Archive for April, 2010

Federal Charges Against Alleged MS-13 Members

April 29, 2010

Teens Accused of Stripping Younger Boys, Taking Photos

April 29, 2010

by MICHELLE BOUDIN / NewsChannel 36
E-mail Michelle: MBoudin@WCNC.com

 NewsChannel 36

 Posted on April 29, 2010 at 6:40 PM

 Updated today at 6:48 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A group of teens could face criminal charges for allegedly stripping two boys naked, taking photos of them and then sending the photos to others.

The two victims are 8 and 13 years old.

“My son cried for a long time that night. He felt very violated,” the 8-year-old’s mother told NewsChannel 36. “He was crying and saying the boys up the street had taken his clothes off.”

It happened when the boys were at a house in the neighborhood, playing video games with some older teens.

The teens told the boys the only way to get their clothes back was to fight.

“They were laughing, and then they took off my clothes,” said the 13-year-old victim.

The teens then took cell phone pictures and sent them out. One landed on the phone of a friend of the 13-year-old.

“They were like, ‘We’re gonna send them to everybody,'” said the 13-year-old victim.

“There was a naked picture going around of my son,” said the boy’s mother. “I’m mad. I’m very mad. I just think they’re pedophiles.”

“My son feels violated,” said the 8-year-old’s mother. “He doesn’t even want to come outside. He thinks somebody’s going to say something to him.”

Police say they are still investigating and criminal charges are possible.

Woman Injured in Purse-Snatching at Home Depot

April 29, 2010
By NewsChannel 36 Staff
WCNC
updated 26 minutes ago

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A woman was injured Thursday afternoon when a man stole her purse at a Home Depot on Albemarle Road.

Police said the woman was complaining of head and hip injuries. She was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The robbery happened at about 4:15 p.m. Police were searching for a tall, black man wearing blue jeans and a tan jacket.

Judge Delays Trial for Murderer of CMPD Officers in 2007

April 29, 2010

NC Racial Justice Act Signed By Governor Perdue to Blame for Latest Delay

By GLENN COUNTS / NewsChannel 36
E-mail Glenn: GCounts@WCNC.com

 NewsChannel 36

 Posted on April 29, 2010 at 5:45 PM

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The family of two murdered police officers will have to wait a few months longer for a trial.

For the second time, lawyers for the alleged cop killer tried to have their client declared mentally incompetent. The judge didn’t buy the claim, but the trial will still be delayed.

Now, the families of officers Sean Clark and Jeff Shelton will have to wait until October to go to trial.

The suspected killer, Demeatrius Montgomery, walked into court Thursday without a hint of emotion and has continued to remain silent, even refusing to speak with his attorneys.

“His behavior has become increasingly bizarre, odd,” said defense attorney Duane Bryant.

Montgomery’s attorneys say he is not competent to stand trial, but the judge disagreed with their assessment.

Still, the newly enacted Racial Justice Act proved to be a winning hand in delaying the trial.

“It is an act that looks at the reasons or reported reasons behind the exposure to death or life in prison,” Bryant said.

The act is designed to determine if there is racial bias in the system when it comes to the death penalty. Prosecutors say they have looked at 10 years worth of death penalty cases and found no bias.

But the judge agreed to wait for the completion of a statewide study, which includes Mecklenburg County. Prosecutors argued there is no reason to make the families of Clark and Shelton wait any longer.

“I think the Legislature did not make a provision for this hearing on purpose, and therefore it’s the state’s position that there is no need to hear this,” said assistant district attorney Marsha Goodenow.

Officers Shelton and Clark were killed three years ago in March. They were both shot in the head as they stood outside the Timber Ridge apartments while responding to a domestic dispute.

Teen Gets 40 Years In Border Agent’s Murder

April 29, 2010

Agent Shot In Head During Robbery Attempt

AP Photo
ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press Writer

Posted: 5:08 am EDT April 29, 2010Updated: 5:32 pm EDT April 29, 2010

SAN DIEGO — A 17-year-old Mexican was sentenced Thursday to 40 years in prison for the murder of a U.S. Border Patrol agent who was shot several times in the head during a robbery attempt. Christian Daniel Castro Alvarez sat silently with his head down throughout the sentencing by U.S. District Judge M. James Lorenz in San Diego.

 Castro pleaded guilty in November to murdering a federal officer near Campo, a mountainous area about 60 miles east of San Diego. He told authorities that he and others were attempting to rob the agent, Robert Rosas.

 The sentencing came as a furious debate rages around the nation on a new Arizona law that requires local and state law enforcement officers to question people about their immigration statuses if there’s reason to suspect they’re in the country illegally

 The courtroom was packed with uniformed Border Patrol agents as the judge read a letter written by the defendant apologizing to the family of the 30-year-old Rosas.

 Rosas was shot in the head, from behind and while lying on the ground. Castro’s attorney had argued that two accomplices now in Mexico fired the fatal shots.

 Castro told authorities the killing occurred during the attempted robbery he was forced to commit under threat of death.

 A probation officer had urged a life sentence for Castro. Federal guidelines call for a minimum sentence of 30 years.

 Rosas was the first Border Patrol agent to be killed by gunfire since 1998, according to The Officer Down Memorial Page, a website that tracks death of law enforcement officers.

 U.S. authorities say Castro acted with others but have not said how many or announced arrests. The suspects are believed to have fled back to Mexico through a small crevice under a border fence made of corrugated metal, sparking a massive search on both sides of the border.

 Castro surrendered to authorities at a San Diego border crossing last August, less than a month after Rosas died on the night of July 23, but his capture was not announced until he pleaded guilty three months later. He was charged as an adult.

