 in hopes of leaving the gang life behind. But when he moved to Northern Virginia to live with his sister, Hernandez landed in a hotbed of gang action, with Mara Salvatrucha the dominant group. He told police that he rejoined MS-13 after meeting local members on a corner in Shirlington where day workers gather hoping to find a job, according to a transcript of his interview with police. Hernandez sat quietly in the courtroom yesterday, a large "MS" tattoo dominating the entire back of his shaved head. Detectives said his back was completely covered with MS-related tattoos as well. Hernandez and another defendant, Omar Guzman, told police that on Aug. 13, 2001, they were hanging out at the 7-Eleven store on Patrick Henry Drive, just off Route 50, with a third man who remains at large. Guzman pleaded guilty last year to first-degree murder, rape and abduction and also is awaiting sentencing. The three men had downed "four 12-packs" of beer, according to Hernandez. "We were very drunk," he said. About 2 a.m., they spotted Garcia, who was walking home from a nearby club to her apartment in the 3000 block of Patrick Henry Drive, where she lived with her 2-year-old daughter. The three men followed her to the apartment, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney John R. Murphy said, then grabbed her and carried her about 100 yards to a nearby creek. Hernandez acknowledged that he raped Garcia first, though he claimed Garcia consented, and that the two others followed, the transcripts show. The men then asked whether she was going to tell police, Murphy said, and Garcia said she would. "At that point, the defendant kicked her," Murphy said, "and she went down." The single blow ruptured Garcia's left vertebral artery, and she died. Hernandez told police he did not find out until days later, when he was in the Fairfax jail on an unrelated charge, that Garcia had died. "I did not want to kill her," Hernandez told Richard Perez, then a homicide detective and now a police spokesman. "I only thought she had fainted." In 2002, Hernandez went to Georgia, where he was arrested and deported. He told immigration authorities he was Mexican, so they sent him to Mexico, he told police. He quickly reentered the United States through Texas. Later that year, he robbed and beat a small child in Houston and was arrested. In August 2002, detectives Perez, Dennis Harris and John Vickery interrogated Hernandez in a Texas prison. Vickery said Hernandez admitted the rape but not the slaying. In a subsequent conversation with Perez, he acknowledged kicking Garcia. He also admitted participating in a stabbing in Alexandria three days after Garcia's slaying and said he intended to kill the victim, who escaped. He still faces charges in that case. Perez asked Hernandez whether killing someone increased his stature in MS-13. "Hell yeah," Perez said Hernandez told him. "The crazier you're known to be, the more respect the gang gives you," Hernandez said. Hernandez's gang nickname was "Psycho." When Hernandez was paroled from Texas in April, he and Perez flew together to Fairfax, and Perez taped their conversation. Perez asked whether Hernandez blamed alcohol and marijuana for his actions, or the environment of the gang. "I am going to tell you it is the gang," Hernandez said. "But I am not blaming the gang. It is just that when you are drunk, things enter your mind, that you can do some kind of stupidity." Hernandez repeatedly explained the obligation that MS members feel to fight rival gang members at any time. When one of his friends told him that Garcia was from another gang, "we grabbed her because of that," Hernandez said. "Otherwise I would not have done anything to her.


3 arrested, charged in girl's rape
By Jason Kandel, Staff Writer L.A. Daily News Nov. 23, 2004

CANOGA PARK -- Three men were arrested in connection with the rape of a 13-year-old girl during an alcohol-fueled, off-campus "ditch" party, police said Tuesday. Jesus Gomez, Juan Carlos Barajas and Adam Mata -- all 18 and identified as associates of the Canoga Park Alabama gang -- were suspected of being part of a group of males who gang-raped the Canoga Park High School girl last Thursday at Barajas' house. "She was unable to resist," said Detective John Alviani of the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Bureau Sexual Assault Unit. "The males had sex with her against her will." After the assault, the assailants drove the victim to an apartment-complex carport in the 7000 block of Vassar Avenue, behind the school, and threw her out of the car. She was found by a tenant, lying unconscious and half-naked on the pavement. She was taken to a local hospital where she regained consciousness and gave descriptions of her attackers to police. Gomez is named in an injunction against the Canoga Park Alabama gang that bars him from hanging out with his associates, said Lt. Gary Hallden of the LAPD's West Valley Division. The suspects were arrested at a factory where one of them works, Alviani said. They have been charged with gang rape and are being held at the Van Nuys Jail. Bail ranged from no bail to $1 million. Earlier, police arrested a 16-year-old Canoga Park High School student in connection with the attack. Police were also searching for another teen.



An apologetic rapist was expected to get seven years behind bars for the gang rape of a Manhattan college student, but a Nassau judge was in no mood yesterday to oblige Elwin Alcantara. "I want you deported as quickly as humanly possible. You have no business being around people," Nassau County Court Judge Jerald Carter told the Honduras native, before sticking him with a nine-year prison term. The apology made in court by Alcantara, and his promise to "never do it again," only served to infuriate Carter. "It's you, your conduct and your refusal to admit that you have a problem that got you the nine years," the judge said. Alcantara, 20, of New Cassel, pleaded guilty last month to taking part in the November 2001 gang rape of a 20-year-old Marymount Manhattan College student who was attacked as she walked home from the Westbury train station. The vicious assault remained unsolved for nearly two years. But cops got a break in August 2003, when Alcantara was busted for allegedly having sex with a 13-year-old girl in a car and charged with statutory rape. I've read enough. I'm ready to join the fight against illegal immigration. DNA taken from semen in that case linked him to the Westbury rape. Nassau Assistant District Attorney Silvia Finkelstein noted that the Westbury case is the first cold case involving rape solved with the help of the new Nassau County Department of Forensic Genetics Lab. Alcantara, then 17, was one of two assailants who pounced on the college student as she left the train station at 1:45 a.m., punching her repeatedly in the face and dragging her into a dark alley. "They took turns raping her over the course of 45 minutes and left her there," Finkelstein said. The Marymount senior had finished midterms that day and was heading to a relative's Westbury home. The next day, she was supposed to travel to Pennsylvania for Thanksgiving. The pre-sentencing report completed by probation officials did not bode well for Alcantara. The document disclosed that as a 16-year-old, he had been convicted of having sexual contact with a minor. That case had been sealed because he was a juvenile. "Your probation report disturbed me greatly," Judge Carter said. The judge told Alcantara that he planned to write to immigration officials asking he be returned to Honduras immediately upon finishing his prison term. Outside the courtroom, Finkelstein said the Westbury rape victim was six months from graduating, but has not been able to return to college because she was left so traumatized. "This is a woman's greatest fear and worst nightmare," Finkelstein said. "To be alone at night, walking home and within a few blocks of your house, you're abducted, assaulted ... and gang-raped by two strangers."


