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Arizona Man Sentenced to Prison for Seriously Injuring 4 Border Patrol Agents with His Car at Checkpoint

By Steve Neavling

An Arizona man smuggling migrants was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison for speeding through a Border Patrol checkpoint in southern California and striking several agents in February 2021. 

Juan Francisco Sanchez-Campos, a Mexican national, intentionally sideswiped and rammed multiple Border Patrol vehicles when he sped through the checkpoint on State Route 94 near Jamul, prosecutors said.

Four Border Patrol agents were seriously injured. 

In June 2021, he pleaded guilty to one count of transportation of certain aliens, one count of highspeed flight from an immigration checkpoint, and one count of assault on a federal agent. 

“This defendant risked many lives during his reckless attempt to blow through a checkpoint,” U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman said in a statement. “He cared nothing about other motorists, Border Patrol agents or even the people in his vehicle. All he wanted was his payday – a day that will never come, thanks to the brave Border Patrol agents who made sure this defendant was stopped.” 

Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke added, “Our current success is the result of the strong resolve and determination of the many men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Collaboratively, our efforts resulted in the arrest, conviction, and just sentencing of this callous smuggler.”

1 Killed, 4 Injured When Boat Carrying Immigrants Collides with Border Patrol Vessel

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A boat packed with undocumented immigrants collided with a Border Patrol vessel in Southern California on Thursday, killing one woman, the International Business Times reports.

Border Patrol agents spotted the boat and tried to stop it, but to no avail.

The boat capsized and dumped all 20 people into the water, injuring at least four undocumented immigrants.

It remains unclear how the boat capsized and who struck whom in the collision.

“It’s very unfortunate that there was a loss of life, but we also question the need to fire warning shots specifically when that might deter or scare people from actually making contact with CBP,” Pedro Rios, of the American Friends Service Committee, said to NBC San Diego. “In this case, it’s unclear who struck who, but we do know there was a fatality and that’s very unfortunate.”

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FBI Agent Narrowly Escaped Death After SUV Tumbles Down Interstate Embankment

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

An FBI agent escaped almost certain death Monday after an out-of-control SUV tumbled down an embankment and onto his car on southbound Interstate 805 in southern California, NBC 7 reports.

Police said a woman in a Jeep Grand Cherokee crashed into a hydrant and drove down the embankment, turning her car into a virtual pancake.

The SUV struck the car of an off-duty FBI agent, who taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

CBP Indefinitely Grounds Fleet of Drones After $12 Million Aircraft Crashes into Ocean

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

CBP is grounding its remaining fleet of nine drones after one of them crashed off the Southern California coast because of mechanical problems, Reuters reports.

Monday’s crash was the second involving the agency’s drones since it began using them in 2006.

“While on patrol off the Southern California coast, the unmanned aircraft, a maritime variant of the Predator B, experienced a mechanical failure,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Michael Friel said in a statement.

The $12 million aircraft crashed into the ocean about 20 miles southwest of San Diego on Monday night.

Since the agency doesn’t know what caused the crash, the rest of the fleet has been grounded while officials investigate.

“We want to determine the cause of this mechanical failure (and) that will help inform the decision on what the future holds for the fleet,” Friel said.

Fourth Man Admits Involvement in Slaying of Border Patrol Agent Over Night-Vision Goggles

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A Mexican national admitted Wednesday that he and two other gunman were involved in the 2009 murder of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in southern California, CNN reports.

Marcos Rodriguez-Perez pleaded guilty to conspiracy, robbery and firearm charges, saying he and two others detained Border Patrol Agent Robert Rosas Jr. at gunpoint.

The reason – they wanted his night-vision goggles.

Rosas was shot multiple times as he struggled, according to the plea agreement.

The suspects fled to Mexico with the agent’s bag, firearm, handcuffs, and goggles. CNN wrote.

Parents Awarded $3M in Wrongful Death Suit in Son’s Death at Hands of DEA

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The parents of an 18-year-old honor student who was shot and killed by plainclothes DEA agents in a state of confusion in southern California were awarded $3 million in a wrongful death lawsuit, the Los Angeles Times reports.

U.S. District Judge Michael Fitzgerald ruled that the DEA agents were not negligent in their actions but should not have fired their weapons at Zachary Champommier’s car because it was unlikely to improve the situation.

Family members described Zachary as a harmless “band geek” who would never intentionally hurt law enforcement, the LA Times wrote.

The shooting occurred while Champommier arrived at the Studio City parking lot to meet a friend. When he saw the people detaining his friend, he hit a sheriff’s deputy with his car.

According to the suit, Champommier “had no way of knowing that these were law enforcement officers rather than criminal thugs,” and he drove his car to “escape the danger.”

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Autopsy: Kidnapper, Accused Murderer was Shot At least 5 Times by FBI

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

James DiMaggio, the man accused of killing the mother and brother of his kidnapping victim in Southern California, was struck by at least five bullets in the head and chest, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing an Idaho coroner.

Valley County Coroner Nathan Hess said DiMaggio, who was armed and may have fired his weapon at the agents, died at the scene.

An FBI tactical team tracked down DiMaggio at a campsite about 75 miles north of Boise, Idaho, where he was holding 16-year-old Hannah Anderson.

The teen did not know her brother and mother were killed, The Times reported.

Circumstances surrounding the shooting remain unclear.

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Islamic Group Urges Investigation of Pig Feet Found at Site of Proposed Mosque

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 An Islamic organization in Southern California is asking the U.S. Justice Department to investigate a case in which three pigs legs were strewn on a site of a proposed mosque last week during the Muslim holy month of of Ramadan, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Pigs are offensive to Muslims because they believe the animal is unclean.

Construction of the proposed Al-Nur Islamic Center was approved last year by San Bernardino County officials said.

“This has shaken up the community a bit, but they’re trying not to let it deter them,” Munira Sayed, spokeswoman for the group’s L.A. chapter, to the LA Times.

The San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department is investigating.