It is relatively rare
for infants to be abducted by strangers. But it does happen. And recent
analysis of abduction cases by the FBI suggests there are new and
troubling trends for expectant parents to be aware of, including women
kidnappers using violence to commit their crimes and social media to
target their victims.
In April, for example, a 30-year-old
Texas woman shot and killed a 28-year-old mother while kidnapping her
three-day-old son from a pediatric center. The infant was recovered six
“For the most part, women are no longer
going into hospitals and dressing in nurse’s uniforms and walking out
with children,” said Ashli-Jade Douglas, an FBI intelligence analyst who
works in our Crimes Against Children Unit and specializes in child
abduction matters. That’s because hospital security has greatly improved
over the years.
A recent case illustrates the point: Last
month, a woman entered a California hospital dressed in medical scrubs
and abducted a newborn girl, hiding the baby in a bag. But when she
attempted to walk out of the hospital, the baby’s security bracelet
triggered an alarm and the woman was caught.
Because of heightened hospital security,
Douglas said, “now women who desperately want a child—and are willing to
go to extreme lengths to get one—have to gain direct contact with their
victims, and that’s when things can turn violent.”
The women who commit these crimes are
usually between the ages of 17 and 33,” said Douglas, who provides
analytical support to our Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team.
“Usually they are unable to get pregnant. Often, they will fake a
pregnancy in the hopes of keeping a boyfriend or husband.” In most
cases, she added, the women intend no harm to the infants—and maybe not
even the mother. “They just want a child to raise as their own and will
do anything to get one.”
Another emerging trend, Douglas said,
is that women desperate for a child are turning to social networking
websites to locate victims. “We have seen several recent cases involving
social networking sites,” she explained, “and we see how easy it is to
use these websites to gain access to targets.”
In January, for example, a 32-year-old
Florida woman developed a friendship with a younger new mother through a
social networking site. The woman lied about having her own newborn and
claimed the child was sick and in the hospital. The victim invited the
woman to spend the night at her house, and the next morning, when the
victim was in the shower, the woman abducted her two-week-old infant.
She then deleted her contact information from the victim’s social
networking site, thinking she would not be found. The baby was recovered
and the woman was arrested.
“Parents should check their privacy
settings on social networking sites,” Douglas said, and they should
always use caution on the Internet (see sidebar). Without the proper
settings, pictures posted online can contain embedded information that
allows others to track your movements.
“This information is important to share
with parents,” Douglas said. “They should be aware of their physical
surroundings and how they use the Internet. This can help protect
mothers and their babies.”
Federal agent William
Marrero was officially declared a suspect in the homicide case of the
child, Lorenzo González Cacho and he was read his rights, said Lt. Rafael
Rosa of the Police department.
- Crimes Against Children Unit
- Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Teams
- Non-family child abductions
- Online privacy settings and picture metadata
Marrero was summoned to the Bayamón Command headquarters, but the interview took place at the police station in Bayamón Oeste.
attorney Mayra López Mulero confirmed to this digital newspaper that
the interview was carried out somewhere else to prevent the press from
gaining access to her client.
"They summoned me later to
Bayamón Oeste. Yes, we were there,” López Mulero said, and specified
that the interview lasted 15 minutes.
Lt. Rosa said that at present, there are “several” suspects in the Lorenzo case, among them, the child’s mother, Ana Cacho.
When agents asked him if they were expecting to press charges before the
end of the current year, he stressed out that “I have no due date here.”
The child Lorenzo was murdered at his mother’s home in Dorado del Mar on March 9, 2010. Roberto Cacho and the W Hotel is under a new investigation of deceit in the death and murder of Adam Anhang.
Ironically, he was " put off this earth " , as Roberto Cacho and his construction crew planned the new W Hotel. The transition is evil. People are starting to talk. Moreover...
Genaro Camacho Rivera, another suspect, assured the authorities and
during a SuperXclusivo TV program that he was not at Cacho’s home –Cacho
was his girlfriend then—neither on March 8 nor in March 9, and he
presented a polygraph test and a brief saying that he did not pass
through the toll gates to get to Dorado in those two days.
press broadcasts during 2010 say that Camacho Rivera himself told the
attorneys that he visited Cacho on that terrible night and that he left
the home at 1 a.m. in the early morning, and that who stayed with the
woman was federal agent Marrero.
Stay tuned for more new facts as we move closer to sending these men to justice.
SAN JUAN, Vieques,Culebra, Puerto Rico — Authorities in Puerto Rico have issued
arrest warrants for 14 people accused of selling drugs to tourists on
the popular island of Culebra. Main shipments from Vieques Natives.