Staff Writer Charlotte Observer
October 12, 2004

Six men were in custody Monday, charged with gang raping a 37-year-old woman visiting a Huntersville home over the weekend. But Huntersville police are still looking for a seventh man. The woman, whom police did not identify, visited a trailer home in the 11000 block of Cimmaron Road on the southwestern edge of Huntersville around 9:30 p.m. Saturday night, said Huntersville police Lt. Ken Richardson. She was a friend of one of the men who lived there, off McCoy Road, Richardson said. The friend and six other men held the woman at the home for at least six hours and repeatedly raped her, Richardson said. The next morning she called police around 11:30 a.m. and went to Lake Norman Regional Medical Center to be treated for physical injuries.Such rapes with multiple attackers are nearly unheard of in the town of about 32,300 people, Richardson said. Since joining the department six years ago, the lieutenant said, he hasn't seen a rape case with so many suspects -- or so much evidence. But rape has been on the rise in Mecklenburg County this year. In the first half of 2004, the number of rapes reported to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police increased 11 percent from the same period in 2003. It's unclear, though, how many of the 156 reported rapes were gang rapes, a term for rapes with more than one suspect. "It's not the victim's fault," Richardson said. "I believe people should be able to go where they want to go and be safe." Huntersville police visited the home Sunday afternoon to collect evidence and found the men were in the country illegally. It's unclear what country they are from, police said. Investigators called immigration officials who detained the men while Huntersville police continued their investigation. The woman identified five of the men, Richardson said, and the sixth offered a statement to police. They are still trying to identify and locate a seventh man who raped her, police said. On Monday afternoon, police charged each of the six men with first degree forcible rape, first degree sexual offense and first degree kidnapping, Richardson said. The men charged are Blas Ceron Santiago, 27; Rafael Ceron Santiago, 23; Alfredo Munoz Perez, 26; and Antonio Islas Lucio, 24. All lived at the trailer. Also charged are Eladio Castillo Castillo, 28, who lives in Cornelius; and Alejandro Morales Suarez, 25, who lives elsewhere in Huntersville, police said.


4 illegal aliens gang-rape woman in NYC Victim: They attacked like 'pack of wild wolves in search of their prey'
Posted: January 17, 20041:00 a.m. Eastern
© 2004

Four illegal aliens were among the five men who brutally gang-raped a New York City woman.
The woman described her ordeal in a scathing letter to state Supreme Court Justice Randall Eng, saying the men carried out their attack like "a pack of wild wolves in search of their prey."
"They punched me so hard that I was knocked to the floor," the 43-year-old victim wrote before Eng sentenced one of her attackers Thursday, Victor Cruz, to 21 years in prison, the New York Post reported.
"They savagely dragged me like an animal, like a piece of furniture, and took me to a secluded area of the park, a hut, a foul place that smelled so bad that not even animals should be made to be there, where I was brutally and repeatedly raped by five or more men," she said of the Dec. 19, 2002 attack.
The New York paper said Cruz, Luis Carmona, Carlos Rodriguez, Armando Juvenal and José Hernandez pleaded guilty in December to rape and kidnapping charges in exchange for sentences of 20 to 23 years.
"This is a crime that can only be described as one of blood-chilling inhumanity," Eng told Cruz, 22, who apologized to the woman, according to the Post.
All of the attackers, except Carmona, were in the United States illegally, the New York daily said, which prompted criticism from groups who charge the Immigration and Naturalization Service consistently fails to deport dangerous illegals.
The victim, a mother of two, said she is afraid to go out, has nightmares and is unable to sleep.
"I feel depressed and sad most of the time, and cannot even perform simple activities a lot of times," she wrote.
The attack took place in Queens at 9:30 p.m. on a walkway connecting the National Tennis Center to Shea Stadium.
According to the New York Daily News, she was sitting on a bench with her boyfriend after a dinner date when suddenly they were surrounded by about nine men who "acted like a pack of wild wolves," grabbing her while they punched and kicked her 37-year-old boyfriend.
She was dragged to a shantytown along the Long Island Rail Road tracks where at least three of the men lived and was sexually tortured for three hours before being rescued by police, the Daily News said.
Juvenal, Carmona and Rodriguez are to be sentenced next Thursday. Hernandez will undergo a psychiatric exam and be sentenced next month.
The victim is suing the city and the Metropolitan Transit Authority for $50 million.
In a brief statement, Cruz apologized for the attack.
"I hope she will one day be able to overcome this nightmare," he said.


Suspected illegal 'tries to rape girl'
Police: House painter targeted 12-year-old swimming in pool
Posted: June 7, 20063:32 p.m. Eastern
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VERO BEACH, Fla. – A suspected illegal alien is in custody today for allegedly trying to rape a 12-year-old girl he saw in a swimming pool.
Authorities say the suspect, 24-year-old Noe Lorenzo Moran, a native of Honduras, was working as a painter at Vero Beach's Waterford Lakes when he targeted the child, who was swimming alone.
Police reports indicate Moran forced the girl against a wall, then removed her bikini bottoms and touched her.
The victim fought back and was able to get away from her assailant. She contacted authorities from a hospital she fled to, complaining of abdominal pains. The girl then worked with police to catch her attacker, telephoning him.

