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44. Seymour, IN--Feb. 2008--Child molestation

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Man faces felony count
April 30, 2008 - 12:21PM
TRIBUNE REPORTS
A Columbus man recently was arrested after allegations he molested a Jackson County child younger than 12 in February.

According to the Indiana State Police Post at Seymour, Jose Pichiya, 21, of the 1500 block of 28th Street in Columbus, was arrested April 15 by ISP Detective Rick Roseberry.

Pichiya's arrest stems from an investigation that began when the child's mother contacted Roseberry and alleged that Pichiya, also known as Cesar I. Garcia, had inappropriately touched the child. The woman told police Pichiya was her live-in boyfriend and that the incident took place in Seymour on Feb. 27 while Pichiya was watching the child while the mother shopped with a sibling of the child.

Pichiya, who faces one count of child molesting, a Class C felony, remains in the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown on a $50,000 cash bond.

Police also said they learned Pichiya is an illegal immigrant


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45 - North Vernon, IN, Forgery

Thanks to Dave, a co-worker and friend for sending this to me.

http://www.therepublic.com/main.asp?Sec ... 508&hi=100

5/22/2008 9:29:00 AM
Two illegal aliens sentenced for check fraud
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NORTH VERNON - Two men were sentenced Monday to eight years in jail for a check fraud incident in January at House of Spirits in North Vernon.

Mario Vidal, 27 of Bronx, N. Y., and Saul Yanza, 28, of Madison, Wis., who were later identified as illegal aliens, pled guilty to forgery.

After 109 days in jail,Vidal and Yanza will be released to federal immigration officials to be deported.

North Vernon Police Department, Jennings County Sheriff's Department, Jennings County Prosecutor's Office and Immigration and Custom Enforcement worked on the case.

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46. Columbus, IN--May, 2008--sentenced for perjury after causing fatal wreck

http://www.therepublic.com/main.asp?Sec ... eID=120231

5/13/2008 10:57:00 AM
Illegal immigrant sentenced for perjury in fatal wreck

By Chris Schilling
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An illegal immigrant who drove the wrong way on U.S. 31, hitting and killing another driver, was sentenced this morning to a year of probation.

Maria E. Garcia, 30, of Columbus, testified she was pregnant at the time of the wreck in September and accidently turned south in the northbound lanes of U.S. 31 near Lowell Road when she began experiencing contractions.

Garcia's vehicle hit a northbound vehicle driven by Russell Kelsay, 61, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Garcia was taken to the hospital, where she gave birth.

She was charged with perjury, a Class D felony, because she used a fake Social Security number to obtain a driver's license.

Bartholomew Circuit Court Judge Stephen Heimann said he does not connect the tragic accident with the perjury.

"She could have just as well been in this accident without ever obtaining the license," he said.

The judge said he will notify immigration authorities so that they can begin deportation proceedings if they so choose.


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 Post subject: Re: CRIMES committed by illegals in Indiana
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#47 Greenwood, IN. June 2008, RAPE

Two men and juvenile accused of raping woman
Posted: June 5, 2008 09:42 PM EDT

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Luis-Felipe Gomez Coronel (left) and Roberto Rodriguez-Martinez

GREENWOOD, Ind. (Johnson County Daily Journal) - Two Greenwood men and a juvenile are charged with raping and beating a woman according to our news gathering partners at the Johnson County Daily Journal.

Police said Luis-Felipe Gomez Coronel, Roberto Rodriguez-Martinez and a juvenile abducted a woman from the Westminster apartment complex parking lot and sped away. The men eventually took the woman back to the complex.

Police caught them a short time later. They said the three suspects are all illegal immigrants.

http://www.wishtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=8439479

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#48 Indianapolis, Murder

The suspect Alberto Velasquez, is believed to be an Illegal Alien in view of his difficulty with English.


