PR CRIME NEWS

Fugitive Vladimir Natera Abreu Arrested In The Dominican Republic

December 20, 2020

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Today, Vladimir Natera-Abreu and Joset Rivera-Verdejo were arrested in a joint law enforcement operation by the FBI, the Dominican National Police, and the U.S. Marshals Service. The defendants were fugitives since February 2019, announced W. Stephen Muldrow, United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico.

Defendant Natera-Abreu was one of the main leaders in the drug trafficking organization known as “Las FARC,” (Las FuerzasArmadas Revolucionarias de Cantera). “Las FARC” operated out of the Barrio Obrero Ward, including, but not limited to El Guano sector, Playita sector, William Street, Eleven Street, Cantera sector, and the Public Housing Projects Villa Kennedy, Las Casas, El Mirador, and Las Margaritas, all located in Santurce, since in or about 2006. The goal of “Las FARC” was to maintain control of all the drug trafficking activities within the Santurce area by the use of force, threats, violence, and intimidation.

Natera-Abreu and Rivera-Verdejo had been previously charged in a seven-count indictment for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute narcotics, aiding and abetting in the possession and distribution of heroin, crack, cocaine, and marihuana, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. The charged drug conspiracy included 75 defendants.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alberto López-Rocafort and Teresa S. Zapata-Valladares are in charge of the prosecution of the case. If convicted the defendant faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years, and up to life in prison. Indictments contain only charges and are not evidence of guilt. Defendants are presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Banco Popular Branch in Luquillo Robbed,One Suspect in Custody

LUQUILLO, PR - A 19-year-old  native of Vieques was arrested, in connection to a robbery that took place at a Banco Popular branch in in Luguillo around 10:10 am today 

The detainee has been identified by the police as Lemuel Feliciano Silva, 19.

the agents seized a Colt .45 caliber pistol, loaded with five ammunition. Supposedly, he admitted that it was the second robbery he participated in at that branch.

Another young man who was arrested was released, after it was determined that he was not involved in the robbery.

Preliminary police reports indicate that there was no exchange of shots.

The branch has been robbed on two other occasions this year.

Teen stabs his father in Toa Baja

October 30, 2020

A 15-year-old boy stabbed his own father in the middle of an argument reported at 12:20 p.m. Thursday at a residence on Lago Carite Street in the Levittown development in Toa Baja.

The complainant reported that the minor attacked him with a knife, causing superficial cuts on his left shoulder and abdomen.

The wounded man was taken in a private vehicle to the Dorado Diagnostic and Treatment Center (CDT), where Dr. Vega applied three stitches to each wound and reported that his condition is stable. The minor has not been located.

The 8th Mass Shooting Reported in Puerto Rico on Thursday Evening

October 15, 2020

Three people were killed at nightfall today, including a woman and a criminal nicknamed Baby Boy. The incident  occurred in the El Maní neighborhood, in Mayaquez.

Preliminary reports from the Police also indicate that there are two other people injured without specifying their condition.

Freddy Charón Valentín, Baby Boy's first name, was the stepfather of Roselyn Rodríguez Enríquez who was killed, along with her mother Yesenia Enríquez, on May 21 in Añasco. Baby Boy was the victim of an attack last weekend in which he was unharmed, in that attack Eduardo Francisco Canjurjo Ortiz, 31, was killed.

Two killed in shooting with agents linked to the Rosimar case

October 8, 2020.

Two individuals who allegedly opened fire with automatic weapons against agents of the San Juan CIC were killed in the middle of a shooting that occurred around 1:45 pm on Thursday in the Hyde Park urbanization, in Hato Rey.

The police versions indicate that the agents were conducting a surveillance between the Buen Consejo and Venezuela neighborhoods, in Río Piedras, of some individuals of interest who were supposedly linked to the kidnapping and murder of the young Rosimar Rodríguez Gómez, which occurred in Toa Baja in the past. month.

One of the individuals under surveillance is a friend of one of the suspects known as Jay, who is a native of Guaynabo, and was living in the Venezuela neighborhood. Jay has been in communication with the Bayamón CIC agents as well as another suspect known as Xavier.

Jay's friend had not been interviewed and is trying to find out what he did on the night of September 17 when Rosimar was kidnapped in the Sabana Seca neighborhood of Toa Baja and shortly afterwards murdered in the El Caracol sector on PR-165 in Dorado.

The individuals who were being watched on the suspicion that one of them was Jay's friend, left Buen Consejo in a white Kia Optima and when they realized they were being followed by the agents, they left Muñoz Rivera Avenue and Las Marías Street in Hyde Park. When they reached the corner of Calle Flamboyán, they stopped and opened fire with an altered weapon to fire automatically, after colliding with several vehicles and the agents' bus.

The agents responded with their weapons, fatally wounding the individuals. One remained in the passenger seat and the other next to the Kia.

Jay's friend, who was under surveillance, is a suspect in a murder in Aibonito

27 Year Old Hato Rey Man Shot & Killed on Tuesday

October 6, 2020.

A shooting that occurred at 11:37 a.m. today on Francia Street in Hato Rey claimed the life of a man, who was identified as Jesús González Pérez.

The shooting took place in the vicinity of the Jardines de Francia condominiums.

The victim was hit in the head, dying at the scene. He was 27 years old and was living in the Manuel A. Pérez Residential.

Agents from the Hato Rey Este Precinct arrived at the scene to guard the scene.

