Category Archives: Violence

No More Pancho Villa, Robin Hood, Zorro, Only Violence Remains

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Josue Fuentes-Ponce, 17, of Bladensburg, MD.

17-year-old gets 50 years for MS-13 gang
murder of 14-year-old MD girl

UPPER MARLBORO, MD  –  A 17-year-old MS-13 gang member was sentenced Monday in the beating death of a 14-year-old girl in Riverdale last April.

Josue Fuentes-Ponce of Bladensburg was one of four gang members charged in the murder of Ariana Funes-Diaz of Adelphi.

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Ariana Funes-Diaz, 14, of Adelphi, MD.

He entered a guilty plea in October to first degree murder.  He was sentenced to life in prison with all but 50 years suspended.

Prosecutors said that the gang members drove together to an apartment complex in the 6300 block of 64th Avenue in Riverdale on April 18, 2019.

The group then lured Funes-Diaz into a wooded area behind the complex where she was killed.  Police found her body in a creek on May 15, 2019.

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Joel Escobar, 18, entered a guilty plea in November and is scheduled for sentencing on February 26.

She was killed because the others thought that she was going to report them for a crime they committed together in D.C., police said.

Co-defendant, Joel Escobar, 18, entered a guilty plea in November and is scheduled for sentencing on February 26.

A trial is scheduled in April for co-defendant, Edwin Rios, 19.

The charges against a 14-year-old girl were handled in juvenile court.

Son: Mom Why Us?

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Rebecca Ann Bell

Son of woman charged in Wake Forest
Child Abuse case: ‘We never had a
stable home’

WAKE FOREST, NC  –  Two Wake Forest parents were charged with child abuse causing serious physical injury, arrest records show.

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Michael Daniel Bell

Records state Michael Daniel Bell and Rebecca Ann Bell, of Washhouse Lane in Wake Forest, failed to enroll at least one child in school, abused at least one child and exposed a child to domestic violence and let at least one child live in a condemned home for a week.

The home that was condemned had no electricity and no running water and had holes in the ceilings, exposed nails in the floor and mold and raw meat throughout the house, according to warrants.

According to the couple’s Facebook page, they have nine children.

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Matthew Shirely, 21, and his Family.

Rebecca Bell’s oldest son, 21-year-old Matthew Shirely, lives in Nevada and said that Michael Bell abused him and his siblings for years.

“You know, just getting like smacked around to like actual fistfights between me and my stepdad,” he said.

Shirely said his family lived in Nevada prior to living in North Carolina, where Rebecca Bell moved to get back together with Michael.

“Growing up, none of my siblings, me included, we never had a stable home.  We bounced around.  Off the top of my head, I could probably give you around anywhere from 16 to 20 addresses we’ve lived at,” Shirely said.

Shirely said he feels helpless being across the country while 10 of his siblings are split up in foster care.

“You know, they’ve gone through it in the past.  They went through it when I was there.  I went through it when I was with them, and it hurts knowing my siblings, like I’m not there to do anything about it,” he said.

A father himself, Shirely said he doesn’t understand how his mother could watch her children suffer.

“She’s seen the fights, she’s seen abuse, she’s seen the way Mike treats the kids, and it just amazes me someone could watch their kids go through that and not want something better,” he said.

Michael Bell was charged in February with sexual exploitation of a minor

Records stated he possessed three photos of child pornography: an infant girl, a girl about 6 years old and a girl about 7 to 10 years old.

Michael Bell and Rebecca Bell were also charged with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

AMBER ALERT – KIDNAPPED

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PLEASE Find Chastinea Takyra Reeves

#FindChastinea:  Gary, Indiana girl missing
after her Mother was found murdered

Chastinea Takyra Reeves was discovered missing on February 13, 2017 at approximately 2:00 a.m. from the area of 2027 Maine Street in Gary, Indiana.

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Chastinea Takyra Reeves

She is described as 5′-2″ tall, weighs 130 lbs, has black hair and brown eyes.  Chastinea may be wearing a gray shirt and light-colored or black jeans.

If seen, please call 911 immediately or 1-888-58AMBER  – 1-888-582-6237, or contact the Gary Police Department Central Dispatch at 219-660-0000.

Suspect Arrested In Senseless Attack On Officer

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Suspect that entered San Antonio Police Headquarters sunday.

San Antonio Police announce arrest in
Officer’s killing

San Antonio Police announced Monday the arrest of a man suspected of targeting and killing a 50-year-old police officer.

Otis Tyrone McKane, 31, was arrested around 4:30 p.m. while riding with a woman and a 2-year-old child in a car on Interstate 10, Chief William McManus said.

“This is the person’s whose image we saw on surveillance,” McManus said at a press conference.  “This is also the person we believe is responsible for the cold and calculated murder of Detective Marconi.”

Detective Benjamin Marconi, a 20-year veteran of the department, was shot to death while writing a traffic ticket outside of police headquarters Sunday.

Police have identified Otis Tyrone McKane as the suspect in the fatal shooting of SAPD detective Benjamin Marconi.  https://t.co/9zo0AO3kZD pic.twitter.com/EKDKHyeQw8
— KPRC 2 Houston (@KPRC2) November 21, 2016

The department released footage of a man seen inside police headquarters four hours before the shooting and video of a car leaving the scene, CNN-affiliate KPRC reported.  McManus, who said he believed Marconi was targeted because he was a police officer, told reporters that he doesn’t believe McKane has any relationship to the driver pulled over before the shooting, CNN-affiliate KRIS reported.

