Sheriff’s deputy killed while working a construction scene – and the suspect arrested is in the country illegally

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PINELLAS COUNTY, FL – According to authorities, a suspect in connection with the fatal killing of a Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputy has been arrested.

Sources close to the investigation told Fox News that the man responsible for the untimely death of sheriff’s deputy Michael Hartwick, has been living in the United States illegally. This man has been identified as 32-year-old Juan Ariel Molina-Salles.

On Friday, September 23rd, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said that Hartwick was working a traffic detail in a construction zone at night when Molina-Salles was driving a front loader that hit the sheriff’s deputy.

Molina-Salles fled the scene, leaving Hartwick, the 19-year-veteran after then hit-and-run. Gualtieri said that he thinks the driver of the vehicle was going “I think too fast.” He added:

“He fled as he said because he became afraid after he killed the deputy, but he clearly knew he killed the deputy.”

According to authorities, after striking Hartwick with his vehicle, Molina-Salles allegedly kept going and told another construction worker that he had just killed a deputy. He proceeded to take off his construction hat a traffic vest, and allegedly handed it to the worker, telling him to hide it.

Gualtieri said that the other construction worker, identified as Elieswer Gomez-Zelaya, dumped the items in the woods. Gomez-Zelaya was also in the United States illegally from Honduras and was arrested and charged with being an accessory.

According to Gualtieri, upon being confronted by investigators, Molina-Salles gave them a fake name and said he was from Puerto Rico. However, he really entered the country illegally on October 25, 2021 through Eagle Pass, Texas.

The sheriff said that Molina-Salles was turned around and sent back to Mexico by the Border Patrol. He added:

“There is no record of him every legally coming back into the United States and he was here illegally.”

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The suspect allegedly admitted to authorities that he illegally came back into the United States through Texas and that he has been in the Tampa area since around March.

Gualtieri said that during the investigation, the majority of construction workers at the scene gave authorities false names and lied. He added:

“They were hindering the investigation, not giving us answers to the questions we needed.”

He said that the workers were employed by a company doing contract work for the state Department of Transportation. Molina-Salles allegedly told the construction company that he did construction in Honduras before being hired. He gave the company a fake ID card. Gualtieri said:

“He didn’t have a driver’s license. He’s got nothing. He shouldn’t have been here to begin with and he shouldn’t have been driving. He shouldn’t have been working .. He has no qualifications to drive a front loader.”

In a statement to Fox News the state Transportation Department said that it “follows strict” hiring procedures as well as its contractors. The agency said:

“While it appears that these hiring procedures were followed, including a federal E-Verify clearance check, and the individuals in question passed this federal clearance, the Department is initiating an internal review on this project contract. FDOT will also continue to support law enforcement efforts as investigations continue.”

The office of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis stated that it is also investigating the matter and looking to determine if illegal immigrants have used false ID to obtain employment with contractors working with the state. The statement said:

“As we collect details and examine potential courses of action, we are reminded once again that illegal immigration is a serious and ongoing problem in the United States that has a multifaceted effect on Florida.”

The statement added:

“If this individual’s illegal status played into his decision to try and cover up this incident, it underscores just one of the harms that our state faces because of the federal government’s open boarder policies. The State of Florida is not a sanctuary state and illegal immigrants are not authorized to work her. For reasons such as this, we will continue our lawful efforts to interdict and relocate illegal immigrants.”

On the afternoon of Friday, September 23rd, PCSO provided a police escort of Hartwick, a 19-year veteran of the force, from the Medical Examiner’s Office to a funeral home in Tarpon Springs. Hartwick is survived by his mother and two adult sons.

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Report: Suspect in beheading murder confirmed to be an illegal immigrant, media outlets not mentioning it

September 13th, 2022

SAN CARLOS, CA – Days after a woman was beheaded, only a single media outlet reported on the fact that the suspect responsible for such a horrific killing is an illegal immigrant that entered the country.

