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2 Mexican Nationals Indicted in Fatal Shooting of Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent

Javier Vega Jr.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two Mexican nationals were indicted on charges of capital murder and attempted murder in the shooting death of an off-duty Border Patrol agent, the Valley Morning Star reports.

Indicted were Gustavo Tijerina-Sandoval, 30, and Ismael Hernandez-Vallejo, 40, who are accused of being involved in the Aug. 3 shooting of Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega Jr.

They also were indicted in connection with the nonfatal shooting of Javier Vega Sr., whose son was killed.

Both men face the possibility of the death penalty.

The Vegas were shot while on vacation and fishing with family in the Rio Hondo area. Vega Jr. fired back, authorities said, but did not strike anyone.

FBI Arrests homicide fugitive in Delaware After 13 Years on Run

Ignacio Constantino

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Victor Castillo lived a quiet life as a maintenance man for an apartment building in Wilmington.

Turns out, Castillo’s real name is Ignacio Constantino, and he was wanted for first-degree murder in Tennessee for 13 years, the USA Today reports.

The FBI, along with local police and the U.S. Marshals Service, arrested Constantino on Thursday without incident.

“Our community is very happy that he has been taken into custody and we look forward to him facing the first-degree murder charges,” said Morristown police Maj. Michelle Jones, a spokesman with the department.

Local police said cooperation among law enforcement agencies was key.

“This arrest is a demonstration of the effectiveness of law enforcement working together throughout our country,” Police Chief Roger Overholt said in a statement. “It is important to our community that Constantino faces the charges brought against him in this violent crime.”

Colombian National Pleads Guilty in DEA Agent’s Slaying in Bogota

James Terry Watson

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A Colombian national pleaded guilty in the slaying of DEA Agent James “Terry” Watson, who was stabbed to death in Columbia, the Associated Press reports.

Julio Estiven Garcia Ramiez, one of seven Colombians extradited to the U.S. for charges connected to the murder of the 43-year-old agent, pleaded guilty Wednesday to aiding and abetting the murder of an internationally protected person.

Ramirez was in federal court in Alexandria, where he will be sentenced Dec. 5.

Authorities say Watson was in Columbia when the defendants posed as taxi drivers in an attempt to rob him.

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Mexican National Accused of Fatally Shooting Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Faces More Charges

Gustavo Tijerina

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Mexican national accused of shooting an off-duty Border Patrol agent during a robbery in Texas was charged with additional crimes related to more robberies Thursday, the Monitor reports.

Gustavo Tijerina, 30, was charged with seven counts of aggravated armed robbery and three counts of engaging in organized criminal activity in connection with four armed robberies in Cameron County. Cars were stolen in those cases.

Tijerina already has been charged with capital murder in the shooting death of Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega Jr., 36, of Kingsville.

Tijerina likely won’t be going anywhere after his bail was set at $2 million.

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Investigators Find Gun Believed to Be Used in Murder of Border Patrol Agent in Front of Family

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Investigators in Texas believe they’ve found the handgun used in the murder of a U.S. Border Patrol agent while he was fishing with his family on vacation, Breitbart.com reports.

Scouring an area where the suspects were known to hang out, authorities found a handgun that they believe was used during the botched robbery on Aug. 3.

Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega was fishing with his family in the southern part of Willacy County when two men, one of whom had been deported four times, tried to rob the group.

Vega tried to stop the robbery by firing back, authorities said.

“If it is the weapon it can only help strengthen our case and better prove that they shot him,” Willacy County Sheriff Larry Spence said. “Right now we are glad that the weapon was recovered and it didn’t fall into the wrong hands were it could have been used to commit further atrocities.”

Gunmen Accused in Fatal Shooting of Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Suspected of Crime Spree

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two gunmen accused of murdering an off-duty Border Patrol agent in front of his family during a fishing trip in Texas are expected to soon be charged in connection with a series of robberies and carjackings at secluded fishing spots in Cameron County, Fox News reports.

The man are believed to be tied to the Gulf Cartel.

Gustavo Tijerina, 30, and Ismael Hernandez, 40, were charged Tuesday in the murder of Javier Vega Jr. in Willacy County. They also were charged with the attempted murder of Vega’s father, who was shot in the hip.

Border Patrol released this statement on Wednesday:

“Words cannot express our sorrow for the loss of our brother, when we lose one of our own, it feels as if we’ve lost a beloved member of our own family,” said Chief Patrol Agent Kevin Oaks. “I wish to express to his family and friends my deepest condolences. May the peace that comes from the memories of the time you shared together, comfort you now and in the difficult days ahead.

“Prior to joining the Border Patrol, Agent Vega served his country as a Marine. His service in the Marine Corps and in the Border Patrol is a true testament to the type of man he was. His character, work ethic and desire to help others are commendable. His death is not only a loss for RGV Sector and the U.S. Border Patrol, but for our entire community.

“The Kingsville Station is at a loss,” said Kingsville Station Acting Patrol Agent in Charge Arnold Perez. “Not only did Javier strive to be the best agent and K-9 handler, but he also made it a point to develop and truly care about his friendships.”

“In the days that have followed this devastating loss, the impact has been immediate and sorrowful. In the many comments and thoughts expressed by those who knew him best, his family and friends were an obvious priority and focus in his life. His co-workers say he was a good man, devoted to his family, particularly his wife, Paola, and sons, Javier Vega III, Jiovanni, and Jarod. He was a beloved son and brother, and had a passion for life.”

FBI, Police Stop Cars Entering, Leaving Michigan Village During Murder Investigation of Teen Girl

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An investigation into the murder of a 14-year-old girl in suburban Detroit has prompted FBI agents and police to stop cars that leave or enter the village of Armada, the Free Press reports.

The body of April Millsap was discovered near a trail as her dog stayed with her. Two joggers discovered her body.

Police have declined to say how she died but the medical examiner has ruled the death a homicide.

FBI agents and police raided a home about 15 miles northeast of Armada and arrested two people on marijuana charges.

It’s unclear how investigators believe they may have been involved.

On Thursday, agents and police were questioning drivers and checking their IDs.

Weekend Series on Crime History: LBJ Talks to J. Edgar Hoover About Mississippi Civil Rights Workers’ Murders in 1964

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