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2 FBI Agents Shot, Suspect Killed in Shootout at Suburban Chicago Home

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A gun battle left two FBI agents injured and the suspect dead in suburban Chicago on Tuesday.

The Chicago Tribune reports that an FBI SWAT team swarmed the Park Forest home of Melvin Toran, a reputed high-ranking member of the Black P Stone Nation gang.

The FBI didn’t release details about the shooting, but the agents suffered non-life threatening injuries.

An autopsy on Toran is expected today.

Authorities arrested at least 10 suspects as part of a crack down on narcotics trafficking by gang members.

FBI Adds 2 Suspected Murderers to Top 10 Most Wanted List

Luis Macedo (left) and Philip Patrick Policarpio.

Luis Macedo (left) and Philip Patrick Policarpio.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has added two men suspected in brutal murders to the bureau’s most wanted list on Thursday.

One is Luis Macedo, a gang leader on the run from a first-degree murder after 15-year-old Alex Arellano was beaten with bats, shot and set on fire for not showing a gang sign, NBC News reports.

Authorities believe he has fled to Florida or Mexico.

The second fugitive is Philip Patrick Policarpio, who is charged with murdering his pregnant girlfriend in Los Angeles on April 12.

Policarpio is accused of killing Lauren Olguin, who was 17 weeks pregnant.

“His pattern is one of violence, and he is always armed. He is the definition of a continuing threat to the community,” FBI Special Agent Scott Garriola said in a statement.

The FBI is offering up to $100,000 for information that leads to either fugitive’s arrest.

FBI Charges 48 Alleged Member of Gangster Disciples in Nationwide Crackdown

Members of the Gangster Disciples, via YouTube.

Members of the Gangster Disciples, via YouTube.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI arrested four dozen alleged members of the Gangster Disciples, including a Georgia police officer, nationwide.

The FBI’s Memphis offie said members of the Chicago-based organization faces charges of participating in “a racketeering enterprise that included multiple murders, attempted murder and drug crimes.”

Of those arrested, 30 were indicted in Georgia and 15 in Tennessee. Others hailed from Chicago, Alabama, California, Colorado, Detroit, Kansas and Wisconsin.

Included in the charges were 10 homicides, 12 attempted homicides and drug trafficking.

Vancito Gumbs, an officer for the DeKalb County Police Department, also is accused of carrying out orders for the Disciples.

Ex-FBI Agent’s Alleged Theft Could Compromise Indictments Against 52 Alleged Gang Members

fbi badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Allegations that an FBI agent stole more than $100,000 in drug money could spell trouble for a painstaking investigation that netted indictments of 52 alleged members and associates of a Southern California street gang tied to the Mexican Mafia, CNN reports.

The former agent, 10-year veteran Scott M. Bowman, was charged with theft in June.

Authorities are worried that the allegations against Bowman could be time-consuming and costly, potentially compromising the multi-defendant cases.

Bowman is accused of stealing the money to fuel a spending spree on cars, cosmetic surgery and a Las Vegas getaway with his girlfriend.

‘Black Mass,’ Movie about Whitey Bulger, Highly anticipated in Boston

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In Boston, where Whitey Bulger was the most feared gangster, many residents are excited to see the new movie, “Black Mass,” which is set for Sept. 18.

The biopic depicts Bulger, who is played by Johnny Depp, as an infamous crime leader who rose from a childhood growing up in public housing, the Boston Globe reports. 

“I want to go see it,” said Karen Gleason, 65, a lifelong resident of the neighborhood often called Southie, where Bulger’s Irish-American Winter Hill Gang held power.

“I think the original South Boston people will go see it, but I don’t know about anyone else. There’s a lot of diversity here now,” Gleason said.

The streets of South Boston were predominately working class, but the influx of young professionals has changed the demographics.

Feds Nab Dozens of Crips in New Jersey; 1 Charged with Plotting to Kill FBI Agent

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Members of a violent criminal street gang in New Jersey were arrested after federal authorities said at least one of them was plotting to murder an FBI plot, WABC reports.

A state, local and federal investigation culminated in the arrests of 71 people allegedly connected to the Grape Street Crips gang. The charges range from drug distribution to weapons offenses.

Authorities said one of the gang members, Corey Batts, plotted to kill an FBI agent while behind bars. He captured photos of the agent from the prison library and sent them to his “cousin,” but prison officials intercepted.

“As this investigation demonstrates, the New Jersey Grape Street Crips are allegedly one of the largest and most dangerous street gangs in Newark as well as a prolific narcotics trafficking organization that floods the streets New Jersey with heroin, cocaine, and crack cocaine,” U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said. “The narcotics activities that the gang and its associates allegedly engage in directly affect the quality of life of law-abiding citizens who reside in cities and suburbs of northern New Jersey.”

Suspected Gang Member Implicated in Theft of FBI Agent’s Laptop in California

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An alleged Oakland gang member accused of stealing an FBI agent’s laptop from his locked car  is expected to plead guilty soon to theft of U.S. government property, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Joey Haines, 30, is an alleged member of the Ghost Town gang in West Oakland, Calif.

Haines and a friend are accused of smashing the rear passenger side window of an FBI car parked near the bureau’s office in Oakland and stealing a backpack belonging to Special Agent Russell Nimmo.

Agents were lucky enough to reach their car just after the theft and were able to chase the burglars long enough to track down information about the driver using surveillance.

Agents delivered a message to Haines through his brother’s girlfriend that the laptop better be returned within 24 hours.

Sure enough, the laptop was found in a plastic bag placed on the hood of a police car, with a note that read: “This laptop belongs to FBI agent officer Russ. Please return to him.”

Later that day, Haines was arrested.

Other Stories of Interest

FBI Urges Judge to Dismiss Lawsuit by Insane Clown Posse, Saying They Have No Right to Sue

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is urging a judge to dismiss a lawsuit by the rap duo Insane Clown Posse, claiming the have no right to sue the bureau over its decision to classify fans of the musicians as members of a “loosely organized hybrid gang,” the Guardian reports.

Lawyers for the federal government claim the bureau should not be held responsible for how local law enforcement used the FBI’s report on gangs, which included an assessment of the fans known as “Juggalos.”

The band is represented by the American Civil Liberties Union.

“The Juggalos are fighting for the basic American right to freely express who they are, to gather and share their appreciation of music, and to discuss issues that are important to them without fear of being unfairly targeted and harassed by police,” Michael Steinberg of the Michigan ACLU said when the case was brought. “Branding hundreds of thousands of music fans as gang members based on the acts of a few individuals defies logic and violates our most cherished of constitutional rights.”

The FBI argued that the FBI only labeled a “subset” of the fans a members of a criminal gang.