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NYC’s murder rate rises due to gang violence

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Maybe the good mayor should focus on his city’s crime instead of illegal aliens at the border and the SCOTUS nomination.

From NY Post: Warring gangs have driven New York’s murder rate to an 8 percent spike through the first half of the year, authorities said Tuesday.

The city saw 147 murders through the end of June, an increase of 11 from the 136 notched to the same point in 2017.

“We were all quite sober about the fact that trying to repeat what happened in 2017 was going to be very, very difficult,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio at the briefing, invoking last year’s record-low crime numbers. “There’s also real work we have to do and some real specific things we have to address.”

Among those issues is gang violence that has accounted for roughly one-third of this year’s slayings — and spilled over to the mainstream last month with the mistaken-identity slaying of innocent Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz by a band of blade-wielding Trinitarios.

“When it comes to the homicides, it’s around 30 percent [gang-related],” said NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan. “When we come to non-fatal shootings, it’s around 40 percent where there’s some sort of gang nexus. And those are the ones we know about.”

Much of that bloodshed has come in the Bronx, which has seen 51 homicides so far this year, up 64.5 percent from last year’s 31 to the same date, department stats show. “The Bronx is driving the murder year-to-date,” Monahan noted.

To combat those trends, the NYPD is deploying additional officers to two of the borough’s most crime-ridden precincts: the 40th, which hosted Tuesday’s meeting, and the 48th, where gangs and homicide intersected in horrifying fashion last month with the slaying of Guzman-Feliz, a 15-year-old aspiring cop.

Guzman-Feliz was yanked out of a bodega and hacked to death with machetes and knives by a mob of Trinitarios gangbangers who confused him with a rival. Twelve suspects have been arrested so far in the gruesome murder.

Despite the troubling homicide spike, overall crime reports are down 1.8 percent on the year, including drops in robberies, felony assaults, and shootings, officials said.

Rape reports have spiked by 33.2 percent in 2018 — from 678 last year to 903 this year — but Monahan attributed much of the hike to sexual assault in the news, as well as increased reporting of domestic attacks and previously unreported incidents from years past.

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DOJ announces 24 MS-13 gang members charged with murder, including dismembering victims in MD

Democrat Party logo MS-13

You demorats keep calling for the abolishment of ICE (Read the comments on the HuffPo link. Many, many folks are not pleased with that message). That’s bound to help your “Blue Wave.”

From DOJ release:

Baltimore, Maryland – A federal grand jury has returned a third superseding indictment charging twenty-four alleged members and associates of the gang MS-13.  The indictment was returned on June 27, 2018 and unsealed yesterday.

The indictment was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur; Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; Special Agent in Charge Gordon B. Johnson of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; Acting Special Agent in Charge Cardell T. Morant of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) Baltimore Office; (read the rest of the names here).

United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur stated “MS-13 is one of the most violent and ruthless gangs on the streets today. Working with our state and local partners, and using the tools of our Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces, we are determined to dismantle this organization to make our communities in Maryland safer.”

“MS-13 is ravaging communities throughout the United States with brutal violence, recruiting children to their murderous ranks, destroying families, and leaving behind countless victims,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Cronan.  “This indictment — which charges two dozen alleged MS-13 members with senseless acts of violence — is the latest example of the Department of Justice’s unwavering commitment to combatting violent gangs that prey on communities, whether in Maryland or elsewhere in our country.”

“This indictment is a direct result of the hard work and dedication shared by state, local and federal authorities in their efforts to combat violent gangs in our Maryland communities,” said Special Agent in Charge Gordon B. Johnson, of the FBI’s Baltimore Division.  “We are committed to combating this epidemic of violence that often takes young lives and creates fear in our communities.  The FBI and our partners will aggressively pursue gangs wherever they surface and are steadfast to making Maryland a safe place for our citizens.”

“We will not allow MS-13 and its members or their affiliates to bring their nefarious and deadly activities into our neighborhoods,” said Acting Special Agent in Charge Cardell T. Morant.  “I am proud of the dedicated agents who have duly executed their duties in our collective pursuit of law, order and justice.”