WISH TV 8 News Report, WRTV 6 News Photo

http://www.wishtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=8853675

Police make arrest in latest homicide
Posted: Aug 17, 2008 06:47 AM EDT
Updated: Aug 17, 2008 10:35 PM EDT



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Alberto Velasquez

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Metro Police have made an arrest in the city's latest homicide. Police arrested 28-year-old Alberto Velasquez and charged him with the murder of 36-year-old Angel Valasquez.

Angel was shot in the back early Sunday morning in the 5800 block of west 38th street. Police received the 911 call around 2:30 Sunday morning. Witnesses at the Eagle Terrace Apartments told police they heard several gunshots and then watched as a car sped off.
When police arrived they found the Angel dead next to a lamp post.

"We know there were a couple of shell casings. But they couldn't tell at the scene if he had been shot twice. Or if he had been shot once. As we get the coroner's report back we will know that more definitively," IMPD Sgt. Matt Mount said.

Residents at the apartment complex say this isn't the first time there's been a shooting. One woman told us, she's scared to live here.

"I don't go outside unless he's with me. That's mostly on the weekends. I used to get the mail. I don't anymore. He gets it when he comes home. I'm afraid to go out there," apartment resident Barbara Lee said.

Lee moved here nine years ago. The latest crime comes as no big surprise. She says to stay safe, she keeps to herself.

"I keep my door locked when he's a work. It's got three locks on it," Lee said.
She didn't hear the early morning gunfire.

A large number of Hispanics live at the apartment complex. Police say the language barrier initially slowed down the investigation.

If you have any further information on this case, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.

Report by Jay Hermacinski, WISH-TV. Edited by Jackie Carpenter.

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 Post subject: Gang members arrested for extorting day laborers
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#49 Indianapolis - Extortion

http://www.wthr.com/Global/story.asp?S=9013042&nav=9Tai

Gang members arrested for extorting day laborers
Updated: Sep 15, 2008 05:54 PM EDT

Steve Jefferson/Eyewitness News

Indianapolis - A federal and state investigation led to the arrests of several illegal immigrant gang members suspected of taking money from day laborers downtown.

"I do roofing jobs over here and try to get clean money, you know," said Roberto Ramirez.

He starts his weekdays at Washington and State Streets, waiting on daily assignments. That is where police also say illegal immigrants have extorted money from day laborers like Ramirez.

"Sometimes they try to steal your money because they don't want to work," Ramirez said.

"Basically, they would extort money from them in order for them to stand there and wait for employers to come by. These were investigated," said IMPD Sgt. Matt Mount.

Among those investigated and arrested was 24-year-old Feliciano Valdez. He and six other illegal immigrants are now in federal custody.

Investigators believe they started preying on day laborers earlier this year, especially those hoping for labor jobs in the construction business. Some of the money taken was the only money some workers had to feed their families.

"They should be ashamed of themselves for coming down here, messing with these people who don't have much," said Patricia Vasquez.

Day laborers say the threat of having someone take your money is hard enough, especially since finding work is either feast or famine.

"Sometimes you get a job and sometimes you get nothing," Ramirez said. "Sometimes you can make 200 bucks and sometimes you can't make nothing, you know."

Ramirez and the other day laborers say now they can wait for work without fear. They hope the gang arrests send a strong message to people who prey on the less fortunate.

The seven illegal immigrant gang members are all in federal custody, three of them are from the Chicago area. Investigators have started deportation proceedings.

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#50. Indianapolis--Jan.2008--child rape

Thanks to Oliver for posting this story on FIRE Coalition’s forum. I’m adding this to our list of crimes committed by illegals in Indiana.
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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Police need your help to find a man accused of sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl last month.

Metro Police believe Jose Oviedo is on the run. Detectives have been waiting for Oviedo to return to a eastside home on Michigan street. So far, no sign of him.

When a 24-Hour News 8 photographer knocked on the door, the man who answered said Oviedo had gone to Mexico.

Police were alerted to the situation when they recieved a 911 call on January 27th.

