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 Post subject: CRIMES committed by illegals in Indiana
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With your help, we are going to compile a list of crimes committed by illegal aliens in Indiana. Please add your new posts of the newspaper articles and links below.

Crimes include: injuries and deaths caused by illegals driving drunk; identity theft; transporting aliens or drugs; gang activity; assault & battery; rape and murder, etc.

I will keep a running log of them here, so they will only be listed once.

***See the national list of murder victims of illegal aliens here: http://www.VOIAC.org ***
Regretfully, there are Hoosiers on this list. Victims are listed by state.


You now have to pay to see this map that includes Illegal Alien Activity around the USA! http://illegal.globalincidentmap.com/home.php

NUMBER-- CITY-- DATE-- CRIME
1.Indianapolis--May/2007--child rape, assault, kidnapping, burglary
2.Valparaiso--June/2005--Rape
3.Chesterton- March/2005 Human Smuggling
4.Hebron--Oct./2004--aggravated battery for stabbing
5.Chesterton--Feb./2005--Human Smuggling, Counterfeiting
6.Calumet City--Dec./2005--Heroin distribution (possible illegal aliens)
7. Monticello--July/2005--Gang member, public intox., resisting, no license
8.South Bend--Nov./2006--*buying/using fake IDs, bribery
(This doesn't quite fit the pattern, but I thought I'd list it anyway. The citizen was busted for being bribed to sell fake IDs to multiple illegals who were not prosecuted.)
9. Michigan City--Aug./2006--Illegal employment, possible slavery?
10.Hammond--Feb./2006--Prostitution (possible illegal aliens)
11. Indianapolis--Aug./2007--Burglary - Theft - Child Molestation
12. Columbus, IN--2005--Illegal manufacture of ID
13. Indianapolis--Aug./2005--Reckless homicide, Driving under the influence, causing death
14. Bloomington--Apr./2005--Vehicular Homicide – Interstate Flight to avoid Prosecution
15. Noblesville--July/2006--Gang Rape of a minor
16. Indianapolis--July/2007--Human Trafficking
17. Indianapolis--May/2006--Human Trafficking
18. Evansville--Oct. 2006--Drunk driver hits, overturns schoolbus, flees
19. Ft. Wayne--Summer 2005--Kidnapping, rape, murder of child and then murder of his own wife and children
20. Indianapolis--Apr./2007--Drug Possession--Dealing marijuana
21. Indianapolis--June/2007--Possession of false identification - Dealing Drugs
22. Edinburgh, Ind--Jan./2007-- Felony possession of marijuana, Felony maintaining a common nuisance and Misdemeanor false informing
23. Indianapolis--July/2005--Federal Indictments on Drug Cartel
24. Indianapolis--Dec./2003--Possession of Cocaine with intent to distribute.
25. Indianapolis--Nov./2006--Class A felony - Dealing cocaine.
In Hamilton County class C felony charges of Dealing marijuana.
26. Indianapolis – Possession of Marijuana with intent to distribute. Possession of Cocaine with intent to distribute.
27. Mt.Comfort-- Illegal Alien restaurant employee with Tuberculosis (Illegal employment exposed hundreds of citizens to disease.)
28. Indianapolis--2004--forgery, fraud, conspiracy, unlawful production of identity documents, false use of passports
29. Indianapolis--March/2005--fraudulently obtaining DL, CDL and citizenship. (possible espionage?)
30. Indianapolis--2004--Bribery, fraud, forged documents for illegals
31. Anderson--Aug./2005--Stabbing death ruled self-defense, illegals to be deported
32. Jackson & Bartholomew Counties(multiple workplaces)--Apr./2006--Illegal employment.
33. Mishawaka–Oct./2007--Illegal Immigration, Illegal employment.
34. Elkhart--Nov./2006--Murdering 4 children
35. Jeffersonville-- --Child molestation, battery, escape.
36. Crown Point--Oct./2007--Illegal alien caught transporting $440,000 of suspected drug money
37. Evansville--Dec. 2007--Immigration document fraud and illegal reentry
38. Whitestown, IN--April, 2008--Possession with intent to distribute $1.6 million in heroin and marijuana; moving violations and lack of vehicle registration; immigration charges leading to deportation.
39 - Indianapolis, IN --April 10, 2008-- initial charges of dealing and possessing heroin
40. Columbus, IN--April, 2007--Rape
41.--Seymour, IN--April 2, 2008--Dealing coke & meth (immigration status unknown)
42. Seymour, IN--April 15, 2008--Cocaine dealing by illegal aliens
43. Merrillville, IN--May, 2008--Drunk driving illegal runs stop sign, killing 3 including self
44. Seymour, IN--Feb. 2008--Child molestation
45. North Vernon, IN--May,2008--Sentenced for Forgery
46. Columbus, IN--May, 2008--Sentenced for perjury after causing fatal wreck
47. Greenwood, IN--June, 2008--3 illegals accused of rape, battery, kidnapping
48. Indianapolis, IN--August, 2008--Murder
49. Indianapolis, IN--September, 2008--Extortion
50. Indianapolis, IN--January, 2008--Rape of 5-year-old
51. Columbus, IN--November, 2008--Drug Dealing
52. South Bend, IN--Dec. 2008--Battery resulting in child's death
53. Columbus, IN--Dec. 2008--Accessory to murder, identity fraud
54. Terre Haute, IN--Dec. 2008--Child Abuse
55. East Chicago, IN--Dec. 2008--Drug Dealing
56. Goshen, IN--Feb. 2008--Drug Conspiracy
57. Indianapolis--July, 2009--Aggravated Battery
58. East Chicago, IN--2007--Child molestation
59. Indianapolis--Dec. 2009--Abduction, high speed chase, Illegal reentry
60. Chesterton, IN--March, 2010--Fleeing police, illegal re-entry
61. Crown Point, IN--March, 2010--Theft via Bar Code Switching Scam
62. Schererville, IN—March,2010—Illegal reentry, employment, ID, gun possession
63. Indianapolis, Castleton, IN - April, 2010 - Murder
64. Indianapolis--May, 2010--Possession of Illegal Substance
65. Columbus--April, 2010--Illegal reentry, domestic battery, battery resulting in injury, invasion of privacy, resisting law enforcement and public intoxication
66. Indianapolis--Aug. 2010--violent gang members with weapons
67. Columbus, IN--Oct. 2010--Fraudulent application, Possession of a fraudulent government ID
68. Tippeecanoe County, IN--May, 2010--OWI, operating a vehicle causing death
69. Indianapolis--Nov 27, 2010--DUI, Hit & Run Causing Fatality, Illegal Reentry, etc.
70. Indianapolis--Dec. 2010--possession & distribution of illegals drugs, guns
71. Indpls/Fishers--March, 2011--heavily armed drug trafficking organization
72. Muncie--March, 2011--theft, sex with a minor
73. Indianapolis--May, 2011--Prostitution, racketeering
74. Noblesville--May, 2011--Illegal drugs, guns, neglect of a dependent
75. Indianapolis--August, 2011--attempted murder of policeman, criminal gang activity
76. LaPorte, IN--October, 2011--false ID
77. Indianapolis--October, 2011--gun trafficking
78. Indianapolis--Oct. 2011--Possession with intent to distribute illegal drugs
79. Porter, Indiana--March, 2012--drug trafficking