The investigation is being carried out by agent Javier Jiménez, from the Homicide Division of the San Juan CIC.

So far this year there have been 382 murders, a reduction of 93 compared to 2019.

PR Man attacked at an ATM in Caguas

September 5, 2020

A man was injured in the arm after being attacked with a piece of wood fitted with nails when he was withdrawing money from the ATH of the Banco Popular located on highway PR-189, Condado Moderno urbanization, in Caguas.

According to the complainant, at 1:29 am today, the individual approached him and hit him on the left arm, resulting in an open wound.

The injured man was treated by paramedics at the scene and refused to receive medical assistance. It was not reported whether the man was the victim of robbery.

The case was left in the hands of agents of the Assault Division of the Criminal Investigation Corps (CIC) of Caguas.

New Defendant in the Case Against Keleher

August 13, 2020

A federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment, issued in July 2019, against former Education Department and Health Insurance Administration (PRHIA) heads Julia Keleher and Ángela Ávila, and the new indictment adds a defendant who is unidentified because he or she has not been arrested, according to a motion by the federal prosecutor.

The new indictment was released by U.S. reporter Andrew Scurria, who covers Puerto Rico for The Wall Street Journal. The superseding indictment replaces the one issued on July 10, 2019, against Keleher, Ávila, and contractors Alberto Velázquez Piñol and Fernando Scherrer.

Federal authorities have identified the new defendant as "Defendant 7."
“Defendant 7 has yet to be arrested,” says the document released by Scurria, in which the federal prosecutor asks to omit all references to the man or woman´s identity until that person is arrested.

“The United States respectfully requests that the Court file a redacted version of the returned superseding indictment to omit all references to Defendant 7′s identity until Defendant 7 is arrested,” reads the motion.

Keleher, Ávila, Velázquez Piñol, and Scherrer, who at the time was the president of BDO consulting in Puerto Rico, were charged in July 2019 with conspiracy to commit fraud, theft, wire fraud, money laundering and conspiracy to launder money. Their arrests triggered protests that ended 15 days later with former governor Ricardo Roselló's resignation.
Keleher has unsuccessfully tried to have the charges against her dismissed.

The trial is scheduled to begin in February 2021.
Last January, Keleher was also included in another indictment for allegedly giving part of school property to the administration of the Ciudadela condominium -next to that school- in exchange for a favorable agreement to buy an apartment in that complex. That case has not gone to trial either.

PR Prosecutor Charged With Drunk Driving & Causing Fatal Accident in Hato Rey

August 6, 2020.

According to the authorities investigation, Rodríguez Meléndez was traveling on Luis Muñoz Rivera Avenue in her vehicle, in the direction of Hato Rey, and when she reached the traffic light at the intersection with Mónica Puig street, she slammed into a vehicle that was being driven by Ginés Torres. Torres was waiting for the signal light to change.

The defendant, allegedly was going at high rate of speed, and did not stop at the traffic light and hit the driver of the motor from the rear, causing Ginés Torres to be expelled, killing him on the spot.

Rodríguez Meléndez was detained at the scene, and was seized with marijuana. Subsequently, she was transported to the Carolina Traffic Division, where she underwent an alcohol screening test, which yielded .19% alcohol in the blood.

Rodríguez Meléndez was charged with driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating beverages; for causing bodily harm to another person; and for causing death to another person while driving under the influence of intoxicating drinks.

In addition, a charge was filed for violation of the Controlled Substances Law; and a charge for violation of the executive order in effect as of the date of the events.

Judge Alfrida M. Tomey Imbert, of the Court of First Instance of San Juan, determined cause in all the charges presented and indicated a global bail of $ 510,000, provided it through the Office of Services in Advance of the Trial.

The preliminary hearing is scheduled for next August 18.

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Police Issued an Arrest Warrant for Another Suspect in murder of Mother and Daughter in Añasco

June 14, 2020

Agents with the Homicide Division of the Criminal Investigation of Mayagüez are on the trail of Jesús O. Medina Ruiz, 30, suspected of the murder of an 8-year-old girl and her young mother on May 21 in Añasco. 

Yesterday criminal charges were filed in his absence for murder from a moving vehicle, conspiracy, carrying and use of a firearm, illegal possession of firearms and possession of ammunition.

A bond of four million dollars was imposed on him. This suspect is presumed to be armed. If you have any information that you can give with the whereabouts of Medina Ruiz, please contact confidentially at 787-343-2020

Mass Shooting in Puerto Rico Leaves 3 Dead in Carolina

May 23, 2020

Three individuals killed in a shooting that took place on Calle Librea of ​​the Villa Marina urbanization, steps from a municipal Police station.

According to authorities that the shooting took place at about 7:15 p.m, Saturday night.

This would be the fifth massacre so far this year. The first was in Trujillo Alto on January 1 when the parents and two younger brothers of a criminal, nicknamed Gordo Yaga, were murdered at their home in the Carraízo Alto neighborhood at about 3:00 in the morning.

The second massacre of 2020 was registered in Juana Díaz. On this occasion, two men were shot to death on the grounds of the Texaco gas station. These were identified by relatives as Jorge Cruz Cruz, who was lying on the pavement, while the body of José Rafael Meléndez Cruz, both 21 years old and neighbors of Juana Díaz, was found inside a white 2004 Hyundai Brio.

