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Jailed Texas Man Charged In 2003 Murder Following Alert From DNA Database

A man has been charged in the 2003 strangling of a woman whose body was found on a rural road in West Texas, authorities said Friday.

Andy Castillo, of Lubbock, is charged with murder in the death of 21-year-old Cynthia Joann Palacio, also of Lubbock, the Texas Department of Public Safety said.

A recent alert from a DNA database led the Texas Rangers and Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office to focus their attention on Castillo, the DPS said.

Castillo, 57, was in the McLennan County Jail in Waco on unrelated charges of criminal solicitation to commit child sexual assault when he was served with the arrest warrant in the Palacio case, the agency said.

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Thief grabs woman’s butt, then robbed her at Houston Galleria Mall

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Crime Stoppers of Houston and the Houston Police Department’s Robbery Division need the public’s assistance identifying the suspect responsible for a theft at Galleria Mall.The Houston Police Department reports:

On Monday, August 17, 2020 at 3:43 pm, the complainant was traveling on the escalator into the Galleria Mall, located at 5175 Westheimer, in Houston, Texas. The complainant stated that she observed an unknown male on the escalator and behind her. The complainant stated that the suspect closed the distance between them and with both of his hands, groped her buttocks. The complainant immediately turned around to confront the suspect, at which time he grabbed her cellphone and ran down the escalator.

The suspect is described as a white male, 25-30 years old. 140-150 pounds. He wore an orange or red shirt and brown shoes.

Crime Stoppers may pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and/or arrest of the suspect in this case. Information may be reported by calling 713-222-TIPS (8477) or submitted online at CrimeStoppers.org.

To watch the video of the crime, click HERE.

Dallas Mystic Shop Owner Pleads Guilty to Wildlife Crimes

imageA Dallas mystic shop owner has pleaded guilty to trafficking dried hummingbird carcasses in violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, announced U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox.

Cynthia Macias-Martinez, 48, pleaded guilty to the sale of wildlife taken in violation of federal law before United States Magistrate Judge Renee H. Toliver on Tuesday.

According to court documents, Ms. Macias-Martinez, owner of a Dallas mystic shop, admitted to selling dried hummingbird carcasses known as “chuparosas” without a valid permit or authorization. “Chuparosas” are believed by some to have mystical benefits and are commonly used as amulets or charms.

The hummingbird, a migratory bird, is protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Pursuant to Federal regulations, it is illegal to take, possess, import, export, transport, or sell a hummingbird, or its parts, nests, or eggs, except under the terms of a valid permit.

Ms. Macias-Martinez admitted the dried hummingbird carcasses she acquired were illegally imported and smuggled into the United States from Mexico. Without a valid permit or authorization, Ms. Macias-Martinez offered the dried hummingbird carcasses for sale in her store.

She further admitted to both possessing and selling dozens of dried hummingbird carcasses of different species each of which are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Ms. Macias-Martinez faces up to 5 years in federal prison, a$250,000 fine, and restitution for her crimes. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, IRS-Criminal Investigations, and Homeland Security Investigations. Assistant U.S. Douglas Brasher is prosecuting this case.

Source: Texas Police News

Grapevine Police arrests two robbery suspects after a foot chase and search Thursday evening

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downloadOn Monday, August 17, a Lyft driver was robbed at gunpoint. In a separate incident on Wednesday, a man’s car was stolen, and the suspects attempted to take his wallet. Surveillance video captured images of the suspects. 

At approximately 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 20, a Grapevine Police employee spotted the suspects walking near Ira E. Woods and Mustang Drive. The employee called for officers, who responded in marked patrol vehicles. 

As officers approached, the three suspects ran away, and officers began searching the area. One suspect was caught a short time later and taken to jail. 

Officers requested canine assistance from surrounding law enforcement agencies to help find the other suspects. However, the search was called off about an hour later. 

While a patrol officer was canvassing the area for evidence and speaking with neighbors, the officer discovered one of the suspects hiding under a shed. He was arrested without incident. 