"He actually went out to the house where he found the little girl and he found out that yes she was molested. And he did a very detailed report," said Detective Steve Buchanan.

An affidavit reveals that a 5-year-old said her mother's boyfriend had molested her. The child's grandmother discovered signs of abuse and took the child to the hospital.

"We have confirmed through St. Francis that the child contracted an std and it's one that unfortunately she'll have for the rest of her life," said Detective Buchanan.

The police said while the 5-year-old's sexually transmitted disease was further proof of abuse. Officers said they were frustrated by the mother's unwillingness to give them any information about her boyfriend.

"I do know that when the mother and the daughter came to the child advocacy center I personally spoke with the mother and did not get any cooperation out of her," said Detective Buchanan.

Police removed the 5-year-old victim and her three siblings from their mother Crystal Newton's home.

24-Hour News 8 asked Newton if she took steps to protect Jose after she found out what had happened to her daughter?

Newton said, "I don't believe I did."

However, the police believe she did.

"Well the simple fact is that he gave me a fake name," said Newton. She also claims that even though she had dated Oviedo for at least 4 months, she didn't learn his name until after police began investigating him.

Police believe 30-year-old Jose Oviedo is an illegal immigrant and could now be living under an assumed name. He face 3 Class A felonies and one Class C Felony. Oviedo has been arrested 14 times in 10 years.

http://www.wishtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=7845754
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Police Find Man Accused Of Molesting, Giving Girl Herpes

INDIANAPOLIS -- A man who was sought on a child molesting warrant from Indianapolis was found in Mexico last weekend, U.S. marshals said Thursday.

Jose Oviedo, 30, was arrested in San Luis Potosi, Mexico by Mexican authorities on Sept. 27.

Police said Oviedo molested a 5-year-old girl in January and infected her with herpes. He was charged in February with four counts of child molesting.
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Investigators said Oviedo left Indianapolis after he was charged, stopping in Little Rock, Ark., for a few days before he went to Mexico.

Authorities found that Oviedo's parents live in San Luis Potosi, and Mexican agents were able to find him there.

http://www.theindychannel.com/news/1760 ... 0310022008


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#51 Columbus, Nov 2008, Drug Dealing

Drug-dealing suspect found with kids in back seat
Posted: Nov 24, 2008 03:53 PM EST
Updated: Nov 24, 2008 05:23 PM EST


Kris Kirschner/Eyewitness News
Columbus - Police arrested a Columbus man for dealing drugs in a discount store parking lot. What's shocking is what police unexpectedly found in the suspect's back seat.
Investigators say 25-year-old Emilio Leon was trying to sell about $3,000 worth of cocaine in the parking lot of a Bartholomew County Dollar General store Friday.
"They set up surveillance. They witnessed a drug buy. They were able to stop this individual," said Lt. Rob Kittle, Bartholomew County Sheriff's Department.
Investigators received a tip that morning that Leon had cocaine to sell, so they watched him. When officers caught him in the parking lot of the discount store, they were surprised to find he had children in his car.
When police arrested Leon, he had two children in the back seat of his car, one-year-old girl and a two-year-old boy. Both were unrestrained, awake and visibly upset.
"It was just an opportunity to sell some cocaine," said Lt. Kittle.
Police believe Leon, who lived in the trailer park just behind the Dollar General, was on his way to take his children to their grandmother's when he stopped to make the drug deal.
"We're thankful we were able to make the arrest without any use of force or a pursuit," said Lt. Kittle.
Leon faces drug charges and perhaps deportation to his home country of Mexico. Other charges are possible.
The cocaine he allegedly hoped to sell might have been worth thousands - far less than the price he and his children may ultimately pay.
The children are in the custody of their mother, who does not live with Leon. She told police she's not sure how or why he had them. Along with Leon, investigators say other arrests are possible.

http://www.wthr.com/Global/story.asp?S=9406509&nav=menu188_2

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52. South Bend, IN--Dec. 2008--Battery resulting in child's death

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Article published Dec 6, 2008
Couple charged in South Bend tot’s death
By PABLO ROS Tribune Staff Writer

SOUTH BEND -- A South Bend couple has been criminally charged in the death this week of a child whom authorities say had been physically abused most of her life.