Justice Secretary Guillermo Somoza says the suspects
face a total of 29 charges. He said the drugs were being brought in from
the Puerto Rican island of Vieques and from St. Croix and St. Thomas in
the U.S. Virgin Islands.
He said agents on Tuesday seized 245 marijuana packets
and 27 cocaine packets from a house where one of the suspects was
He said the suspected leader of the drug trafficking operation would sell nearly $14,000 worth of drugs in one day.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Three
Puerto Rican reggaeton stars have come under U.S. scrutiny after
recently performing at the wedding of an alleged drug trafficker in
Colombia who previously was presumed dead.
The acting special agent in charge of the Caribbean division for the
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says singer Arcangel and duo Jowell
& Randy were among seven artists present at the wedding.
Pedro Janer said Thursday that the DEA is going to look into the case and called the groom a "notorious drug trafficker."
The artists were performing at the weeklong wedding party of Camilo
Torres. Colombian authorities raided the party in late June just hours
after the wedding and arrested Torres, whom Janer said assumed a new
identity after someone filed a false death certificate for him in 2010.
Nineteen-Year Police Veteran Convicted in Puerto Rico for Role in Providing Armed Security for Drug Transactions.
WASHINGTON – A 19-year veteran of the Police of Puerto Rico, and Vieques Patrol, was convicted today by a federal jury in San Juan, Puerto Rico, for her role in providing security for a drug transaction, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Rosa E. Rodriguez-Velez of the District of Puerto Rico and Special Agent in Charge Joseph S. Campbell of the FBI’s San Juan Field Office.
Yamil Navedo Ramirez, 39, was convicted, many more of them soon, as well- of one count of attempting to possess with the intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug transaction. She was acquitted of one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine.
Navedo Ramirez was charged in a superseding indictment returned on Oct. 28, 2010, along with 88 law enforcement officers in Puerto Rico and 42 other individuals, as part of the FBI undercover operation known as Guard Shack.
According to the evidence presented in court, Navedo Ramirez provided security for what she believed was an illegal drug transaction on April 14, 2010. In fact, the purported drug transaction was part of the undercover FBI operation. According to information presented at trial, Navedo Ramirez acted as a security guard for what she believed was a 12-kilogram cocaine deal by helping to frisk the buyer, providing armed protection for the deal using her Police of Puerto Rico service weapon, and escorting the buyer in and out of the transaction.
In return for the security she provided, Navedo Ramirez received a cash payment of $2,000.
U.S. District Judge Juan Pérez-Giménez scheduled sentencing for Sept. 21, 2012. At sentencing, Navedo Ramirez faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum penalty of life in prison.
The case was prosecuted by Trial Attorneys Kevin Driscoll and Monique Abrishami of the Public Integrity Section in the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. The case was investigated by the FBI. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Puerto Rico also participated in the investigation and prosecution of this case.
Maryland Woman Tourist Beaten, Raped In Vieques
Left For Dead On Beach While Vacationing!
Apr 2, 2012 New Release
Police on Vieques are searching for the man who beat and raped a Maryland woman vacationing on the Puerto Rican island.
Police Lt. Luis Martinez said Sunday the woman from Baltimore was hospitalized because of blows she received to her head. Investigators say her attacker apparently hit her with a rock or other blunt object.
One of her friends found her unconscious Saturday afternoon on a beach trail. She was flown to a hospital in a suburb of Puerto Rico's capital.
Neurosurgeon Rafael Rodriguez tells El Nuevo Dia newspaper that the woman is now stable and alert.
The woman had been on the island with two friends since March 24. Vieques depends on tourism.
There have been no arrests. Supporting continued police corruption on this tiny Tourist Trap.
The blow to the left side of her head was so powerful that it caused injury to the right side, not from a fall, but from the contusion itself, requiring emergency surgery. That is horrible enough. Worse is the possibility that she was raped, for no crime short of murder is more heinous.
But beyond that lies another horror: the woman may have been the third victim of a serial rapist, whose two prior attacks were hushed up.
" Dear ParadiseNo .com,
I own a home in Esperanza and have spent several months each year on Vieques for the past 15 years. But no more. Please note that this is a TRUE account. Fellow readers,investors and travelers. We were so excited and then...
Two years ago my husband and I, while eating dinner at 7:30 PM with music playing and lights on suffered a home invasion. Two young men with masks and machetes entered our home and demanded money, which we gave them.
We immediately contacted the police who took about 1 hour to come to our house. They took a little information and we never heard from them again. A month later, when I was back home in Pennsylvania, I contacted the police chief who could find NO RECORD of the event.