One 17-year-old faces charges for Evading Arrest Detention and Aggravated Robbery with a Deadly Weapon. He is additionally held on a felony warrant out of Fort Worth for Aggravated Robbery with a Deadly Weapon. 

Another 17-year-old faces charges for Evading Arrest Detention and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. 

A third suspect has been identified as a resident of another city, and detectives are working on a warrant for his arrest. 

Grapevine Police want to thank all of the neighbors, businesses, and witnesses who helped during the investigation and search, as well as our law enforcement colleagues from Trophy Club, Watauga, and North Richland Hills for their assistance.

Suspect names cannot be released until after arraignment. Both suspects have been transported to Tarrant County Jail, and should be arraigned soon.

Grapevine Police have taken a juvenile into custody following a pursuit that ended in Southlake

gpdAt 7:04 a.m., today, officers were dispatched to a major accident at the SH-114/SH-121 split near Main Street. The juvenile driver of a stolen vehicle struck the barrier dividing the two highways. A Good Samaritan stopped to help and called 911. The driver of the stolen car then stole the Good Samaritan’s truck and drove away. A witness followed the suspect until police located the suspect, and a pursuit began.

The suspect drove into a cul-de-sac on Chaparral Court in Grapevine. A Grapevine officer got out of his patrol vehicle to approach the suspect, and the suspect drove towards the officer. The officer fired four rounds towards the moving truck because he thought he was going to get hit by the truck. Two bullets hit the suspect’s vehicle, none struck the suspect.

The suspect continued to flee, crashing into another vehicle near Moss Lane and East Dove in Southlake. The suspect then jumped out and started running south through a Southlake neighborhood. Witnesses saw him go into a backyard.

Police set up a perimeter and conducted a search, while DPS Air-One helped search for the suspect from the sky.

Officers located the suspect at 8:22 a.m. and took him into custody. He was transported to Baylor Scott and White Medical Center-Grapevine for treatment of a police K-9 bite. The juvenile has been identified as a 15-year-old male. The investigation is ongoing and multiple charges are expected.

The officer who fired his weapon is uninjured, and is now on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of a full investigation.

Grapevine Police thank Grapevine Fire, DPS Air One, and Southlake Police and Fire for their assistance in this case.

Good Samaritan finds toddler alone on side of highway, works with police

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GRAPEVINE, TX-Grapevine Police are working with Texas Child Protective Services (CPS) after finding a toddler alone on the side of a highway.  

At approximately 4:30 a.m. a Grapevine Officer was dispatched to the 2500 block of South SH-121 near Hall-Johnson Road. A driver noticed a child, approximately two years old, walking along the shoulder. He stopped to help and called 911. 

Officers made sure the child was not hurt, but the child was not able to give a name or address. Police checked the surrounding neighborhood and found no signs of the child’s parents. No child was reported missing at the time, so the child was taken into custody by CPS.  

Approximately three hours later, Grapevine Police were able to locate the child’s parents. The family is now working with CPS to determine the next steps. Grapevine Police remain in contact with CPS, and the case is still under investigation.

Grapevine Police applaud the good Samaritan who saw the toddler along the highway and stayed with the child until officers arrived.

Grapevine PD update on fight at park

96539563_3284796338198503_5428718441714417664_nThe Grapevine Police Department wants to update everyone about a fight that occurred last week at one of our lake parks.

Several videos surfaced after the incident, showing one of the participants on the ground during the melee. Rumors about his injuries began to spread on social media, and we wanted to check on his welfare.

We have identified the 22-year-old man seen in the video, and have confirmed that he is okay. We appreciate everyone who came forward with videos and tips, and are grateful to have such an involved community that cares about the people we serve.

Our detectives worked incessantly to identify the 22-year-old man. On more than one occasion, witnesses and known involved parties refused to identify him so we could check his welfare. It shows the high level of dedication and professionalism that detectives continued their efforts until they knew for certain the man was fine.

