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Border Patrol Rescues Man Who Tried to Jump from Bridge in Detroit

The McArthur Bridge on Belle Isle in Detroit.

The McArthur Bridge on Belle Isle in Detroit.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent rescued a man who attempted to commit suicide by jumping into the icy Detroit River from the McArthur Bridge on Belle Isle in Detroit.

The agent was patrolling when they saw what appeared to be a couple in need of help, WWJ reports. 

The agent saw the man push his wife aside before trying to climb the railing of the bridge.

The Border Patrol agent quickly grabbed the man, preventing him from jumping.

The man was pulled to safety.

“The courage of the men and women of the law enforcement profession was evident in every aspect of protecting our community Monday,” said Chief Patrol Agent Douglas Harrison, in statement. “The keen eye of the off duty Park Ranger noticing something out of place and quick response by the Border Patrol made for the best possible outcome in this situation.”

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ATF, FBI Investigate Suspicious Fire at Islamic Center in Michigan

police lightsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI and ATF have joined an investigation into a fire that gutted the Islamic Center of Ypsilanti in Michigan.

No one was in the building, which also includes a mosque, when the fire broke out, ClickOnDetroit.com reports

“The FBI is currently working with the Pittsfield Township Department of Public Safety and the ATF to determine the cause of fire that occurred at the Islamic Community Center,” the FBI said in a statement. “If in the course of investigation, information is developed suggesting a hate crime or another federal crime, logical investigation will be conducted to identify the individual(s) responsible and authorities will coordinate with the United States Attorney’s Office to identify the best course of action towards prosecution.”

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) released a statement Sunday afternoon:

“We urge state and federal agencies to use their full resources to investigate this fire to determine a cause and, if it is determined to be arson, a possible motive,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid. “Anyone who has information about this fire, or saw anything suspicious at the time of the blaze, should immediately contact law enforcement authorities.”

Authorities said the fire appears to be suspicious.

Muslims have been the targets of hate crimes at increasing rates since Donald Trump became president.

FBI Agent Who Shot at Police in Michigan Has Been Terminated

Ruben Hernandez

Ruben Hernandez

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent who shot at a police sergeant in Michigan in December has been terminated, the bureau said in a statement Tuesday.

Ruben Hernandez, 35, is accused of firing three shots at a sergeant outside of a Planet Fitness in Grand Rapids.

Hernandez, who is a Las Vegas-based agent, was in Michigan conducting an investigation when the shooting occurred.

On Friday, he pleaded no contest to felonious assault.

“We hold our employees to the highest standards of professional conduct. Mr. Hernandez has been terminated from his position,” the FBI said in a statement.

Hernandez’s lawyer indicated that his client was likely paranoid after consuming too much alcohol.

Ex-Customs And Border Protection Officer Charged in Shooting, Wearing Body Armor

police lightsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former Customs and Border Protection officer was arrested after allegedly wearing body armor from his federal job while shooting a 34-year-old suburban Detroit man in the hand on Feb. 20.

Vincent Schroeder, 32, has been charged with discharging a firearm in a building, assault with intent to do great bodily harm assault with a deadly weapon, wearing body armor in commission of a violent crime, felony firearm and possession of ecstasy, the News Herald reports. 

Schroeder was lodged in the Wayne County Jail on a $500,000 cash bond.

Schroeder was arrested after neighbors called 911 to report gunshots and a man yelling for help.

The 34-year-old victim fled to a nearby gas station and was taken to Detroit Receiving hospital for treatment.

Police found Schroeder with a gun and wearing body armor.

FBI Tracks Suspected Michigan Murderer to Texas Using Facebook

Stephen Marcus Gilbert, 31

Stephen Marcus Gilbert, 31

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 31-year-old man accused of killing one person and injuring another in a shooting in downtown Flint, Mich., was tracked by the FBI using Facebook.

Authorities said they tracked Stephen Marcus Gilbert to Texas after a task force saw on his Facebook page that he had recently visited a woman in Arlington, MLive reports. 

The FBI, however, still had not located Gilbert as of Tuesday morning.

An apartment manager reported that he saw Gilbert walking toward the woman’s apartment.

Gilbert has bee charged with first-degree murder, assault with intent to murder, felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon and four counts of felony firearm, according to court records.

FBI: Ex-Gymnastics Team Doctor Found with 37,000 Images, Videos of Child Pornography

Larry Nassar is charged with child pornography.

Larry Nassar is charged with child pornography.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents found at least 37,000 images and videos of child pornography on hard drives in the garbage can of a longtime USA gymnastics doctor in the Lansing, Mich. area.  

The FBI also found videos that showed 53-year-old Larry Nassar sexually assaulting girls under the age of 12, the USA Today reports. 

The former Michigan State University doctor was charged with two counts of child pornography in federal court.

Nasser was the team physician for USA Gymnastics until he was fired in September.

An MSU spokesman said in a statement, “The current (federal) charges do not relate to Nassar’s employment at MSU. Also, according to MSU Police, the investigation into the child pornography charges has not revealed any images of victims in the complaints of criminal sexual conduct that the department also is investigating.”

FBI Agent Accused of Shooting at Police Was Investigating Fraud in Michigan

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI special agent who was arrested for allegedly shooting at a Grand Rapids police officer was in Michigan investigating telemarketing fraud, WZZM 13 reports. 

Ruben Hernandez, 35, was arrested on Dec. 6 and charged with assault with intent to commit great bodily harm and assault with a dangerous weapon.

Police were called to a gym after Hernandez began acting erratically. He’s accused of firing at a responding officer.

While in custody, Hernandez apologized.

“Ma’am, I have a telemarketing fraud case,” he informed an officer.

“It is a mass marketing fraud case. I’m so sorry. I can’t even think straight. 4965903, that’s the FBI file number. Ma’am, I’m so sorry.”

Hernandez works out of the FBI’s Las Vegas office.

Lawyer: FBI Agent Who Shot at Officer in Michigan Felt Paranoid

Planet Fitness logo.

Planet Fitness logo.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent who fired his gun at a police officer outside a fitness club in Grand Rapids, Mi., was paranoid and couldn’t recall most of what happened, his lawyer said.

Police responded to Planet Fitness after 911 calls that a man was brandishing  gun inside the fitness club. It turned out to be FBI Special Agent Ruben Hernandez, who was in Michigan from Los Vegas for an investigation. The officer tried to make contact with Hernandez, who opened fire. No one was hurt. He was arrested on assault charges.

Attorney Larry Willey said  the agent’s recollection of what happened was “vague, hazy” and may have been affected by alcohol, the Associated Press reports. 

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