The man, identified as 33-year-old Jose Raphael Solano Landaeta, entered the United States on a tourist visa 10 years ago and he never left.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has confirmed that Landaeta is originally from Venezuela. Authorities also confirmed that he has a long criminal history.

Landaeta allegedly swung a Samurai sword at his ex-girlfriend’s neck, separating her head from her body. The 27-year-old, Karina Castro was a mother of two and worked as a Door Dash driver.  The youngest daughter was fathered by Landaeta.

Castro now leaves behind a seven-year-old and a one-year-old. The unspeakable incident happened at 11:55 a.m. near Laurel Street and Magnolia Avenue. According to reports, deputies from the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office (SMCSO) found Castro’s body on Thursday, September 8th, after being flagged down by a witness.

Child Protective Services (CPS) took custody of both girls and Landaeta was detained around 12:00 p.m. on Friday, September 9th, after returning to the scene of the crime.

Sources close to Castro said that the two knew each other and previously dated. Earlier in the year, the victim reportedly had a temporary restraining order against Landaeta.

SMSCO Lieutenant Eamonn Allen said that the violence stemmed from a domestic dispute between Landaeta and Castro. He added:

“There was an ongoing relationship between the two.”

Landaeta fled on foot before the deputies arrived, but later returned to the scene unarmed. After deputies took him into custody, they combed the neighborhood in an attempt to find the murder weapon. Allen said:

“There was ample enough time for him to have concealed it.”

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Immediately following the incident, in a statement, the Sheriff’s Office wrote:

“This is believed to be an isolated incident. There is no ongoing threat to the community. At this time, we are not releasing information on the victim due to pending notifications of family.”

After receiving the news of his daughter, Marty Castro, said in a statement:

“Every time I saw her I would beg her. Don’t talk to him. Leave him and it seemed like the more I did that, the more she would see him.”

Her family said that he Landaeta had been violent with her before and so she got a restraining order against him in April, but she continued to see him.

Castro’s grandmother, Danielle Gannon said that Landaeta was a “diagnosed schizophrenic on meds.” She added:

“He would use that as an excuse for his behavior. He drank excessively and you’re not supposed to do that on those kinds of medications.”

Landaeta was booked into the San Mateo County Jail with no bail. He had his first court appearance since the killing on Monday, September 12th.

Landaeta was supposed to be charged with murder, but that came to a halt when his attorney said that his client was “not capable of assisting in his own defense,” which is just another way of saying he is not competent to stand trial.

Two doctors will be assigned to conduct a mental health evaluation on the suspect. The evaluation is expected to take approximately eight weeks.

Anyone with additional information related to this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Brandt with the Sheriff’s Office at 650-333-8195.

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“You picked the wrong guy, I’m no victim”: NYC attorney defends himself against attacker outside office

August 19th, 2022

NEW YORK CITY, NY – As violent crime continues to rise in police-defunded, Democrat-run New York City, an attorney was forced to defend himself after a man allegedly attacked him on the street outside his office.

According to a report from The New York Post, 49-year-old James Galleshaw left his alleged attacker battered and bloody following the physical altercation on Cross Bay Boulevard in Ozone Park.

Photos that the attorney posted to Facebook himself show the alleged bloody mess, including blood splattered on the steps outside and a broken glass door with a potted plant through it. Along with the since deleted post, Galleshaw wrote:

“I am ok. Was attacked by a random off the street today. He made a bad (expletive) decision and attacked me. I’m in, mf’r. You picked the wrong guy. I’m no victim.”

According to The Post, several of his friends posted more than 140 messages of support on his Facebook post, with many applauding the beating he gave the man. One person wrote:

“I recently heard you were nobody to mess with and like the good lawyer you are you provide the evidence. Glad you are okay, pal.”

Another wrote:

“That (expletive) picked the wrong guy to mess with! Ding, ding, ding, Round 1 goes to Jay! Seriously, so happy you’re ok!”

