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Chicago Woman Says FBI Raided Her House by Mistake, Left Without Explanation

police lightsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Chicago woman was at home with her fiancé when she said the FBI stormed into her home, failed to show a warrant and left without an explanation.

“They were banging at first and they said ‘put your hands up,'” Rachel Rodriguez told NBC Chicago. “I was frightened cause I didn’t know if they were going to shoot me or not.” 

Rodriguez, who has some of the raid captured on video, said the SWAT team raided the wrong home.

Chicago police said they have no records of the raid.

“They got inside, they had us sit down on the floor, they pointed guns at us,” she said. “They were looking for a guy, I don’t even know his name, I don’t even know this guy.”

Rodriguez said no one has answered her questions.

“They just left, they said they didn’t find the guy, the guy’s not here,” she said. “I almost had a panic attack, I was crying … I want to know why my house, and I’m hoping not just cause I’m Latino.”

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 Special Agent in Las Vegas Succumbs to Brain Cancer at 41

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Special Agent David Schrom, who wanted to work with the bureau since he was a kid, died after a battle with brain cancer last month, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Schrom was 41.

The Army veteran launched his FBI career in 2002 at the Las Vegas office, where he fought public corruption and cyber-crimes. He also served on the SWAT team and was the media representative in Las Vegas.

“He was very well liked,” said Joseph Dickey, supervisory special agent for the FBI.

Schrom is a West Virginia native who graduated from journalism school in Ohio University. He also served in Bosnia.

 

Man Arrested After Climbing Security Fence to Try to Gain Access to FBI Field Office in California

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A man is in custody after climbing a security fence and trying to gain access to the FBI field office in Sorrento Valley, ABC 10 reports.

The suspect, 36-year-old William Durant, called media outlets at the time and said he wanted to talk to a federal agent.

“One of our security officers tried to stop him and in course of doing so, the man told him he had a weapon,” said Foxworth. “That weapon has not been seen.”

About 6 hours later, SWAT officers were seen on the roof, leading the suspect away in handcuffs.

It wasn’t immediately clear why the suspect wanted to talk with an agent.

Column: Santa’s Helper, a Giant Elf, a Cuban Inmate Uprising and the Salvation Army

Greg Stejskal served as an FBI agent for 31 years and retired as resident agent in charge of the Ann Arbor office.
 
A note from Greg Stejskal: “Despite not having sold the screen rights & in an effort to make this story a Holiday classic, we’re running this story again. Happy Holidays!”

Greg Stejskal

 
By Greg Stejskal
ticklethewire.com

This is a Christmas story, but it really began just before Thanksgiving in 1987, at the Federal Penitentiary in Atlanta.

The Cuban inmates had rioted and had taken control of a sizeable portion of the penitentiary. The catalyst for the riots happened years before that in 1980.

The Mariel boatlift, a massive exodus of Cuban refugees from Cuba to the US, had among its refugees, convicted criminals. Fidel Castro had apparently thought the boatlift was an opportune time to decrease his prison over-crowding.

Upon arrival in the US those Cubans who were determined to be criminals were detained and placed in US penitentiaries with no clear plan as to what to do with them in the long term.

This uncertain future led predictably to unrest and ultimately to the prison riots.

When the inmates rioted and took control of part of the Atlanta Penitentiary, they also took some of the staff hostage.

The FBI was tasked with negotiating with the inmates and providing SWAT teams should it become necessary to retake control of the penitentiary by force and rescue the hostages.

SWAT teams from many of the large offices were called to respond to Atlanta. Our Detroit team was one of those teams.

So on a cold, rainy November night, an Air Force C-141, flying a circuit, landed at Detroit Metro Airport to pick up our team. Already on board were teams from Pittsburgh and Cleveland. We arrived in Atlanta early the next morning.

The Atlanta Penitentiary is a foreboding place. It was built in phases beginning in the late 1800s, into the first few decades of the 1900s.

It has 60-foot walls with watch towers on each corner. Upon our arrival we climbed to the top of one of the watch towers and looked down into the prison yard. It looked like a scene from a post-apocalyptic “Mad Max” movie.

Inmates were walking around the yard, all carrying homemade weapons: long-knives, swords, etc., made from scrap metal and sharpened on some of the prison machine tools.

After seeing that scene, we all assumed we were going to be in Atlanta for awhile. We knew we would prevail if it came to having to use force. After all they had made the critical tactical mistake of bringing knives to a gun fight. But they had hostages and a large supply of non-perishable food in their control.

The next morning I was walking to the Penitentiary administration building for the shift change briefing when I saw a tent where free coffee and Krispy Kreme donuts were being served. It was the Salvation Army tent. The Salvation Army was there every day of the insurrection including Thanksgiving serving coffee, donuts, smiles and kind words. I’ve been on a lot of SWAT operations, but I had never been offered coffee, donuts or kind words from the neighborhood in which we were operating.

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Teenager Busted for Stealing High-Powered Rifles from Parked FBI SWAT Vehicle

Colt M16-A1

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 16-year-old faces juvenile charges after stealing two high-powered rifles from the parked FBI SWAT vehicle outside an agent’s home in Andover, Mass.,  the Boston Globe reports.

The teenager, whose name was not released, stole a Colt M-16-A1 rifle and an HS Precision Pro-Series 2000 Sniper Rifle overnight Wednesday.

On Friday, the teenager and his dad were questioned by police.

The teen faces juvenile charges of breaking and entering, larceny over $250 and larceny under $250,

Thief Swipes 2 High-Powered Rifles from FBI SWAT Vehicle

Colt M16-A1

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

You never know what you’ll find when breaking into a car.

For one thief, it was two high-powered rifles.

The Boston Globe reports that a Colt M16-A1 Rifle and an HS Precision Pro-Series 2000 Sniper Rifle were stolen from an FBI SWAT vehicle parked in a residential area, where the agent wasn’t working, the Boston Globe reports.

The bureau didn’t disclose the identity of the agent.

The theft may be connected to others in the area, the FBI said in a statement.

“During that same time, items were stolen from other vehicles parked at nearby homes in Andover.”

FBI Warns of Phone Hackers Calling 911 to Draw SWAT Teams to Homes

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is warning local law enforcement about a hoax called “swatting.”

Using technology to hack a phone, prank callers are pretending to be shooters or victims of a shooting to draw SWAT teams to a house of unsuspecting people.

“The FBI looks at these crimes as a public safety issue,” said Kevin Kolbye, an assistant special agent in charge in our Dallas Division. “It’s only a matter of time before somebody gets seriously injured as a result of one of these incidents.”

The FBI cited close calls, including one in which a police offer was injured in a car crash while responding to a “swatting” incident. Some unsuspecting victims even suffered mild heart attacks, according to the FBI.

The emergency responders “believe they have a violent subject to apprehend or an innocent victim to rescue,” Kolbye said. “It’s a dangerous situation any way you look at it.”

The FBI has made some “swatting” arrests, including of 18-year-old Matthew Weigman.