Twenty-one defendants are charged with conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise known as the La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, including:

  • Jorge Raul Guerra Castillo, a/k/a “Pelon,” age 36;
  • Carlos Hernandez Diaz, a/k/a “Positivo,” age 25;
  • Milton Portillo Rodriguez, a/k/a “Little Gangster,” and “Seco,” age 23;
  • Juan Carlos Sandoval Rodriguez, a/k/a “Picaro,” age 19;
  • Francisco Ramirez Pena, a/k/a “Tepo,” and “Advertencia,” age 24;
  • Jose Alberto Sibrian Garcia, a/k/a “Chango,” age 26;
  • Darwin Arias Mejia, a/k/a “City,” and “City Boy,” age 25;
  • Miguel Lopez Abrego, a/k/a “Timido,” age 30;
  • Albaro Rosa Moreno, a/k/a “Slow,” age 23;
  • Ervin Arrue Figureoa, a/k/a “Tricky,” age 19;
  • Ronald Mendez Sosa, age 20;
  • Edwin Ruiz Urrutia, a/k/a “Sylvestre,” age 19;
  • Brenda Argueta Argueta, a/k/a “Prima,” age 19;
  • Carlos Ventura Morales, a/k/a “Pantaya,” age 30; and
  • Danny Hernandez Solorzano, a/k/a “Titre,” age 20.

The names of six other defendants charged in the racketeering conspiracy remain sealed.

In addition, Darvin Guerra Zacarias, a/k/a “Chapin,” age 26, and Luis Fernando Cruz Rodriguez, a/k/a “Catra,” age 21, are charged with conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, along with Guerra Castillo, Hernandez Diaz, Portillo Rodriguez, Sandoval Rodriguez, Ramirez Pena, Arias Mejia, Rosa Moreno, Arrue Figueroa, Mendez Sosa, Ruiz Urrutia, and Argueta Argueta.

Samuel Diaz-Ramos, a/k/a “Pequeno,” age 32, is charged with money laundering conspiracy.

MS-13 is a national and international gang composed primarily of immigrants or descendants from El Salvador.  Branches or “cliques” of MS-13, one of the largest street gangs in the United States, operate throughout Frederick County, Anne Arundel County, Prince George’s County, and Montgomery County, Maryland.  All of the defendants except for Rosa Moreno were allegedly members and associates of the Fulton Locotes Salvatrucha clique of MS-13. The indictment alleges that Rosa Moreno was a member and associate of the Parkview Locos Salvatrucha clique of MS-13.

The six-count indictment alleges that from 2015 and continuing through 2017, MS-13 members and associates engaged in racketeering activity that included murders, conspiracies to commit murder, attempted murders, extortion, robbery, kidnapping, drug trafficking, and money laundering.

Specifically, the indictment alleges that the defendants murdered five individuals in Frederick, Anne Arundel, and Montgomery Counties, dismembering three of the victims.  In addition, the defendants allegedly conspired to murder eight individuals, maiming and assaulting one of the individuals with a machete, shooting one individual in the head, and kidnapping and threatening another individual with a firearm to extract payment for extortion.

The maximum sentence for the racketeering conspiracy is 20 years in prison, or up to life if special circumstances are proven; a maximum of 10 years in prison for conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering; and a maximum of 20 years in prison for money laundering conspiracy.  Initial appearances for the defendants began on June 28, 2018, in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.

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h/t Twitchy

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Angel Moms describe how their children were permanently separated from their families

The stories the MSM and demorats do not want you to hear. Proof: CNN and MSNBC cut away from Trump’s event with the “Angel Families.”

One illegal alien who killed a young woman came here illegally as an unaccompanied minor. He remains a fugitive for murder.

One illegal alien killed a young man on a motorcycle while he was driving drunk. The young man (Matthew) was thrown from the motorcycle and initially survived the crash. The illegal alien ran over Matthew and dragged him a quarter mile while people were screaming at him to stop. The victim was dislodged from the illegal’s vehicle yet he backed up over his victim and fled, leaving Matthew to die. He was sentenced for only 12-14 years.

The last woman to speak to Laura Ingraham (when the video was cutoff) had some choice words for Kathy Griffin, who tweeted that President Trump was using the Angel Moms as propaganda. From Fox News:

“Sabine Durden, a legal immigrant from Germany, said her son Dominic was killed in 2012 when a truck slammed into his motorcycle. The truck’s driver, Juan Zacarias Tzun, was an illegal alien with two felonies and two DUIs, Durden has said.

“[Griffin] needs to go [to] a stage somewhere in little back alley and entertain the two people that are still following her,” Durden said on “The Ingraham Angle.”

“She just has no grounds. She has no soul. She has no heart. And I pray to God she never knows this feeling.”

Durden added that her son’s killer was jailed for just 35 days.

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Separated families: MS-13 gang members, including 10 illegal aliens, charged in death of Virginia teens

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Permanently separated from their families: Mendez (l) and Triminio (r)/Fairfax County Police Dept. photo

From Fox News: Eleven MS-13 gang members – all of whom are illegal immigrants aliens except one – are facing life in prison after being charged in the kidnappings and deaths of two teens whose bodies were dug up in a Virginia park last year.