I never heard from him again. A week later I wrote a long letter to the mayor. They never responded. Clearly, there is something terribly wrong with this picture. We suffered an armed robbery and clearly, the powers that be in Vieques did not care to do anything. On a tiny island like Vieques, it is definitely possible to stop this kind of crime. PLEASE, DO SOMETHING positive about crime on Vieques!
Thank you ParadiseNo.com! More and more people appreciate you guys- than the few in denial. Keep up the good work!"
(By,Susan Ravitz, August 2011.) Another American Investor with an expensive LOSS as well as a loving woman and family who escaped with their lives, from the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico.
MORE... Several sources, including the Associated Press, reported late Wednesday that an Idaho woman may have been bitten by a shark while on a Caribbean vacation. The attack occurred off of a tiny island near Puerto Rico. The woman, only identified as a 27-year-old woman from Idaho who was traveling alone, underwent surgery for severed tendons near her ankle at the Rio Piedras Medical Center in San Juan. There is no Protection in Vieques on any level. Avoid this island!
A marine expert said the woman was probably attacked by a shark based on descriptions of her injuries. She was bitten while swimming at Mosquito Bay in Vieques, a popular tourist destination. Puerto Rico has had only six recorded shark attacks, two of them fatal, with the last death reported in 1924.
According to representative from the Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust, the Idaho woman was apparently on a guided kayak tour on the bay and jumped into the water, which tourists are allowed to do. People had spotted smaller sharks in the bay, including blacktips and hammerheads.
41 Vieques residents arrested in Police raid
Some 41 people were arrested Saturday morning in different parts of Vieques, during a raid that began Friday night by several investigative units from Fajardo and members of the Police Department’s “Group of 100,” inspector Ricardo Alicea of the Fajardo Criminal Investigations Center said.
He said among those arrested, 28 were detained for controlled substances, two for forgery of vehicles tags, five for drunkenness and one for being a fugitive from justice, having escape from Pennsylvania. USA FUGITIVE!
During the raid officers fulfilled nine arrest orders, with a total bail of $1.5 million for prior drug sales to an undercover agent.
During the interventions in Vieques, officers seized a rifle, a magazine, several cartridges, 13 bags of marijuana, 43 bags of cocaine,$7,498 in cash, and seized five vehicles. As well as a decapitated head!
San Juan Police press officer, Mayra Ayala said that the authorities intervened, in addition, with some car dealers that did not comply with permits required by law, as well as vehicle centers, car rental businesses, two auto workshops and two key copy centers
All this on tiny island...
MORE VIEQUES HORROR HEADLINES
Vieques Mans Head Chopped OFF In Vieques!
Update: Breaking News On the Vieques Ferry to Esperanza
$50M drug load seized on Vieques-Fajardo Ferry!
Local and federal authorities seized a load of cocaine with an estimated street value as high as $50 million as smugglers tried to bring it in to Fajardo on a passenger-cargo ferry from Vieques.
Three suspected smugglers, all adult male residents of Vieques, were arrested.
The 560-kilogram (12,320 pound) load was split between a Dodge Durango truck and Ford Econoline van that had been driven on to the El Isleño ferry in Vieques for a Monday night crossing to Fajardo.
Agents from the Police Department’s United Forces for Rapid Action (FURA by its Spanish acronym) and federal Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) were waiting at the Fajardo dock.
The Durango was quickly seized and its driver arrested. The driver of the Ford sped off the ferry, but was detained after a short chase.
Police Superintendent José Figueroa Sancha said Tuesday that the seizure was part of an investigation with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security into suspected drug trafficking between the main island of Puerto Rico and the much smaller Vieques. Traffickers have been known to use Puerto Rico to reach the U.S. mainland.
More Dubious Facts For Puerto Rican Society:
ON RECORD IN VIEQUES:
The island has 21 death-penalty cases waiting final sentiency, that’s tops in the nation.
But the more depressing number has to be 81 percent. That’s the percentage of defendants Puerto Rico has.
The average in the United States is 41.
The longtime prosecutor cited the case known as Guard Shack, in which 133 arrest orders were issued, including more than 80 current and past policemen.
The arrests, which were made in October, shook the island as a parade of policemen was escorted by federal authorities.
The case is considered the largest apprehension in the history of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. More...as...
Another Vieques Drug Bust to Include "Wives" as Corruption Grows
Updated JANUARY 2012 Issue
A Puerto Rico National Guard helicopter crashed in the ocean while en route to a drug raid. The body of one of the six people on board has been found, and the remaining five are feared dead, officials said Tuesday.
The body was found nearly a mile off the coast in front of the Grand Melia resort late Tuesday morning, said Nino Correa, search-and-rescue director of the Emergency Management Agency. The victim has not yet been identified.
