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Tag: New York City

FBI Agent Accused of Assaulting Traffic Agent for Issuing Parking Ticket in Queens

By Steve Neavling

An FBI agent was arrested Wednesday for allegedly attacking and handcuffing a New York City traffic agent who wrote him a ticket in Queens. 

Kenneth Diu, 46, was on a stakeout when he received the ticket on April 19, police sources told The New York Daily News.

Diu was issued a desk appearance ticket for assault, tampering with public records, computer tampering and obstructing a government administration. 

The agent’s Jeep Cherokee was partially parked in a bus zone, according to city traffic agent Dipankar Dipu. 

The FBI agent placed a bureau placard on his car’s dashboard as Dipu tried to stick a ticket on the Jeep. 

Diu grabbed the ticket from Dipu, voided the ticket and tossed Dipu against the Jeep before placing one handcuff on the ticket agent. By then, a supervisor for the traffic agent arrived.

Secret Service Arrests New York Man Accused of Threatening to Kill, Kidnap Trump

President Trump

By Steve Neavling

The Secret Service arrested a Queens man accused of threatening to kidnap and kill then-President Trump if he refused to leave the White House following his failed 2020 election.  

Thomas Welnicki, 72, was charged with making threats against the president in cell phone calls to the Secret Service between July 2020 and last month, The New York Post reports.

“I am going to do anything I can to take out [Trump]. Oh yeah that’s a threat, come and arrest me,” Welnicki allegedly said on a Jan. 4, 2021, voicemail.

“I will do anything I can to take out [Individual-1] and his 12 monkeys,” Welnicki allegedly said in his voicemail. “If I had the opportunity to do it in Manhattan that would be awesome.”

In a call on Nov. 8, Welnicki allegedly called Trump “Hitler” and said “I will do everything I can to make sure [Trump] is dead.”

Magistrate Judge Vera Scanlon ordered a $50,000 bond. 

During the hearing, his attorney Dierdre Von Dornum said Welnicki doesn’t own any weapons and hasn’t left New York City in 15 years. 

“If there were any actual danger here, I am certain that they would have arrested him sooner,” Von Dornum said.

FBI Raids NYPD’s Union And Home of Its Leader, Who Resigned Hours Later

By Steve Neavling

The FBI on Tuesday raided the offices of a New York City police union and the home of its leader, who resigned later in the day. 

Agents executed search warrants at the headquarters of the Sergeants Benevolent Association (SBA) and the Port Washington home of Ed Mullins, who headed the union since 2002, NBC News reports.

The union’s executive board said in a letter to SBA members that it had requested Mullins’ resignation and he accepted. 

“The nature and scope of this criminal investigation has yet to be determined,” the board wrote. “However, it is clear that President Mullins is apparently the target of the federal investigation. We have no reason to believe that any other member of the SBA is involved or targeted in this matter.”

Details of the investigation weren’t clear. 

FBI spokeswoman Adrienne Senatore only said that agents “were conducting a law enforcement operation pursuant to an ongoing investigation” at the union’s offices and Mullins home. 

The public corruption unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York assisted in the raid. 

Sen. Schumer Calls on ATF to ‘Deliver Exorcism’ on Ghost Guns

Chuck Schumer, via Twitter.

By Steve Neavling

Sen. Chuck Schumer is urging the ATF to crack down on “ghost guns” amid an alarming increase in seizures of the do-it-yourself firearms.

“Because of the proliferation of ghost guns throughout New York we need the admin to issue this rule as soon as possible,” Schumer said, The Daily News reports. “When it comes to the ghost guns, we want the ATF to deliver an exorcism.”

The firearms, which are sold without background checks, are untraceable and ending up in the hands of killers. In 2006, the ATF stopped considering ghost guns as firearms.

Seizures of ghost guns have sharply increased in New York City, where police confiscated 145 in 2020 and 135 so far this year, compared to 17 in 2018 and 48 in 2019. 

Schumer wants the ATF to ensure that ghost guns are subject to federal gun regulations, including background checks. He also said the ATF should mandate that anyone who sells ghost gun parts should register as gun vendors. 

FBI, DOJ Investigating How Gov. Cuomo’s Admin Handled Nursing Home Deaths

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo via City of New York.

By Steve Neavling

The FBI and Justice Department have launched an investigation into how New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration handled nursing home residents who were infected with COVID-19 in the early stages of the pandemic.

Federal authorities are investigating whether Cuomo’s coronavirus task force manipulated data to downplay deaths in nursing homes, The Times Union of Albany first reported.

“As we publicly said, DOJ has been looking into this for months,” Richard Azzopardi, spokesman for the governor, said. 

It wasn’t immediately clear whether any task force members have been interviewed yet. 

Cuomo had come under fierce criticism after requiring nursing homes and other long-term care facilities to accept people who had tested positive for COVID-19 and were in the hospital. The directive was later rescinded. 

The Cuomo administration previously reported 8,500 nursing home coronavirus-related deaths, but the true toll was closer 15,000. 

FBI Task Force Nabs Suspect Accused of Plotting Times Square Attack

Times Square, via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

The FBI and local police nabbed a man they believe was plotting to detonate explosives in Times Square.

The Joint Terrorism Task Force took the suspect into custody Thursday after setting up a sting to catch him buying weapons CBS 2 reports.

Authorities believe the suspect was acting alone and not planning another attack.

The suspect, who has not yet been identified, is set to appear in federal court in Brooklyn on Friday.

Authorities have not yet indicated a motive.

NYC Bombing Suspect Mocked Trump Before Botched Attack

Akayed Ullah after the bombing, via Twitter.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The 27-year-old Bangladeshi immigrant accused of a botched suicide bombing in the New York subway Monday morning mocked President Trump just hours before the attack, authorities said Tuesday.

“Trump you failed to protect your nation,” Akayed Ullah, wrote on Facebook before strapping a crude pipe bomb around his body.

Ullah, who was seriously injured in the explosion, told officers, “I did it for the Islamic State,” the Associated Press reports

While searching his Brooklyn apartment, federal and local investigators found his passport scrawled with the words, “O AMERICA, DIE IN YOUR RAGE.”

Trump responded to the bombing by pledging to tighten immigration rules.

“We’re going to end both of them — the lottery system and chain migration. We’re going to end them fast,” Trump said at the White House.

Homeland Security Warned of Possible Terror Attack Days Before NYC Bombing

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Just five days before a bungled New York City subway bombing, Homeland Security warned of the potential for an ISIS terrorist attack, possibly by a lone wolf.

“We assess there is currently an elevated threat of [homegrown] lone offender attacks by ISIS sympathizers, which is especially concerning because mobilized lone offenders present law enforcement with limited opportunities to detect and disrupt their plots,” according to Robin Taylor, acting deputy under secretary for intelligence operations at Homeland Security, the Washington Examiner reports

The warning, issued during a Senate hearing last week, followed evidence that ISIS and al Qaeda continue to have a strong presence on social media, where so-called lone wolfs are recruited in the U.S.

“We continue to monitor the evolving threat posed by ISIS. ISIS fighters’ battlefield experience in Syria and Iraq have armed it with advanced capabilities that most terrorist groups do not have,” Taylor told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee chaired by Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson. “Even as the so-called ‘caliphate’ collapses, ISIS fighters retain their toxic ideology and a will to fight. We remain concerned that foreign fighters from the U.S. or elsewhere who have traveled to Syria and Iraq and radicalized to violence will ultimately return to the U.S. or their home country to conduct attacks.”