"In a taped phone call, he apologizes to the girl, says he's sorry and sets up a meeting to make it up to her here, just a few blocks from her home," said WPEC-TV reporter Jana Eschbach.
The Indian River County Sheriff's Office arrested Moran at a nearby convenience store, as the suspect thought he was going to meet the girl.
He's charged with sexual battery and is being held on a $150,000 bail, with his arraignment slated for July 28.
"No matter how you feel about the immigration debate, one thing is certain," noted Eschbach. "You cannot check out the background of a worker who has no documentation."


Illegal alien rapes puppy
Suspect felt there was no problem, claiming animal was his to abuse
Posted: June 21, 20067:48 p.m. Eastern
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STUART, Fla. – This South Florida community some 90 miles north of Miami is outraged after a suspected illegal alien allegedly raped a puppy.
The man, who initially told police his name was Junio Trenta but is believed to be Enrique Garcia, was taken into custody after Martin County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a possible animal in distress.
When they arrived, officers "saw Garcia sexually assaulting a 28-pound, 14- to 16-week-old dog of mixed breed," according to the sheriffs office. Upon being seen, the Mexican transient said, "It's my dog," and, "What's the problem?"
The arrest affidavit indicates the male dog ran and hid behind the deputies.
Garcia then talked with detectives and admitted only to having the dog in his lap.
He's now charged with sexual bestiality, animal cruelty, possession of drug paraphernalia, giving a false name and exposure of sexual organs. His bond is $13,000.
The dog, a 4-month-old Argentine Dogo, is reportedly being cared for by the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast.
"He's already been evaluated by the vet, and the vet says he's OK and will recover from whatever happened," Humane Society spokeswoman Roberta Synal told the Stuart News. "If he's put in a good foster home, he's going to get lots of love and training." In the newspaper's online messageboard, people are commenting on the case, lashing out at the Mexican who also spent 28 days in jail after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor larceny charge last year in Orange County, Fla.:
"This is the kind of scum that is sneaking into our country with all the 'nice people who just want a better life.' Get real. Send all illegals home, then screen them to see if they qualify to come into America! ... We do not need illegals for anything. (It's all propaganda). Especially, when they think it's OK to do stuff like this. [Garcia] should do everyone a favor, and commit suicide." (Kurt Ploszay)
"Has anyone considered where he got this puppy? As an 'illegal' piece-of-scum laborer, you're going to tell me he spent his own hard-earned money on purchasing this puppy? Get real! I bet he stole this puppy from someone. I say fly him over Mexico ... and let him jump (without a parachute). Might want to attach a note to his body stating that this is not tolerated in the good ol' U.S. of A. This person will rot in Hell for what he did ... but hopefully he will be someone's 'dog' in jail for a while first!" (Kathy Lecavalier)
"Ship that sick Mexican back to Mexico. Get rid of all this scourge of the Earth. Deport all illegals immediately and stop spending my tax dollars on these animals." (Elizabeth Yeltnuh)
"Obviously doing a job that most Americans won't do." (Terry Wright)
One reader took the Stuart News to task for avoiding use of the term "illegal alien" in its coverage of the story:
"I assume that the story's comment "Trenta, a Mexican citizen working as a laborer, ... " is your paper's new euphemism for illegal alien?" (Steve Breitenbach)


Competing with illegal workers
The fight for American jobs
By Richard Haddad, Payton Roundup
Tuesday, April 5, 2005

Standing on the sidewalk alongside Highway 87 in Payson, Gary Papineau holds a cardboard sign that reads, "I need work." But unlike other roadside panhandlers you might see in larger municipalities, Papineau's sign includes his phone number.
"I need a job," Papineau said. "I've seen people do this in Phoenix, but they're just looking for money. I'm really looking for work. Finding a job in this town isn't easy."
Papineau, who has experience in drywall work, blames part of his job-seeking woes on the increasing number of illegal immigrants crossing the U.S. border from Mexico. And with the opening of The Home Depot in Payson, Papineau believes the problem will only get worse.
"It's bad because most the (day laborers) workers are all from Mexico," he said. "I've lived up here for 13 years and I can't get a job with any of these companies. They move all these Mexicans up here to take the jobs. But here I am, an American, and they won't hire me."
"Home Depot's official policy is that undocumented workers are not allowed on our property," Shane Monahan, store manager for Payson's Home Depot, said. "I know it runs rampant in the Valley, but they are working with the Phoenix P.D. and trespassing charges are being filed and will be filed. I won't tolerate it at this store. I understand the sensitive nature of this -- that they're trying to support their families, but I've got a business to run and I can't let them sit out there and antagonize my customers."
Papineau is living with relatives in Payson, but said he has had to go to Phoenix to find work.
"I would stay up here if I had a job," he said.
Papineau is not alone in his concern over the loss of jobs for Americans.

Friday, March 2, 2007


The local paper had the headline "Arrest blamed on culture clash" to describe an arrest in Raleigh, North Carolina, of a Lebanese man for lewd family photos. The local Lebanese community rallied behind him, saying that Charbel Hamaty was merely being affectionate in a culturally normal way, and that "there are innocent explanations for all of this." Perhaps, but when Daddy kisses his infant's penis on film and has his six-year-old stepdaughter do likewise, Americans have to ask whether that is the sort of cultural norm we want to welcome. At this writing, the American-born mother is out on bond, and the kids have been taken away from the pervert family. Furthermore, Hamaty's work visa has expired and he has not registered with federal authorities as post-911 laws require, so he may be targeted for deportation. But that situation would be moot if he is convicted of the most serious charge and sentenced to life in prison.