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#1.

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/a ... /705240590



6:29 PM May 24, 2007


Suspect admits he abducted, assaulted girl, 7
By Vic Ryckaert and Jon Murray
vic.ryckaert@indystar.com
May 24, 2007


A 27-year-old man admitted today in court he abducted and assaulted a 7-year-old neighbor at a Southside apartment complex.
The victim underwent surgery after the attack and remained in Riley Hospital for Children this morning, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Sgt. Matthew Mount said.
Castillo admitted his guilt, despite the court commissioner's routine entry of a not guilty plea on Castillo's behalf during his initial hearing this morning in Marion Superior Court.
"I agree with what I did, and I know what I did," Jonathan Castillo said through a Spanish translator after Commissioner Steven Rubick read the five charges against him. "I was drunk, and I can't just fix things just because I'm drunk."
Rubick tried to cut him off.
"By confessing under oath, you've just made (the public defender's) job much more difficult," Rubick said.
Prosecutors asked Rubick for Castillo's $100,000 bond to be increased to $250,000, citing the risk to the community and a flight risk because Castillo is an undocumented immigrant. Castillo had told Rubick he is a dual citizen of Mexico and Honduras and works as a day laborer.
Rubick granted the request for higher bond, citing Castillo's "partial confession" as another factor. He is being held in Marion County Jail.
Castillo, police say, wore a mask, climbed through a third-story balcony and snatched the child from her bedroom at the Capital Place Apartments, located near Hanna Avenue and U.S. 31.
He took the victim to his apartment in the same complex and assaulted her, according to police reports.

The Star does not generally identify the victims of sexual assault.
The girl�s family discovered her missing about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday and began searching the apartment complex. Family members stepped outside and saw the suspect drop the girl on the ground and run toward another apartment, according to the report.
Another witness, identified as Castillo�s girlfriend, told police she saw the victim�s blood on Castillo�s leg and foot shortly after the assault, according to reports.
Police questioned Castillo and he allegedly admitted to attacking the girl, but reports did not elaborate on any reason for the attack. Police seized a bedspread, clothing, carpeting and other evidence from Castillo�s apartment.
Castillo was charged with burglary and child molesting, both Class A felonies that each carry a potential penalty of 20 to 50 years in prison. He also is charged with two counts of criminal confinement and one count of battery. Both charges are Class B felonies carrying a penalty of six to 20 years in prison upon conviction.
Rubick set Castillo's trial for July 30.
"This is one of those cases you just can't put into words, it's so egregious," said David Wyser, the Marion County prosecutor's chief trial deputy, outside court. "A defenseless 7-year-old girl abducted from her bed."
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Unbelievable! He raped a pregnant woman, too!
http://www.theindychannel.com/news/14211321/detail.html

Man Gets 180 Years In Assaults On Girl, Woman

Rape, Molestation Happened In Attacker's Apartment Complex

POSTED: 3:07 pm EDT September 26, 2007
UPDATED: 5:47 pm EDT September 26, 2007



INDIANAPOLIS -- A man authorities called an illegal immigrant was sentenced Wednesday to 180 years in prison for raping a pregnant woman and molesting a girl -- both of whom lived in his apartment complex.

Jonathan Castillo, who pleaded guilty to several charges including rape, molestation and being a habitual offender, apologized in court before he was sentenced.

"I'd like to ask forgiveness from all the people that I harmed," he said.

Castillo, 28, was arrested May 22 on suspicion of abducting the 7-year-old girl from her Indianapolis apartment and molesting her in his nearby apartment that morning.

After that arrest, he confessed to entering a 21-year-old pregnant woman's apartment and raping her in January, police said.

Castillo lived in the south-side Indianapolis apartment complex -- located near the 200 block of East Hanna Avenue -- where the attacks happened, police said.

Authorities said Castillo is an illegal immigrant who returned to the U.S. after being deported in 2005.
In both attacks, police said, Castillo was armed with a knife and accessed the victims' apartments by climbing onto their balconies.

Castillo had prior convictions for theft and residential entry, 6News' Derrik Thomas reported.

Castillo's attorney, Ben Jaffe, said he couldn't explain why Castillo attacked the girl and the woman.

