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New ATF SAC in Phoenix Wants to Focus on Infiltrating Criminal Groups

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

John Durastanti, the new head of ATF in Phoenix, is taking aim at groups involved in violence, people he refers to as “trigger pullers.”

“Those gangs, those groups that are contributing to the most violence in any community, that’s one of our priorities. Our primary goals? Go in, infiltrate those gangs and take them off the streets,” he tells 3TV/CBS5.

He came from ATF headquarters in D.C.

3TV | CBS 5

Michael DeLeon to Head Up FBI’s Phoenix Office

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Michael DeLeon, who served in the National Clandestine Service, Counterintelligence Center as the chief of the Counterespionage Group at the Central Intelligence Agency,  has been named special agent in charge of the  FBI’s Phoenix Division.

He’ll begin the new job in late April, the FBI said.

DeLeon joined the FBI in 1999 and started in the Tampa Division’s Fort Myers Resident Agency, where he worked criminal, counterterrorism, and counterintelligence matters, according to a press release.

After September 11, 2001, he served as the Joint Terrorism Task Force coordinator for the Fort Myers Resident Agency.

His duties in the bureau have included unit chief in the Espionage Section of the Counterintelligence Division, senior supervisory resident special agent of the Greensboro Resident Agency-Charlotte Division and assistant special agent in charge in the Counterintelligence Branch of Washington Field Office.

Before joining the FBI, he worked for Delaware State Police.

 

FBI Issues Alert about Gun-Toting Phoenix Man En Route to Confront Muslim Group

Jon Ritzheimer, via Facebook.

Jon Ritzheimer, via Facebook.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has taken the unusual step of warning New York law enforcement about an anti-Muslim protester who has driven from Arizona to the east coast to confront a group of Muslims, the New York Daily News reports.

Jon Ritzheimer, 32, of Phoenix, posted a video on Nov. 18 with a gun, saying he was going to confront the Muslims.

The FBI was in contact with the former Marine until he became angry and shut off communication while in Scranton, Pa.

Investigators believe he is en route to Hancock, N.Y., where the Muslims of America is located.

FBI: 3 Men Plotted Attack on Muhammad Cartoon Contest for Months

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The three men accused of plotting an attack at a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas had been making plans for months.

The men were friends outside of a Phoenix mosque lighting off fireworks during a New Year’s Eve celebration when authorities said they expressed a desire to make pipe bombs, the Associated Press reports.

Two of them were killed in a shootout outside of the cartoon contest, and a third, Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem, was arrested last week in Phoenix.

Now investigators are trying to determine whether anyone else was involved.

Border Patrol Tries New Approach, Trading Gun And Cuffs for Coat and Tie

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When Mexican immigrants think of the Border Patrol, they often think of agents in green uniform with a gun, handcuffs and a baton.

Intimidating figures.

Now the agency is taking a more humanitarian approach and is urging immigrants to dissuade others from crossing the border because it is more dangerous and difficult than before, Arizona Public Media Media reports.

Agents recently met with about 200 Mexican citizens at the Mexican consulate in Phoenix, wearing a coat and tie and speaking in Spanish.

“Normally, we would probably be wearing rough duty green pants, rough duty long-sleeve shirt and then of course the full gun belt with the gun and cuffs and collapsible baton,” Agent George Trevińo said at the meeting.

FBI Agent Turns in Phoenix Boyfriend After Learning About His Shady Past

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Phoenix man is in custody after his girlfriend – an FBI agent – discovered some dirty secrets about him.

The Phoenix New Times reports that authorities arrested Caleb Heath VanGrinsven, 31, after leaving the agent’s Phoenix house on May 14.

FBI Agent Rachel Herrick said she discovered that her boyfriend “was a person of interest in a law enforcement investigation in Wyoming.”

The ATF also warned Herrick that her boyfriend had a history of dating law enforcement officials.

VanGrinsven is expected to appear at a detention hearing today.

Border Patrol Chief: Agency is Unfairly Criticized for Using Excessive Force

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher said his agency is unfairly criticized for using excessive force, the Associated Press reports.

Fisher said it’s a mischaracterization to describe his employees as “indiscriminately” opening fire on immigrants.

“If you are like me, there’s nothing more terrifying than fighting for your life when you’re alone with no communication, and the thought for a split second that you may never get home at the end of that shift to see your wife and son again,” Fisher said. “The only thing that is equal to the ripple of fear is thinking of having to use deadly force against another human being.”

Fisher was speaking at the annual Border Security Expo in Phoenix.

Thieves Break Through Roof of Phoenix Pawn Shop, Steal 36 Handguns

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

This wasn’t your typical store robbery.

Two crooks stole 36 guns after breaking through the roof of a Phoenix pawn shop, Myfoxphoenix.com reports.

Concerned about where those guns are going, the ATF is offering a reward.

The thieves only swiped handguns.

“They have to acquire guns. Certainly the U.S. is no stranger, the south-west border in particular, for being a gun locker if your will being able to obtain guns here through the secondary market. Though illegally purchasing guns and also stealing guns.” said Tim Mangan with ATF.