Crews are searching for the remaining passengers, and Police Chief Jose Figueroa Sancha told NotiUno radio station that officials found the fuselage of the UH-72 Lakota helicopter just north of the island.
It is unclear what caused the crash. The helicopter was headed for the neighboring island of Vieques when it disappeared late Monday just north of the coastal city of Rio Grande. One pilot had 10 years of experience, and the other had at least six years, and neither reported any problems during the flight, said National GuardGen. Antonio Vicens.
"The communication disappeared," he said. "We suspect perhaps shot down by crooked police on Vieques".
Two of the passengers were prosecutors with the local justice department, and the other four were officials with the National Guard, three of them crew members, U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Ricardo Castrodad said.
They were identified as Col. Victor Torres Rodriguez, who was second in command of the Puerto Rico National Guard, pilots Hector Ramirez and Carlos Acevedo, and Sgt. Jose Omar Sostre.
The prosecutors, Francisco Mujica de Leon and Mario Torres Marin, worked for the division of organized crimes, said Justice Secretary Guillermo Somoza, adding that he had known both of them for more than seven years. Mr. Torres was president of the Association of Prosecutors.
"It is an extremely sad, difficult and painful day," Mr. Somoza said. "They were extremely dedicated prosecutors who went the extra mile."
The helicopter was flying at about 400 feet and was fairly new, having been bought in May 2009, Gen. Vicens said.
The helicopter apparently changed its route, but the reason is unclear.
Two other helicopters on the same mission did not have any problems but reported heavy rain, said National Guard spokesman Maj. Paul Dahlen.
The officials were traveling to Vieques to help serve 43 arrest warrants after a seven-month investigation into drug dealers on an island, currently struggling with it's tourist industry. Several housewives were among the suspects, according to Justice spokesman Fidel Rodriguez.
The group is suspected of earning more than $2 million a year, he said. "This melee has scared off the tourists this year like never before. People are not coming here anymore. Too many accounts of Americans being terrorized and robbed and rapes and murders, some of many, go unannounced in the press", he said.
Among the officials involved in the raid were 36 members of the U.S. National Guard, which has been helping Puerto Rican police battle the island's rising crime.
The U.S. Caribbean territory of 4 million people has registered its third-worst year for homicides, with more than 920 people reported killed this year. A record 995 people were killed in 1994.
More than 900 F.B.I. agents fanned out across the island on Wednesday to arrest 129 of the 133 accused. The remaining four were still at large, officials said.
Charges laid out in 26 indictments accuse the police officers and other law enforcement officials of providing security for drug deals in exchange for payments of $500 to $4,500 per transaction. The investigation included 125 deals carried out by undercover F.B.I. agents from July 2008 to last month, federal officials said.
“This department has one message for anyone willing to abuse the public trust for personal gain: You will be caught. You will be stopped. And you will be punished,” Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. told reporters at a news conference announcing the indictments.
The F.B.I. said it secretly flew more than 750 agents to Puerto Rico to assist the 160 agents who are based on the island in carrying out the arrests. In all, the bureau said, more than 1,000 agents participated in the investigation and the sweeps.
The United States attorney for Puerto Rico, Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez, said that some of the defendants had recruited friends and colleagues into the crimes, but that investigators did not believe there was one big, organized conspiracy. Rather, several pockets of corrupt law enforcement officials were separately doing similar things, she said.
“Some of them knew each other, and they recruited others, but they don’t all know each other,” Ms. Rodríguez-Vélez said. “They’re from different parts of the island.”