In case you need a reminder to keep your doors locked, remember this face, that of Vicente Perez-Hernandez. A Wheaton, Maryland, couple were awakened by the screams of their 4-year-old daughter and found the drunk, naked Guatemalan on top of her. Fortunately the parents intervened in time and the girl was not injured. The police believe the attacker was able to enter the second-floor apartment because the front door was left open when the father mistakenly left the door unlocked when he carried in a big load of groceries. The couple say the Guatemalan is a complete stranger. Perez-Hernandez was described by police as "recently arrived" and was jailed with a $100,000 bond.


Victor Saldano, laborer and native of Argentina, was convicted in the 1995 abduction and murder of Paul Ray King. King was abducted outside te Sack-N-Save Market in Plano, TX, and driven to the tickey Creek area of Lake Levon where he was shot to death. He was also robbed of his cash. Jorge Chavez is a co-defendant.


August 9, 2003
Victim in rape-stab case dies

SANTA CRUZ — After holding onto life for nearly six months, a Santa Cruz teen allegedly stabbed by her fugitive boyfriend has died.
Jessica Sheridan, 17, died Thursday afternoon at a Saratoga care facility, sheriff’s deputy Kim Allyn said. She had been in a vegetative state since Feb. 10, when her boyfriend, Miguel Loza, allegedly stabbed her in the upper chest before raping her 17-year-old friend. The trio, and another man, had been partying together at the former Sherwood Preschool near Soquel Drive and Park Avenue.
For three weeks after the attack, Sheridan remained on life support at Dominican Hospital, Allyn said, before being transferred to Saratoga. She died of complications from the attack.
Sheridan had run away from her foster home in Boulder Creek after meeting Loza at Capitola Mall about a month before the attack, according to friends. Her mother, Deborah Kennedy, is in County Jail on drug charges.
"We gave her notification yesterday, and she fell apart, as any parent would," sheriff’s Lt. Steve Hartness said Friday.
Friday, social workers were helping Kennedy make funeral arrangements.
Sheridan was due to graduate from alternative school this past June and was an excellent student, said Michael Watkins, director of alternative education for the county Office of Education.
Her alleged killer, Loza, was the subject of an intense man hunt, but escaped to Mexico.
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, meanwhile, has joined the quest to bring Sheridan’s assailant from a Mexican jail to this country to face what are now first-degree murder charges as well as sodomy and oral copulation charges.
Detectives said Friday they have confirmed via fingerprints and photographs that it is in fact Loza in jail in Mexico, where he was arrested for an alleged stabbing.
Prosecutors now face the daunting task of bringing him to the United States to face a possible life sentence. Mexican officials typically will not extradite accused defendants who would face the death penalty or life in prison, said Ariadne Symons, head of trial operations for District Attorney Bob Lee.
Symons said she believes the maximum sentence Mexican authorities impose is 30 years. But the District Attorney’s Office is not willing to drop a life sentence in exchange for Loza, as that also opens the door to Mexico unilaterally taking over the prosecution and meting out a much lighter sentence, she said.
"We simply won’t make a promise to Mexico that we won’t seek a significant sentence," she said.
But encouragingly, Feinstein has contacted Lee’s office and has taken an interest in the case, Symons said.
Feinstein announced Wednesday she planned to ask Mexican President Vicente Fox for help to bring Loza and other wanted criminals to the United States, including Mexican citizens wanted in Southern California for the murders of a child and a deputy, as well as a priest charged with 19 counts of child molestation.
Under a 1980 treaty, neither country must deliver its citizens for prosecution if they face the death penalty, according to the senator’s Web site. Following an October 2001 Supreme Court ruling, Mexican authorities extended that to life in prison.
Maria Silva of Aptos said her daughter, Rina DiBattista, had been friends with Jessica — her friends called her Jesse — since the two were in fourth grade at Live Oak Elementary School. The two, along with Amber Jones of Santa Cruz, were inseparable, Silva said, and went on to Shoreline Middle School and Star Community School, an alternative high school in Santa Cruz.
Silva said the other teen assaulted by Loza, whose name has not been released, is "still going through a hard time" and is in counseling.
"He ruined two girls’ lives," Silva said. "There are a lot of angry parents and hurt young people who want to see him pay for his crimes."
Silva and her daughter cried as they described Jesse as a fun-loving, outgoing girl who smiled often and loved to dance, play basketball and be with friends. She was always ready to help, they said.
"My daughter visited her every day and said she wanted to bring her home and take care of her, that’s how much she loved her," Silva said. "We want her to be remembered as the beautiful soul she was."
DiBattista laughed and cried Friday as she explained how Jesse loved her long strawberry blonde hair and would take so long fixing it that she would always be the last one out the door.
Sheridan moved several times after leaving Live Oak, going with her mother to Washington, then to her grandparents’ home in Colorado, then to live with DiBattista and her mother. She never talked about her father, DiBattista said.
"She had a hard life, but she had a great heart and could put a smile on anyone’s face."
A former girlfriend of Loza, who wished to be identified only by her first name, Sarah, said she was angry Loza had been portrayed as an evil person.
Sarah was with Loza from age 13 to 18, she said, and has his 3-month-old baby, Nethaneel Josiah, a name picked by Loza. She met him on the bus in Watsonville, she said.
He encouraged her to finish high school and was a sweet, fun person who was supportive of her, Sarah said. But she said Loza is bipolar and has a drinking problem.
"When he drinks, he’s not a good person," she said. "But he asked for help and never got it. He was in jail for six months and never got a treatment program."
Loza worked in construction, landscaping and other jobs, but Sarah asked him to leave her home in December because he couldn’t get a job. He was on probation for domestic violence against her, which hampered his ability to find work, she said.
"The next thing I hear is a call from police," she said.
Loza was raised in King City, she said. He also spent time in Long Beach before moving to Santa Cruz, then Watsonville. He has a mother, stepfather, brother and two sisters in Watsonville and extended family in Mexico, she said.
"He will live his life there," she said. "I hope he has a good life. I’ll always love him, but I don’t think I’ll go to Mexico. I wanted his baby and I got his baby. Hopefully, he’ll get to meet him one day."


