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George Piro, Retiring Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Miami Field Office, Opens Up About Career

Special Agent George Piro

By Steve Neavling

George Piro, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Miami Field Office, is retiring with plans to become a martial arts pro. 

Beginning next week, Piro will train as a Brazilian ju-jitsu fighter, with a fight scheduled later this year in Las Vegas, he told 7News in a wide-ranging interview.

Piro said the pinnacle of his career was landing the top job at the Miami Field Office. 

“That was a dream come true,” he said. “My best day was when I was selected to be head of the office.”

The lowest point off is career was finding out that two of his special agents had been killed while serving a warrant in a child exploitation case. 

“My worst day was on Feb. 2 at 6:18 a.m, when my phone rang that day,” Piro said. “The FBI had lost two incredible special agents, Daniel Alfin and Laura Schwartzenberger.”

Piro is known for interrogating Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in 2004.  

“The idea was to allow him to come to the conclusion that I was a very powerful very high-ranking member of the government,” Piro said.

In truth, he had been on the jobs for less than five years. 

“For example, when I walked into the detention area, where Saddam was being held, the MPs cleared the path, they showed a lot of deference to me,” Piro said. “If I said something they would run.”

His plan worked, and Hussein opened up that the country’s weapons of mass destruction had been destroyed. 

U.S. Marshals Capture Woman Accused of Killing Elite Mountain Bike Racer Anna Moriah Wilson

Kaitlin Armstrong

By Steve Neavling

Federal officials arrested a Texas woman accused of killing elite mountain bike racer Anna Moriah Wilson on May 11. 

The U.S. Marshals Office of International Operations, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Department of State Diplomatic Security Service captured Kaitlin Marie Armstrong at a hostel in Costa Rica on Wednesday. 

Armstrong, 34, will be returned to the U.S. to face charges. 

Authorities discovered that Armstrong had used a fraudulent passport to board a plane from Newark International Airport to San Jose, Costa Rica, on May 18.

“The Marshals Service elevated the Kaitlin Armstrong investigation to major case status early in this investigation, which likely played a key role in her capture after a 43-day run,”  Susan Pamerleau, U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Texas, said in a statement. “This is an example of combining the resources of local, state, federal and international authorities to apprehend a violent fugitive, bring an end to that run and hopefully a sense of closure to the victim’s family.” 

Wilson was in Austin, Texas, for a competition on May 11 when she was discovered bleeding and unconscious from gunshot wounds at an east Austin home. She was pronounced dead at the scene.