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A Theft That’s Bound to Get Plenty of Attention: Thieves Swipe Houston FBI Agents Gun and ID

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Some thefts get more attention than others.

Count on this one getting plenty of attention from the public and law enforcement.

The Associated Press reported that thieves stole a handgun and identification documents from an FBI agents car that was parked at a Houston gas station on Wednesday.

AP reported that a security video showed two men fleeing in a white SUV.

 

FBI Investigating Whether Somali Terror Group Is Successfully Recruiting Americans

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A year-long investigation into a Somali terror group’s efforts to recruit Americans may be gathering steam in Minnesota, the Associated Press reports.

The FBI has been focusing on Minnesota because it’s home to the largest Somali population in the U.S., according to the AP.

Fueling fears that al-Shabab is succeeding in its efforts was the recent revelation that a Minnesota man traveled to Somalia to join the terrorist group, his family said.

The AP noted that the FBI has been interviewing and subpoenaing Somalis in the state, a potential sign that the investigation is gaining traction.

Border Patrol Agent Arrested on Allegations of Molesting His 14-year-old Relative

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A veteran Border Patrol agent faces charges of indecency with a child after surrendering to authorities following accusations that he molested a 14-year-old relative, 6 News reports.

Jose Jalomos, 49, is to be charged in two counties where he’s accused of fondling the girl at a ranch and another undisclosed location over the past six months in Duval and Jim Wells counties in Texas.

Jalomos, a 20-year-veteran of the agency, most recently worked at the Hebbronville station, according to 6 News.

Jalomos turned himself in a short time after an arrest warrant was signed, 6 News reported.

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Feds: Chicago Teen Who Pulled Trigger on Fake Car Bomb Was Not Entrapped

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal prosecutors dismissed claims from the attorney of an Illinois teen Thursday that undercover FBI agents entrapped his client, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Although Ahmed Daoud pulled the trigger on what he thought was a car bomb outside a Chicago bar, he only did so because he was manipulated by undercover FBI agents, the attorney argued.

“He talked about how many people he wanted killed in this attack,” Assistant U.S. Attorney William Ridgway said during a detention hearing Thursday. “With every step, the defendant was pushing this operation forward. The defendant stood firm.”

Prosecutors said the FBI didn’t become involved until after Daoud, who turned 19 today, continually expressed an interest in waging violent jihad against Americans, according to the Tribune.

The U.S. vs Detroit’s Ex-Mayor Kwame Malik Kilpatrick

Ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick/official photo

By Allan Lengel
For Deadline Detroit

DETROIT — More than two years after he was indicted by the feds, and four years after he resigned in disgrace as mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick steps into the legal ring in federal court Friday,  ready to do battle as he tries to stay free and remain with his wife and kids.

A loss could easily put him behind bars for 10 or 15 years or more. A win would give him freedom and a crown of invincibility.

Flanked by his attorneys, Kilpatrick, 42, will go up against the full-force of the Justice Department and FBI in what is easily the highest profile trial in Detroit in recent memory. The trial is expected to last about four months.

The prosecution, in opening statements today will vilify him, portraying him as the kingpin of the “Kilpatrick Enterprise”, a criminal organization that used city hall to make lots of money for family and friends by rigging contracts and extorting donations to three non-profits.

Kilpatrick’s attorney is likely to portray him as a mayor who cared dearly about his job and the people and was wrongly accused.

The feds will come armed with a full arsenal; wiretaps, surveillance video, his text messages and prosecution witnesses including friends and former appointees.

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Man Who Took Hostage at FBI Building Anguished Over Ex-Wife’s Death

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A 41-year-old man charged Wednesday with holding a hostage at knifepoint in a Salt Lake City office building that houses the FBI wanted to speak with the bureau’s forensic psychiatrist, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Robert Joseph Hibbard was upset about his ex-wife’s death and what he considered to be a botched investigation into the role the woman’s new husband played in the death, according to the Tribune.

Police said the ex-wife, Rashell Langford, fatally shot herself while high on bath salts with her husband, who allegedly backed out of a suicide pact with her.

According to the Tribune, the new husband, Shawn Langford, received a reduced charge of reckless endangerment and faces up to a year in jail.

Son of Massacre Victim Wants FBI to Keep Stats on Anti-Sikh Hate Crimes

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The son of a woman killed at a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin is urging the federal government to begin tracking hate crimes against Sikhs, the Associated Press reports.

At a Senate hearing Wednesday, Harpreet Singh Saini, 18, said his mother deserves “the dignity of being a statistic.”

The Department of Justice said it’s considering whether to recommend that the FBI begin keeping statistics on hate crimes against Sikhs, according to the AP.

Wade Michael Page, who later died of a self-inflicted gunshot, opened fire at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., killing six and wounding four, the AP reported.

Border Patrol Pilot in Hot Water After Flying Helicopter Over Football Field for Son

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A father who flew a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol helicopter over a high school football field in northern Virginia has some explaining to do, the Washington Times reports.

From the low-flying helicopter, the border patrol pilot dropped a stuffed animal that carried an invitation to the homecoming dance from his son to a girl on Sept. 12.

It may have won over the 17-year-old student, but the federal government wasn’t as tickled, the Times reported.

“CBP management is looking into the matter and the pilot in command of the aircraft has been relieved and reassigned to administrative duties pending completion of the review of the incident,” Michael Friel, a spokesman for customs and Border Protection, said in a statement.

The pilot’s identity wasn’t released.

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