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Archive for May 28th, 2021

Weekend Series on Crime History: Guns Being Smuggled Inside Canada

San Jose Shooter told CBP in 2016 That He Hated His Job

By Steve Neavling

The man who killed nine people in a shooting in San Jose, Calif., told U.S. Customs officers in 2016 that he hated his workplace, according to a Homeland Security memo obtained by The Wall Street Journal.

Customs officers detained Samuel James Cassidy, 57, after a trip to the Philippines, the memo says. 

Cassidy possessed “books about terrorism and fear and manifestos…as well as a black memo book filled with lots of notes about how he hates the VTA,” the memo says, referring to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, where Cassidy previously worked. 

“When asked if he had problems with anybody at work, he stated ‘no,’” according to the memo. 

The DHS distributed the memo internally after the shooting Wednesday. 

It’s not clear how long Cassidy was in custody. 

Cassidy opened fire at a union meeting at a VTA light-rail yard in downtown San Jose. He later died in an apparent suicide. 

Homeland Security, which oversees U.S. Customs and Protection, wouldn’t comment on the memo because the shooting is still under investigation. 

Police still have not determined a motive.

His ex-wife said Cassidy was often angry about his job and even talked about killing co-workers more than a decade ago.

Undocumented Immigrant Convicted of Assaulting Border Patrol Agent with Baton

By Steve Neavling

A jury convicted a 24-year-old undocumented immigrant of assaulting a Border Patrol agent during a traffic stop in Texas in October 2019. 

During the two-day trial, prosecutors said Ludwin Artemio Santizo-Escobedo, a Guatemalan national, was in the country illegally and refused to be arrested after he was pulled over on State Highway 349 near Sanderson. 

Santizo-Escobedo grabbed the agent’s baton and repeatedly beat him in the body and head. To subdue him, the agent shot Santizo-Escobedo in the left forearm and shoulder. 

“This case illustrates the dangers the brave men and women of the United States Border Patrol face day in and day out while protecting our country,” U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff said in a news release.  “Violent assaults on federal law enforcement cannot and will not be tolerated.”

The FBI investigated the assault. 

“Every day Border Patrol Agents honorably serve our nation by securing the border. Too frequently, they endure physical assaults for carrying out their sworn duties,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs of the San Antonio Division said. “Thanks to the exemplary work of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and FBI agents assigned to the Del Rio Resident Agency Office (RA) and El Paso FBI/Midland RA, Santizo-Escobedo will be held accountable for his violent assault.”

Santizo-Escobedo faces up to 20 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 10.