The toddler's mother, Kristina Byers-Escobedo, 30, was charged Friday with one count of neglect of a dependent, a class B felony.

The child's father, 24-year-old Valentin Escobedo Jr., was charged with that and one count of battery resulting in the death of a child less than 14 years of age, a class A felony punishable by up to 50 years in prison.

Maya Escobedo, who was 2 years old, died Wednesday of a severe head injury. Doctors at a local hospital pronounced her brain dead but kept her on life support so her organs could be donated.

Escobedo and Byers-Escobedo lived with their 2- and 5-year-old children in the 3100 block of Voor Lane.

They took Maya to a local hospital Tuesday after Byers-Escobedo, the mother, noticed swelling on the side of her head. Byers-Escobedo told police her daughter had been in the care of her husband while she was out at the movies with friends.

Escobedo told police he was at home and had put Maya to sleep when he went into the child's bedroom to check on her and noticed that she had vomited.

But doctors who examined Maya found she had suffered a back-to-front fracture of her skull, as well as three rib fractures, scrapes to her face and chin, and that she showed "numerous" bruises on her body, court documents say.

Medical personnel also noted scrapes to her chin area and bruising on her buttocks, vaginal area, spine, legs and hips, according to court documents.

One doctor who examined Maya told police the injuries to her skull could only have been caused by a high-speed auto accident, a fall from a great height or purposefully by an individual much older than her.

Another doctor told police Maya's injuries could only have been the result of physical abuse.

Yet this reportedly wasn't the first time Maya had been physically abused. According to police, Maya was taken to a hospital in December 2006, the year of her birth, because of difficulty breathing and was found to have a broken clavicle, broken ribs and a dislocated elbow, all in various stages of healing.

But no one was criminally charged. Because Maya had been in the care of "multiple" people during that time, "authorities were unable to determine whether or not the parents had caused these injuries," court documents say.

The Department of Child Services then placed Maya in the care of out-of-town relatives who had had no contact with her, while her parents participated in counseling and supervised visitation, court documents say.

Escobedo was given a Polygraph test, and later Byers-Escobedo was told that her husband had been deceptive when questioned about Maya's injuries.
DCS later obtained a protective order against Escobedo.

But Maya was returned to her parents early this year and an investigation was closed in June after a psychiatrist advised DCS to return the child to her parents, and after Escobedo and Byers-Escobedo successfully completed family therapy and home-related services, court documents say.

Escobedo, who authorities say is an illegal immigrant, is being held at the St. Joseph County Jail on $100,000 bond because he is considered a flight risk.

Byers-Escobedo had not yet been booked into the jail as of late Friday afternoon, according to a booking officer, but a warrant had been issued for her arrest.

The couple's 5-year-old son is reportedly in the custody of DCS.
According to court documents, neither parent had ever been charged with a felony in St. Joseph County.

Escobedo and Byers-Escobedo are scheduled for arraignment at 1 p.m. Monday in St. Joseph Superior Court.

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#53. Columbus, IN., Murder, Accessory to Murder, Identity Fraud

http://www.amarillo.com/stories/120308/new_news11.shtml

Web-posted Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Suspects in Indiana killing arrested
One bonds out before charge
By Chris Ramirez
chris.ramirez@amarillo.com

Two men were arrested in Amarillo in connection with a deadly nightclub shooting in Indiana.

One of them was released on a lesser charge moments before a murder warrant was issued against him.

Amarillo police arrested Moises Osorio, 23, on Nov. 26 and Jose Ruiz, 24, on Thursday, said Lt. Gary Trupe, coordinator of the Potter-Randall Special Crimes Unit.