"I don't think many psychologists could even really explain why he did what he did," Jaffe said. "I think the judge felt like she didn't trust that if he was ever out this wouldn't happen again, so, she did what she felt was best."

The county's chief deputy prosecutor for trials, David Wyser, said Castillo was a "monster."

"When you have an individual who climbs up into an apartment and goes through a balcony and takes a child from a room where she is sleeping with her mother and takes her to another apartment and molests her, (and) additionally (breaks) into another apartment and (rapes) a pregnant woman ... I think calling him a monster is only mild," Wyser said.

Castillo has 30 days to decide whether to appeal the sentence.


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#2. Valparaiso--June/2005--Rape

http://nwitimes.com/articles/2005/06/16 ... 054d18.txt

Date posted online: Thursday, June 16, 2005
Man accused of rape to appear in court
VALPARAISO: Immigration authorities plan to deport suspect

BY MATTHEW VAN DUSEN
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The man accused of raping one woman in July and attempting to rape another Sunday will appear in Porter Superior Court for an initial hearing at 8:30 a.m. today.

According to court documents and Valparaiso police officials, Arturo Garcia-Torres on Monday confessed to the attempted rape of a 25-year-old woman Sunday and the rape of a 21-year-old Valparaiso University student July 18.

His bond was set at $150,000.
Police spokesman Cpl. Michael Grennes said Garcia-Torres watched the victims long enough to know when they were home. Grennes said the attacker in Sunday's rape apparently "had prior knowledge" of where the victim lived.

During the initial investigation of the rape in July, police said the attacker followed his victim to her apartment at Homer Court and LaPorte Avenue and rang the doorbell a few minutes after she got home.

When he was arrested Monday, Garcia-Torres lived at 53 Roosevelt Road, a building next to the complex where the rape in July took place. Police and prosecutors said he moved around during the three years he was in Valparaiso and that they don't know if he lived at the Roosevelt apartment in 2004.

Because Garcia-Torres is an illegal immigrant, immigration authorities will put a detainer on him pending his prosecution, said Porter County Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Brian Gensel.

"Once he is released, whether it's two years from now or 32 years from now, he will be deported back to Mexico," Gensel said.

Police got a break in their investigation of the rapes after a woman on Valparaiso Street found a cell phone in her back yard Monday afternoon. The phone was traced to Garcia-Torres. Police said he admitted he dropped the phone while fleeing the Garfield Street apartment where Sunday's attempted rape took place.

UPDATE:
http://www.nwi.com/articles/2008/08/19/ ... 415901.txt

Victim: Rapist apologized during attack

BY BOB KASARDA
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219.548.4345 | Tuesday, August 19, 2008 | No comments posted.
VALPARAISO | The young woman told a jury Tuesday the Hispanic man who brutally attacked and raped her four years ago after breaking into her Valparaiso apartment repeatedly apologized during the incident.

He also complimented her about the beauty of her nose, asked her at one point if she was interested in watching a movie and expressed concern when she complained about the pain of landing on top of an overturned wall cabinet.

When the rape was over, she said he turned her on her side and covered her partially with a blanket.

"He told me to go to sleep, it's going to be OK," she said.

Prosecutors say the man responsible for the conflicting behaviors is Arturo Garcia-Torres, an illegal alien from Mexico who was sitting just a few feet away from his alleged victim as the evidence portion of his trail got under way Tuesday before Porter Superior Judge Roger Bradford.

The 21-year-old is charged with felony counts of rape, attempted rape and two charges of burglary.

The described rape occurred July 18, 2004, at an apartment on Homer Court and the attempted rape occurred June 12, 2005, at an apartment on Garfield Street, both in Valparaiso. The attacker got away in both instances, but police recovered a shoe and cell phone they believe to be linked to the crime.

Deputy Prosecutor Cheryl Polarek said she plans to present DNA evidence this week linking Garcia-Torres to the crime.

Defense attorney Visvaldis Kupsis told the jury Tuesday the charges against Garcia-Torres are based on a hastily done investigation by a police department under pressure to find the person responsible for the high profile attacks on the Valparaiso University students.

He said the victims' initial descriptions of the attacker are of an older and larger man than Garcia-Torres. The cell phone in question was recovered several blocks away and in the opposite direction of where the attacker reportedly fled, he said.

The woman who testified Tuesday retained her composure as she described how the man pushed his way in through her apartment door and proceeded to strike her and drag her throughout the apartment.

"I was fighting as hard as I could to get away," she said.

She said the man spoke to her both in English and what she believed to be Spanish.

CONVICTED and SENTENCED:
VU rapist gets 36 years, faces deportation
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http://www.post-trib.com/news/1281111,v ... ce.article

November 15, 2008

By James D. Wolf Jr. Post-Tribune correspondent

VALPARAISO -- The man found guilty of raping one Valparaiso University student and attempting to rape another was sentenced to 36 years in prison Friday.
That is just short of the maximum 40 years that Arturo Garcia-Torres, 21, could have received for the charges of rape, attempted rape and two counts of burglary. He'd been found guilty Aug. 20.

After he serves time, he will be sent back to Mexico because he came here illegally when he was 15.

Judge Roger Bradford said that because Garcia-Torres committed the rapes separately, the 18-year sentences would be served consecutively.

The rape, committed in June 2005 in a Homer Court apartment, left the victim permanently scared physically and mentally, Bradford said. The attempted rape, committed in July 2005, wasn't as severe "only because Mr. Garcia-Torres wasn't able to complete what he intended," the judge said.

Neighbors called police because of the woman's screams.

The burglary charges would be served concurrent to the respective rape charges.

The probation department recommended 15 years in prison with all the charges served at the same time, and Garcia-Torres' attorney, Visvaldis Kupsis, said that objective viewpoint should be followed.

