Criminal Justice News

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Suspect Wanted for Attempted First-Degree Murder Arrested in Battle Creek

Battle Creek, MI – A suspect wanted in connection with a September 2015 shooting in Marion County, Illinois, was arrested by a joint law enforcement task force Monday evening in Battle Creek, Michigan. The suspect, Charles D. Collins, is charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery.

Investigators from the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in East St. Louis, Illinois, became involved with the case soon after the warrant was issued. The investigation eventually led authorities to believe Collins was in Battle Creek. An ad hoc task force was created in Battle Creek comprised of the U.S. Marshals, the Michigan State Police 5th District Fugitive Team, and Battle Creek Police Department officers to track Collins down.

On Feb. 8, task force members conducted surveillance at a residence on Merritt Street in Battle Creek for several hours. The Battle Creek Police Department Emergency Response Team was utilized and eventually arrested Collins at 6:30 p.m. without incident after he came out of the house and surrendered.

Collins is being held at the Calhoun County Jail in Battle Creek and will be transported back to Illinois after several local charges against him are resolved. He is expected to appear in court in Calhoun County today.

The Michigan State Police 5th District Fugitive Team is comprised of state troopers from the 5th
District and an officer from the Battle Creek Police Department. The Marshals Fugitive Task Force in
Grand Rapids is comprised of officers from the Grand Rapids Police Department, the Michigan
Department of Corrections, the Wyoming Police Department, Troopers from the Michigan State Police,
and Deputy U.S. Marshals.

Suspect in 2006 Topeka Cold Case Homicide Arrested in St. Louis

Topeka, KS – Johnathan Davion Mango was arrested in St. Louis, Missouri on February 8, 2016. Mango, age 31, was wanted by the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office for second degree murder. A warrant was recently issued for Mango’s arrest for a murder which occurred in Topeka, KS back in March of 2006. Topeka Police Department Detectives worked intensely during their investigation to develop Mango as a suspect at which time they requested assistance from the United States Marshals Service Apprehension Task Force to locate and arrest Mango.

Information was developed that Mango was most likely residing in the Florissant, Missouri area. With the assistance of the Metro East Fugitive Task Force, Mango was located in Florissant, Missouri, positively identified and taken into custody without incident. Mango was later booked into the St. Louis County Jail where he will be held in lieu of a $500,000 bond. US Marshal for the District of Kansas Ronald Miller said, “This is what our task forces were designed to do, provide assistance to our local partners and remove the most violent fugitives from our streets.”

The Kansas Apprehension Task Force, is a multi-jurisdictional fugitive task force is comprised of the United States Marshals Service, Topeka Police Department, Shawnee County Sheriff’s Department, and Kansas Department of Corrections.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Former South Bend, Indiana, Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Violating Civil Rights of Arrestee

The Justice Department announced today that Theodore Robert, 41, a former police officer with the South Bend, Indiana, Police Department (SBPD), pleaded guilty today in federal court to violating the civil rights of an arrestee.

During his guilty plea before U.S. Magistrate Judge Christopher A. Nuechterlein of the Northern District of Indiana, Robert admitted that, acting under his authority as an SBPD officer, he punched a handcuffed victim in the face, as multiple officers attempted to intervene.  He also admitted that, prior to punching the victim in the face, he forcefully pushed the victim into a wall and pressed his arm against the victim’s head and throat.  Robert’s actions caused the victim to suffer a laceration above the eye.  According to information presented in court, the incident occurred at the St. Joseph County Jail in South Bend and was recorded by the jail’s surveillance cameras.

“When police officers violate the laws they swear to uphold, it threatens the credibility of our criminal justice system,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.  “The Justice Department will continue to vigorously prosecute and hold accountable those officers who violate the constitutional rights of people in their custody.”

A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for May 19, 2016.  Robert faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

This case was investigated by the FBI Indianapolis Division’s South Bend Resident Agency.  The case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorneys Stephen Curran and Sanjay Patel of the Civil Rights Division, with the assistance of the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Indiana.