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Sore Loser Wrongly Claims His Video Game Opponent Killed Sister, Mother at Long Island Home

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Not everyone responds well to losing.

The FBI is searching for one sore loser who apparently was so upset when he lost in an online video game that he called authorities, pretending to be the teen who beat him in Call of Duty. The prank caller told police Tuesday that he was 18-year-old Rafael Castillo and that he had just killed his mother and brother, the New York Post reports.

The call prompted more than 70 heavily armed officers, along with ambulances and hostage negotiators, to swarm the innocent teen’s Long Island house.

When they arrived, the teen’s mother and sister were fine.

“I thought there was a fire at my house. I ran up and saw my mom running out. I didn’t know what was going on,” the brother, Jose, 21, told the Post.

Now the FBI is trying to figure out who made the call.

Home Depot Worker Charged on Accusations of Planting Bomb in Store for Ransom Money

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A Home Depot worker has been arrested for threatening to detonate bombs inside the stores unless he received $2 million in ransom money, the New York Daily News reports.

Daniel Patrick Sheehan, 50, threatened to shut down all Long Island stores on Black Friday by detonating three pipe bombs inside Home Depots, the Daily News wrote.

Police found one working pipe bomb.

After lowering his ransom demand to $1 million, Sheehan sent another letter saying he would pick up the money while being “wired up like a Christmas tree,” the Daily News reported, citing a complaint unsealed in Long Island Federal Court.

Sheehan was caught after police traced his phone number when he called to complain that the money drop was crawling with cops in late October.

FBI Investigating Whether NYPD Cop is Part of Burglary Crew

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Obviously, this NYPD cop was on the wrong side of the line.

The New York Daily News reports that the FBI is investigating whether Detective Rafael (Ray) Astacio is part of a burglary crew.

He was caught last month breaking into a Long Island home.

To read more click here.

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Memorial Fund Established for NY ATF Agent John Capano

John Capano/atf photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A memorial fund has been set up for ATF agent John Capano of New York who was killed New Year’s Eve day while attempting to stop an armed robbery of a pharmacy in Long Island where he had gone to fill a cancer medication for his ailing father.

The primary purpose of the fund is to provide monies for his son’s and daughter’s college education. His son is attending Northeastern University and his daughter is a high school student.

Individual and corporate donations can be made out to Special Agent John Capano Memorial Fund and sent to the Federal Drug Agents Foundation, 380 North Broadway, Suite 203, Jericho, NY 11753. Donations to the fund are tax deductible.

Authorities suspect that Capano was killed by friendly fire from a retired cop who had come to his rescue after he began struggling with the robber.

The funeral is scheduled for Friday at 11 a.m. at the St. William the Abbot Roman Catholic Church in Seaford, N.Y. Attorney Gen. Eric Holder Jr. is scheduled to speak at the funeral.

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ATF Agent Was Likely Killed by Friendly Fire, NY Daily News Reports

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Sadly, investigators believe the off-duty ATF agent who was shot and killed while struggling with a robbery suspect last Saturday at a Long Island pharmacy, was likely shot by friendly fire from a retired Nassau County police lieutenant, the New York Daily News reported, citing unnamed sources.

The paper reported that agent John Capano, 51, was picking up cancer medicine for his father at Charlie’s Family Pharmacy in Seaford when he ran into a robbery in progress.

It was New Year’s Eve day, and Capano had planned to spend the evening with his wife, two children and father, the Daily News reported. His mother had just died of cancer two weeks before.

FBI and ATF are running ballistics tests, the paper reported, but investigators’ working theory is that Capano was killed by friendly fire.

To read the full story click here.

 

Off-Duty ATF Agent Shot and Killed During Struggle With Long Island Robbery Suspect

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

An off-duty ATF agent was shot and killed Saturday afternoon in Nassau County in Long Island, N.Y. while struggling with a robbery suspect outside a pharmacy where the agent was going to pick up his father’s cancer medication, according to authorities and the Associated Press.

Agent John Capano, a 23-year veteran of ATF, was off duty and in the Seaford, N.Y. shopping center’s parking lot at about 2 p.m. when the suspect entered the pharmacy and robbed it of OxyContin and cash, according to ATF.

Several patrons ran out of the store and pointed out the robbery suspect. ATF said agent Capano immediately confronted the suspect, began struggling with him and attempted to disarm him.

A retired Nassau County police officer and an off-duty New York City police officer who were in a deli next door were also alerted, ATF said.

Both came out of the deli and saw the men struggling and fired, killing the suspect, which AP identified as James McGoey. Agent Capano was also fatally wounded during the confrontation. It was unclear from the ATF press release and media reports as to who actually shot the agent.

Agent Capanois is survived by a wife and two children.

To honor the memory of  Capano, ATF buildings that fly the ATF flag have been authorized to lower the flag to half staff from January 1 to the  day of his interment, from sunrise to sunset.

 

 

Democratic Fundraiser Convicted in $21 Million Bank Fraud Scheme

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A fed jury in Brooklyn on Friday convicted Democratic fundraiser Courtney Dupree in a scheme to get $21 million in fraudulent loans.

Dupree, the CEO of the Long Island-based, GDC Acquisitions, a holding of company, was charged with grossly overstating the firm’s billings to fraudulently obtain a $21 million loan from Amalgamated Bank. The jury acquitted Thomas Foley, GDC’s former chief operating officer.

The case garnered some publicity for various reasons.

Ex-Green Bay Packer running back Dorsey Levens and Robert Holland, ex-CEO of Ben and Jerruy’s ice cream, testified as character witnesses for Dupree.

And defense attorney Roscoe C. Howard Jr, the former D.C.  U.S. Attorney, accused the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office of illegally obtaining documents in the case, then lying about it.

Howard raised the issues in a Dec. 21 letter filed in court and addressed to presiding U.S. District Judge Kiyo A. Matsumoto. He had asked the judge to suppress any illegally obtained materials.

The judge this past week rejected that request and the case went forward.

The government press release after the conviction stated:

“This case was brought in coordination with President Barack Obama’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force. President Obama established the interagency Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force to wage an aggressive, coordinated and proactive effort to investigate and prosecute financial crimes. ”

 

The Ok Bombing it Ain’t; Ex-FBI Director Asked to Investigate SAT Test Security

Louis J. Freeh/adl photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

As FBI Director Louie Freeh oversaw some of the biggest investigations in the nation including the Oklahoma bombing and the 1998 bombings of American embassies in Africa.

Now as a private lawyer and consultant, he’s being asked to tackle a task with a little less world import.

The New York Times reported that the College Board is hiring Freeh to review its security involving SAT tests.

The move comes in wake of a scandal involving seven Long Island teenagers who were arrested for cheating.

The Times reported that Nassau County prosecutors filed criminal charges on Sept. 27 against Samuel Eshaghoff, 19, who is accused of taking payments to take the SAT tests for six former and current students at Great Neck North High School.

The Times reported that scandal still has potential to get bigger and involve more students.