The ages of the male gang members charged Friday ranged from 20 to 27. All of them are from El Salvador and only one – who is believed to have fled the country – is not in police custody, according to NBC Washington.

Police uncovered the bodies of 17-year-old Edvin Escobar Mendez and 14-year-old Sergio Arita Triminio at Holmes Run Park in March 2017 after receiving a tip. The two teens disappeared just weeks apart the prior year.

After Mendez vanished and was reported missing by his family, his brother tracked down Triminio – one of his friends – who revealed to him that Mendez was “abducted or killed” because the MS-13 members thought he was allied with a rival gang.

Two days after that reported conversation, Triminio, who lived near Holmes Run Park, disappeared while taking out the trash. “He never came back,” his mother said.

Investigators believe Triminio was killed because the MS-13 members thought he was working as a police informant, a federal indictment said. A court-ordered electronic monitoring device that Triminio was wearing, per his probation orders, stopped working the day he vanished, the documents added.

All but one of the men facing the conspiracy to kidnap charges are reported to be illegal immigrants aliens, and one suspect is facing a conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering charge.

The names of those charged are Elmer Zelaya Martinez, 27, Erick Palacios Ruiz, 20, Ronald Herrera Contreras, 20, Josue Vigil Mejia, 21, Henry Zelaya Martinez, 24, Oscar Contreras Aguilar, 20, Yonathan Melgar Martinez, 21, Pablo Miguel Barrera Velasco, 20, Anderson Villatoro, 21, Francisco Avila Avalos, 20 and Fredys Baires Abarca, 20. Their gang member aliases included nicknames such as “Killer”, “Horror” and “Lil Clandestino”.

All of them are charged with conspiracy to kidnap, while Aguilar is also charged with conspiracy to commit murder in aid ofracketeering.

MS-13 was started by Central American immigrants, mainly from El Salvador, in Los Angeles in the 1980s and has expanded to include Hondurans, Guatamalans, Mexicans and other Central and South Americans.

President Trump’s Justice and Homeland Security Departments have made targeting the gang a top priority. The president himself has used the word “animals” to describe the gang.

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After woman’s death and a sexual attack in a park, Victoria Police tell citizens, “Take responsibility for your safety”

cell phone vs firearm

Choose wisely ladies…one of these is a better tool to use for saving your life during an attack.

Strict gun control laws in Australia make it very difficult for a woman to best determine how to take responsibility for her own safety.

Do tell #GunControlNow crowd (who love the gun control model of other countries), why do you want to make it more difficult for women who want to carry a firearm for safety, especially when police tell them to take responsibility for said safety?

From TheAge.com: Police have not ruled out a possible link between the death of a woman whose body was found on a soccer pitch in Carlton North (suburb of Melbourne) overnight and the recent sexual assault of a woman at a nearby park.

Detectives have promised round-the-clock patrols of Princes Park where the body of the woman, believed to be in her 30s, was found in the early hours of Wednesday. It is understood police suspect it may have been a random attack.

The woman’s body was found by a passerby on the pitch in the middle of the popular Princes Park running track, next to Melbourne General Cemetery, about 2.40am. Her body was found near the centre of the pitch.

“Paramedics worked on the woman, who is yet to be formally identified, but she was not able to be revived,” a police spokesman said.

The Parkville sex attack

On March 28, another woman was sexually assaulted less than one kilometre away, near Royal Park in Parkville, as she was walking by the intersection of Gatehouse Street and Bayles Crescent about 2.35am.

A man approached the woman from behind, trapped her in a bear hug and the pair fell to the ground, where he sexually assaulted her, police said.

The man tried to cover the woman’s mouth as she screamed for help but several nearby residents heard her. She managed to break free and ran to a nearby property where residents helped her and called police. The area was searched by police, including by helicopter, but the attacker was not found.

Detectives from the force’s sex crimes unit have confirmed they are liaising with homicide police as they work to track down the Parkville attacker.

Detective Senior Sergeant Brendan Butland said the possibility both cases were connected was being investigated, but at this stage there was “no known link” between the two. “We’re keeping an open mind,” he said.

Since the Parkville attack, detectives have made a number of inquiries into possible persons of interest, but they have since been ruled out.

Last week, Parkville residents received letters from Victoria Police asking for information and any CCTV about the Royal Park assault. The letter from Senior Constable Rhiannon Woolfe told residents that police were doorknocking the area and asked them to contact the sexual crime squad command.