Deputy Prosecutor Cheryl Polarek argued for the 40-year maximum sentence because of the brutality of the crimes and what the women, who'd never seen him before, suffered when he forced his way into their homes.

His illegal status also was a factor, she argued.

"I think there are many, many other illegal aliens in our community, and I think it's appropriate to send them a message," she said.

Bradford said he couldn't give the maximum sentence because that is meant for the worst cases, and although this was bad, he's seen worse having happened in rapes, he said.

He didn't find Garcia-Torres' poor upbringing a mitigating factor.

"That would be an insult to the millions of people who came from those backgrounds and didn't become rapists -- or burglars," he said.

However, his illegal status was an aggravating factor.

"That is a four- or five-year criminal history of itself," Bradford said.

Garcia-Torres' attorney, Visvaldis Kupsis, has said since August that he plans to appeal the case because the police took a DNA sample from his client even though the client did not understand his rights.

The courts had ruled that a confession obtained when Garcia-Torres was in custody then couldn't be used because an officer's translation of the Miranda rights was inadequate.


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#3. Chesterton--March/2005--Human Smuggling

http://nwitimes.com/articles/2005/03/17 ... 0c4c69.prt



Date posted online: Thursday, March 17, 2005
Men charged with smuggling five children into Northwest Indiana
Youngsters were heading to New York
BY BILL DOLAN
bdolan@nwitimes.com
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CHESTERTON | The U.S. attorney's office charged three men Wednesday with smuggling five young illegal aliens into Northwest Indiana.

The government named Marino Lopez-Aguilar and Raymundo Valdespino-Martinez of Phoenix, Ariz., and Rubensel Ancelmo Valazquez-Morales of an undisclosed address in the felony count. It is the result of an investigation this month by the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement staff.

An affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Hammond alleges Chesterton police called immigration agents Friday after arresting Lopez-Aguilar for attempting to pass a counterfeit $100 bill at a Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet here.
Police said he was driving a 1993 Astro Van later discovered to have been stolen from Kentucky. It was occupied by five children and the two other adults.

The government alleges Lopez-Aguilar enlisted the co-defendants to help him take the children to New York. The children's families had allegedly paid more than $2,000 in a deposit sent to Puebla, Mexico, as smuggling fees to bring the children across the border and to the East Coast.


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#4.Hebron--Oct./2004--aggravated battery for stabbing

http://nwitimes.com/articles/2005/04/19 ... 831aa2.prt

Date posted online: Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Man sent to prison for Hebron stabbing
COURTS: Luis Garcia to be sent back to Mexico upon his release
BY BOB KASARDA
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VALPARAISO | Luis Garcia was beat by his parents for attending school rather than working, according to attorney Peter Boyles.

Boyles revealed Garcia's violent upbringing Monday, as well as his lack of criminal history, in an attempt to head off a lengthy prison sentence for the 21-year-old, who pleaded guilty to stabbing his roommate late last year at an apartment in Hebron.

Porter Superior Judge Roger Bradford responded by sentencing Garcia to eight years in prison for the Oct. 20 attack.
The sentence translates to four years with good behavior, and Garcia has already served six months behind bars. As an illegal immigrant, Garcia will be sent back to Mexico upon his release from prison.

Garcia, who relied upon the help of a translator during Monday's hearing, declined to make a statement. The victim also made no comments.

Garcia pleaded guilty to a felony charge of aggravated battery for repeatedly stabbing Amelo Mendosa, who was 18 at the time.

Garcia told police he had become increasingly frustrated with Mendosa during the week they lived together. Among the complaints was that Mendosa played his music too loud as Garcia tried to sleep.

Mendosa told police he had been in the bathroom for quite a while on the night in question, which made Garcia angry. He said when he left the bathroom, Garcia stabbed him repeatedly with a knife.

Mendosa had a 5-inch stab wound to his abdomen, four superficial wounds to his abdomen, a 3-inch wound to his lower right arm, a 1 1/2-inch wound near his right elbow and a wound on his left palm. He had to have surgery to stop internal bleeding and evaluate his organs, police said.

Porter County Deputy Prosecutor Matthew Frost asked for a 10-year sentence.


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#5. Chesterton--Feb./2005--Human Smuggling, Counterfeiting

http://nwitimes.com/articles/2005/03/30 ... 04.prtDate posted online: Wednesday, March 30, 2005
Mexican national charged with transporting illegal aliens
NORTHWEST INDIANA: Second arrest of a smuggling network this month
BY BILL DOLAN
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CHESTERTON | The U.S. attorney's office is charging a Mexican national with smuggling countrymen illegally into the United States.

Christian Eduardo Desantiago-Cardenas, 24, who has been living in Farmingville, N.Y., faces imprisonment and deportation for transporting at least 10 other illegal aliens through Northwest Indiana last week

Special Agent Kent Heirstein of the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, alleges state police stopped the defendant March 23 for speeding in a 2005 Chevrolet Suburban on the Indiana Toll Road, just south of here.
Police said the defendant admitted he was driving 10 other Mexican national passengers to jobs in New York.

Heirstein said the family of the passengers had paid a $2,500 smuggling fee. The defendant was working for Gonzalo Flores, 47, of Coyoacan, Mexico, to pay off a smuggling fee he owed Flores for smuggling him into the United States earlier.

The defendant admitting making two other smuggling trips.

It was the second arrest of a smuggling network this month.

The U.S. attorney's office charged three men earlier with smuggling five young illegal aliens into Northwest Indiana. They were arrested in Chesterton after attempting to pass a counterfeit $100 bill at a Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet here.