WANTED FUGITIVE • Victor Hugo Alegria-Salgado is not unusual among Mexican aliens who have a wife and children in both the U.S. and Mexico. Bigamy is illegal in Mexico but there is not much official interest there in the still-married women who have been financially abandoned by their husbands for greener grass up north. Alegria-Salgado is unusual in that he left his U.S.-located wife for the old one back in Mexico. He apparently was not satisfied with his Boulder, Colorado, family judging from his criminal abuse of his son. In fact Alegria-Salgado is believed to have fled to Mexico after throwing the 8-month-old across a room and fracturing some of the infant's bones. Is this what President Bush has in mind when he praises the "family values" of Mexicans?


Let's call this case a variation on a theme: here is a well known accused war criminal, Marko Boskic, who entered the United States illegally by claiming refugee status and using his own name in 2000 with no problem. The man who has been residing in Peabody, Massachusetts, is believed to be a member of a notorious execution group within the Bosnian Serb Army which killed 1200 Bosnian Muslim men in 1995. According to testimony at the Slobodan Milosevic trial in 2003, Boskic was one of eight soldiers who lined up men in Pilaca and executed them as part of the genocidal scheme of ethnic cleansing in the former Yugoslavia. Furthermore, it's not like Boskic was keeping a low profile. He had numerous arrests for drunk driving and assaults, but no one in local police checked up on his background. Only a tip to federal authorities led to an investigation of what Boskic was really about. Because of a "loophole" in immigration policy, the feds normally track only Nazi-era human rights violators. Boskic's part in the war crimes was described in a front page article in the Boston Globe in 1996, in addition to how he had threatened the reporter, the late Elizabeth Neuffer. After she tracked him down in Bosnia that year and asked him whether he had been ordered to kill the captives, Boskic responded, "Would you like to get whacked?" Update: September 30, 2004, Boskic was indicted for immigration fraud because he portrayed himself an an innocent refugee when he was actually a vicious war criminal.


Ahmed Hassan Al-Uqaily, a resident of Nashville, told an acquaintance he wanted to "go Jihad" because he was unhappy about the war in Iraq, his home country. He was arrested Oct. 7 after paying $1,000 for the purchase of two disassembled machine guns, four disassembled hand grenades and hundreds of rounds of ammunition from a federal agent, so he was serious about murdering and blowing up. He also was interested in procuring handguns and missiles. According to the affadavit, Al-Uqaily expressed anger toward Jews and discussed Jewish facilities in Nashville, although he made no threats against specific sites. The video here notes the remark that this was "an arrest that could have saved lives." This terrorist sounds like a random jihadist, rather than someone wired in to larger groups of sleeper cells; otherwise he would likely have easier access to weapons. But this case brings up the obvious question: why do we allow the continued immigration of potential enemies? Al Uqaily was caught because an old friend ran into him and didn't like what he heard, and the friend then became an informant. It was only luck that the would-be terrorist was arrested. Udate, 6/1/05: al Uqaily pleads guilty to illegal possession of weapons. Sentencing is scheduled for October 24, and he may receive between 4 and 10 years in prison. Despite his humble employment at a doughnut shop, al Uqaily had $43,000 in his bank account. Some doughnuts.


The trial for accused rapist Ricardo Cepates has been scheduled for mid-October. He is charged with raping six people, including a couple of Rutgers students and a 14-year-old girl. However, if the illegal alien had been deported in 1998 when he had been arrested for grabbing a Brunswick woman on the street and holding a knife to her throat, all of this violence might have been avoided. Despite a deportation order, he pleaded guilty in 1999 to weapons charges and was released on probation, rather than being repatriated as the law requires. Cepates was caught after he attempted to rape a young clerk in a music store and was chased down on the street by the store owner's nephew, who wrestled the perp to submission in the snow with the help of some others in the neighborhood. Update 10/27: Ricardo Cepates was convicted of 26 counts of kidnapping, rape and robbery. He faces a possible life term in prison when he is sentenced in February. The Honduran illegal alien has additional charges still to be tried of attacking four other women, one of whom was raped in her home.


Mexican illegal alien Omero Rojas-Penalosa is accused of being a "hot prowler," meaning that he likes to break into houses when he knows there is someone home, ideally a woman in bed for him to sexually assault. The man was already in jail for burglary and "gross lewdness" in his resident town of Reno when he was arrested for the additional charge. Police report that at least four men have broken into the homes of about a dozen sleeping women since March. An unemployed drywaller, Rojas-Penalosa does not speak English and lives with his mother, Aida Penalosa. She said the accusation is false and he could not be the hot prowler because "he is always at home."


Augustine Breceda was sentenced Oct. 26 to 216 years in prison for nine felony convictions in his violent 25-day armed robbery spree in Reno. The twice-deported Mexican used the opportunity to plead for mercy, whining to the judge, "I just wish you would find it in your heart to give me a release date where I'll still be able to be with my three children who I miss so much." Actually, this perp is just the sort who should be locked up permanently. He likes to rob little old ladies and carjacked a 72-year-old woman near the church where she volunteered. When police officers found him in the stolen car, he tried to hit pursuing officers and caused several accidents as he sped through traffic at 80 mph. After crashing into a phone pole, Breceda broke into a woman's home, although she was able to escape. When Breceda finally was captured, he identified himself as a cousin who lives in Reno. Augustine Breceda already was a six-time felon in California.


