Friday, October 24, 2014

Collaborative Efforts Result In Murder Suspect Arrest

Fugitive Facing 1st Degree Murder, Parole Violation, and Drug Possession Charges

San Antonio, TX – Alexander Ivan Martin, 23, was arrested today by members of the United States Marshals Service Lone Star Fugitive Task Force (LSFTF) in San Antonio, TX. An arrest warrant was issued pursuant to an investigation by the San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) Homicide Unit, where it is alleged that Martin committed 1st degree murder and a violation of parole.

On October 21, 2014, LSFTF officers initiated an investigation in locating and apprehending Martin. Subsequent to the investigation, task force officers along with assistance from officers assigned to the SAPD Repeat Offender Program (ROP) worked side by side in the search for Martin. After several hours of surveillance, Martin was observed sitting in a vehicle near a movie theatre located off Northwest Loop 410 and Evers Road, on the northwest side of San Antonio. LSFTF and ROP officers approached the vehicle, identified themselves, ordered Martin out of the vehicle, and took him into custody without incident. Martin was also found to be in possession of methamphetamine and will face additional charges.

On October 11, 2014, Martin allegedly shot a man in the chest with a shotgun. Witnesses stated that police were contacted, but Martin fled the scene before police officers arrived. The victim in the shooting had succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. On October 18, 2014, after an extensive investigation conducted by the SAPD Homicide Unit, a warrant was issued for Martin’s arrest.

Martin is currently being held in custody at the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.

Robert R. Almonte, United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas, stated, “When law enforcement officers work together to solve a case, positive results happen. The collaborative efforts by the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force and SAPD’s Repeat Offender Program showed proof of that today.”

Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force:

    New Braunfels Police Department
    San Antonio Police Department
    San Antonio Independent School District Police Department
    Bexar County Sheriff’s Office
    Comal County Sheriff’s Office
    Bexar County Fire Marshal’s Office
    Bexar County District Attorney’s Office
    Texas Office of The Attorney General
    Texas Department of Public Safety
    Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Office of the Inspector General
    Immigration & Customs Enforcement – Office of Detention & Removal
    U.S. Marshals Service

2 Suspects Sought by U.S. Marshals for Craigslist Scheme

Lafayette, LA – Two Romanian nationals are being sought by the U.S. Marshals and Department of Homeland Security for charges related to fraudulent activity associated with Craigslist and other classified advertisement websites. These two suspects have defrauded hundreds of citizens in Louisiana and other states totaling nearly $1 million in ill-gotten gains. Both suspects know of the pending charges and are running to elude capture. 

Both suspects are from the Lafayette area. If you have information as to their whereabouts please contact the U.S. Marshals in Lafayette at: (337) 251-6921. Callers can remain anonymous, and a cash award is available for information leading to either or both arrests. 

Suspect #1 - Gheorghe Olar, DOB: 3/5/1965, 5’11” / 210 lbs

Suspect #2 – Dorin Racu, DOB: 3/20/1983, 5’10” / 170 lbs

Georgia Residents Charged for Their Role in Subjecting Hispanics to Unlawful Traffic Stops

Today, the Justice Department announced that the Grand Jury for the Middle District of Georgia charged Miguel Angel Reyes and Gloria Gallego with conspiring with former Lowndes County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Stacks to use Stacks’ law enforcement authority to violate Hispanic motorists’ civil rights, as well as with actually carrying out the scheme.  The indictment was unsealed for Reyes yesterday and for Gallego today.

The indictment charges that Reyes and Gallego conspired with Stacks to subject Hispanic motorists to unlawful traffic stops so that the conspirators could demand that the motorists pay money in order to avoid arrest and/or deportation, in violation of the motorists’ right under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to be free from unreasonable seizures of person and property.  The indictment also charges Reyes and Gallego with working with Stacks to unlawfully stop motorist T.C., and to use the threat of arrest and/or deportation to take $300 from T.C.

Additionally, the indictment charges Reyes with working with Stacks to detain motorist E.B. without probable cause or reasonable suspicion, in order to facilitate a robbery of E.B.’s home, in violation of E.B.’s rights under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to be free from unreasonable seizures of his person.

The civil rights conspiracy charge against Reyes and Gallego carries a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment.  The two substantive civil rights charges against Reyes each carry a maximum penalty of one year imprisonment, and the one substantive civil rights charge against Gallego carries a maximum penalty of one year imprisonment. 

This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office.  The matter is being prosecuted by Trial Attorney Risa Berkower of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, with support from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Georgia.

An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.