Grapevine Police arrest a man for coughing into an officer’s face, claiming he has Coronavirus

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GRAPEVINE, TX – Grapevine Police arrested a man for coughing into an officer’s face and claiming he had coronavirus. 27-year-old Jonathan Dechoudens is charged with Harassment of a Public Servant, a 3rd degree felony. 

On Friday, April 3, at approximately 12:45am, a Grapevine Police officer was sitting in his marked patrol unit in a parking lot off of Northwest Highway, with his driver’s side window down. Dechoudens ran up to his window and began to cough in his face, stating he was infected with coronavirus. When the officer confronted Dechoudens, he was told it was a joke. 

The officer, fearing exposure to the potentially life-threatening illness, called in additional units and medics to screen Dechoudens for symptoms. Once cleared, Jonathan Dechoudens was arrested and booked into jail. He was first booked for Terroristic Threat, but after consultation with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office, the charge was changed to Harassment of Public Servant.

The Grapevine Police officer who was coughed on continues to monitor his health daily, and remains free of symptoms. He was cleared to continue working, and is temperature-checked before beginning each shift, as are all employees who enter the Grapevine Public Safety Building.

The Grapevine Police Department values the safety of the community and its officers, and will continue to ensure that all first responders do their part to slow the spread of the virus. This includes wearing personal protective gear (PPE) as needed, utilizing sanitizing liquids and wipes, and checking all suspects for symptoms of coronavirus before they are taken to jail. Anyone who claims they are trying to give the virus to another person will face charges.

DEA-led operation nets more than 600 arrests targeting Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación

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DEADALLAS – The Justice Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration today announced the results of Project Python, a DEA-led multilateral interagency operation encompassing all global investigations and related disruption activities targeting the Cártel de Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG).

This announcement marks the successful conclusion of six months of investigative and enforcement activity targeting CJNG, culminating in large scale arrests throughout the country within the past week. Project Python has resulted in the arrests of more than 500 CJNG associates, 350 indictments, as well as significant seizures of money and drugs.

“Project Python is the single largest strike by U.S. authorities against CJNG, and this is just the beginning,” said Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon. “This strategic and coordinated project exemplifies DEA’s mission: to disrupt, dismantle, and destroy drug trafficking organizations around the world and bring their leaders to justice. Today, DEA has disrupted CJNG’s operations, and there is more to come as DEA continues its relentless attack on this remorseless criminal organization.”

“Project Python marks the most comprehensive action to date in the Department of Justice’s campaign to disrupt, dismantle, and ultimately destroy CJNG,” said Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Criminal Division. “When President Trump signed an Executive Order prioritizing the dismantlement of transnational criminal organizations, the Department of Justice answered the call and took direct aim at CJNG. We deemed CJNG one of the highest-priority transnational organized crime threats we face. And with Project Python, we are delivering results in the face of that threat for the American people.”

“The DEA Dallas Field Division joins our brothers and sisters nationwide to take the fight to the CJNG. Project Python is another example of leveraging our resources, partnerships, and expertise, to destroy the distribution networks operating in North Texas and Oklahoma,” said Dallas DEA Special Agent in Charge, Eduardo A. Chávez.

The Justice Department and its law enforcement partners are committed to fulfilling the President’s Executive Order 13773 to identify, interdict, disrupt and dismantle transnational criminal organizations. The department designated CNJG as one of the top transnational criminal groups targeted as part of carrying out this executive order, and DEA instituted Project Python as part of this ongoing effort. 

CJNG is one of the fastest growing transnational criminal organizations in Mexico, and among the most prolific methamphetamine producers in the world. It is responsible for a significant proportion of drugs entering the United States, and elevated levels of violence in Mexico. With methamphetamine abuse and overdose deaths on the rise, Project Python aims to disrupt CJNG’s ability to distribute methamphetamine and other drugs throughout the United States by attacking the group at all levels. 

