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Father of Mass Shooter in Las Vegas Was on FBI’s Most Wanted List

Benjamin Hoskins

Benjamin Hoskins

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The father of the gunman who opened fire at a music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday night, killing at least 59 people, was a notorious bank robber who escaped from a Texas prison in 1968 and was the subject of a massive manhunt.

Stephen Paddock’s father, Benjamin Hoskins, was placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted List and described as “psychopathic” and “armed and dangerous,” the New York Times reports

benjamin-hoskinsFederal authorities finally tracked down Hoskins in 1978.

Hoskins was originally sentenced to 20 years in prison for bank robberies. At the time, Stephen Paddock was only 8 years old.

Friends and family said the father and son didn’t have a close relations.

What are the odds? 2 Banks Are Robbed in Houston in 30 Minutes

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Houston is no stranger to bank robberies. But two heists within 30 minutes of each other Monday?

The FBI is investigating the twin robberies, which don’t appear to be connected for now.

The first happened at 9:25 a.m. at Comerica Bank when three men flashed their guns and demanded cash before fleeing, the Houston Chronicles reported. About a half hour later, a man claiming he had a bomb got away with a zippered bag from Bank of America.

No injuries were reported.

Where Have All of the Bank Robbers Gone in California? State Sees Huge Reduction Since 1990s

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

California may no longer be the nation’s bank robbery capital.

The Latin Post reports that the FBI’s L.A. office, which includes seven counties, is handling far fewer bank robbery cases than in the past.

Robberies peaked in the early 1990s, with as many as 28 bank robberies a day in the counties of  Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange County, Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo.

That has dropped to 212 robberies a year – or fewer than one a day.

FBI officials said they were surprised.

“I was flabbergasted when we broke 400. Then we broke 300,” FBI Special Agent Stephen May, who works as the bureau’s bank robbery coordinator for the region, said.

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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.

FBI Sees Unusual Spike in Bank Robberies in Oklahoma

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Bank robberies are spiking in Oklahoma.

According to the FBI, bank robberies have nearly tripled in the state, from 23 last year to more than 60 this year, KFOR reports.

It’s unclear what caused the unusual spike, but the FBI said two-thirds of the robberies have led to arrests.

 

With Terrorism And Other Crimes, Chicago’s FBI Struggles to Find Resources to Combat Violent Crime in Chicago

Robert Holley

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As the FBI’s Chicago office continues to make terrorism a top priority, the bureau is facing pressure to help quell violence in Chicago, the Chicago Tribune reports.

But Robert Holley, the special agent in charge in Chicago, said his office lacks the staff to adequately combat violent crime. In addition to terrorism, his 850 agents, analysts and support staff,  also are tied up investigating cyberattacks, financial fraud, political corruption and bank robberies. About half of the 850 are actually agents.

Holley pointed out that budget problems mean a hiring freeze.

“We will go after the worst of the worst, and we will go after the gang leadership. That has to be our focus,” said the 18-year FBI veteran, who has met with Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and plans to speak with Mayor Rahm Emanuel next month. “(But) if I put more resources on violent crime, I’d have to take away from other things… I’m not prepared to accept that risk right now.”

 

Convicted Felon Shows Off on Facebook with Guns, Leading to Arrests

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hollis Nunnery didn’t let the fact that he was a convicted felon get in the way of posting pictures of himself holding guns on Facebook, WoodTV.com reports.

Nunnery also happened to be the focus of an FBI investigation into bank robberies.

After spotting Nunnery holding a large handgun with a laster site, another handgun and a pistol-gripped shotgun on Facebook, an FBI task force took action.

Nunnery was charged in federal court with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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Outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller III Breaks Tradition, Speaks Out About Challenges Facing Bureau

Robert Mueller

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Since taking the helm at the FBI just a week before the Sept. 11, 2011, terrorist attacks, Robert Mueller has managed to avoid the limelight.

But now that he’s retiring after 12 years with the bureau, the FBI director is opening up about his service.

Most recently, NPR reports, the decorated former Marine spoke out about changes in the FBI following the attacks.

“I had been a prosecutor before, so I anticipated spending time on public corruption cases and narcotics cases and bank robberies and the like, and Sept. 11 changed all of that,” he said, NPR wrote.

But Mueller didn’t waste his time.

“He directed and implemented what is arguably the most significant change in the FBI’s 105-year history,” said John Pistole, Mueller’s former deputy and right-hand man.