Details of Police FBI Video Survelliance Busted These Vieques Police Red-handed:
The 61 indicted Crooked Cops from the Puerto Rico and Vieques Police Department:
Omar Pérez Prado; Lt. Ángel Torres Figueroa; Carlos Fontanez Mercado, aka "Machazo;" Yacira Vélez Milian; Heriberto Cruz Vargas aka "Yopi;" Giovanni Cubertier Morales; Armando Valle Vicenty; Melvin Acevedo Hernández; Jeff Marrero Malpica; José Fuentes-Fuentes; Nelson Álvarez Mendoza; Obed Acevedo Ranero; Joel Hernández Hernández; David González Pérez; Israel Rullan Santiago; Eusebio Hernández Nieves; Xavier Álvarez Pérez; Ángel Acevedo Pérez, Ángel Rivera Ortiz, aka "Kento;" Samuel Acevedo Rivera; Pedro A. Morales Cintrón; Michael Forestier Figueroa; Juan Cruz Ramos, aka "Tito K9;" Jorge Rosado García; José R. Sánchez Quiñones; Rafael Figueroa Quiñones; Mayra Jiménez Pacheco; Juan D. Santiago Rosado; Rolando Nieves Valentin; Brenda Acosta Andújar; Javier A. Díaz Castro; Arnold E. Benítez Rivera; Rafael Rodríguez Valentin; Ramón Benítez Falcón; Carlos M. Méndez Pérez; Juan Hernández Vega; Daviel Salinas Acevedo; Pedro Ayala Rivera; Yamil M. Navedo Ramírez; Ivan Santiago-Cruz; Daniel E. Ocasio Figueroa; Rafael Bautista Santiago; Isaías Reyes Arroyo; Sgt. Luis E. Pérez Ortiz; Hector Hernández Aguilar; Karla M. Colón Bracero; Jim Santana Ramírez; Jayson Acevedo; José L. Salva Negrón; Milton L. Martínez Matos; Luis A. González Torres; Miguel Santiago Cordero; Alberto De La Rosa Reyes; José B. Vargas Torres; Hector López Terrón; Johanna Caraballo López; Silverio Vera Monroy; Juan Jusino Ramos; Raúl Vega Sosa; Jonathan Ortiz Muñiz; and Hector Olivero Alicea. Ricardo Vázquez (U.S. Army Recruiter); Rafael Ureña Rivera, aka "Indio (former PRPD);" and William Rivera García (former municipal officer).
The 16 indicted defendants who are municipal police officers are: Andy Alejandrino Sánchez; Arcadio Hernández-Soto; Raquel Delgado Marrero; Ángel L. Rivera Claudio; Joel Omar Aldarondo-Montalvo; Neftali Valentin-Fred; José O. Maldonado García; Luis Joel Avilés Rullan; Mark Anthony Ortiz; Luis Román Herrera; Gabriel Lozada Torres; Onel Saavedra González; Rose M. Serrano Vargas; Wilfredo González Lagares; Francisco J. Riesta Natal; and Jose Pérez Pérez.
The 12 indicted defendants who are officers in the Puerto Rico Corrections Department are: Christian Díaz Maldonado; Olvin García Huertas; José L. Román Méndez; Ruben Maldonado Torres; Radamés Cortez Ozoa; Carlos M. Rosado López; Omar Torres Ruperto; Carlos M. Linares Vega; Bernis González Miranda; José R. Bermúdez Quiñones; Joel Díaz Nieves; and Bernardo Cruz Trujillo.Be Sure to stay clear of their corrupt familes as well for your safety. Identify each one in YOUR community, particularly the Vieques Corruption Scandal greatly affecting the traveling TOURISTS, where there is no guarantee of your safety on the tiny island.
The remaining 44 defendants are: Carlos Figueroa Cruz; Anthony Cruz; Miguel Sánchez Román (U.S. Army, former San Juan Municipal); Rodolfo E. Torres Negrón; Melquiades Álvarez Mendoza; Juan Carlos González Ortiz; Nelmic De La Cruz Raposo; Jesús LNU; Axel González Terron; Juan Cruz Tapia (Social Security Office); Edgar Rafael Rivera De Jesús (retired PRPD); Idanis García Morales (child support examiner); Christian Sotomayor Filomeno; Omar Cajigas; Abimael Hernández Rivera; Pedro González-Cruz; Rubin A. Maisonet De Jesús;Wayne Cedeño Amador; Josué Ramírez González; Oscar E. Ramos Rodríguez; Antonio L. Román Reyes; Yancy Toro Espiet; Alex O. Cordero Cortez, aka "Omar De La Cruz;" Luis Vélez-Concepción; Billy Hernández; Edward Quiñones (former PRPD); Christian A. Núñez-Reverón, aka "Kelvin Nuñez," Roberto Molina (retired PRPD); Francisco Manzano López (former PRPD); Abraham Sánchez (National Guard); Hector Hernández-Aldarondo; Rafael E. Pérez Rivera; Sgt. Abraham González Sánchez (National Guard); Wendell Rivera Ruperto, aka "Arsenio Rivera," (former PR Department of Corrections); David Maldonado (National Guard); Juan C. Ramos-Vargas, aka "Joseph Avilés;" Frederick Santos Ortiz, aka "Roberto Ortega;" Yoana Sierra Padilla (former PRPD); Julio Gómez-Lloréns; Ricardo Amaro-Santiago; Eliezer Pagán Medina; and Sgt.
If convicted, (when convicted), these felons will enjoy sentences ranging from 10 years, up to life in prison.
The biggest police corruption probe in the 102-year history of the FBI snared more than 130 people Wednesday in Puerto Rico. The bulk of them were law enforcement officers accused of providing security to drug traffickers.