 Castro confessed that he and others lured Rosas out of his Border Patrol vehicle by leaving footprints on a dirt road, shaking bushes and making noises, according to prosecutors. Rosas, who was patrolling alone, was ambushed and stripped of his gun about 100 yards from the border.

 Castro, who was 16 at the time, told authorities he was holding Rosas at gunpoint when the agent reached for Castro’s firearm. Castro shot once and shouted for help to his collaborators, who were walking toward Rosas’ vehicle. They opened fire.

 Castro said one of his collaborators shot him in the hand, leaving a trail of blood back to Mexico. Castro’s DNA matched the blood.

 Like many people raised in California’s Imperial Valley along the Mexico border, Rosas found a career in law enforcement. He was a state prison guard for six years before joining the Border Patrol in 2006.

 He was survived by his wife, Rosalie, and two young children. Prosecutors wrote the judge last week that the children run to the front door calling “Papa” when a car pulls up to the house.

Customer Uses Own Gun To Stop Bank Robber

April 29, 2010

Posted: 4:44 pm EDT April 29, 2010Updated: 5:40 pm EDT April 29, 2010

PALM BAY, Fla. — A bank robber in Palm Bay couldn’t get away from a bank Thursday, because a customer of the Space Coast Credit Union on Malabar Road had a gun and a concealed weapon permit. The customer used his gun to stop the robber
Police are interviewing the suspect and a possible accomplice. Ruben Torres actually had his gun in his car in the parking lot. He had enough time to go out to his car, get his gun and then go back in and hold the robber for police.

 Torres went to the Space Coast Credit Union to pick up some cash for a cruise this weekend and was on his way out when he noticed a man walk in, give him a weird look, pull out a Walmart bag and put it on his head. It was the first sign it wasn’t going to be just any visit to the bank.

 “It’s not Halloween. You don’t walk in and put a bag over your head unless you’re going to do something,” Torres said.

 Torres, a trained, professional security guard with a concealed weapons permit said he didn’t even think twice about what he was about to do. He went to his car, grabbed his handgun and went back inside.

 The robber was sitting, waiting for the cash he was trying to steal. Another teller confirmed for Torres the man was trying to rob the bank and, when Torres saw an opportunity, he drew his weapon.

 “As he was walking out, I put him down with the gun in the back of his back,” Torres said.

 The Palm Bay man said the suspect didn’t fight back or try to run. Torres said he was never scared, just a little nervous, and was surprised to hear what the suspect had to say.

 “He apologized to me and I said, ‘That doesn’t matter now,'” Torres described.

 Palm Bay police arrived moments later. Police said, while they don’t encourage people to take matters into their own hands, they said what he did was appreciated and courageous.

 This is the second time Torres has been in the right place at the right time. More than 20 years ago he happened upon William Cruse, while the mass murderer was killing innocent people and police in another shopping center, and actually fired at him.

Longtime Officer Named Dallas Police Chief

April 29, 2010

Naming of David Brown comes day after Austin chief withdraws from consideration.

THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS

Published: 10:53 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Twenty-six years after becoming a Dallas police officer, David Brown is now the top one.

David Brown was picked from 6 finalists after 26 years on force.
David Brown was picked from 6 finalists after 26 years on force.

The 49-year-old was named chief of the Dallas Police Department on Wednesday by City Manager Mary Suhm, replacing retiring Chief David Kunkle.

“I’m very humbled. I’m very excited. I love this city and all its citizens,” Brown said at an afternoon news conference. “I’m just honored to be chosen as the new chief of the Police Department.”

Brown said he planned to start visiting immediately with officers to hear their views and concerns.

“Their issues are my issues,” he said.

He added, “No chief can be successful in Dallas without the rank and file.” As chief, he said, he was committed to “putting them first and foremost.”

Brown was one of six finalists for the position.

The announcement in Dallas came less than 24 hours after Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo, who also had been a finalist, withdrew his candidacy, saying, “I belong here.”

Acevedo would not say whether he received a formal offer from Dallas. However, he said that he had been negotiating a salary and other employment terms “just like I’m sure every other candidate was.”

Suhm said the other finalists for the job were all well qualified. “So the question became who is the best match for our city, for our department and for our residents, and who can keep the momentum going that we have in the department,” she said.

Kunkle announced his retirement in November, saying he would step aside in April. His last day is Friday.

City officials say that during Kunkle’s tenure, Dallas’ violent crime rate fell by 32 percent and the department added 700 officers.

Additional material from staff writer Tony Plohetski.

Police Say Texan Decapitated Wife with Chainsaw

April 29, 2010

  The Associated Press

Published: 9:46 a.m. Wednesday, April 28, 2010

DALLAS — Police are searching for a suburban Dallas man accused of decapitating his wife with a chainsaw.

Lewisville police have issued an arrest warrant for 49-year-old Jose Fernando Corona that charges him with the murder of his wife, Maria Corona.

The slain 44-year-old mother of six was discovered in the street near her home Monday. A bloody trail ran from her headless body to her house. Police found two chainsaws with blood and tissue matter nearby, one of them still running.

The Dallas Morning News reported Wednesday that Lewisville police Capt. Kevin Deaver said the couple had been having marital problems.

Deaver said Jose Corona has no prior criminal history. Police are asking state and federal authorities for help locating him.

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Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com

Fort Mill, SC Child Day Care Center Where Boy Died Was Not Licensed

April 29, 2010

Rock Hill, SC Girl Assaulted with Razor on School Bus

April 29, 2010