Another friend wrote:

“Glad you threw him a nice beating. We gotta get the eff out of NY.”

According to New York Police Department (NYPD) CompStat figures, serious crimes have increased by 36.1 percent this year throughout the city compared to the same period in 2021. Felony and misdemeanor assaults are up 19.1 percent and 23 percent, respectively.

In the 106th Precinct, where Galleshaw’s law office is located, major crimes are up 35.9 percent, and felony and misdemeanor assaults have risen 11.5 percent and 21 percent, respectively.

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According to a NYPD spokesperson, Galleshaw was punched in the body and hurt during the incident. The incident reportedly took place around 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 17th.

Police stated that Galleshaw knows his attacked and was therefore able to give his name over to the authorities, who are seeking to arrest the man and charge him with misdemeanor assault.

A law enforcement source told The Post that the fight erupted following a verbal dispute between Galleshaw and the 24-year-old alleged suspect, who is also accused of shattering the glass door and injuring a 35-year-old assistant at the Sullivan & Galleshaw law firm.

Galleshaw is a former Brooklyn prosecutor who now specialized in both personal injury and criminal defense.

According to court records, the name and age of the alleged suspect match those of a man who was arrested on July 12th for disorderly conduct inside a publicly run hospital in Manhattan.

Goldman Sachs boss David Solomon lamented the surge in violent crime in the Big Apple, which he claims has become a “little grittier and a little dirtier.”

In May, a Goldman employee, 48-year-old Daniel Enriquez was fatally shot in what investigators are calling a random attack while he was riding the subway on his way to brunch.

A few months prior to that, Michelle Go, a 40-year-old Asian American woman employed by the accounting firm Deloitte, was also fatally killed after being shoved onto the subway tracks by a homeless man at the Times Square station. Solomon said:

“The city is certainly less safe.”

He said that gone are the days when the city was “extraordinarily” safe and he was comfortably raising his kids in a low-crime environment.

Since the beginning of 2022, there has been an 11 percent increase in the number of stabbings compared to the same time in 2021. Fatal stabbings rose a whopping 43 percent, from 48 to 69 during the same period.

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Woman who allegedly started deadly fight by stabbing innocent worker will NOT be charged by New York DA

July 12th, 2022

MANHATTAN, NY – Prosecutors in Manhattan have decided NOT to file any criminal charges against a woman who is seen on store surveillance video stabbing a bodega worker seemingly without provocation.

The District Attorney’s Office claims that the video shows that the woman stabbed the worker in defense of her boyfriend, whom the bodega worker seemingly killed in self defense.

The incident started on July 1st when a woman entered a bodega in Manhattan and attempted to purchase a bag of chips for her young daughter.

But when she went to complete the purchase, the bodega worker, 61-year-old Jose Alba, advised her that the EBT card she was using was declined. The woman, who has yet to be identified, allegedly is heard on store surveillance becoming irritated and insisting that there was money left on the card. Alba can be heard saying:

“OK, mama, let me do it another time. My God.”

After the sale is declined again, the video footage has been edited and goes to other customers inside of the store while the woman can be heard saying:

“You can’t touch my daughter. Don’t snatch that out of my daughter, you [expletive] piece of [expletive].”

The incensed woman then informs Alba that she intends to get her boyfriend and bring him to the shop to deal with him. She is heard on video saying:

“I’m gonna bring my [expletive] down here and he gonna [expletive] you up. My [expletive] is gonna come down here right now and [expletive] you up!”

A few minutes after she leaves, the woman’s boyfriend, identified as convicted felon Austin Simon, enters and walks directly back behind the counter. As Simon gets behind the counter, Alba can be heard saying:

“Papa, I don’t want a problem, papa.”

Simon then allegedly is seen on video shoving the elderly man down into a chair and began scuffling with him while Alba retrieves a knife from the counter in an attempt to save his own life from a violent unprovoked attack.

