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FBI: U.S. Soldier Who Pledged Allegiance to ISIS Planned to Kill ‘a Bunch of People’

Photo via FBI

Photo via FBI

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Hawaii-based active duty soldier told undercover FBI agents that he wanted to “kill a bunch of people” after he had pledged allegiance to Islamic State.

Ikaika Kang, a sergeant first class in the U.S. Army, was arrested Saturday and appeared in court Monday on terrorism charges, the Associated Press reports. 

Kang allegedly helped buy a drone with the intent of using it against American forces. He also is accused of saying he would to shoot “a bunch of people” with a rifle.

Kang thought he was meeting with Islamic State loyalists, but he was actually communicating with undercover agents.

Paul Delacourt, the FBI special agent in charge of the Hawaii bureau, said Kang was a lone wolf.

FBI Searches for Husband in Stabbing, Beating Death of Fort Bragg Wife

Jason Earl Armstrong Jr.

Jason Earl Armstrong Jr.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is searching for a man accused of killing his wife, a Fort Bragg soldier.

Jason Earl Armstrong Jr. is wanted on a federal warrant charging him with murder in the death of Iris Armstrong in the couple’s Fort Bragg home in North Carolina on July 1, Fox News reports. 

The FBI also is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the husband’s arrest.

Armstrong is accused of stabbing and beating his wife to death.

“Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to her family, friends and loved ones during this very difficult time,” said Lt. Col. Jeremy St. Laurent, commander of the 189th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion.

Ex-Army Soldier Accused of Plotting Attacks in Name of ISIS Not Charged with Terrorism

us-army-logoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Daniel Seth Franey is a former U.S. Army soldier who is accused of planning to ambush police officers, attack a Seattle-area military base and kill everyone at an annual gathering of top military brass, Vice News reports.

Yet Franey, who was arrested on Feb. 6, was never charged with terrorism, raising serious questions about how the FBI and federal prosecutors handled the case.

Instead, Franey was charged with three counts of unlawful possession of firearms and two counts of unlawful possession of machine guns.

After receiving tips that Franey was bent on attacking Americans in the name of ISIS, an FBI informant spent eight months with the former soldier to gauge how serious he was. The informant even furnished Franey with guns before arresting him for illegal possession of weapons.

Franey faces up to 50 years in prison.

Gang Land Exclusive: Feds Tie Howard Beach Home Invasions To Last Year’s Lufthansa Heist Indictment

Jerry Capeci is regarded as an expert on the mob. His website, Gang Land News, is a paid subscription site.  This article was published with permission.

By Jerry Capeci
Gang Land News

Federal authorities have linked an imprisoned Bonanno soldier to abrazen gang of mob associates who pulled off dozens of home invasion robberies and burglaries in Howard Beach and nearby communities, Gang Lang has learned.

The wiseguy, John (Bazoo) Ragano, was one of five defendants in an indictment that charged an aging capo with the storied $6 million Lufthansa heist depicted in the 1990 mob movie classic, Goodfellas.

Sources say the feds suspect Ragano of fingering the owner of an Ozone Park auto repair shop — Bonanno associate Robert Cotrone — for robbery.

Seven weeks after Ragano’s arrest in the Lufthansa case, a trio of armed thugs invaded Cotrone’s Howard Beach home, stealing thousands of dollars in cash and jewelry.

Ragano had “worked” for Cotrone at Bam’s Auto Body, but in a telling display of mob duplicity, he allegedly gave Cotrone up to the robbery team because he knew the auto repair shop owner was on his own after his longtime mob protector was locked up. The protector, Bonanno capo Vincent Asaro, was detained without bail for the airline robbery. Cotrone has allegedly made years of “protection” payments to Asaro, even once testifying as a defense witness for him.

A law enforcement official familiar with the case put it this way: “Money, of course, was very important” to Ragano. “The guy’s a gangster. Locked up, he needs cash. The other guy (Cotrone) is unprotected; his guy (Asaro) just got put away. There’s no honor with these guys, it’s survival of the fittest.

It’s simple: He needed the money, he knew there’d be no payback. Makes no difference to him that he’s going to steal his dough.”

According to court papers in the Lufthansa prosecution, Ragano, 53, was inducted into the Bonanno crime family about three years ago, and was a ready and willing enforcer for his mob superior, Asaro, based on what Ragano was heard saying during the FBI investigation.

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FBI Says Pitts. Man Tried to Steal Identity of Microsoft Co-Founder

Paul Allen/60 minutes By Allan Lengel

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

If you’re going to steal someone’s identity, you might as well grab it from a billionaire.

That’s what Brandon Lee Price figured. He just didn’t figure he’d get caught.

Bloomberg news reports that the AWOL soldier called Citibank in January and asked the bank to change the address of Microsolf co-founder Paul Allen from Seattle to Pittsburgh.

A few days later, he told the bank that he had lost his ATM card and asked that a new one be sent to his Pittsburgh home, Bloomberg reported.

The news outlet reported that he attempted to use the card to get a $15,000 Western Union transaction and to make a $658.81 payment on an Armed Forces Bank loan, Bloomberg reported. Only the loan payment made it through without detection.

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