Federal law enforcement has taken a number of steps to degrade CJNG’s ability to operate in the United States. Today, the Justice Department and DEA announced a superseding indictment on charges of alleged continuing criminal enterprise against Nemesio Ruben Oseguera Cervantes, also known as “El Mencho,” the undisputed leader of CJNG. Last month, El Mencho’s son, Ruben Oseguera Gonzalez, also known as “Menchito,” and second in command of CJNG, was extradited from Mexico to the United States on charges of alleged drug trafficking and firearm use in relation to drug trafficking activities. On Feb. 26, 2020, El Mencho’s daughter, Jessica Johanna Oseguera Gonzalez, was arrested in the United States on financial charges related to her alleged criminal violation of the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act.

Additionally, DEA has worked with its interagency partners to apply further pressure to CJNG. The U.S. Department of Treasury has designated El Mencho as a “specially designated narcotics trafficker” pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act, and the U.S. Department of State has issued one of the largest narcotics rewards ever – $10 million – for information leading to the arrest of El Mencho.

In our [the DFW] area, 6 indictments have been secured against CJNG associates, and DEA has made 12 arrests and executed 8 search warrants related to Project Python.

The efforts highlighted in the more than 600 arrests nationwide are illustrative of the significant reach the CJNG has in manufacturing, importing, and distributing a wide array of illegal narcotics within the United States and the negative impact on the fabric of our local communities. The proceeds from the local distribution of these narcotics are repatriated back to Mexico and further fuel transnational organized crime organizations such as the CJNG. The Department of Justice and its law enforcement partners will continue to vigorously fight this scourge against the United States. 

The Department of Justice’s multi-agency Special Operations Division, federal prosecutors from the Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section of the Department’s Criminal Division, the Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs and Office of Enforcement Operations provided invaluable support to this operation.

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Arrests in Organized Criminal Activity

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GRAPEVINE, Texas  –  Four juveniles and one adult face multiple charges after a pursuit overnight in Grapevine.

On Friday, March 6, 2020, at approximately 2:45 a.m., Grapevine Police officers responded to a 911 call about a burglary in progress at a home in the 500 block of Woodhill Court.  An officer located an SUV nearby that matched the suspect vehicle description.  He activated his emergency lights, but the suspect vehicle sped away.  

A pursuit began on Post Oak Road, traveled through Grapevine, and ended on the service road of south SH-121 in Euless.  Five people in the suspect vehicle jumped out in a parking lot in the 2600 block of SH-121 and ran in multiple directions.

The vehicle pursuit involved two Grapevine PD units, while Euless PD assisted in the foot chase.  In the end, all five suspects were found and taken into custody.  Nobody was injured in the pursuit or foot chase.  

Four of the suspects, a 12-year-old and three 14-year-olds, were transferred to a juvenile detention center, while 18-year-old Sergio Ortiz was booked into the Grapevine Jail.  All five suspects are residents of Fort Worth.

During the investigation, Grapevine Police discovered the suspects were driving a vehicle that was stolen out of Fort Worth.  Various stolen property was also located inside, and personnel are processing the items to be returned to owners.

Charges include: Burglary of Habitation, Evading Arrest Detention, Theft of Property $30,000-$150,000, Warrant- Other City, Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, Evading Arrest Detention w/Vehicle, Resist Arrest Search or Transport, Poss CS PG 3 < 28 G, Poss Marj 2oz>, and Burglary of Vehicle.

Any victims from the neighborhood around Woodhill Court whose vehicle was burglarized must first make a police report for items stolen.  Recovered property will be reunited with owners based on information given in the police reports.  Victims should call the non-emergency police number to begin the process of making a report.  The Grapevine Police non-emergency dispatch line is available 24/7 at: 817.410.8127

Not all suspects face all of the charges. Ortiz is charged with: Resisting Arrest Search or Transport, Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, Theft of Property $30,000-$150,000, and Evading Arrest Detention.

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