Police believe the two men are from Indiana originally, but sought refuge in Amarillo, where Ruiz apparently has family.

"We know they left Indiana shortly after the shooting," Trupe said. "We think they may have come here to lay low ... until things cool down back there."

Osorio remained in the Potter County jail Tuesday under the name Carlos Villa, the identity he gave police when they caught up with him. Ruiz also gave police a bogus name and was able to bond out before a warrant charging him in the killing was issued, police said.

Police are looking for him now.

Trupe said Amarillo police were notified that a possible witness to a Nov. 7 shooting at the El Paraiso Bar in Columbus, Ind., was in Amarillo with two unknown suspects. One man was killed in the shooting and three other people were injured.

Amarillo police interviewed the witness, who told them where the two suspects lived and worked, Trupe said.

A SWAT team took Osorio into custody at the concrete company where he worked. He had a fake resident alien card and the Social Security card of a woman who died in 1979 in his possession when he was arrested, police said.

Ruiz was apprehended then next day. However, the name he gave was that of a person wanted on an outstanding felony assault warrant in Lubbock County. Ruiz even had a state-issued ID card for that person.

Eventually, Ruiz provided his real name and also was booked for lying about his identity, Trupe said.

A warrant charging Osorio with murder was issued by authorities in Bartholomew County, Ind., on Friday, Columbus police Lt. Joe Richardson said.

A warrant alleging that Ruiz helped in the slaying also was issued, but he already had posted a $10,000 bond on the bogus ID charge, Trupe said.

Richardson said plans are in the works to get Osorio back to Indiana, but he didn't know how long that process would take.

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http://www.amarillo.com/stories/120408/new_news9.shtml

Web-posted Thursday, December 4, 2008
Suspect in Indiana slaying surrenders
By Chris Ramirez
chris.ramirez@amarillo.com

A second suspect wanted in a fatal shooting in Indiana was back in Amarillo police custody after four days of freedom.

Jose Ruiz, 24, was arrested again after he turned himself in Tuesday night at Allstate Bail Bond in downtown Amarillo, said Lt. Gary Trupe, coordinator of the Potter-Randall Special Crimes Unit.

Ruiz and Moises Osorio, 23, are being held at the Potter County jail. Osorio was arrested last week.

Both men had been interviewed in Amarillo last week about the Nov. 9 shooting in Columbus, Ind., but Ruiz was able to bond out on a lesser charge before his murder warrant arrived.

The two were wanted in connection with the shooting at the El Paraiso Bar in Columbus that left one man dead and three others injured.

Amarillo authorities became involved after they got a tip that Osorio and Ruiz had relocated to Amarillo and worked here. Authorities believe Ruiz has family in Amarillo.

Bartholomew County, Ind., prosecutor Bill Nash said officials are drawing up papers to have Ruiz and Osorio returned to Indiana to face the murder charges. He was uncertain how long that would take.

Under Texas law, each man is entitled to a hearing to decide whether they plan to fight extradition. A hearing in Potter County for Ruiz could come within 10 days, court officials said. It was unclear Tuesday whether Osorio had agreed to be extradited.

Columbus police Lt. Joe Richardson credited Amarillo authorities with "demonstrating professionalism" in finding the suspects over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

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#54. Terre Haute IN., Child Abuse

http://www.tribstar.com/news/local_story_337220853.html

Terre Haute father allegedly batters 10-month-old
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TERRE HAUTE — A Terre Haute father goes to court today accused of battering his 10-month-old daughter.

Fernando Gutierrez, 20, of 420 S. Fifth St., was arrested by Terre Haute City Police on Friday afternoon after he and his wife, Dawn Day Gutierrez, 20, took their 10-month-old baby to Terre Haute Regional Hospital for treatment, according to Sgt. Pete Holvey of the department.

