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FBI: Deputy U.S. Marshal Did Nothing Wrong in Fatal Courtroom Shooting

Siale Maveni Angilau

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has ended its investigation of a courtroom shooting that killed suspected gang member Siale Maveni Angilau, the Desert News reports.

Federal authorities determined no excessive force was used when the deputy U.S. marshall shot Angilau four times after he grabbed a pen and charged after a witness who was testifying.

The feds found no evidence that Angilau was shot while on the ground, as claimed by some family members.

“There is no evidence to suggest Angilau was shot while on the ground,” according to the FBI.

Angilau was one of 16 Tongan Crip Gang members who were charged in federal court under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

Charges included racketeering, carjacking, robbery, assault on a federal officer and weapons violations.

Chicago Bank Robber Handed More Than Cash, Helping Lead to His Arrest

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Chicago bank teller who was getting robbed gave up more than $1,700.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the bank employee also handed the robber a global-positioning system that helped the FBI and local police track him down.

The GPS device activated as soon as the robber left the bank, alerting authorities to the suspect’s every move.

When police tracked down 32-year-old Nathan A. Reed, they found $1,660 in cash, wrapped in a bank money band, and the GPS tracker.

He’s scheduled to appear in federal court on Friday.

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Middle School Gang Suspected of Mob Violence in Downtown Louisville Last Month

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Three hours of mob violence in downtown Louisville last month was perpetuated by a gang of middle school students who call themselves “Young ‘N Off that,” or YNO.

Louisville Courier-Journal reports that the students are “armed in a major way” and belong to several different schools after it started at Frost Middle School.

The gang of students showed up to Waterfront Park on March 22 to fight another local gang, Trill Young Savages, or TYS, according to an FBI memo.

“TYS members apparently didn’t show, which is when the ‘mob violence’ ensued,” the agent wrote.

The teens committed at least 20 robberies assaults and acts of vandalism.

FBI May Have Cracked Case of Pre-Dawn Robbery Immortalized by ‘Goodfellas’

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 1978 robbery depicted in the movie “Goodfellas” was inspired by real life events at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

CNN reports a major break in that case, in which suspected organized crime associates were murdered and more than $6 million in cash and jewelry stolen.

On Wednesday, authorities arrested suspected Bonanno mob captain Vincent Asaro, 78, on charges that he participated in the robbery. Four other alleged members of Bonanno were also arrested.

“As alleged, Vincent Asaro devoted his adult life to the Bonanno crime family, with a criminal career that spanned decades,” Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said in a statement. “Far from a code of honor, theirs was a code of violence and brute force. Those suspected of cooperating with law enforcement paid with their lives.”

Only one person – an airline employee – was previously convicted in the robbery case.

 

Case of the “Badly Beaten Bank Robber”

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

This wasn’t your typical bank robber. 

The young man with a busted lip, facial bruises and a swollen eye walked into a Houston Bank wearing no disguises. He pulled out a pistol and demanded money, the Houston Chronicle reports.

The robber escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash. 

Investigators have dubbed him the “Badly Beaten Bank Robber,” the Chronicle wrote.

FBI Informant Lives Large in Cuba, reviving Claims That He Also Worked with Cuban Intelligence

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Gilberto Abascal was a main informant in two-high profile cases in Florida in the past seven years, but now he’s living large in Cuba, the Miami Herald reports.

Abascal was the key witness in the trial of militant Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles two years ago, the Herald wrote. In 2006, he was the main informant in another case.

Now, the Herald wrote, Abascal is building a house, renting expensive cars and offering a large reward for information about the person who broke into his home.

For many, Abascal’s lifestyle reinforced the belief that he was serving as an informant for both Cuban and U.S. intelligence.

“This inferentially validates the conclusion that this was an individual who had a collaborative relationship with Cuban security . . . and casts a shadow on the FBI for its dealings with this guy,” said Arturo V. Hernandez, an attorney for another case in which Abascal was a main witness.

FBI-Involved Shootout Ends with 1 Suspect Dead, Another Injured in Philadelphia

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A shootout between two suspects and the FBI and police ended with one suspect dead and another injured, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The newspaper reported that both men were suspects in murders and robberies across the city and were determined to fight if authorities tried to apprehend them. 

That’s exactly what happened when FBI agents and Philadelphia police swarmed their hangout early Monday afternoon, according to The Inquirer. After a 10-minute gunfight, 21-year-old Tevin Hammond was dead and 19-year-old Justin Mackie was severely wounded.

Authorities were not injured.

“They knew people were looking for them, and they made it very clear they would not surrender,”  Philadelphia Police Lt. John Stanford told the Inquirier.

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Court Releases Two of Six Men Arrested in Death of DEA Agent in Colombia

 

James Watson

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Colombian court released two of six men arrested in the murder of a DEA agent, the Associated Press reports.

Defense attorneys said prosecutors failed to present sufficient evidence to hold the two suspects in the death of DEA agent James Watson, who was known as “Terry.”

Authorities said Watson, 43, was killed during an apparent robbery attempt while getting into a taxi.

The two freed men were taxi drivers and have insisted they did nothing wrong, the AP wrote.