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#6. Calumet City--Dec./2005--Heroin distribution (possible illegal aliens)

http://nwitimes.com/articles/2005/12/17 ... cc.prtDate posted online: Saturday, December 17, 2005
Feds arrest 4, seize $150,000 in narcotics
CALUMET CITY: Four face up to 100 years
BY MEMA AYI
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CALUMET CITY | Federal narcotics officers ended a nearly three-year investigation Thursday that they hope crippled a heroin operation in the city, officials said.

Three Calumet City men and one Chicago woman are facing federal narcotics distribution and conspiracy charges following a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency raid Thursday morning.

The DEA alleged in its criminal complaint the four used a Calumet City car dealership as a pick-up point for heroin sales, said DEA spokesman Chris Hoyt.
DEA agents seized more than 500 grams of heroin at Jo Jo Motors, 565 Torrence Ave. The DEA's criminal complaint alleged the four intended to sell the drugs at about $100 a gram, Hoyt said.

The drugs seized had a total street value of about $150,000, Hoyt said.

Alowonle Idowu, of 444 Webb St., Calumet City, was charged with distribution of heroin Thursday morning.

Jamiu Odunsi, of 1085 Memorial Drive, and Odutola Afuwape, of 660 Sibley Blvd., both of Calumet City, and Rosanna Parker, of 7624 S. Calumet Ave., Chicago, were charged with conspiracy to knowingly distribute heroin, Hoyt said.

Idowu, Odunsi and Afuwape are all natives of Nigeria, and their United States citizenship is being investigated, Hoyt said.


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#7. Monticello--July/2005--Gang member, public intox., resisting, no license

Date posted online: Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Police arrest MS-13 gang member in Monticello


http://nwitimes.com/articles/2005/07/12 ... 6db8ee.prt


MONTICELLO, Ind. (AP) -- Police arrested a member of the Latin American street gang MS-13, and the government will deported him to El Salvador, homeland security officials said Tuesday.

Victor Maravel, who had entered the U.S. illegally, was arrested by Monticello police Thursday at his girlfriend house and turned over to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Maravel is a member of Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, a violent Latin American gang targeted in a government operation that so far has rounded up more than 400 of its members in this country.
Maravel has arrests for public intoxication, resisting arrest and operating a vehicle without a license, the agency said.


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#7. Monticello--July/2005--Gang member, public intox., resisting, no license

Date posted online: Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Police arrest MS-13 gang member in Monticello


http://nwitimes.com/articles/2005/07/12 ... 6db8ee.prt


MONTICELLO, Ind. (AP) -- Police arrested a member of the Latin American street gang MS-13, and the government will deported him to El Salvador, homeland security officials said Tuesday.

Victor Maravel, who had entered the U.S. illegally, was arrested by Monticello police Thursday at his girlfriend house and turned over to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Maravel is a member of Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, a violent Latin American gang targeted in a government operation that so far has rounded up more than 400 of its members in this country.
Maravel has arrests for public intoxication, resisting arrest and operating a vehicle without a license, the agency said.


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#8.South Bend--Nov./2006--*buying/using fake IDs, bribery
(This doesn't quite fit the pattern, but I thought I'd list it anyway. The citizen was busted for being bribed to sell fake IDs to multiple illegals who were not prosecuted.)

http://nwitimes.com/articles/2006/11/14 ... 91.prtDate posted online: Tuesday, November 14, 2006
BMV worker charged with selling fake IDs

SOUTH BEND, Ind. | Bureau of Motor Vehicles officials say they have added security measures following the arrest of a worker on charges that she sold fraudulent state identification cards to illegal immigrants.

Prosecutors charged Julian Marie Sanchez, 28, with taking cash, usually $100 to $200, but sometimes as much as $500, in exchange for the ID cards. Sanchez was released on bond Monday from St. Joseph County Jail, where she had been held since her arrest last week on bribery charges.

About a dozen supporters attended her initial court hearing Monday.
"I did it for my people," Sanchez told supporters afterward on the courthouse steps. "I know what I did was wrong."

Police said Sanchez typically knew the immigrants were coming into the branch ahead of time, and they paid her before or after the transaction at another location.

BMV Commissioner Ron Stiver said Monday that the agency has implemented security upgrades to prevent workers from improperly providing identification cards. A BMV employee at an Indianapolis-area branch had been charged with committing a similar crime in early October.

St. Joseph County Prosecutor Michael Dvorak said none of the people accused of paying for IDs have been charged, but they remained under investigation. AP

Information from: South Bend Tribune, http://www.southbendtribune.com


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#9. Michigan City--Aug./2006--Illegal employment, possible slavery?

http://nwitimes.com/articles/2006/08/15 ... 7e.prtDate posted online: Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Fatal fire called 'very suspicious'
Immigration officials join investigation

BY BOB KASARDA
bkasarda@nwitimes.com
219.462.5151



MICHIGAN CITY | Investigators have labeled the house fire that killed four people Sunday in Michigan City "very suspicious."

Robert Dean, chief fire investigator with the Division of Fire & Building Safety of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, said at a news conference Monday that specially trained dogs picked up on the scent of an accelerant on the floor of the house.

There was also a report of occupants of the house fleeing from the fire scene.
Dean stopped short of calling the fire an arson.

He said it appears the fire started on the back porch of the house at 2021 Buffalo St. The lone staircase is located in the rear of the house, which may have blocked an escape for the four men found dead on the second floor of the building, he said.

LaPorte County Chief Deputy Coroner John Sullivan said the preliminary cause of death of the men, who ranged in age from 18 to 30, was smoke and soot inhalation. They were burned as well, he said.

Two of the four victims were carrying identification cards, though their names were not released Monday because family had not yet been notified, he said. Efforts are still under way to identify the other two men.

Autopsies on two of the victims were to have been performed Monday and two on Tuesday, Sullivan said.

The residents of the house were of Asian and Hispanic descent and immigration officials are reportedly involved in the investigation. Officials at the news conference would not comment on the group's immigration status.

