Thursday, September 13, 2007

Illegal Immigrant Faces Death Penalty For Phoenix Murder

Suspect has been deported five times since 1988

Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas says his office will seek the death penalty against an illegal immigrant who allegedly shot and killed a Phoenix man in May. Demetro Acosta-Uribe, 42, is charged with murder in the death of Ivan Santos. Santos was shot to death after he was bound and his head covered in plastic wrap.

Thomas says Acosta-Uribe was deported five times. The first one took place April 29, 1988, and the most recent deportation occurred on May 7, 2004. "The murder case is a textbook example of how wide open borders expose the Valley to violent crime," says Thomas. "It is amazing -- but, sadly, all too common -- that a criminal suspect who had been deported from this country five times was back again committing more crimes."

Two other men were found on the property where Santos' body was found. They were both restrained in the same manner. Neither had been shot, but one of the men would have suffocated had a neighbor not rescued him. Thomas says the case underscores the importance of securing America's borders. "The government's continuing failure to control our borders has made Maricopa County's residents vulnerable to the worst kinds of violence."

September 13, 2007

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Suspected illegal immigrant charged with raping Pa. woman

September 11, 2007

The Associated Press

KLINGERSTOWN, Pa. - State police say a suspected illegal immigrant from Mexico assaulted and raped a woman inside her Schuylkill County apartment.

Police say 28-year-old Justino Diaz Espiridion entered the 20-year-old victim's apartment in Klingerstown without her permission late Sunday, hit her in the head and stomach and raped her.

He's facing charges of rape, burglary and related offenses. He's jailed under $35,000 bail.

State police Sgt. Craig Stine says Espiridion is a migrant farm worker who had been in the country only a few months. He says Espiridion was "infatuated" with his victim but that she had spurned his advances.

Stine says Espiridion didn't have any work papers and police suspect he is in the country illegally.


September 5, 2007

Upset at his wife because she cut her hair without his permission, Carlos Manuel Fuentes got drunk and hit her 6-week-old child over the head with a beer bottle, Homestead police said.

Fuentes, 27, of 225 NE 13th St., was charged over the weekend with aggravated child abuse.

He is being held at Miami-Dade County Jail with no bond.

According to a police report, the child's mother called police.

The child suffered a cut to the top of the head and was taken to the hospital.

Homestead police found broken glass from the beer bottle inside the child's room. Fuentes was ''severely drunk'' and his breath and body reeked of a ``strong odor of alcohol.''

Fuentes said he ''didn't mean to do it, but he was just upset at his wife for cutting her hair without his permission,'' the arrest report says.

It was not clear from the report whether Fuentes is the child's father.


Man held in fatal Hanover Park attack on homeless man

A Cook County judge set bail at $1 million Monday for a homeless illegal immigrant charged in the beating and murder of another homeless man last week in Hanover Park.

Antonio Pacheco, 28, appeared before Judge Kay Hanlon in the Circuit Court branch in Rolling Meadows. He is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the death of Alexis Roman, 31.

According to Assistant State's Atty. Scott Biestek, Pacheco and Roman were drinking behind a building in the 2100 block of West Lake Street about 1 a.m. Sept. 5 when Roman made sexual advances toward Pacheco. Pacheco picked up a rock and struck Roman in the head, continuing to beat him after he fell, Biestek said. Pacheco made a videotaped statement implicating himself in the crime, said Biestek.,1,651187.story


Suspect remains elusive three months after Gilbert chicken farm shooting

Sep 10, 2007 11:28 PM
Suspect in Gilbert shooting still on the run. Dan Tordjman reports.

GILBERT, SC (WIS) - It's been three months since a 33-year-old father was shot and killed at a Gilbert chicken farm. Deputies say the few leads they had on the killer haven't gotten them anywhere, and they need help.

The details are baffling, the circumstances unbearable for the family of Russell Reeder. "If he was killed in an accident or something, that we can explain. But no - he was murdered," says Reeder's cousin, Joni Son.

Reeder's family is talking for the first time about the night he was killed.

'"He was shot nine different times. Why would somebody shoot him that many times?" asks Son. "These thoughts just run over and over and over and over again in my mind."

Reeder left behind a five-year-old daughter.

Officials believe it was a fight about an ex-girlfriend that led to the shooting. The fight was with an illegal Mexican immigrant named Gregorio Rodriguez. Authorities say Rodriguez killed Reeder after a long night of drinking.

Son says, "The details really do haunt me."

The details include where Reeder's body was found - at a Gilbert chicken farm. Authorities say the man who killed him lived and worked there.

Six weeks after the murder, that suspect remained elusive, one step ahead of authorities. "We had a couple of leads on where he may have been at and we hit those places and just missed him," says Lexington County Sheriff James Metts. Sheriff Metts was hopeful when authorities found a truck in early July - a Nissan pickup officials say Rodriguez drove from the farm.

But leads have been few and far between since the truck was found, and Rodriguez has remained out of sight.

[b]"He could be in Mexico; he could be here. We simply don't know.]/b] That's why we need help from the public," says Sheriff Metts.

"We're asking anybody and everybody if you know this guy, if you see this guy, please contact the police," says Son. "Until we catch this guy, there will be no closure."

Reported by Dan Tordjman

Posted by Chantelle Janelle


Millville Police Blotter

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Alfonso Mejia, 23, of Vine Street, was arrested Sunday for driving while intoxicated after two county sheriff's officers observed an accident involving two vehicles, including the one Mejia was driving, at West Avenue and Bowentown Road. The sheriff's officers detained Mejia, who reportedly attempted to flee the accident scene, until city police arrived.

Mejia was also cited for refusing to submit to blood-alcohol content testing. He was also charged with hindering apprehension and/or prosecution, was served three failure to appear warrants, and was lodged in the county jail in lieu of $2,133 bail.

Police notified Immigration and Customs Enforcement that Mejia is in the country illegally.