Police keeping ‘open mind’ about possible link

On Wednesday – only an hour after the woman’s body was found in Carlton North – police renewed their appeal to help find the Parkville sex attacker.

Police have released a computer-generated image of the man police wish to speak to in connection with the Parkville sex attack, as well as CCTV footage of a man walking along the street.

Acting Homicide Squad Inspector Andrew Stamper said police were keeping an open mind about a possible link between the woman’s death and the sex assault. “We’re aware of that matter and we have been liasing with our colleagues at the sexual crimes squad,” he said.

“At this stage we have an open mind, but obviously we will be considering that matter in relation to this matter.”

Carlton North death ‘suspicious’

The circumstances of the death are being treated as suspicious, but Inspector Stamper did not reveal the details of the woman’s injuries or if she sustained any at all. He declined to comment on whether she had been sexually assaulted before she died.

Inspector Stamper said the man who found the woman’s body and raised the alarm was assisting police with their inquiries, but was not being treated as a suspect at this stage.

He declined to comment on the reasons why the woman or the man who found her were at the park in the early hours of the morning. He also declined to comment on a pair of black shoes found not far from the woman’s body.

He said police were taking the matter “very seriously” and were canvassing CCTV footage in the area. “It will be a long day out here a lot of resources are getting thrown into it,” he said.

Police ramp up patrols of Princes Park

North west division Superintendent David Clayton said there would now be a highly visible police presence at the park “all times of the day and night”.

“They [police] will be on foot, they’ll be on bicycles and they’ll be in cars,” he said.

He urged anyone walking in the area at night to take extra precautions and always be aware of their surroundings. “The message we would provide to all members of the community is to take responsibility for your safety,” he said.

“Make sure people know where you are and if you’ve got a mobile phone carry it and if you’ve got any concerns at all call police.”

Carlton resident Fran Keenan does a lap around Princes Park daily, but she said she would never walk in the area when it’s dark.

Ms Keenan said she was left shaken by the discovery of the woman’s body and recent sexual assault nearby. ‘‘I walked around [Princes Park] and it was really early in the morning once and I just didn’t feel comfortable being out there in the dark so I’ve never done it again,’’ she said.

‘‘I feel perfectly safe in the daytime, but it’s a different feeling when you walk at night and there’s less people around. ‘It’s just awful to think that a woman has died so close by and it’s a bit eerie here today with all the police around.’’

Read the whole story here.

h/t @DLoesch

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Lawyer for Houston serial killer Danny Bible says he’s “too sick” to execute

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Rapist and murderer Danny Bible

Firing squad works for me.

From Houston Chronicle: Lawyers for Houston-area serial killer Danny Bible filed a civil rights suit Friday alleging the aging death row inmate is in such poor health that any attempts to execute him will end in a gruesome, botched procedure.

The so-called “ice pick killer” has Parkinson’s, bad veins and a slew of other medical conditions that raise the possibility of a prolonged and painful lethal injection process his lawyers argue could violate the 8th Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

The 66-year-old is scheduled to die on June 27.

“Texas will almost certainly join Alabama and Ohio and add itself to the unconscionable list of botched executions in America,” his attorney Jeremy Schepers told the Chronicle.

“Mr. Bible is an elderly, frail man who has been confined to a wheelchair for the last 15 years and his health is rapidly deteriorating,” he continued. “Recent medical evaluations confirm that his veins are inaccessible and unsuitable for placing an IV. Any attempts to carry out the execution will amount to torture, cause excruciating pain, and violate his constitutional rights.”

Bible’s bid for reprieve comes months after a high-profile botch that forced officials in Alabama to call off the execution of Doyle Hamm, a 61-year-old death row prisoner with lymphoma. In February, a lethal injection team there spent hours poking the condemned killer’s arms, legs and groin to find a usable vein before ultimately giving up as the midnight deadline approached.

Previously, Ohio saw similarly botched procedures in the attempted execution of Romell Broom in 2009 and Alva Campbell in 2017. Schepers writes that Bible is in worse health than Hamm, Campbell or Broom.

The Texas lethal injection preparation – a part of the process media and witnesses are not permitted to observe – involves inserting two IV lines, while the prisoner is strapped to a gurney.

But lying down causes Bible shortness of breath, and his lawyers argue that he would “likely be choking and gasping for air” during attempts to hook up IVs that may be “futile” anyway.

Bible’s legal claim, which lays out a “galaxy of medical issues” in detail over the course of 90 pages, names Texas Department of Criminal Justice officials and “anonymous execution team members” among its numerous defendants.