Hit-and-run driver Neri Sanchez Gomez was freed in an amazing miscarriage of justice. It doesn't get much worse than this in the courtroom: Judge James Ellis released an illegal alien Mexican who killed one American and injured five others in June 2003. Gomez tried to pass on narrow windy Route 1 near Half Moon Bay, California, in foggy conditions, causing a horrendous three-car crash when he smashed into an oncoming car. Ernest Elliot of Pescadero was killed and his wife Nancy was injured.
Gomez was released Nov. 12 and credited with time served, just less than one year, meaning that he was not deported as he would have been if the sentence had been over a year. He could have been sentenced to 12 years in prison if he had been convicted of the original charges of felony vehicular manslaughter and hit and run, but apparently a deal was struck to free this admitted killer.


Amazing what makeovers can occur when lawyers want to turn a brutal thug into the guy next door. These two photos are of the same man, Nicolas Serrano-Villagrana. He was convicted Jan. 11 in Las Vegas of three counts of felony DUI in the May crash that killed 4-year-old Angel Avendano and injured the boy's 32-year-old mother, Eulogia Avendano, and another woman, Nijailia Altitijka Graves. Serrano-Villagrana was found to have a blood-alcohol content of 0.20 percent (2.5 times the legal limit in Nevada) as well as cocaine in his system. He drove his truck over a curb, running down the women and little boy who were standing at a bus stop, and then escaped.
Serrano-Villagrana was an illegal alien with previous drunk-driving offenses. He should have been deported at the time of his earlier DUI arrests, but was not and remained to cause the death of a child. []

Friday, May 21, 2004
EDITORIAL: System failure
Felony DUI suspect should have been deported long ago
The attorney for Nicolas Serrano-Villagrana will contend the illegal alien -- held in lieu of $500,000 bail on charges he jumped a curb with his truck and crashed into a bus stop on Eastern Avenue near U.S. Highway 95 back on May 3, killing a 4-year-old boy -- is wrongly charged because someone else was driving.
Prosecutors says nine witnesses will testify Serrano-Villagrana was the driver; a jury will eventually decide.
But leaving aside the defense, the most serious question arising from Serrano-Villagrana's arrest is how an illegal alien (even his attorney says he's illegal) could have been busted in this valley on two previous occasions over a period of years for driving under the influence -- and still be on the streets of Las Vegas on May 3.
Is little Angel Avendano dead because nothing is done to drunken drivers; nothing is done to illegal aliens even when they're caught; and -- worst of all -- nothing is done to illegal aliens who are convicted of driving drunk?
And the answer appears to be -- correct on all three.
Technically, anyone arrested -- even for as supposedly "minor" a crime as drunken driving -- should be asked at the jail for place of birth, and also fingerprinted. If the suspect admits he was born outside the country and can't prove he's here legally, or if the fingerprints show he's lying about who he is, the federal Immigration police are supposed to be called, "and arrange for him to leave the country either voluntarily or under an order of deportation," says a knowledgable local immigration attorney.
But Serrano-Villagrana's attorney says his client was never deported. Although local police will call INS to take custody of illegal aliens who are charged with felonies, "I've never had one held for INS -- I've never had Immigration called on one of my clients -- for a misdemeanor," no matter what "official policy" is supposed to be, says Serrano-Villagrana's attorney, Philip Singer.
Anyway, when Serrano-Villagrana was arrested for DUI the second time -- processed through the North Las Vegas jail, convicted and fined -- why wasn't he turned over to federal Immigration & Customs Enforcement (formerly INS) and deported?
And can't something be done either to make deportation a more lasting punishment than the proverbial "revolving door" or to come up with some more effective way to get repeat drunken drivers off the roads -- at least repeat drunken drivers who also turn out to be illegal aliens?
Yes, if he's convicted Nicolas Serrano-Villagrana will do jail time, now. At which point he'll be deported.
Try telling little Angel Avendano and his parents that means everything is OK.


Melissa Dorner was only 21 when she was murdered in her own apartment in Chicago. Her friends remembered her as a "wonderful, caring human being" and many notes and flowers in remembrance were left in front of the apartment building. She graduated from Evanston High School in 2002 and worked as a hostess in a restaurant. Melissa had fought off an accused serial rapist Mario Villa a year earlier. Her strangled and beaten body was found Jan. 24.
The apparent killer is Roberto Ramirez, who is believed by police to have fled to Mexico. He was last seen in Chicago with blood on his clothes and scratches on his face.


Here is another person run down and killed on our highways by an illegal alien. Justin Goodman, 32, was knocked from his motorcycle in Thornton, Colorado, on July 1, 2004, and died near the curb. The SUV which struck him never stopped.
Justin's mother Carol Vizzi was alarmed to learn that the illegal alien driver, Roberto Martinez-Ruiz, had a long history of run-ins with the law, including several drunk driving arrests, having half a dozen different alias, jail time served in 2000, driving with a revoked license, among others.
Despite Martinez-Ruiz' long rap sheet, no official ever contacted the INS to have him deported. "We as a society gave him the message that he could break our laws and get away with it and continue that type of behavior and not suffer any real severe consequences for it," said Vizzi.
Tragically, a man like Martinez-Ruiz was considered a non-violent criminal, so he could remain in America to take the life of Justin Goodman.


It was January 3rd when authorities say they received an anonymous call around 5:20am alerting them to the body in the 9000 block of Pocahontas Trail in the Whispering Pines mobile home park. Police say Binger was so badly beaten they sent dental records to Richmond to help with her identification. Officials say a positive DNA test result led them to 34-year old Oswaldo Elias Martinez. Martinez was arrested Thursday afternoon. He is charged with capitol murder, rape and sodomy.