On February 26 of this year, the third massacre was registered in Toa Alta. A 77-year-old man shot his older sister, his niece and her husband when they went to see him at the house when he failed to comply with the 20-day period that the court had allegedly given him to vacate the property located. at kilometer 10.5 of the PR-165.

On the other hand, the fourth massacre this year was on April 20, when three bodies were found that were found in a charred car in that sector. A man was found in the trunk and a woman and another man in the back seat.

As of Friday, 70 murders had been reported during the curfew.

May 21, 2020

AÑASCO, PR - An eight-year-old girl was viciously murdered at around 8:00 p.m. today and her 33-year-old mother was seriously injured when an individual from a moving vehicle shot them.

The girl Roselyn Rodríguez Enríquez was with her mother Yesenia Enríquez along with several people watching a four-track at kilometer 4.7 of the PR-109 in the Espino neighborhood.

According to preliminary reports, a bus approached the group and an individual fired from inside. The girl was shot twice in the head and was immediately taken by neighbors to the San Antonio Hospital in Mayagüez where she was pronounced dead. The mother received several bullet wounds and is in the Mayagüez Medical Center.

Uniformed agents tried to find the bus and its occupant, while CIC investigators were investigating.

Coast Guard repatriates 5 of 9 migrants following interdiction in the Mona Passage

May 20, 2020

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico —The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bernard Webber, working alongside their Caribbean Border Interagency Group partners on Tuesday night, May 12, interdicted an illegal migrant voyage in the Mona Passage off Puerto Rico. Nine migrants were interdicted, all of whom were reported to be Dominican Republic nationals. Five of the migrants were repatriated to the Dominican Republic, while four remain in U.S. custody. Three of the four now face criminal immigration charges.

While on a routine patrol in the Mona Passage late Tuesday night, the Cutter Bernard Webber’s crew stopped the 25-foot yola type vessel and embarked all nine migrants. Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, all migrants receive food, water, shelter and basic medical attention.

The migrants facing potential federal prosecution and investigation were transferred Friday afternoon to Border Patrol Agents in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, while the remaining migrants were transported by the cutter Bernard Webber crew to Dominican Republic waters off Punta Cana, where they were repatriated to a Dominican Republic Navy vessel.

“In the midst of this ongoing pandemic and upcoming hurricane season, the security of our nation’s southernmost maritime border has never been as important and relevant as today,” said Capt. Eric P. King, commander of U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Juan. “Our forces remain vigilant and ready to safeguard our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands from illegal voyages, drug smuggling threats and in case of any potential tropical storms or hurricanes.”

 

Double Murder in Santurce Early Tuesday Morning

May 19, 2020

The bodies of two men were found at 5:20 in the morning today, in the La Colectora sector, in Santurce, where they were thrown from a vehicle and according to the Police, it is believed that a third individual escaped from the assassins .

Agents from the Homicide Division of the Criminal Investigation Corps (CIC) of San Juan investigate. The discovery occurred shortly after gunshots were reported in the San José hamlet and in Barrio Obrero.

The authorities do not rule out that the case is related to the seizure yesterday of two kilos of cocaine in the San José sector, in which two individuals escaped from the Police.

An hour earlier, another murder had been registered on PR-165, in front of the Bay View urbanization in Cataño.

The case is being investigated by agents of the CIC of Bayamón. The identity of the victims was unknown.

With the three murders earlier in the day, the violent deaths recorded since the beginning of 2020 rose to 206, a reduction of 28 compared to 2019. Between May 1 and 19, there have been 21 murders in the island, of which eight occurred in the capital city.

In the 65 days that the curfew has been in force, 73 murders have been recorded.

Woman murdered in Río Grande

May 17, 2020

RÍO GRANDE - A woman's dead body was found at about 6:00 in the afternoon today near the fishmonger on PR-187, on the banks of the Rí o Espıritu Santo.

Apparently, the body was thrown in the solitary spot, and it was not ruled out that it was a woman from the municipality of Loíza.

Agents from the Fajardo CIC Homicide Division are on the scene and trying to identify the deceased.

Around 6:00 in the afternoon today, an intense shooting was recorded at the Vista Hermosa Residential, in Río Piedras, but no injuries were reported .

Cocaine Seized in Fajardo Valued at $ 4.7 Million

MAN SHOT TO DEATH IN BROAD DAYLIGHT ON WEDNESDAY IN FRONT OF CHURCH IN CAROLINA

May 6, 2020

A man was murdered at 12:58 noon today in front of the Cristo Rey Church, in the Cambute sector of the Canovanillas neighborhood.

Police were alerted to the shooting that took place in broad daylight and neighbors calls to 911 said that a man had been injured but When the agents arrived, the man had died lying on the pavement.

Agents from the Carolina Criminal Investigations Corps (CIC) Homicide Division moved to the scene to begin with the investigation. The identity of the deceased is unknown

FBI Assumes Jurisdiction in Murder of Two Transgender Women

April 30, 2020

The FBI took jurisdiction last night in the case of the double murder of two transgender women that occurred on Wednesday of last week and took custody of the two detained by CIC officers from Humacao.

The arrest of the youth by FBI agents occurs as the LGBTQ community claims that the double murder is listed as a hate crime.

The federal agency maintains an agreement to assume jurisdiction because it is a case of deprivation of civil rights by prejudice, after determining in the state investigation that the motive was in revenge for the sexual orientation of the victims.

