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Archive for July 30th, 2021

Weekend Series on Crime History: The Kansas City Mob

‘Heroic’ Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Thwarts Carjacking, Assault of Pastor

Photo via Border Patrol

By Steve Neavling

An-off duty Border Patrol agent from the El Centro Sector helped thwart a carjacking over the weekend in what the agency called a “heroic act.”

Roy Rosas was on his way to work when he spotted a 24-year-old man attacking a local church pastor as he tried to steal the victim’s car in Westmorland, Calif., on Sunday afternoon.

The agent and a private citizen intervened, and a scuffle ensued with the perpetrator. The two men managed to detain the suspect until police arrived. 

The assailant was taken to a local hospital for minor injuries and later released before being booked into a county jail. 

“As sworn officers, Border Patrol agents risk their lives every day both on and off-duty,” Chief Patrol Agent Gregory K. Bovino said in a news release Thursday. “Agent Rosas actions demonstrated just that and brought great credit upon himself and the U.S. Border Patrol.”   

Earlier this month, an off-duty Border Patrol agent in San Diego detained a man who was slashing a knife through the air while approaching bystanders.

FBI: FedEx Gunman Not Motivated by Hate. Instead, He Wanted to “Demonstrate His Masculinity’

Brandon Scott Hole

By Steve Neavling

The FBI announced on Wednesday that the Indianapolis gunman who killed eight people at a FedEx facility in April was not motivated by racial bias or ideology. 

At a news conference, the FBI and police called the shooting by Brandon Scott Hole “an act of suicidal murder” inspired by his desire to “demonstrate his masculinity and capability while fulfilling a final desire to experience killing people,” The IndyStar reports.

Hole, who worked at the Fed Ex facility briefly in 2020, planned the shooting for at least nine months, the officials said.  

FBI Indianapolis Special Agent in Charge Paul Keenan said Hole wanted to prove his masculinity after trying to live on his own but failing before moving backing into his old home. In addition, Hole had “almost daily” suicidal thoughts.

“Only the shooter knows all the reasons why he committed this horrific act of violence,” Keenan said. “However, at this time, the FBI is confident that based on the evidence collected, the assessment of the (FBI) Behavioral Analysis Unit is accurate.”

He added that investigators reviewed Hole’s computers, phones and other electronic equipment and found only “an extremely small percentage of overall viewing” of “World War II, Nazi-type propaganda.”

“But there was no indication that there was any animosity towards the Sikh community, or any other group for that matter,” Kennan said.