Maryland Woman Tourist Beaten, Raped In Vieques
Left For Dead On Beach While Vacationing!
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...
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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.