The young residents of the Piñas de Juncos neighborhood were arrested on Wednesday as alleged perpetrators of the murder of Serena Angelique Velázquez Ramos and Layla Peláez Sánchez, whose charred bodies were found in the early hours of Wednesday last week in a burning car.

Those arrested were identified as Juan Carlos Pagán Bonilla, 23, a bakery employee, who allegedly admitted the facts, and his friend Sean Díaz de León, 20.

Both had shared at Serena Angelique's house in Las Piedras, and between the versions under investigation, they allegedly decided to kill them and told them to accompany them to buy marijuana.

Agent Joel de Jesús, from the Homicide Division of the CIC of Humacao, managed to identify the suspects through citizen collaboration.

Inspector Teddy Morales, director of the CIC confirmed that they had two people detained and that the case was being evaluated by the prosecutor Ana Garced and the district attorney Miguel García and last night the FBI assumed jurisdiction.

Investigators raised various pieces of evidence at the scene and a house in Las Piedras where they obtained fingerprints, which were sent to the Bureau of Forensic Sciences in Río Piedras.

In collaboration with the FBI, the tract of calls made by young women whose cell phone accounts are from companies operating in the United States was examined.

Serena Angelique and Layla had shared between the night of Tuesday and the dawn of Wednesday of last week with the young people whom they apparently recorded by uploading the images to their accounts on social networks. his friends.

During the year, four trans women have been murdered.

 

Police Search for Missing Minor in Bayamón

April 29, 2020

Police began the search for a 16-year-old minor who was reported missing yesterday, Tuesday.

The young man was identified by the authorities as Diego Andrés Díaz López. The teenager was last seen on Tuesday as he left his home in the Pájaros neighborhood of Bayamón. He was described as 5'3 ”tall with brown eyes and hair. At the time of his disappearance, he was wearing a black shirt and a denim at the knee. He also wore a black cap and cream sneakers.

If any citizen has information about Díaz López, they can call the Police at 787-343-2020 or their parents at 787-902-7137 or 787-902-7011.

Maytiel Jomar Negrón Guevarez Wanted for murder in Dorado

April 22, 2020

Agents from the Bayamón Area Special Arrest Division are searching for a man accused of a murder last month in Dorado.

Maytiel Jomar Negrón Guevarez, 28, is charged with the murder of a person last March, on the main street of the Higuillar neighborhood, in the San Antonio sector, in Dorado.

Negrón Guevarez's case was brought before Judge Aida Meléndez of the Bayamón Court, who found cause, issuing an arrest warrant in absentia with a bond of $ 1,750,000.

Citizens were urged that if they have information that helps to find out the whereabouts of this man, please contact confidentially with Agent Berríos at 787-374-5491 or with the Division of Special Arrests at 787-778-7683 extensions. 1570 or 1572

Maytiel Jomar Negrón Guevarez

Passenger who Made a False Bomb Threat at San Juan Airport Arrested

March 31, 2020

A passenger who alerted about a bomb threat on a Spirit airline plane bound for San Juan to Tampa was arrested this afternoon by police after a siege of the plane and its passengers that revealed that the threat was false.

According to the director of operations of Aerostar Airport Holdings, Nelman Nevárez, this is one of the 28 passengers and six crew members who alleged an alleged bomb inside a suitcase on the plane of flight NK539, model A320NEO, which was ready to take off at 1:02 in the afternoon.

The plane had to move to runway 10 of the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport to carry out the screening.

"The plane was mobilized to a desolate area of ​​the airport where a security perimeter was established by the Police and its Explosives Unit. From there, a security screening of the entire plane, passengers and luggage began. Later, the Passengers were mobilized outside the plane and are being interviewed by the Police as part of the investigation, which dictates the protocol, "Nevárez explained.

Both federal and state agencies, as well as an airport operations team, had to respond to the emergency.

"We are aware of the safety concern on flight 539, departing from Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport to Tampa International Airport, and that local authorities have come to meet the aircraft before take-off. We thank the airport authorities for the actions taken, "Spirit said in a written statement.

Airport operations did not stop, but both aircraft takeoff and landings continued to be carried out on runway 8, while the siege of the plane on runway 10 was developed.

 

Puerto Rico Curfew: 124 Arrested for Violations

March 20, 2020

Police have made 124 arrests during the first week of a curfew for violations of the order imposed by Governor Wanda Vázquez, which orders citizens to remain in their homes until March 30.

According to statistics from the Police Bureau, from March 15 to 20 - until 6:00 am - the municipality with the most arrests is Mayagüez with 46, followed by Bayamón with 26 points.

In Arecibo, the Police arrested 10 people, in Guayama seven, in San Juan and Utuado six, in Aibonito and Aguadilla five, in Ponce and Carolina four, in Fajardo three, and in Caguas and Humacao one.

As for the complaints, the total amounts to 192. Of these, 41 were in Arecibo, 32 in Fajardo, 29 in Aibonito, 20 in Ponce and 18 in Bayamón.

The governor's executive order imposes a curfew from 9:00 pm to 5:00 am. It will run until March 30, in response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) emergency that crosses the Island.

This morning, the Health Department increased the number of positive cases of the virus to eight.

Defense of Abel Nazario Questions the Credibility of the Prosecution Witnesses

March 17, 2020.

The federal trial against Yauco senator and former mayor Abel Nazario Quiñones continued Tuesday in federal court in Old San Juan under special measures in response to the coronavirus threat, which included placing jurors as far apart as possible .