Michigan City Police Chief Ben Neitzel said most of the residents of the house worked at the Fortune House Chinese restaurant at 312 W. U.S. 20 in Michigan City.

The home is owned by Zhi Jian Jiang, whose name was listed Sunday on a building permit hanging in the window of the restaurant.

Michigan City Fire Marshal Brandon Brooks said the house lacked a smoke detector, which is a violation of the law if it was a rental property.

The law requires landlords to provide tenants with working smoke detectors, though the maintenance of that equipment is up to the resident, he said.
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Two fire victims remain unidentified
Wednesday, August 16, 2006 12:48 AM CDT
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BY JOYCE RUSSELL
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MICHIGAN CITY | Investigators on Wednesday continued to look for any scrap of evidence that can identify the last two of four victims from Sunday's fatal fire here.

"We're still sifting through the remnants of the fire, looking through suitcases or clothing and fanny packs just hoping to find a phone number or address," said LaPorte County Chief Deputy Coroner John Sullivan. The two identified victims had identification cards on them when their bodies were recovered. The other two did not.

It could be days or weeks before the last two victims of Sunday's fire here are identified, he said.

"It is a long, painstaking process," said Sullivan, adding names of the two victims who have been identified won't be released until their families are notified.

Four men, all Hispanic, between their late teens and 30, died early Sunday morning in a fire that investigators have termed "suspicious," but have not yet determined it to be an arson. The fire occurred about 3:30 a.m. Sunday in a house at 2021 Buffalo St. Officials said it appears more than a dozen people were living in the home. Many fled after the fire started. The house and the Fortune House Chinese restaurant, where the residents worked, are both owned by Zhi Jian Jiang.

Sullivan said fingerprints have been entered into the FBI database in hopes of speeding the identification process and representatives from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office are also assisting.

Autopsies have been completed on all four victims at St. Anthony Memorial Health Centers in Michigan City by South Bend forensic pathologist Dr. Joseph Prahlow.

"There were no surprises," said Sullivan. The primary cause of death is smoke and soot inhalation and the second cause is thermal injuries, which indicates burns to internal and external portions of the body.

Andy Zirkle, spokesperson for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security Division of Fire and Building Safety, said no cause has been determined.

"There's not a whole lot new since yesterday. One thing that would greatly help the investigation is a witness," said Zirkle, adding an arson hot line number has been established.

Michigan City Police Chief Ben Neitzel said his department is still developing leads into their part of the investigation. There are no suspects, he said, adding, at this point, they aren't really sure if the fire is a criminal offense yet.

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Anyone with any information about Sunday's fire at 2021 Buffalo St., Michigan City, which claimed four lives is asked to call 1-800-382-4628. Information that leads to an arrest in the fire will result in a monetary reward.


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http://nwitimes.com/articles/2006/08/13 ... 71.prtDate posted online: Sunday, August 13, 2006
4 killed in Michigan City house fire

BY TOM COYNE
The Associated Press



MICHIGAN CITY | A fire swept through a two-story house where about a dozen people lived in makeshift rooms, some of them bedding down in closets, killing four people early today, the state fire marshal said.

Authorities said the fire that broke out about 3:30 a.m. spread quickly and grew so intense neighbors were awakened by the brightness of the flames.

State Fire Marshal Roger Johnson said at a news conference that there were initially reports of six dead, but after a thorough search of the house only four bodies were found. He said authorities did not expect to find any more bodies in the gutted home.
Johnson said witnesses reported that several people fled the house "in rapid fashion" before police and fire officials arrived and have not returned.

"We don't know why they left, why they did not want to stay and why they did not want to address any questions we may have," Johnson said.

Authorities believe the people living in the house were Asian as well as perhaps some Hispanic individuals, Johnson said. He said the LaPorte County Coroner's Office was hoping to identify the victims through fingerprints.

Telephone messages left for the coroner were not immediately returned.

Deputy Fire Chief Chuck Greise said immigration officials also had been to the scene.

Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were questioning neighbors about why the people may have left, Johnson said.

He said a task force to investigate the fire has been formed and includes the ATF. Johnson said there is no indication of foul play but that it had not been ruled out.

The fire appeared to have started in the back of the house, but investigators did not yet know the cause, Johnson said. An accelerant-sniffing dog was being used.

Johnson said he did not know how many people were in the house when the fire started but he said there were "an abnormal number of sleeping areas in the house." Mattresses were found inside closets and there appeared to be some makeshift rooms with spots for about 12 to 15 people to sleep, he said.

Portions of the house collapsed, but Johnson said it appeared that the home had been divided up into quadrants to create more sleeping space.

Holly Hanrath, who lives across the street, said the house had been up for sale and she and her husband had looked at it two weeks ago. She said it had been subdivided into rooms made only of plywood sheeting and that there mattresses on the kitchen floor. They said the wiring and plumbing was old and they could smell gas near the stove.

Michigan City Fire Chief Ralph Martin said officials do not know the identities or the ages of the victims. He said he thought it would take at least a day before authorities would know how the fire started.

"The fire appears to have started in the back of the house, but how it started is not yet clear," he said.

Martin said that when the fire crews arrived the rear of the home was fully engulfed in the flames and within minutes the flames spread to the entire house. He said the fire appeared to have been traveling from the back of the home through the walls or ceiling to the front.

Late this morning, neighbors in the working class neighborhood watched as firefighters emerged from the home's heavily charred second floor carrying a large blue bag that appeared to contain a body.

The home, its yellow exterior blackened from fire, was cordoned off with police caution tape. Officials milled about on the debris-strewn lawn as firefighters peered into the home from three ladders placed at second-story windows and a ladder truck.

Neighbor Jerome Kucharski said he heard a commotion and saw the flames and then ran to the scene to see the back of the home fully engulfed with flames shooting out of the back windows.

