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Archive for December 30th, 2013

FBI’s David Bowdich Named ticklethewire.com Fed of the Year for 2013

David Bowdich

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

David Bowdich, special agent in charge of counterterrorism for the Los Angeles Division, has been named ticklethewire.com Fed of the Year for 2013.

Bowdich, who is considered a rising star in the bureau, has been an agent since 1995.

Bowdich earns the award for a variety of reasons. He’s well respected among the troops and has shown strong leadership and support for his agents. He’s also a hard worker.

He was at the forefront of the fatal shooting of a TSA officer at LAX Airport, and was a key person involved in the probe into four California men who were busted for plotting to attack Americans and U.S. military bases overseas.

While in San Diego earlier in his career, he led a yearlong wiretap investigation that resulted in the first federal racketeering convictions ever to be brought against street gang members in the Southern District of California. He also  been involved in the past in cracking down on kidnappings on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border.

In 2011, he was  entrusted to  handle the transition of a new FBI Director when it was thought Robert S. Mueller III was going to step down after his 10 -year term. Mueller eventually got a two-year extension.

Bowdich was named to the SAC post in Los Angeles in 2012.

Bowdich becomes the sixth recipient of the award. Last year, it went to the FBI’s John Perren.

Previous recipients have included Chicago U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald (2008), Warren Bamford, who headed the Boston FBI (2009), Joseph Evans, regional director for the DEA’s North and Central Americas Region in Mexico City (2010) and Thomas Brandon, deputy Director of ATF (2011).

 

Man Who Threatened to Kill President Was Killed in Shootout Outside of Phoenix Bank

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A man who was sentenced to jail in 2011 for threatening to kill President Obama died in a shootout with police outside of a bank in Phoenix, Ariz., ABC News reports.

Mario Edward Garnett was wanted in connection with a spree of bank robberies and the slaying of a police officer in Mississippi when he was killed Saturday.

In August 2010, Garnett allegedly posted a threatening message on the White House website: “if you order a strike on Iran, I’m going to come up there and blow your brains out on national TV. You scheming hypocrite … Netanyahu is a dead man. Damn Israel.”

Instead of spending six months in prison, which was his sentence, Garnett was released after just one month.

The FBI told ABC News that Garnett was armed when he robbed the Phoenix bank.

Meet the FBI Investigator Who Coined the Term ‘Serial Killer’

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

You’ve probably never heard of Robert Ressier.

The FBI investigator is credited with coining the term “serial killer,” according to an NPR feature on unknown stories.

Ressier, who wrote a book on criminology, spent much of his career researching serial killers.

“There are people that are pretty good at this, and I would consider myself one of them, certainly,” Ressler said in an NPR interview in 1997.

Ressler died earlier this year.

“He went on face-to-face interviews with the most notorious and successful serial killers at that particular time,” Roy Hazelwood, who worked with Ressler at the FBI for more than 20 years, told NPR.

 

American Citizen Accused of Pot Possession Dies in Border Patrol Custody

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An American citizen arrested on allegations of possessing marijuana died in the custody of the Border Patrol, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Authorities said the man “became incoherent and unresponsive”while in a holding cell on Christmas Day at the agency’s Campo Station in San Diego County.

The Homeland Security’s Office of Investigator General and the county’s medical examiner are investigating.

The Border Patrol “is cooperating fully with these investigators to ensure a neutral third party reviews all evidence and information,” the agency said.

The man allegedly had about 3 pounds of pot with him.

Border Patrol Agent Sues Sheriff’s Office After Police Dog Severed His Artery

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A Border Patrol agent who says he was abused by police when they responded to a report that he was threatening to kill himself is suing the Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw and five deputies, the Palm Beach Post reports.

Luis Rodriguez, 56, said law enforcement unlawfully arrested him and used excessive force after they fired at him and he was bit by a sheriff K-9.

A veteran of the agency for more than three decades, Rodriguez said the dog bite severed his artery, forcing him to take two years off of work.

DEA Agent Recalls Hunting Down Suspect in Case of Tortured DEA Special Agent

Enrique Camarena

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

George Delaunay will never forget the suspect’s face.

Holding a picture of the suspect, Delaunay followed the man through aisles at a grocery store in San Antonio in 1989, the Valley Morning Star writes.

Delaunay realized he had his man – Rubén Zuno Arce, a suspect in the Feb. 7, 1985, kidnapping, torture and murder of DEA Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in Guadalajara, Mexico.

“When he left the store and got close to a van he had arrived in, we approached him and detained him,” Delaunay said.

Arce was convicted in the kidnapping and died last year in federal prison in Florida.

“Coming to the U.S. was probably the biggest mistake of his life,” Delaunay told the Valley Morning Star.

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