The senator is accused of having committed fraud and lying to the federal government, thus violating an agreement he had reached with the federal Department of Labor, to pay for the volunteer hours that countless employees had worked without being paid between 2012 and 2014, This practice was found to be contrary to labor laws.

According to what has been revealed by the evidence shown in court, Nazario, who by then was the mayor of Yauco, would have used different strategies to make employees believe that the check they received to pay them for voluntary hours, according to the agreement with the federal DT , was a payment for some other concept, such as upfront salary, and then stopped issuing your regular payroll payments, or canceled the checks issued. Not knowing that the check was for volunteer hours, employees assumed that they continued to be paid for their work.

This Tuesday, the defense sat down to testify an employee of the Department of Labor and Human Resources (DTRH) and another of the Department of the Family (DF), with the purpose of subtracting validity from the testimony of several witnesses who allege that they were not paid for their work, under the premise that they would not have been working since by the dates in question they were receiving unemployment benefits or the Nutritional Assistance Program (PAN).

The trial continues this Wednesday, when the testimony of Rodríguez Rodríguez and other defense witnesses are expected to continue.

 

Individual Indicted And Arrested For Bank Fraud And Money Laundering

March 16, 2020

SAN JUAN, P.R. - On March 13, FBI agents arrested Wilson Nieves-Santiago who is facing 27 counts of bank fraud and two counts of money laundering, announced United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, W. Stephen Muldrow.

The indictment alleges that defendant Nieves-Santiago, starting in or around the year 2015, became a caretaker of C.B.R., and elderly female, and her late husband, M.L.R., in Dorado, Puerto Rico, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As part of his responsibilities, Nieves-Santiago would drive C.B.R., run errands, assist her in cleaning, paying bills, and depositing checks. The defendant had online access to C.B.R.’s bank accounts and credit cards, and would pay the victim’s expenses with them.

On or about April 29, 2015, Nieves-Santiago opened a joint bank account with C.B.R. at PNC Bank. This particular account was managed and controlled solely by the defendant. The indictment charges that Nieves-Santiago began diverting monies belonging to C.B.R. to the joint bank account in February of 2018. The defendant was entitled to salary of $2,170 every two weeks, paid from a trust account. As part of the scheme, Nieves-Santiago would sometimes transfer funds, or endorse checks for an additional $2,170 from C.B.R.’s account without her authorization, in an effort to conceal the payment and make it appear as if it were part of the defendant’s regular salary. Nieves-Santiago electronically transferred large sums of money from C.B.R.’s account into the PNC Bank account he controlled without the victim’s authorization.

Counts one through 24 include the checks that Nieves-Santiago deposited into the account he solely controlled, for a total of $170,867.63. Counts 25 and 26 are the money laundering charges that include two electronic transfers deposited into the same account for a total of $86,000.

Defendant Nieves-Santiago is facing a bank fraud and money laundering forfeiture allegation that includes $261,007.63; a two-door 2018 ford Mustang Coupe; and a white 2018 Hyundai Accent coupe.

The egregious behavior of those who exploit our banking system or its clients for personal and criminal gain will not be tolerated,” said United States Attorney Muldrow. “We will continue to aggressively pursue criminals who victimize and financially exploit our senior citizens.”

If convicted, Nieves-Santiago could face a maximum penalty of 30 years of imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000 for the bank fraud charges, and a maximum penalty of up to 10 years of imprisonment for the money laundering charges. Indictments contain only charges and are not evidence of guilt. Defendants are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Authorities in San Juan Arrested A Suspect in the Murder of Transgender, Alexa

February 25, 2020

Authorities arrested a person of interest tonight at the Luis Muñoz Marín Airport in Carolina in the case of the murder of Neulisa "Alexa" Luciano Ruiz.

In addition, the agents arrested the suspect's mother, who was with him. Both were taken to the Bayamón Command.

Luciano Ruiz was found yesterday in a vacant lot in Toa Baja and on Sunday was last seen in a fast-food restaurant in the same municipality.

On Monday a video was broadcast through social networks in which people shouted at him transphobic insults while Luciano Ruiz walked along the road.

Subsequently, several alleged bullet impacts were heard in the audiovisual.

The investigation, so far, is handled as a murder and not as a hate crime, according to police.

The woman's relatives went to the Forensic Science Bureau today to identify her body. The autopsy process began today and is expected to end tomorrow.

Police have not corroborated the identity of the transgender woman killed in Toa Baja

February 24, 2020

Police have failed to corroborate the identity of the transgender person who was killed this morning in Toa Baja and who is believed to be a wanderer who hours before had been denounced by people who resented the use of women's restroom in a fast-food restaurant in that city.

Sergeant Roberto Rivera, of the Homicide Division of the Criminal Investigation Corps (CIC), said that the deceased had no identification with her, nor has anyone appeared who claims to be her relative to identify her . However, Sergeant Rivera said the clothes he wore and other details match the person who was reported Sunday at the fast-food restaurant.

"We are corroborating all the information that has been disclosed by social networks," said Sergeant Rivera.

The transgender was found with several bullet impacts this morning on the banks of the PR-165 road. According to the Police, she wore a blouse, skirt and black stockings identical to those worn by the people reported in the fast-food restaurant. A video allegedly circulates on social networks shows the moment she was killed. The police have not corroborated that, in effect, that video is of that murder.