Martinez's DNA was found under the teenager's fingernails, apparently from fending off an attack, police have said. James City Police Maj. Stan Stout said evidence shows Martinez grabbed Brittany from behind, covering her mouth with one hand while cutting off her air supply with the other. Then he sexually assaulted her, left her for dead and walked off with some of her valuables, Stout said. Beau Webb, one of Martinez's defense attorneys, said he thinks a trial is out of the question for at least a few years because of his client's inability to communicate and assist in his defense, as required by law. "We're dealing with a guy who doesn't have any base of linguistics. He doesn't have a grammar system -- it's like teaching a baby," Webb told the Daily Press of Newport News. University of Virginia School of Law professor Anne Coughlin said a judge presiding over a capital murder trial for Martinez would have a difficult job balancing the community's right to have justice served with Martinez's right to due process.

Martinez, who lacks formal sign language skills, is being held at Central State Hospital. Webb said he is hopeful Martinez will be sent to Western State Hospital, where he can get intensive daily sign language instruction. Under state law, capital murder defendants who are judged incompetent to stand trial remain institutionalized undergoing treatment for their condition. If it appears competency can't be restored soon, hearings continue every six months to assess the defendant's competency level and whether the treatment they're receiving is adequate.

Thirty-five-year-old Oswaldo Martinez, an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, is undergoing treatment in Western State Hospital to help him understand the charges. Part of his treatment involves watching the television show "Law and Order," which is interpreted through sign language. Psychologist Barbara Haskins said yesterday in Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court that hospital staffers are working on having Martinez "form an opinion about a given character on the show," to help him understand guilt and innocence. Haskins says Martinez is making progress. Haskins said Martinez still doesn't know he could face execution if convicted in the January 2005 slaying of 16-year-old Brittany Binger.

"...Sixteen-year-old Brittany Binger was a sweet girl, but also feisty, say those who knew her." "She enjoyed playfully wrestling with friends and was stronger than she looked, several friends said." "And while she never went looking for a fight, they said, she could really deck someone who crossed her, although she was also quick to try to patch things up afterward." "She was young, full of life and not known to have any enemies..."

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Oreina Alvarez Zarco is another illegal alien criminal given a hand-slap sentence after killing an American — only two years, with one year already served. The woman pleaded guilty to felony hit-and-run and driving without a license in the death of Soledad firefighter Mario Cunha March 13, 2004. The court dropped manslaughter charges for the incident, which occured on the shoulder of Highway 101 while Cunha was battling a vehicle fire.
She had been driving illegally in the U.S. for seven years previous to the accident. According to court records, Zarco struck Cunha with so much force that he was thrown him on top of a fire engine and then onto the shoulder. Zarco stopped her car, checked out the situation and then left the scene of the accident.
"I understand that accidents happen," said Sal Lucido, the victim's cousin. "But the trend here is a disregard for all laws. She was here illegally, she had no license and she hit him and left the scene. Her actions are inexcusable."

Governor Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on Death of Soledad Fireman
Governor Schwarzenegger issued the following statement today regarding the death of Mario Cunha, an on-duty fireman with the Soledad Fire Department:

“Each day, firefighters put their lives on the line to protect fellow Californians and our Golden State. Mario showed great courage and commitment, and his noble sacrifice will not be forgotten.”

Cunha, 32, died on March 13, when the Soledad Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire located on northbound 101, in the city of Soledad. Upon arrival, the fire department reported to the CHP that the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames and heavy smoke surrounded the scene. Soon after, a citizen called 911 to report a fireman at the scene of the fire had been struck by a passenger vehicle. Immediately after the collision, the responsible vehicle fled. Cunha was pronounced dead at the scene.

About 30 minutes later, the Gonzales Police Department made an enforcement stop on the responsible driver. The driver is currently charged with vehicular manslaughter and felony hit and run.

Cunha had been a member of the Soledad Fire Department since April 1st, 2002. He was not married and had no children. (Well, Arnold, how about his mom & dad?)

In honor of Cunha, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.


Virgina "Ginny" Garcia was an 18-year-old college freshman when she was murdered with a butcher knife in her own house, in her own room, on her own bed allegedly by an illegal alien. The accused murderer, David Diaz Morales, whom the Austin police had earlier held in custody for child molestation, had been released rather than deported because of the city's sanctuary policy.
Incidentally, Rep. Tom Tancredo tried to end the criminal-protection sanctuary policy in 2003, but Congress was deaf to the concerns of victims' families and law enforcement generally: the bill received only 104 votes out of 424 cast. So much for the "nation of laws" myth we hear celebrated by politicians when they are campaigning for re-election. When push comes to shove, most choose political correctness — in this case "say no evil" against so-called immigrants — rather than law enforcement.
Jenny's father, Humberto Garcia, wants to know why the Austin city government protects foreign criminals so they can kill innocent young girls like his late daughter. He appeared on CNN's must-watch Lou Dobbs Tonight March 16 to speak on behalf of all grieving families who have lost a loved one due to irresponsible government at multiple levels, from the Austin City Council to the White House. The sanctuary policy created by the Austin public officials directly contributed to his daughter's death, as Mr. Garcia stated:

This is an abuse of civil rights. Her civil rights were trampled by a fellow who should have been deported. He should have been turned into immigration once he was found with illegal documentation, and he was not. (Dobbs transcript here.)

This case shows how ridiculously hamstrung law enforcement has become when an "immigrant" is involved. An accused child molester was released to commit an even more heinous crime, that of murder, and if the government had done its basic job of keeping the monsters of the world out of our country, Jenny Garcia would be alive today.
Update: On March 22, Bill O'Reilly interviewed Humberto Garcia, where he explained the devastation his family has experienced after the murder and his efforts to sue the city of Austin for the sanctuary policy which directly contributed to Jenny Garcia's death.