"When I looked out, the flames were way, way up there," he said.

Neighbor Tawny Anderson said she had moved into the neighborhood only six weeks ago and did not know the people who lived in the house destroyed by the fire.

"They were quiet. They kept to themselves," she said.


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#10.Hammond--Feb./2006--Prostitution (possible illegal aliens)

http://nwitimes.com/articles/2006/02/24 ... ca.prtDate posted online: Friday, February 24, 2006
Three charged in spa raids
Feds: Hearings closed to protect investigation

BY ELIZABETH EAKEN
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HAMMOND | A day after a raid on several local spas, charges were filed Thursday against at least three people in federal court. At least one of the cases involves allegations of transporting people for sexual trafficking.

A number of closed hearings -- prosecutors wouldn't say how many -- preceded an open charging hearing for three women at U.S. District Court in Hammond.

Prosecutors released only the criminal complaints against the three. The affidavits, or documents setting forth the evidence justifying the charges, were sealed at the request of federal prosecutors.
Federal prosecutor Sue Collins said the hearings were closed because the government does not want to jeopardize a continuing investigation.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew Rodovich, who presided over the hearings, requested two translators be scheduled for the bond hearings Tuesday because of the large number of defendants.

Dyer Assistant Police Chief Craig Schulte said his department has worked with federal authorities for about two years on the case involving Sun Spa, 1604 Joliet St., Dyer. It was one of nine locations where federal and local police served search warrants Wednesday.

The women charged in open court on Thursday were Ansil Hyun, of Duluth, Ga.; Bok Young, of Elk Grove Village, Ill., and Sun Cha Thompson, of 2250 Cook Court, Schererville. A Korean interpreter was present to translate for all three women. The immigration status of the women wasn't released by the government.

Both Hyun and Young asked that Rodovich appoint attorneys for them. Thompson said she wanted to hire her own attorney and would attempt to have the attorney present for her bond hearing.

Thompson was charged at request of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service with promoting or facilitating prostitution by traveling in interstate commerce and use of the U.S. mail or communication facility to promote or facilitate prostitution. If convicted, Thompson would face a maximum prison sentence of five years and a maximum fine of $250,000.

Hyun was charged at the request of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement with transporting individuals for sexual trafficking, which carries a potential maximum prison sentence of 10 years and a maximum fine of $250,00.

She also was charged with travel in interstate commerce with the intent to manage or facilitate prostitution, which carries a maximum prison sentence of five years and a maximum fine of $250,000 if convicted.

Young was charged at the request of the IRS with travel in interstate commerce with the intent to facilitate or carry on prostitution. If convicted, Young would face a maximum prison term of five years and a maximum fine of $250,000.

Collins is requesting no bond be granted for the women because they are a flight risk. Rodovich told the women if the government can't prove they are a flight risk, he will set their bond.


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# 11 Indianapolis--Aug./2007--Burglary - Theft - Child Molestation

http://www.theindychannel.com/news/13968064/detail.html

Woman, Son Hold Man Accused Of Raping Girl
Mother Interrupted Assault In Child's Bedroom, Police Say
POSTED: 1:23 pm EDT August 24, 2007
UPDATED: 6:20 pm EDT August 24, 2007


INDIANAPOLIS -- Police said a woman interrupted a 19-year-old man's rape of her 5-year-old daughter and, with the help of her son, held him in her home until officers arrived early Friday morning.

According to police, Jesus Valenzuela (pictured) entered the home, located in the 6000 block of Sunwood Drive on the city's northwest side, and raped the girl in her bedroom.

The girl's mother told police that she awoke at about 4:30 a.m. and found the home's patio door open. When she went to check on her children, she found Valenzuela raping the 5-year-old, police said.

Police said the woman pulled Valenzuela off her daughter and yelled for help from her 13-year-old daughter, who was asleep in the same bedroom, and her 18-year-old son, who also was asleep in the home.

The 13-year-old called 911, and the son arrived to help his mother, police said.

"Of course, the suspect is trying to get away. The 18-year-old son arrives, and they're able to subdue (Valenzuela) and hold him there for the police to come and get," Indianapolis police Sgt. Matt Mount said.

Police said Valenzuela refused to answer investigators' questions, 6News' Jack Rinehart reported. They said he is a Mexican national who may be in the U.S. illegally.

Authorities said they found property that belonged to the children in Valenzuela's pockets.

Police said that in the home, they found items that they believe Valenzuela dropped after stealing them from a vehicle down the street.

He was being held Friday on felony charges of child molestation and burglary, police said.

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http://www.wishtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=6993116

Man Accused of Child Molestation Pleads Not Guilty
Aug 28, 2007 10:56 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS - A man who is accused of breaking into a home to burglarize it, then molesting a five-year-old girl who lived there was in court Tuesday morning. A not guilty plea was entered on behalf of Jesus Valenzuela.

A pre-trial conference has been set for Sept. 26 and the trial has been set for Nov. 26. Valenzuela is not a U.S. citizen and the prosecutor asked that he be considered a flight risk. The court raised his bond from $80,000 to $250,000.

If convicted of all charges Valenzuela faces over 70 years in prison. Valenzuela is charged with one count of A felony burglary, one count of B felony child molestation, one count of C felony child molestation and two counts of D felony theft.

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http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/a ... 2/80521050

Man gets 32 years in molest case
By Jon Murray
Posted: May 21, 2008

A Marion Superior Court judge sentenced a man to 32 years in prison today for breaking into an Indianapolis home and molesting a 5-year-old girl.

Jesus A. Valenzuela, 20, Indianapolis, pleaded guilty to burglary and child molesting in the Aug. 24 incident on the Northwestside. He broke into the house in the early morning hours. The girl's mother interrupted the sexual assault, and she and her son held Valenzuela until police arrived.