 

On Sunday afternoon, a transgender who is said to be wandering was denounced at a McDonald's restaurant in Toa Baja when she used the women's restroom. A woman alleged that the transgender used a mirror to try to see her private parts, but no formal complaint was made about it. Officers from a nearby barracks interviewed the transgender, but did not report it.

On Sunday afternoon it transcended on social networks what had happened at McDonalds, including a photo of the transgender.

Person of Interest for Murder of Tourist in Santurce

February 19, 2020

Authorities are still holding a person today in connection with the murder of a tourist in Santurce, said Kiara Hernández, a spokesman for the Department of Public Security.

"The Police have a person of interest in custody, in that case, to be interviewed. When more information is available, it will be offered," said Hernández.

The arrest occurred late last night after investigators seized & searched the bus that was used to run over Andrew James Coyle.

Lieutenant Ángel Martínez, director of the Homicide Division of the Criminal Investigation Corps (CIC) of San Juan, said the bus was found last night on Aurora Street, near Fernández Juncos Avenue, in El Gandul sector, in Santurce.

"It was last night, like at 11:00 at night. I was alone, abandoned," said Martinez, who said the vehicle was later taken to the Forensic Science Bureau.

Security camera videos captured the moment it was thrown from the bus to the pavement and then backed up to run over it. The crime was reported by the police on February 1.

"We already had the veiled bus. The investigation was well advanced. What we need is the person," Martínez said this morning.

Woman Found Dead Inside Car in Rio Grande

February 13, 2020

A woman was killed today on Highway 191 in the direction of El Yunque in Rio Grande .

According to the Police, at 11:23 a.m., shots were reported in the area and when they arrived there they found the woman's body inside a gray Mitsubishi Mirage.

So far, the woman has not been identified and the Police are investigating.

As of yesterday, 80 murders had been recorded, five more than the 75 that occurred on the same date last year.

Man Commits Suicide in Camuy

February 9, 2020

A man deprived himself of his life in the afternoon hours of today, in a residence located on the 2nd street of the Vista de Camuy urbanization, in the aforementioned municipality.

According to the Police, the body of 36-year-old Henry A. Mercado Cabrera was found there.

Agent Ana Zamot Vélez, of the District of Camuy, and agent Edwin Calderón, of the Homicide Division of the Arecibo area, took over the investigation in conjunction with prosecutor Rafael Allende.

Puerto Rico Police find corpse in the trunk of a car in Hato Rey

February 8, 2020

Agents assigned to the San Juan police area are investigating the discovery of a body in the trunk of a car on France Street, in front of the Quintana B condominium, in Hato Rey.

When the authorities arrived at the scene, they found the body of a man identified as Erik Leandro Acosta Díaz, 25, who wore what looked like a bloody white shirt, wrapped in black plastic bags and rolled up with duct tape.

The body was inside the trunk of the black 2004, Honda Accord car, with the license plate #  FUG-069.

Agents from the Homicide Division of the San Juan Criminal Investigation Corps continue the investigation.

Man Murdered in Front of Motel in Trujillo Alto

February 4, 2020

TRUJILLO ALTO - A man was shot dead this afternoon in front of a motel on the PR-160 road, police said.

The incident occurred around 2:20 p.m. and preliminary reports locate the scene in front of the Riverside motel.

With this murder there are 68 violent deaths recorded since the beginning of the year, an increase of three compared to last year.

Man Shot Dead in Guaynabo on Friday Morning

January 31, 2020

Authorities are investigating the murder of a man this morning in Guaynabo. According to the Municipal Police of Guaynabo, the incident was recorded at about 5:00 am, in front of a residence on Saturn Street, the Baez sector, in the Mamey neighborhood.

 Police indicated that it occurred near a business located on PR-835.

At the time, the victim, who had bullet impacts on different parts of the body, was found lying on the pavement. He has not yet been identified.

Agents of the Criminal Investigation Corps of the Bayamón police region head to the scene to take charge of the investigation.

Until last night, the State Police had recorded 61 murders so far this year, four more than the 57 reported to the same date in 2019. 

Man Drowns on Rincon Beach

January 28, 2020

An officer of the Rincon district of the Police Bureau recovered today, Tuesday, the body of a man who drowned in Black Eagle Beach.

According to the preliminary report, calls to the 9-1-1 emergency system alerted to a body floating in the water at 3:43 pm Upon arriving in the area, Sergeant Andrés Mendoza entered the water and recovered the body of a man whose identity has not been revealed. The report shows that the victim is about 50 years old, with a height of five feet, eight inches, and that he was wearing shorts.

Emergency Medical Corps arrived on the scene and certified that the man did not show vital signs.

Shooting in Ponce Leaves One Dead & Pregnant Woman in Critical Condition

January 20, 2020

PONCE - A young pregnant woman and her partner were injured in a shooting that occurred at noon today, in front of the victims' house on Lorenzo Bizo Street, in the Caribbean neighborhood.

The couple was transported to the Damas Hospital, where the young man died while being treated in the emergency room.

Three men killed in a shooting in Juana Díaz

January 15, 2020

Agents attached to the Homicide Division of the Criminal Investigation Corps (CIC) of Ponce are investigating a triple homicide in a shooting that occurred on the PR-149 road, in the Lomas neighborhood, in Juana Díaz.

