Wednesday, December 30, 2015

'Fugitive of the Week” Arrested Christmas Eve Morning by U.S. Marshals in Franklin, NH

Concord, NH - “Fugitive of the Week,” Angela Kulacz, 37, was arrested early this morning by members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Franklin, New Hampshire.

Kulacz had been wanted on an outstanding Belknap County arrest warrant since August 31, 2015. This arrest warrant alleges that Kulacz was in violation of her conditions of probation as set forth by a Belknap County Superior Court Judge. Ms. Kulacz was on probation as a result of a conviction for being an accomplice to armed robbery. After being featured as the “Fugitive of the Week,” several tips came in over the past 3 weeks. Today, these tips led to an apartment on South Main Street in Franklin, NH. It was at this apartment that Kulacz was located and arrested without incident. Angela was then transported to the Belknap County Jail to be processed and held pending her initial court appearance.

This arrest was made by several members of the fugitive task force, including members from the Strafford, Rockingham, & Belknap County Sheriff’s Offices, the Franklin Police Department, NH State Police and deputy U.S. Marshals.

Kulacz had been featured as the “Fugitive of the Week” on November 25th, which was aired on WTPL-FM, WMUR-TV, The Union Leader, The Nashua Telegraph, The Patch, Foster’s Daily Democrat, Manchester Information, The Manchester Ink Link and prominently featured on the internet. This program has been a remarkably successful tool that has resulted in the location and arrest of numerous fugitives since its implementation in 2007.

Since the inception of the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force in 2002, these partnerships have resulted in over 6,216 arrests (Updated as of 12/24/2015). These arrests have ranged in seriousness from murder, assault, unregistered sex offenders, probation and parole violations and numerous other serious offenses. Nationally the United States Marshals Service fugitive programs are carried out with local law enforcement in 94 district offices, 85 local fugitive task forces, 7 regional task forces, as well as a growing network of offices in foreign countries.

U.S. Marshals Task Force Arrests Suspects Involved in

Christmas Shooting Murder of One-Year-Old in Chapel Hill, NC

Greensboro, NC - The hunt for the persons responsible for taking the life of one-year-old Maleah Williams, of Chapel Hill, is over. On December 25, 2015, at approximately 5:43pm, officers from the Chapel Hill Police Department responded to a shooting in the area of 751 Trinity Court. Upon arrival officers discovered that shots had been fired from a vehicle departing the complex. On scene officers found the infant bleeding from a gunshot wound. Authorities immediately notified Emergency Medical Services and Maleah Williams was transported to the UNC Hospital where she remained in critical condition. On December 28, 2015, Maleah Williams succumbed to the gunshot wound.

On December 25, 2015, the Chapel Hill Police Department issued arrest warrants for Shaquille Oneill Davis, a 22-year-old, Pierre Je Bron Moore, a 23-year-old, and Ramone Jamarr Alston, a 22-year-old, charging each individual with Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill or Inflict Serious Injury and Attempted First Degree Murder. The Chapel Hill Police Department requested the assistance from the U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force (JFTF) in locating Davis, Moore and Alston. Investigators with the JFTF immediately initiated an investigation into the apprehension of the three suspects.

On December 27, 2015, at approximately 11:50am, Davis was arrested by the JFTF when located at the 3500 Block of Century Oaks Road in Durham. Davis was positively identified entering a vehicle. Members of the JFTF surrounded and converged on Davis taking him into custody without incident. On December 28, 2015, at approximately 1:45pm, Alston was arrested by the JFTF. Investigative efforts led authorities to the 600 Block of Jones Ferry Road in Carrboro were Alston was taken into custody without incident. On the same day, at approximately 5:00pm, Moore surrendered himself to the Chapel Hill Police Department. All suspects are currently being held at the Orange County Jail.

The U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force for the Middle District of North Carolina is comprised of investigators from the U.S. Marshals Service, Immigration Customs and Enforcement, Chapel Hill Police Department, Durham Police Department, Greensboro Police Department, High Point Police Department, Winston-Salem Police Department, Alamance County Sheriff’s Office, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Department of Community Corrections – Probation & Parole.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Former Springfield, Missouri, Man Pleads Guilty to Defacing Islamic Center and Burning the Qur'an

U.S. Tammy Dickinson of the Western District of Missouri announced that a former Springfield, Missouri, man pleaded guilty in federal court today to violating the civil rights of others by leading a conspiracy to deface The Islamic Center of Springfield with graffiti and burn two copies of the Qur’an.

Adam David Smock, 23, of Edgewater, California, formerly of Springfield, waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush of the Western District of Missouri to a federal information that charges him with participating in a conspiracy to oppress, threaten and intimidate worshippers at the Islamic Center of Springfield in the free exercise and enjoyment of their constitutional right to the free exercise of their religious beliefs.

The Islamic Center of Springfield provides services common to most religious establishments, including regular prayer service, a venue for individuals to pray on their own, community activities and a forum for charitable fund-raising.

Smock admitted that on Jan. 7, 2011, he and two other individuals (one of whom was a 14-year-old minor) spray-painted graffiti on the exterior walls of the Islamic Center of Springfield.  The graffiti included explicit and offensive language in addition to such statements as “Bash Back,” “Now is our time!” and “You bash us in Pakistan we bash here.”

Smock also admitted that on April 10, 2011, he and the same two individuals partially burned two copies of the Qur’an, the Muslim holy book, and Smock left the burned Qur’ans directly in front of the main doors to the Islamic Center, approximately 30 feet away from the building, where a co-conspirator also left a computer-printed note that contained the image of a goat’s or ram’s head, and the following text:

“To: Sincere Followers of Allah,

“Today, we show the Muslim Nation that its oppressive religion won't go without a fight, not from soldiers, but from average citizens willing to fight for America – for there are three (sic) burned Qur'ans that lay spread in the driveway. For we grow tired of Anti-Zionism. The Islamification of Europe. Terroristic regimes. And worst of all, the membership of 1.5 billion Muslims that stain the earth. And we vow one thing: Islam will not survive.

“Death to Islam!”

Smock admitted that it was his idea to commit the acts and that he persuaded his co-conspirators to participate, and that he selected the Islamic Center of Springfield for vandalism because of the religious nature of the property in order to threaten and intimidate worshippers so as to hinder and interfere with the worshippers’ enjoyment of their constitutional right to the free exercise of religion.

The total cost of restoration and repair of the damage to the Islamic Center of Springfield, including sandblasting and applying anti-graffiti paint, is $15,662.

Under the terms of today’s plea agreement, a joint recommendation will be made to the court that Smock be incarcerated for 14 days, followed by a five-year term of supervised release; that Smock must pay $10,440 in restitution; and that Smock must perform 40 hours of community service.  If the Islamic Center of Springfield, or an Islamic Center located near Smock’s residence, is willing to have him perform his community service on its premises, then that is the location where Smock should perform his community service.  Smock will meet with and personally apologize to the leadership of the Islamic Center of Springfield for his crime.  A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the U.S. Probation Office.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall D. Eggert of the Western District of Missouri.  It was investigated by the FBI and the Springfield Police Department.