McKane was kept under surveillance for several hours before a SWAT team made the arrest without injuries, McManus said.  The woman he was with was driving at the time of the arrest, he said.

Police have located the black Mitsubishi Galant seen leaving the shooting scene and are processing it for evidence, McManus said. Texas Rangers, U.S. Marshal deputies and FBI agents assisted in the investigation, the chief said.

“The motive for the capital murder is still unknown,” McManus told reporters. “This is very much an ongoing investigation.”

The killing happened a few minutes before noon on Sunday.  Officer Marconi pulled over a driver on the south side of the police station. He returned to his patrol car to write a ticket.

That’s when a man pulled up behind him.

The man walked up to the patrol car driver’s side window and shot the officer in the head, McManus said.  The man then reached through the open window and shot him a second time, McManus said.

After the shooting, the man returned to his vehicle and drove away.

Chief:  Attack resembles ambushes in Dallas,
Baton Rouge

McManus likened the shooting to the fatal ambushes of police officers in Dallas, Texas, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, earlier this year.

In July, sniper Micah Xavier Johnson killed five officers who attempted to protect activists that were marching in Dallas following the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two black men killed by police this summer.  It was the deadliest single incident for US law enforcement since September 11, 2001.

Later that month, Iraq veteran Gavin Long fatally shot three officers in Baton Rouge in an ambush attack.

Police are investigating motive in this case, including a possible connection to a shooting Sunday morning in Dallas involving an officer, McManus said.

“Unfortunately, like Dallas, like Baton Rouge, it’s happened here,” he said.

It wasn’t the only ambush attack on Sunday:  A police officer in St. Louis, Missouri, was wounded in an ambush shooting but is expected to survive.

“It’s always difficult, especially in this day and age where police are being targeted across the county,” McManus added.

Ambushed While Protecting Us

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John Felix, 26

Murder, Attempted Murder Charges Filed in
Ambush Shootings of Palm Springs Officers

Palm Springs, CA  –  Murder and attempted murder charges were filed Wednesday morning against a man who was armed with an assault rifle when he allegedly opened fire on Palm Springs police officers as they responded to a domestic disturbance call.

Prosecutors announced the charges Wednesday against John Felix, 26.  He was arrested following a standoff after the shooting deaths Saturday of longtime officer Jose “Gil” Gilbert Vega, 63, and a rookie member of the force, 27-year-old Lesley Zerebny.  Other felony charges also were filed, including three attempted murder charges stemming from allegations that the suspect tried to gun down other officers.

One of those three officers suffered a gunshot wound and was released from the hospital earlier this week.

Felix also faces charges of unlawfully possessing an assault weapon, being a felon in possession of an assault weapon, unlawfully possessing ammunition and possessing stolen property — the weapon used in the shooting.

Felix used an assault rifle with armor-piercing rounds to kill the two officers who were responding to a domestic disturbance call at the California home of the suspect’s family, authorities said Tuesday. The officers were wearing ballistic vests as required when they are in uniform and on duty.

“This individual wanted to kill police officers,” said Riverside County District Attorney Michael Hestrin.  “He armed himself with a weapon to kill police officers.  He put on a vest, so that he would be protected so that he could kill police officers.  That’s the motive, he wanted to gun down police officers because they wore the uniform.

Felix was prohibited from legally possessing firearms because of a prior felony conviction, the Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.  Felix served 18 months of a four-year sentence for assault with a gun in connection with a 2009 gang shooting.  He was paroled in 2011, according to state records.

“There’s an element in our society that’s bent on killing police officers because they represent law and order,” Hestrin said.  “I think it’s time that everybody in law enforcement and the public spoke up against that.  It’s time we acknowledge that our police officers are the only thing, only people keeping us safe on the streets.  The kind of sacrifice and commitment they give day in and day out, we ought to be thanking those people patrolling our streets to keep us safe.”

Police officers arriving at the Palm Springs home on Saturday were told by a relative that Felix had a weapon, later determined to be the assault rifle.  Officers spoke with Felix through a metal screen door before he opened fire without warning, the statement said.

Authorities declined to release a 911 recording alerting police about a problem or say who made the call.

The standoff lasted about 12 hours before Feliz was taken into custody outside the home.

The charges could land Felix on death row, but the district attorney said no decision has been reached on what penalty prosecutors plan to seek.

“We go about gathering evidence that’s used in that determination, and that includes everything.  We want to know everything there is to know about this individual — his background, where he grew up, everything,” said Hestrin.  “And so, it’s an exhaustive investigation. So we’re not ready to make that decision, however, I will be making that decision within three weeks.”

In an interview with NBC4 earlier this week, Zerebny’s parents said they would like to seek prosecutors pursue the death penalty.
Arraignment is scheduled for Thursday.

Vega was a 35-year veteran of the force who was preparing to retire soon.  Zerebny had been with the department about 18 months and her husband is a sheriff’s deputy.  The couple has a 4-month old daughter.

Zerebny’s father also was a law enforcement veteran who served for 30 years with the California Highway Patrol.  He pinned his daughter’s badge on her uniform at a ceremony when she joined the Palm Springs Police Department.

A public memorial is scheduled for Oct. 18 in the desert resort town of 45,000 people about 100 miles east of Los Angeles.

Palm Springs had not lost an officer in the line of duty since 1962, when Officer Lyle Wayne Larrabee died during a vehicle pursuit. Officer Gale Gene Eldridge was fatally shot Jan. 18, 1961, while investigating an armed robbery.