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Wray Appoints 2 Executive Assistant Directors to Oversee Vital Branches

FBI Director Christopher Wray, via FBI.

By Steve Neavling

FBI Director Christopher Wray appointed two executive assistant directors to vital positions in the bureau. 

Brian C. Turner was named executive assistant director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch, where he will oversee criminal and cyber investigations worldwide. Turner had been serving as the assistant director of the Operational Technology Division at FBI headquarters. 

Turner joined the FBI in 2002 in the Philadelphia Field Office. 

Jill Sanborn was named executive assistant director of the National Security Branch, where she will help the FBI defend the U.S. and its interests from national security threats. Prior to the appointment, Sanborn was serving as the assistant director of Counterterrorism Division at FBI headquarters. 

Sanborn’s FBI career began in 1998, when she was assigned to the Phoenix Field Office. 

Four Suspects Arrested in Shooting of ATF Agent, Police Officer in Tennessee

By Steve Neavling

Three adults and a teenager were charged with attempted murder in the shooting of a Memphis police officer and an ATF agent in Tennessee. 

The shooting occurred about 2:30 p.m. Friday when officers with a violent crimes unit were searching for a carjacked vehicle that was involved in a crash, Memphis police said on Twitter. The four suspects exited a red sedan and fired multiple shots at the officer and ATF agent before fleeing the scene. 

The officer and agents were taken to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. 

Authorities arrested Adarius Armstrong, 19, Barium Martin, 19, and a 17-year-old. 

U.S. Marshals tracked down a fourth suspect, 19-year-old Julius Armstrong, who was briefly at large.  

“With a Memphis Police Officer and ATF Agent Shot and a suspect on the run, finding the suspect became our number one priority, as we worked to assist our local and federal partners,” U.S. Marshal Tyreece Miller said in a statement. “We have used every means possible and were able to locate him within 12 hours. With the assistance of MPD and ATF, we were able to take the suspect into custody with no injuries to him or any law enforcement officer.”

ATF Special Agent in Charge Mickey French added, “Removing the criminal element that uses firearms to facilitate violent crimes is a priority of ATF. ATF’s partnerships with the Memphis PD and the U.S. Marshals Service in the arrest of these individuals will have a lasting impact on the community.” 

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FBI Officers Reward for Help Locating Gunman Who Fired at Task Force Officer

Footage of three men entering the suspect vehicle about 10 minutes before the shooting. Photo: FBI

By Steve Neavling

The FBI is offering a reward for help identifying people who fired several shots at a bureau task force officer in a drive-by shooting in Phoenix last month. 

A task force vehicle came under fire in the early hours of April 23 near 20th Street and Wier Avenue in south Phoenix. 

The officer was not injured. 

About 10 minutes before the shooting, surveillance footage shows three men entering the suspect vehicle, a white 2003 Hyundai Sonata. 

The reward is up to $10,000. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI’s Phoenix Office at 623-466-1999. 

Ex-FBI Agent Charged with Rape Hid His Checkered Past

Christopher Bauer. Photo: Montgomery County Detention Center

By Steve Neavling

An Alabama state trooper, who came to the state agency after being kicked out of the FBI because of sexual misconduct claims, was arrested last week on charges of raping an 11-year-old girl. 

Christopher Bauer hid his checkered past from the state agency by producing a fake FBI letter that falsely suggested he had a clean record, an Associated Press investigation found.

In late 2018, Bauer was working in the bureau’s New Orleans office when the FBI suspended him without pay and removed his security clearance. Among the allegations were that he had raped a co-worker at knifepoint. 

When Bauer, 41, applied to be a trooper in 2019, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said it found “no derogatory comments were uncovered by former employers” when it conducted a “full and thorough” investigation. 

On his application, Bauer said he was still working at the FBI and never revealed the disciplinary action taken against him.  

Last week, Bauer was charged with sodomy and sexual abuse of a child under 12.  

CBP Busts Woman with $40,000 Worth of Cocaine Hidden in Her Shoes

CBP found $40,000 worth of cocaine hidden in these shoes. Photo: CBP.

By Steve Neavling

CBP officers found $40,000 worth of cocaine hidden in the shoes of a Georgia woman who was returning on a flight from Jamaica. 

The officers stopped the 21-year-old woman at Hartsfield-Jacskon Atlanta International Airport on Sunday and found the cocaine in seven pairs of shoes that were stuffed in her bags. 

“Smugglers go through great lengths to conceal drugs from our officers,” Paula Rivera, CBP port director for the Area Port of Atlanta, said in a news release. “Narcotics interdiction remains a priority CBP enforcement mission, one that we take very seriously.”

The woman was turned over to Clayton County police. 

For CBP officers, it was just another day. CBP seizes 3,677 pounds of drugs on an average day.

Retired Border Patrol Agent Accused of Being Serial Rapist

Former Border Patrol Agent John Daly III

By Steve Neavling

A retired Border Patrol agent is accused of being a serial rapist who attacked women in Arizona between 1999 and 2001. 

John Daly III, 57, was arrested Tuesday, The Arizona Republic reports.

Daly is suspected of attacking at least eight women in Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler and Bisbee. 

Mesa police are calling him the “East Valley Rapist.”

Police credited the break in the case with funding from the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, a program from the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance. 

Police said Daly lived close to where the sexual assaults occurred and that DNA linked him to two of the rapes. 

Daly was charged in connection with three of the eight cases. The others remain under investigation. 

Judge Accuses Barr of Misleading Public about Special Counsel Investigation of Trump

Attorney General William Barr, via Justice Department.

By Steve Neavling

A federal judge accused former Attorney General William Barr of deceiving the court and Congress public about a Justice Department memo clearing former President Trump of potential charges following the special counsel investigation.

In a blistering decision, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered the release of the memo to a government transparency group that had requested it under the Freedom of Information Act, The New York Times reports

The Justice Department had argued that the memo was exempt from FOIA because it consisted of private legal advice that helped Barr decide whether Trump should be prosecuted.

But Jackson, who reviewed the unreacted memo, said that Barr and his aides had already decided Trump would not be prosecuted before Barr even reviewed the written advice. 

“The fact that he would not be prosecuted was a given,” Jackson wrote of Trump.

Jackson also accused Barr of misleading the public about the 448-page special counsel report. 

“The attorney general’s characterization of what he’d hardly had time to skim, much less study closely, prompted an immediate reaction, as politicians and pundits took to their microphones and Twitter feeds to decry what they feared was an attempt to hide the ball,” Jackson wrote.