This isn’t the first time a Texas death row prisoner has fought his sentence by questioning the lethal injection process. Thomas “Bart” Whitaker – a Fort Bend man eventually spared by Gov. Greg Abbott – was one of three inmates behind a years-long suit alleging the drugs Texas uses could cause undue suffering.

And earlier this year, hours before his February execution, John Battaglia unsuccessfully tried winning a stay by raising concerns about two allegedly botched executions his lawyers said were caused by too-old drugs.

Both of those cases focused on the possibility that the drugs themselves would cause suffering, a claim that could more generally apply to any death row prisoner. Bible’s argument focuses more narrowly on the possibility that he, specifically, is unfit to execute.

“To my knowledge this is the first suit of its kind in Texas,” said lethal injection expert and death penalty lawyer Maurie Levin, who worked on the Whitaker and Battaglia cases.

In Bible’s case, his lawyers suggest that an alternative method – firing squad or nitrogen gas – would decrease the risk of suffering.

Bible was initially sent to death row in 2003, more than two decades after the crime that landed him there.

A former drifter, Bible’s lengthy string of violence dates back to at least 1979. That May, a passerby found the bloodied, half-naked body of Inez Deaton along the slope of a Houston bayou. She’d been stabbed 11 times with an ice pick before her killer posed her corpse by the water.

For nearly two decades, Deaton’s slaying went unsolved – but Bible’s violent streak continued.

In the years that followed, Bible terrorized women in the Midwest, once setting his girlfriend’s car on fire because he didn’t like her haircut. After he returned to Texas and settled west of Fort Worth, he murdered his sister-in-law Tracy Powers and her infant son Justin. Then, he killed Powers’ roommate, Pam Hudgins, and left her body hanging from a roadside fence.

Following those killings, he fled to Montana, where he kidnapped a woman and raped an 11-year-old girl, according to court records.

Eventually, he was caught and in 1984 he pleaded guilty to Hudgins’ murder. He was sentenced to 25 years for the killing and 20 years for a Harris County robbery. He was released on parole eight years later, under a since-repealed mandatory supervision law.

While still on parole, he raped and molested multiple young relatives, including a 5-year-old. Then in 1998, he raped Tera Robinson in a Louisiana motel room before stuffing her into a duffel bag when he became enraged that he couldn’t maintain an erection. The woman broke free and called for help.

Bible was eventually caught in Florida, and freely admitted to his crimes under questioning.

Weeks after he was sentenced, Bible narrowly escaped death during a head-on-collision on the way to death row. The officer behind the wheel of the prison transport vehicle, 40-year-old John Bennett, died in the wreck, while Bible ended up in a wheelchair.

In past appeals, Bible’s attorneys have used his deteriorating medical condition to argue against his execution, saying he can’t be a danger in his current state.

Texas has already executed six men this year, including another Houston serial killer, Anthony Shore. Aside from Bible’s, there are seven other death dates on the calendar in Texas.

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Victim of tolerance: Teenager, 14, raped and murdered in Germany by failed asylum seeker

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Perp Ali Bashar/AFP photo

From Daily Mirror: A failed asylum seeker has confessed to the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl in Germany – where tributes have claimed she’s the ‘victim of tolerance’.

Susanna Maria Feldman was strangled and buried close to a railway track near a refugee camp in her hometown of Wiesbaden, Germany.

Ali Bashar, 20, was arrested by Kurdish security forces after fleeing Germany to Iraq on a ticket which did not match the name on his passport.

There he was interrogated by Iraqi police officers – where he is said to have confessed to the crimes. He is due to be sent back to Germany today.

This comes after a 13-year-old refugee told police in Wiesbaden that Bashar was responsible for killing the teenager. Bashar is a suspect in a string of other offences, including sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl in the refugee camp and knifepoint robbery.

He arrived in Germany in 2015 with his parents and five siblings but his asylum request was refused, local media reports. Although he was due to be deported, he obtained temporary residence while he waited for his appeal to be heard.

Susanna went missing on May 23 after going out with her friends the previous night, but police did not investigate because she was “often truant.”

Tributes have now been left near the area she was found – including a cross with a sign reading: ‘Susanna, 14 year-old, victim of tolerance’.

Flowers and candles also adorn the makeshift memorial.

Her mother, Diana Feldman, wrote on Facebook before her daughter’s body was found: “There is nothing worse for a mother in the world than not to know where her child is.”

Now, the case has put renewed pressure on Merkel’s government over the decision to open Germany’s borders at the height of the refuge crisis in 2015.

Alice Weidel, the chief of far right party AfD, told the Times of Israel: “Susanna is a new victim of the egotistical and hypocritical welcoming policy of Chancellor Angela Merkel.”

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