Donald R. Young was a Denver police officer working a second job when he was shot three times in the back and killed by an illegal alien from Mexico, Raul Garcia-Gomez. Young was providing security at Solano Ocampo, a hall used for private functions, when he was ambushed at around 1 am on Sunday May 8; another policeman was also shot but not seriously.
Both men were off duty but in uniform. Detective Young was the married father of two. He was a a 12-year veteran, who had worked with the vice-narcotics and domestic violence units, and was assigned to the fugitive-bomb squad when he died.
Donald R. Young had received numerous awards during his 12 years on the Denver police force.
He was awarded the police department's medal of honor and a distinguished service cross. He also received 10 official commendations and two commendatory letters.

Raul Garcia-Gomez, the accused killer of Detective Donnie Young, was an illegal alien who had been in police custody twice before but was allowed to remain in the United States instead of being deported.

9NEWS has also confirmed that Garcia-Gomez has been involved in at least three traffic infractions since last October. He was pulled over once for running a red light, once for speeding and was involved in an accident.
In two of those incidents he was citing for driving with out a drivers license and in the third he provided a Mexican license.
Update 5/11: The Dodge Neon Garcia-Gomez used to escape has been found in California, perhaps Los Angeles. The girlfriend said that he confessed to her.
Update 5/12: O'Reilly mentioned Denver's sanctuary policy during his 5/11 discussion of this case. And yes, the Denver Police Department Operations Manual makes it clear in Section 104.52 - Arrest/Detention of Foreign Nationals that police are to ignore illegal immigration status in performing their duties. (PDF file of manual)
Furthermore, this case is complicated by the fact that the Mayor of Denver owned the restaurant where the accused killer worked, and the restaurant had received notification that Garcia-Gomez' Social Security number was bogus, indicating he was a likely illegal alien. It's an ugly picture of corruption all the way around, with another unnecessary death so that a fat-cat politician business owner could make a few more bucks.
Contact Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, phone 720-865-9000 or email: to express polite outrage at his city's idiotic sanctuary policy.
Update 5/16: Now the accused's family has disappeared, presumably to Mexico where Garcia-Gomez is believed to be. Gone from Los Angeles are the killer's mother and four of her other children plus Ismael Goytia, cousin of the accused.
In other news, on Friday "Thousands Gather[ed] For Slain Police Officer's Funeral."
Update June: The accused was arrested on June 4 in Culican, Mexico. The article contained an interesting detail:
In 2002, the attorney general's office estimated that about one- fourth of Colorado's roughly 200 active murder warrants for fugitives involved Mexican nationals who returned to their homeland after the crimes.


In Lynn, Massaschusetts, 16-year-old Amy Dumas was shot dead Monday night (May 16) during a home invasion as she tried to protect her wheelchair-bound father, Robert S. Finnerty, who was also killed. Apparently four Asian gang members forced themselves into the family's apartment and shot father and daughter several times. Finnerty was a cancer survivor who was left using a wheelchair after a stroke. Robert's wife Judith Finnerty was in the apartment but was unhurt.

Two men were quickly arrested by police. The accused are "Cambodian-born men" (no further status mentioned) and belong to a local gang, the "Oriental Boys." Two other gangsters are being sought in the killing. At least one of those arrested, Chon Son, "is well known to local police."


In a year of horrendous crimes against children, burying a child alive under a pile of concrete after raping her remains particularly awful. Only a rapid and thorough search by police saved the 8-year-old's life. Too bad law enforcement hadn't been as meticulous when the illegal alien Milagro Cunningham (pictured here at his court appearance) had been arrested three times last year by the Palm Beach County (Florida) Sheriff's Office on burglary charges. Had the young man been sent home to the Bahamas where he belonged, then the little girl would not have been raped and buried alive, a trauma that will remain with her for a lifetime.


The nation's highways have become far more dangerous since they have been turned into smuggling thruways for criminals from Mexico and elsewhere. Nineteen-year-old Travis Smith of Mesa, Arizona, was killed in 2002 by a carload of illegal aliens being smuggled to Pennsylvania. The accident occurred near Monticello in southeastern Utah, as the car driven by illegal alien smuggler Isidro Aranda-Flores plowed head-on into Smith's 1966 Mustang. The smuggler apparently fell asleep at the wheel.
At the sentencing held on May 25, Travis' mother Tanya Lowe was not buying the tiresome excuses that essentially blame the victim.

"People say my son was just in the wrong place at the wrong time," she said. "My son was not in the wrong place at the wrong time ... The illegal person transporting illegals was in the wrong place at the wrong time."
Travis' dad Wayne Smith was too distraught to attend the sentencing:
But outside court, he said that the law should be altered so that being in the United States illegally would warrant harsher sentencing, just as recklessness and intoxication do, in traffic-accident cases.
The killer received a hand-slap sentence, just six and a half years in prison for ending the life of a teenager.
For more on the highway carnage caused by illegal aliens, please see Diversity Is Strength! It's Also... Drunk Driving


Jose Ramirez is every American father's nightmare. The illegal alien from El Salvador beat up a 15-year-old girl after whistling at her. He broke her nose, fractured a bone in her face and produced cuts requring 30 stitches. The man worked in construction in Spotsylvania, Virginia, where the attack occurred, and resisted arrest to the point where police had to taser him. The 28-year-old Ramirez of Prince William County was charged with aggravated malicious wounding and abduction with the intent to defile. Both charges carry potential life sentences. He is being held with no bond.
Police said he whistled at the girl as she walked by, then became enraged after the girl did not respond. Ramirez is accused of then running after the girl and pummeling her in the face and head, Kocher said. According to authorities, the attacker then tried to drag the victim, fleeing into some woods only after a co-worker yelled for him to stop. Apparently Ramirez thought this kind of behavior was not objectionable, since he attacked the girl in front of co-workers during daylight hours: what kind of culture produces such brutality against women and girls? Furthermore, attacks of this sort will surely increase as the United States becomes more demographically Latinized, given the misogyny of hispanic culture.