The baby had been severely burned on the inside of her lower left leg, had a broken arm and had been bitten on the shoulder, Holvey said, adding “old fractures” that had gone untreated were also found during the examination.

The injuries for which the girl was brought in had occurred about seven days prior to her arrival at the hospital, he said.

“They knew the baby needed treatment,” Holvey said, adding, “they were afraid they were going to get in trouble.”

The baby was transported to the Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis where staff said evidence pointed to the baby having been strangled at one point, he said.

In what Holvey said is an “ongoing investigation,” Gutierrez allegedly admitted to burning the baby on the leg, placing his hands around her throat, and biting her shoulder at different points in time, but wasn’t sure how the arm had been broken or about past fractures.

Holvey said the mother has led police to believe Gutierrez is an illegal alien, but as the two are married, police were unsure of his status Tuesday.

Gutierrez is reportedly employed by Kirham Hardwoods and the mother is unemployed, Holvey said.

Gutierrez remained in the Vigo County Jail on Tuesday evening without bail on allegations of domestic battery, neglect of a dependent and two counts of aggravated battery.

He appears in Division 6 of Vigo County Superior Court this afternoon.

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child remains hospitalized

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - A man accused of abusing his ten-month-old baby girl was in court Friday morning.

Police said 20-year-old Fernando Gutierrez held a box of hot rice on the baby's legs. The baby also had several broken bones.

In court Friday, Fernando requested the Mexican consult to be informed of his arrest, since he is not a U.S. citizen.

Fernando faces five charges relating to battery and neglect of a dependent. His jury trial has been set for June 2.

His wife, Dawn Gutierrez who is also facing charges is expected in court Monday.

Police said the baby is still hospitalized at Riley Children's Hospital, her condition is not know

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55. East Chicago, IN--Dec. 2008--Drug Dealing

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Cops find drugs, illegal immigrant fugitive
BY STEVE ZABROSKI
Times Correspondent | Wednesday, December 24, 2008 | No comments posted.

EAST CHICAGO | Two kilograms of cocaine were recovered from a north side home that police said housed a major drug repackaging and distribution operation.

Two men were arrested Dec. 18 outside the residence in the 500 block of Riga Place. Police said both were Mexican citizens in the United States illegally, and one of them was a fugitive from an Ohio warrant for cocaine possession and battery.

East Chicago Gang and Narcotics Unit officers along with federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents went inside the home the next day and reported finding a homemade compactor for pressing the cocaine into kilogram-weighted blocks.

Also found, detectives said, were packaging materials, scales, a rifle and a large quantity of a China-made crystalline powder commonly mixed with cocaine to increase its volume -- as well as the drugs, with an estimated street value of $70,000.

Neither man in custody carried any identification or paperwork, and police said the 31-year-old fugitive, Raul Sarabio Narvaez, originally offered a false name, but a check of his fingerprints with the FBI confirmed his true identity.

In May, an Eaton, Ohio, court issued an arrest warrant for Sarabio Narvaez on possession of cocaine and assault and battery charges.

Detectives' interest in activities at the Riga Place house began with telephone tips from neighbors about suspicious activity there, Police Chief Angelo Machuca Jr. said.

"This is a clear example of why we encourage citizens to use our tip line," he said. "Officers were able to quickly initiate an investigation and obtain a search warrant."

The two suspects remained Tuesday afternoon in the East Chicago city jail on pending narcotics and immigration charges.

Residents can report suspicious or criminal activity anonymously to police by calling the tip line at (219) 391-8500.


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56. Goshen, IN--Feb. 2008--Drug Conspiracy

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Drug conspiracy suspect pleads guilty, won't cooperate
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dan.hinkel@nwi.com, (219) 852-4317 | Thursday, March 12, 2009 | (3 comment(s))
HAMMOND | A Goshen, Ind., man has pleaded guilty to a drug conspiracy charge alleging he acted as an armed enforcer at a Hammond meeting regarding a drug debt in February 2008.