Police say the two men were shot dead in front of the "Terrace" business, formerly known as "Hillside", located near a Texaco gas station.

Also, a third man received several bullet wounds that caused serious injuries. The man was taken to the San Cristóbal hospital in Ponce for medical attention but died at the institution.

One of the victims died inside a vehicle whose make and model were not made available by police, while a second man died outside the car.

The three victims have not been identified, but are around 20 or 21 years old. Similarly, the Police have no information on how many caps were recovered at the scene, nor the caliber (s) of the weapons used.

Puerto Rico Man Shot Dead in Hato Rey

January 13, 2020

A man was shot dead last night in the Israel neighborhood of Hato Rey, police reported.

According to a report by the authorities, the subject, identified as Christian Alberto Soto Encarnación, 30, was located at about 11:10 pm with several bullet impacts.

Agents were alerted to the shooting through a 9-1-1 Emergency System call. The Homicide Division of the Criminal Investigation Corps (CIC) of San Juan is in charge of the investigation.

Figures from the authorities maintain that so far this year 21 violent deaths have been reported , nine less than in 2019 at the same date when 30 murders had been reported.

A Relative of the Family of 4 killed in Trujillo Alto on New Year's Day is the Suspect in the Massacre

January 7, 2020

Police have identified José Carlos Aponte Ramos, 36, as the suspect of killing four members of a family in Trujillo Alto on New Year's Day.

According to Nazario, director of the Criminal Investigation Corps (CIC) of Carolina, the prosecution filed charges in absentia against the subject who is engaged in the construction industry.

He has been indicted on the four charges of first-degree murder, one charge for attempted murder and five charges for violations of the Weapons Law are against the suspect.

Bail has been set at $ 27.5 million.

Nazario said that the investigation shows that Aponte Ramos is a relative of the murdered family and lives near the scene.

Aponte Ramos was charged in 2014 for murdering a man in the Carraízo neighborhood of Trujillo Alto, but the charges were dismissed in a preliminary hearing.

At 3:20 a.m. last Wednesday was when authorities received a call to the 9-1-1 Emergency System warning of detonations at the scene and when they arrived they ran into the shot bodies of Edwin Ramos Monge, 47; Dorothy Wickline, 40, and her twins.

Another teenage son of the couple was also injured by the incident. The child had to receive medical assistance for gunshot wounds in one of his cheekbones, arm, and leg.

5.7 Earthquake Near Puerto Rico on January 6, 2020 Caused Damages to Many Homes

Taxi Driver Arrested for Running Over Two Minors in PR

January 5, 2020

A taxi driver was arrested at about 10:00 in the morning after hitting two children on Lindbergh Street, in front of the Port Authority, in the port area of ​​Isla Grande.

According to the police report, the driver of a dark green Dodge Caravan bus, splint 1304TT, was arrested on Guamaní Street, near the site of the accident.

The children were transported in stable condition to the Hoare hospital in Santurce.

The driver's identity has not been disclosed, while the investigation was carried out by agents of Highway Patrols of San Juan.

 

Police Record 12 Murders in the First Five Days of 2020

January 5, 2020

The most recent crimes were reported this morning in San Juan and Trujillo Alto

In the first five days of the year there have been 12 murders, representing an increase of five compared to 2019 at the same date when seven violent deaths had been reported, police confirmed.

The most recent crimes were reported this morning in San Juan and Trujillo Alto.

According to the authorities, the first incident was recorded at 6:00 am in the residential López Sicardó, in Río Piedras, where the body of a man with several bullet impacts was found.

The deceased has not yet been identified by the authorities and the circumstances in which the violent incident occurred are unknown.

Meanwhile, the second murder took place at 6:30 a.m. on Pellín Rodríguez Street, in Santurce .

In this place, police officers found the body of a man, who has not been identified, with multiple bullets in his body. The victim was lying on the pavement, it was reported.

Later, at 6:38 am, an individual was located shot in the community area of ​​the residential Los Claveles, in Trujillo Alto.

The deceased has not been identified but was described as a white complexion. He wore a blue mahón, a gray T-shirt, a cap and black sneakers.

The investigation of both cases is in charge of the Criminal Investigation Corps (CIC) of San Juan and Carolina, respectively.

Update:Authorities detain inmates who escaped in Aibonito

December 30, 2019

.The authorities found the whereabouts of the two inmates who escaped today, Monday, from the Aibonito court after assaulting their escort, police confirmed.

Both inmates were arrested at the Aibonito Memorial funeral home after citizens reported seeing them, police said.

The inmates were identified as Jesús Rodríguez González , 33, a native of Santurce, and Alberto Del Valle Rivera , 35, a native of Guaynabo.

According to preliminary information, the inmates escaped at about 1:43 pm while being escorted to pick up another inmate. They then attacked the officer who directed them and escaped from the facility.

The Department of Correction and Rehabilitation (DCR) identified the convicts as Jesús Rodríguez González, 33 years old and a native of Santurce, and Alberto Del Valle Rivera, 35 years old and a native of Guaynabo.

Agents began the search for the inmates in the area of ​​the town center of Aibonito and the DCR reported that it activated the Special Arrest Unit, who collaborate with the Canine Unit.

If you have information, the agency urged you to call the emergency system 9-1-1 or (787) 454-6981 confidentially.

