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FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending May 24, 2013

Washington, D.C. May 24, 2013
  • FBI National Press Office (202) 324-3691
  1. Headquarters: FBI Mourns the Loss of Two Special Agents Killed in Training Exercise

    Special Agents Christopher Lorek and Stephen Shaw, members of the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team, were tragically killed Friday, May 17 during a training exercise off the coast of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Full Story

  2. Headquarters: Three Defendants Plead Guilty to Participating in Ambush Murder and Attempted Murder of ICE Agents in Mexico

    Julian Zapata Espinoza, a commander in the Los Zetas Cartel, led the attempted hijacking of an armored government vehicle that resulted in the death of Special Agent Jaime Zapata and serious injury of Special Agent Victor Avila. Full Story

  3. New York: NYPD Detective Arrested for Computer Hacking

    Edwin Vargas is alleged to have hired an e-mail hacking service to obtain log-in credentials for at least 43 personal e-mail accounts and one cellular phone belonging to at least 30 different individuals, including 21 who are affiliated with the NYPD. Full Story

  4. New Haven: Congressional Campaign Finance Director Convicted for Role in Illegal Contribution Scheme

    Robert Braddock, Jr. was convicted of multiple offenses stemming from a scheme to direct illegal campaign contributions from Roll Your Own smoke shop owners to Christopher Donovan, a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives. Full Story

  5. New York: Three University Researchers Charged for Conspiring to Receive Bribes from Chinese Company and Chinese Government-Supported Research Institute

    Yudong Zhu, Xing Yang, and Ye Li, who worked on improving MRI technology at a university in New York, were each charged with one count of commercial bribery in connection with a conspiracy to receive payments in exchange for providing non-public information about research conducted at the university. Full Story

  6. Indianapolis: Former Chicago Police Officer and Two Members of Latin Kings Street Gang Sentenced in Racketeering Conspiracy

    Antonio C. Martinez, Jr. received 144 months in prison for committing armed robberies with another officer on behalf of a Latin Kings gang member—in some instances while in uniform and driving police-issued vehicles. Full Story

  7. Kansas City: Independence Woman Indicted for Violating Civil Rights of African American Family by Torching Their Home

    Victoria A. Cheek-Herrera and a co-conspirator allegedly drew a swastika and wrote the words “White Power” on the driveway of a home before setting it on fire with a Molotov cocktail. Full Story

  8. Birmingham: Twenty-One People Arrested in Huntsville-Based Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

    The defendants were allegedly part of overlapping drug rings, one distributing powder and crack cocaine and the other marijuana, in Madison County. Full Story

  9. Atlanta: Members of International Sex Trafficking Ring Indicted

    Arturo Rojas-Coyotl, Odilon Martinez-Rojas and Severiano Martinez-Rojas, all of Tlaxcala, Mexico, were indicted on charges of sex trafficking and alien harboring for allegedly using force, fraud, and coercion to compel three women to engage in prostitution in Atlanta and Norcross, Georgia. Full Story

  10. Louisville: Taylor County Man Sentenced to 110 Years in Prison for Production and Possession of Child Pornography

    Tony Edwin Davis enticed and coerced two girls under 5 years of age to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction. Full Story