But the man won't likely be cooperating with other federal investigations.

Saul Galvan, following others charged in a case centered around Dyer's Blas Robles Sr., pleaded guilty last week in Hammond federal court as part of an agreement with federal prosecutors. Galvan, of Goshen, faces a mandatory minimum 10-year prison sentence. Galvan's sentencing is set for June 11.

Unlike several defendants in the case, however, Galvan did not agree to cooperate with other federal investigations. It was Galvan's choice to withhold cooperation, said Galvan's attorney, Jeff Schlesinger. Schlesinger would not say why Galvan did not want to cooperate.

Galvan is a Mexican citizen who has been in the United States for five years, Schlesinger said. Galvan's immigration status is "probably not" legal, Schlesinger said. Schlesinger expects Galvan to face deportation hearings.

Blas Robles Sr. and his sons Blas Robles Jr. and Jose Robles, all of Dyer, and George Leber and Andres Zaragoza, both of Hammond, all have pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy charges. Blas Robles Sr. and others have agreed to cooperate with federal investigations, according to court records.

A federal agent's affidavit paints Blas Robles Sr. as the head of a drug dealing network that collapsed last year after an Indiana state trooper intercepted 17 kilograms of cocaine on an interstate in Porter County. The organization crumbled as Robles tried to raise $100,000 to repay the drug supplier, according to the affidavit.


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57. Indianapolis--July, 2009--Aggravated Battery

Two newspaper articles and a letter to the editor follow:

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/a ... 0990729022



July 29, 2009
Alleged gunman, brother charged in wedding melee

By Jon Murray
jon.murray@indystar.com
A man accused of shooting a 2-year-old girl in the head at a wedding reception was advised of his charges this morning in Marion Superior Court.

Prosecutors filed two counts of aggravated battery and another count of battery against Francisco Ponce, 21, for the three people wounded during the shooting Saturday night at Lawrence Community Center. He also faces charges of resisting law enforcement during a foot chase and carrying a handgun without a license.

Judge Carol Orbison set Ponce's trial for Sept. 21, advised him of his charges through a Spanish interpreter and entered not-guilty pleas on his behalf. She appointed a public defender.

Ponce and two brothers arrived at the wedding reception uninvited, according to a probable cause affidavit, but were acquaintances of some attendees. Jose Ponce, 23, struck an attendee and overturned a table before Francisco Ponce returned to the building and opened fire into the crowd, the affidavit says.

One bullet struck 2 1/2-year-old Yuridia Sosa in the head, and another hit Miriam Lial, 23, in the leg. Yuridia's mother, Mariela Rodriguez, 23, who had been holding the girl, suffered a grazing wound to her leg.

Yuridia has been in critical condition at Methodist Hospital, but doctors said earlier this week that she had stabilized.

Prosecutors charged Jose Ponce with misdemeanor battery. They declined to charge the third brother, Isaias Ponce, saying there was no evidence of criminal wrongdoing on his part.

David Wyser, the prosecutor's chief trial deputy, said after the hearing that the office chose aggravated battery over attempted murder because Francisco Ponce apparently didn't target anyone. Aggravated battery is a Class B felony carrying six to 20 years in prison on each count.

"There is no evidence that he intended to kill," Wyser said. "These shots were fired at knee-high level."

The Ponce brothers are undocumented immigrants from Mexico, Wyser said, and he said Francisco Ponce apparently wasn't deported after a 2006 handgun possession conviction in Hamilton County.
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http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/a ... 9907300405

July 30, 2009
Child shot at reception is doing better

2-year-old off life support, starts physical therapy; judge sets trial in fall for man charged with battery

By Jon Murray and Francesca Jarosz
jon.murray@indystar.com
A 2-year-old girl shot in the head at a family wedding reception has been removed from life support and is beginning physical therapy.

Yuridia Sosa was injured Saturday night at the Lawrence Community Center when three brothers showed up uninvited and tussled with guests, prosecutors said.