During the fight, Alba fatally stabs Simon who falls to the ground. Shortly afterward is when the woman who started and escalated the incident is seen on surveillance video allegedly pulling a knife from her purse and stabbing Alba who was behind a counter.

The woman is allegedly seen stabbing Alba at least twice.

When the New York Police Department responded to the scene, instead of taking the woman into custody for stabbing Alba who was seemingly only defending himself from a violent attack, they arrested Alba.

The woman, who is seen on camera stabbing Alba twice, at first denied attacking him and then later admitted to doing so, but amazingly, instead of charging her, Manhattan’s liberal District Attorney Alvin Bragg has decided that she was somehow defending Simon who was on the ground.

News of his arrest has angered many, especially after viewing the video which seems to clearly show the woman as the aggressor from the beginning. His son, Jeffrey Alba, told the New York Post:

“He’s [Alba] not used to this behavior. He’s not used to this type of aggression. At the moment he was in fear for his life. He’s never been locked up, he’s never been in trouble. I’m 100 percent sure he’s regretting it, but at that moment I think he just blanked out, went into self-defense mode.”

Michael Discioarro, a former prosecutor and current defense attorney watched the video and weighed in by saying:

“There is no clearer example of self-defense. He’s at work, minding his own business and he is attacked. He is the victim, and he’s sitting in Rikers. This is a working person who was attacked. How does the DA make his conclusion? A jury will set this right.”

For now, Alba has been bonded out from Rikers and is currently awaiting further court proceedings after being charged with second degree murder while the woman who started it all is free to do whatever she chooses.

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Defund the police, it’ll keep people safe, they said: 14-year-old murdered on NYC subway in broad daylight

NEW YORK, NY – A 15-year-old boy was arrested and charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon, after a Saturday afternoon altercation that led to 14-year-old Ethan Reyes being stabbed to death.

It all happened around 3 pm on the northbound #1 train platform in the Hamilton Heights 137th Street City College Station.

Witnesses told police that the two teens were fighting on the street and the scuffle moved into the station and onto the platform. Investigators say that they believe that Reyes knew his alleged killer.

Using station surveillance footage, police were able to piece together what happened, as well as identify the suspect.

“This senseless and tragic incident is awful,” MTA NYC Transit President Richard Davey said in a statement. “We are cooperating with the NYPD investigation that remains in its early stages. We thank NYPD detectives for the rapid arrest of a suspect.”

According to the New York Post, sources revealed that the two boys had an ongoing feud but were unable to say what it was about.

Police say that Reyes pushed his adversary onto the tracks prior to being stabbed in the stomach. He tried to run before collapsing.

Responding officers found the youth bleeding from the stomach and rushed him to the hospital, where he later died.

“His lips were purple, and his eyes were rolled back, and he was bleeding a lot of blood,” a witness told NBC New York.  

Social media posts indicated that Reyes was an aspiring rapper who went by the stage name ‘Notti Osama’. It is believed that the suspect in his death was also in the rap music scene.

 

“It’s always very scary,” Hamilton Heights resident Michael Naranjo said. “You always have to keep keenly aware of what’s going on, especially now during this climate, especially now with the youth around here. They’re angry. They’re mad.”

New York City Mayor made a brief statement.

“Hearing about the stabbing really highlights why we need the lights on in schools like this, we need to find out what happened, we’re going to find out the person responsible,” Adams said.

But to many others, it also highlights another glaring issue.

Crime is running rampant, thanks in part to a soft on crime DA in Alvin Bragg, who is linked to George Soros funding.

The other issue. The NYPD has been plagued by early retirement, resignations and poor recruitment, all thanks to the department being defunded by a 10-digit dollar amount.

 

One might assume that the situation might be improving after Adams was sworn in, given that he was a former NYPD Captain.

Former Mayor Giuliani weighed in on that thought process, saying:

“He’s actually a worse mayor than de Blasio. Crime is up 40% under Adams. This is the ex-cop. He’s doing everything wrong.”

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