Violent crimes in the U.S. increased in the first half of 2015 compared to the same period last year, according to preliminary FBI data.
Local law enforcement reported to the bureau a 1.7% increase in violent crimes in the first six months of 2015. Murder, rape, aggravated assault and robbery rose nationwide, while arson and burglary declined.
“While the overall violent crime rates remain historically low, and it is too early to draw any long-term conclusions, the Justice Department is acutely focused on the increases being experienced in some communities of the country,” Justice Department spokesman Patrick Rodenbush told CBS News. “While the overall violent crime rates remain historically low, and it is too early to draw any long-term conclusions, the Justice Department is acutely focused on the increases being experienced in some communities of the country,” said Justice Department spokesman Patrick Rodenbush.
Despite the increase, the violent crime rate is still far below what it was 20 years ago.
FBI Director James Comey knows a thing or two about being a victim of a crime.
While a high school senior, Comey was held captive in his Allendale, New Jersey home by a notorious criminal known as “Ramsey rapist” in 1977.
Comey made the comments on “60 Minutes” while talking about terrorism threats.
“I was a high school senior and home alone one night with my younger brother, and a guy – a gunman – kicked in our front door at our home in New Jersey and held the two of us captive,” Comey said.
“We escaped, he caught us again, we escaped again – so it was a pretty horrific experience,” the FBI director said. “Frightening to anybody, but especially for a younger person to be threatened with a gun and to believe you’re going to be killed by this guy.”
He added: “He got away. My recollection is he was part of a pattern of rapes and robberies, home invasions, rapes and robberies in that area of Northern New Jersey.”
Comey said the “incident most affects me in giving me a sense of what victims feel. Even the notion that no one was physically harmed doesn’t mean no one was harmed, because I thought about that guy every night for five years.”
A Mexican national accused of shooting an off-duty Border Patrol agent during a robbery in Texas was charged with additional crimes related to more robberies Thursday, the Monitor reports.
Gustavo Tijerina, 30, was charged with seven counts of aggravated armed robbery and three counts of engaging in organized criminal activity in connection with four armed robberies in Cameron County. Cars were stolen in those cases.
Tijerina already has been charged with capital murder in the shooting death of Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega Jr., 36, of Kingsville.
Tijerina likely won’t be going anywhere after his bail was set at $2 million.
Two illegal immigrants from Mexico have been charged in the shooting death of an off-duty Border Patrol agent while he was on vacation with his family in Texas, Fox News reports.
The defendants have been arrested and deported several times in the past.
They are Gustavo Tijerina, 30, and Ismael Hernandez, 40. After being arraigned Tuesday inside the Willacy County jail library, the men were ordered held without bond. They have been charged with capital murder of a peace officer, attempted murder and other lesser charges.
The pair were living in Texas illegally when Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega Jr. was with his family fishing in Santa Monica.
The men confessed to the robbery and other crimes, Fox News reported.
“They claim to have been involved in other incidents, this means you’ve got stolen vehicles going into Mexico,” Santa Monica, Sheriff Larry Spence said. “Everything is going to be cartel-related, there’s a connection somehow.”
Two men were arrested Monday in connection with the robbery and fatal shooting of an off-duty Border Patrol agent while he was on vacation with his family, Valley Morning Star reports.
Agent Javier Vega Jr., who was stationed in Ricardo, Texas, was killed following a gunshot wound to the chest, and his father was hospitalized with a gunshot to the hip. The shooting took place near the town of Santa Monica, Tex., in south Texas.
The shooting occurred during an attempted robbery while the agent, his wife, father, mother and three children were fishing in the Santa Monica area, authorities said.
The suspects fled but were later tracked down and taken into custody.
Authorities said gunshots were exchanged at one point.