By Wednesday, the same day a judge advised the accused shooter of his charges, Yuridia was awake and looking around in a hospital bed. Doctors expected she would leave the intensive care unit at Methodist Hospital on Wednesday or early today, said Dr. Michael Turner, a pediatric neurosurgeon who is handling her case.

Marion County prosecutors charged Francisco Ponce, 21, with two counts of aggravated battery and another count of battery for injuries to Yuridia and two others, including her mother, who was grazed on the leg as she held the girl.

Yuridia's mother, Mariela Rodriguez, 23, and father, Isau Sosa, 24, have stayed with her since her first surgery Saturday.

Sosa said he was happy about his daughter's improvement but remained prayerful.
"My baby needs me," he said in Spanish. "Now more than ever."

A bullet entered Yuridia's skull and penetrated a small portion of her brain. By Wednesday, several tubes that monitored her brain pressure and drained her urine and stomach had been removed, Turner said. Doctors expected her to undergo therapy for the next few weeks to help her walk, talk and eat.

Another surgery still is needed to repair her skull, likely in the next few weeks.
"We want to make sure she's over that (initial) trauma," Turner said, "before we give her a new one."

In Marion Superior Court, Francisco Ponce also faces charges of resisting law enforcement and carrying a handgun without a license.

Judge Carol Orbison set his trial for Sept. 21.

Ponce and his brothers were acquaintances of some attendees, according to a probable cause affidavit. Jose Ponce, 23, struck an attendee and overturned a table before Francisco Ponce opened fire into the crowd, witnesses told police.

Prosecutors charged Jose Ponce with misdemeanor battery, and his initial hearing was set for this morning. They decided against charging the third brother, Isaias Ponce. Francisco and Jose Ponce were in jail with bond set at $200,000 for each.

David Wyser, the prosecutor's chief trial deputy, said the office chose aggravated battery over attempted murder charges for Francisco Ponce because he apparently didn't target anyone, aiming the gun low. Aggravated battery is a Class B felony carrying six to 20 years in prison on each count.

The brothers are illegal immigrants from Mexico, Wyser said, and Francisco Ponce apparently wasn't deported after a 2006 handgun possession conviction in Hamilton County.
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http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/a ... 9908010371

August 1, 2009
Suspect's citizenship status brings up enforcement issue

It saddens me to hear about the 2-year-old girl who was shot in the head. I pray she makes a full recovery. I became outraged when I learned that her alleged shooter, Francisco Ponce, is an illegal alien who was not deported after a 2006 handgun possession conviction. When are we going to start enforcing our immigration laws?

Had Ponce been deported in 2006, this poor little girl would not be going through her ordeal. I hope her pain and suffering weigh heavy on the heads of everyone who is responsible for not having Ponce deported. How many other victims will there be in the future before we start enforcing our laws?

Jeffrey Harris
Martinsville


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East Chicago, IN--2007--Child molestation

Illegal gets 8 years for molestation

(http://www.post-trib.com/news/lake/1770 ... 15.article)

September 15, 2009
Post-Tribune staff report

An East Chicago man in this country illegally was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison for molesting a 10-year-old girl.

Jose AlbertoTejada Delgado, 32, who faced a maximum 10-year sentence under terms of a plea agreement, admitted he molested the girl. The crime occurred beginning in March 2007 at two homes in East Chicago.

"The fact of the matter is he chose to have a sexual relationship with a 10-year-old," deputy prosecutor Robert Neary said.

Delgado originally had faced 20 to 50 years on two counts of child molesting, which were dismissed Monday in exchange for his guilty pleas.

Defense attorney T. Edward Page asked for a six-year sentence, the minimum spelled out in the plea agreement. "The victim tends to exaggerate her claims, to lay blame readily," Page said.

Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Ross Boswell said Delgado violated a position of trust with the girl and found the child's young age to be an aggravating factor in her sentencing decision.


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