Valenzuela's plea agreement with prosecutors set the maximum sentence at 35 years in prison. Senior Judge Charles A. Wiles gave him 20 years for burglary and 12 years for child molesting.

The girl's parents attended the hearing but did not testify, instead writing a letter to the judge. The family moved out of the city after the incident.

The Indianapolis Star generally does not identify victims of sexual assaults.

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#12 COLUMBUS, Ind. -- Illegal manufacture of ID

http://www.theindychannel.com/news/5300372/detail.html

5 Accused Of Selling Fake IDs To Illegal Residents
POSTED: 10:53 pm EST November 10, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ind. -- Two people in Columbus and three people in the Seymour area have been arrested and indicted on accusations that they were producing and selling fake identification cards to people living illegally in the U.S., federal authorities said.

Authorities said the operation allegedly run by the two in Columbus -- Dorillian Lopez Mendez and his brother, Alonso Lopez Mendez -- was separate from the operation in the Seymour area.

"These individuals were involved in the production of fake Social Security cards, fake resident alien cards ... and fake state identification cards," U.S. Attorney Susan Brooks said.

Police said the Lopez Mendez brothers made fake IDs with computer gear at a mobile home. Brooks said the brothers sold the fakes for $160 per set.

Authorities said the brothers sold the fake IDs mostly to people from Mexico who are living illegally in Columbus.

If convicted, each defendant could face up to 15 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine, RTV6's Ben Morriston reported.

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http://www.theindychannel.com/news/9475896/detail.html

Men Sentenced For Making, Selling False Documents
POSTED: 8:43 am EDT July 6, 2006

INDIANAPOLIS -- Two Columbus men were sentenced in federal court Wednesday after pleading guilty to taking part in a scheme to manufacture and sell false identification documents.
Dorillian Lopez Mendez, 27, was sentenced to 48 months in prison for possession of equipment intended to be used in the production of the documents.

His brother, Alonso Lopez Mendez, 34, received an 11-month sentence for false representation of a Social Security number.

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#13 INDIANAPOLIS -- Reckless homicide, Driving under the influence, causing death,

http://www.theindychannel.com/news/4862945/detail.html

Man Charged In Fatal Crash Is Illegal Alien
POSTED: 11:49 am EDT August 17, 2005
UPDATED: 9:10 pm EDT August 17, 2005


INDIANAPOLIS -- The man accused of driving drunk and killing two people leaving a wedding at the Indianapolis Zoo early Sunday returned to the courtroom Wednesday morning.

Rosalio Pedraza, 31, is a two-time convicted drunken driver. He's also an illegal alien.

Pedraza's bond was raised to $150,000. Prosecutors asked for the higher bond because they believe he's a flight risk.

Pedraza is charged with two counts of reckless homicide, two counts of driving under the influence, causing death with a prior and one count of driving drunk, causing serious bodily injury.

If convicted, Pedraza faces a maximum of 48 years in prison and possible deportation at the conclusion of that sentence.

Joesph Gehler, a friend of the family, and Thomas Youngstafel, the father of the groom, died in the crash.

"Tom was a loving person. His family and extended family always came first," Carl Youngstafel, the victim's brother, said. "Our families are blessed with a strong support system and a deep sense of faith, which will help us in the days to come to deal with our tragic loss."

Family members of the victims were in court in large numbers.

They urged the public to support groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving and to press the legislature to increase penalties for repeat drunken drivers.

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http://www.theindychannel.com/news/4866584/detail.html

Fatal Crash: How Did Illegal Immigrant Get Driver's License?

POSTED: 9:09 am EDT August 18, 2005
UPDATED: 12:39 pm EDT August 18, 2005

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles is under scrutiny as victims' family members question how a two-time convicted drunken driver, who was in this country illegally, was allowed behind the wheel.

Rosalio Pedraza, 31, is charged with killing two members of a wedding party while driving drunk.

In court Wednesday, he pleaded not guilty to 12 felony charges, including reckless homicide and DUI causing death.

Prosecutors said Pedraza had a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit when he crashed into a car leaving a wedding party at the Indianapolis Zoo.

Thomas Youngstafel, the father of the groom, and Joseph Geller, a family friend, died. Both victims were from Kentucky

"We would like to ask the public to support such organizations as Mothers Against Drunk Driving and to strengthen the penalties for first and second convictions of DUI," Carl Youngstafel, Thomas' brother, said.

RTV6's Ericka Flye asked BMV officials how Pedraza could have obtained a valid driver's license given his circumstances.

Officials said Pedraza went through the same procedures all Hoosiers go through at the BMV.

But, he may have provided false information at a time when the BMV had its guard down.

Pedraza claimed not to understand questions in his court appearance Wednesday.

Prosecutors believe he fully understood what he was doing when he went to the BMV and walked out with a driver's license officials said he never should have had.

"There were processes in place, but the processes are certainly not perfect," BMV spokesman Greg Cook said.
Prosecutors said Pedraza managed to get around the system.

In May 2001, Pedraza presented the required documents and received an identification card.

Three months later, records showed he used that ID card for identification, passed a driver's test, and received a license.

"In 2001, those were the requirements. He did meet all the requirements that were in place at that particular point in time," Cook said.

A year later, the BMV implemented more stringent requirements. But again, Pedraza returned to a branch to get another driver's license. This time, he had a Social Security number -- one of those new requirements.

"It is believed that number was fraudulent. It did not fit with his name when we checked earlier today," Cook said.

BMV officials admit the system is not foolproof and say, even with stiffer requirements, they are not done making improvements.

In the past two years, Cook said the BMV has increased employees training for detecting fraudulent documents.

Foreign documents are now verified by the Department of Homeland Security.

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