Escaped Prisoners: Jesús Rodríguez González & Alberto Del Valle Rivera

Woman Robbed at Gunpoint in Bayamon

December 28, 2019

A woman was robbed on Saturday morning when she was leaving a fast-food restaurant located in La Plazoleta in the Sierra Bayamón area, in Bayamón, according to police.

According to the authorities, the injured party alleged that she was about to leave the establishment when an individual wearing a white mask approached with a firearm, threatened her and stripped her of a wallet that contained inside $ 3,500.00 in cash.

The suspect  was described as thin-skinned brunette, wearing a black coat and blue shorts.

Police said the woman was unharmed.

The Robbery Division of the Bayamón Criminal Investigation took over the investigation.

A 66-Year-Old Woman Dies after Being Hit By a Driver in Barranquitas

December 28, 2019

Police determined that the woman crossed the road without taking proper precautions

A 66-year-old woman died yesterday after being hit, at night, by a driver on Highway 152, kilometer 2.4, in the Quebradillas neighborhood of Barranquitas, according to police.

According to the authorities' report, Felicita Rosario Rivas, a resident of Orocovis, crossed highway 152, without taking due precautions, when a driver hit her the front of her 2017 Toyota Yaris red car.

The injured woman received trauma in different parts of the body, so she was transported by state paramedics to the Barranquitas Comprehensive Health Center where the doctor on duty certified her death due to severe trauma in the head area.

 Meanwhile, the driver's alcohol test was negative (0.00%).

Agent José Torres Lugo, assigned to the Aibonito Transit Division, took over the investigation.

Puerto Rican and their two children are killed in New Mexico

 

December 27, 2019

A Puerto Rican woman and her two children were found dead on Christmas day at home, in what appears to be a Murder-Suicide by the husband.

Authorities found a gun next to the body of Carlos Velásquez, who was face down and crossed on the legs of his wife Marilyn Quiñones Velásquez, 45, said the affidavit. There were scattered caps on the floor of a bedroom, according to the statement.

The brother of the female, Edwin Quiñones, is devastated of the deaths of his sister and her nephews in several Facebook posts. "This was my beautiful sister and her handsome boys. Unfortunately, something possessed her husband on Christmas Day to commit the most horrible thing that ever happened and took their lives. My sister was an amazing person and loved her children with all your soul. May God grant us the understanding to deal with this and may they rest in peace. I will remember and love you forever, "he wrote.

In another publication, Quiñones said he will miss traveling with his sister to "his homeland Puerto Rico."

The authorities determined that the couple was in the process of divorcing. The husband recently retired from the United States Army and suffered from post-traumatic stress, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

Marilyn's sister, Rosa Velázquez, said in an interview with Noticentro that "my brother-in-law was suffering from PTSD (PTSD). My sister believed that he was recovering."

Quiñones Velásquez was born in Moca.

The bodies of both parents and their children, Adrian, 14, and Roberto, 22, were discovered by worried family members who tried to contact the family at Christmas and called the emergency number 911. All the victims died from the injuries inflicted. by bullets.

Roberto Velásquez graduated from the University of New Mexico in May and was at home to take advantage of the Christmas break at Stanford University in California, the document said.

The relatives told police that the family had played games on Christmas Eve at another relative's house before leaving for his home. The family is raising money through GoFundMe for the funeral.

 

Puerto Rican Driver Fell Asleep at the Wheels in Toa Baja and Killed another Driver

December 27, 2019

A man died after being hit by the vehicle of a driver who fell asleep at about 10:45 this morning, in Toa Baja.

Lieutenant Elvis Zeno, of the Highway Patrol Division, reported that the injured party, who has not yet been identified, had parked in the promenade area of the PR-137 road.

He added that at that time, the driver of a Mitsubishi Outlander vehicle was traveling along the road when,  the driver, who is a nurse, fell asleep, leading to right side of the Highway, where a Mazda vehicle was parked 

"It hit him from the back and threw the driver," he said. "The Mitsubishi continues, turns over and hits a Pathfinder."

"Unfortunately, the hit driver suffered serious injuries and he died later in Wilma Vazquez Hospital," said Zeno.

On the other hand, two hours later, in Manati, a water vendor was seriously injured when he was hit by a vehicle on the PR-2 road.

According to preliminary information, the Mazda CX9 driver was traveling on the PR-149 road, from Ciales to Manati and when he reached the intersection with the PR-2, he did not stop at the red light.

"This resulted in an impact on a black Kia Rio vehicle traveling from Vega Baja to Manati," said Zeno

"The driver of the Mazda went out of control, invading the opposite lane, where he hit three vehicles and threw a pedestrian selling bottles of water."

The pedestrian was transported to a hospital institution, but Zeno immediately did not know which one.

One Man Killed and Woman Wounded in Shooting in Ponce

December 25, 2019

Shooting in the middle of Christmas afternoon claimed the life of a man today, Wednesday, on Wilson Street, corner of Lucas Amadeo Street, in Ponce, police reported.

According to preliminary information from the authorities, the victim's body was located with several bullet impacts inside a Mazda vehicle at about 2:48 p.m.

Luz Morell, the spokesman for the Ponce Area Police, said that during the shooting a woman was shot, while an infant was also injured. It is not known at this time if the baby's injury was due to a shot or the glass of the glass that broke after the shooting.

The Police are also not aware of the circumstances in which the incident occurred.

Police figures maintain that until yesterday 595 murders had been reported, 50 less than in 2018 at the same date when 645 violent deaths had been recorded.