#1086 Apr 22, 2012
DOMINICAN TEENS KILL A 7 YEAR OLD BOY IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Santo Domingo.- Five boys aged 13, 14 and 15, two of them Haitian, were arrested Tuesday, in connection with the death of a 7 year old boy, whose body was found in an empty lot in Arroyo Hondo, in the capital.
Randy Beltráns decomposed body was found by an anonymous caller who notified the victims father, Beato Victor Beltrán, 51, on finding his son, reported missing since the Saturday.
The Police said all the boys confessed to the killing in the lot near a creek, where they went together with sixth minor as yet unidentified, and once there struck Beltran with a cinder block and other blunt objects, to steal 300 pesos earned by begging at intersections.
They told investigators that together with another adolescent still on the loose they took the body and flung it behind a wall, then covered it with a sheet of zinc.
They said they committed the murder envious of how Beltran was able to get so much money from drivers stopped at traffic lights.
#1087 Apr 22, 2012
BIZARRE CASE OF INCEST IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC ENDS IN MURDER
SANTIAGO.- The most bizarre case of incest in Dominican Republics recent history has ended in murder, as Police announced charges against the husband and the daughter of Luz Maria Rodriguez Medina, 64, found shot to death in northwestern Dajabón Province.
It said the victim was found dead near Arenoso River of several bullet wounds 2:30pm Sunday, and arrested her husband Jose Ramon Lopez, 63, in his residence in the town Loma de Cabrera.
Medinas murder, Police investigators said was perpetrated in that residence and her body later taken to the site with the help of Lopezs daughter, Gaudi, 26, who confessed to being an accomplice by ridding the house of her mothers blood-stained garments.
She claims however that she was forced to help her father under death threats, and that he sexually abused her since the age of 18
The victims daughter added that when her mother uncovered the relation and protested, her father shot her.
#1088 Apr 22, 2012
JOURNALIST MURDERED IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Santo Domingo.- San Pedro Province Instruction judge Ramon Martinez declared complex the case against the murderers of La Romana journalist Jose Silvestre, which gives prosecutors eight more months to prepare the indictment
The fugitive Matias Avelino Castro figures as the masterminding in Silvestres kidnapping and later murder, together with Angel Amed Mañón Gutiérrez, Dennis Sierra Junior, Franklin Lugo Mejía and Raisa Danelis Avelino.
The prosecution will reportedly accuse ex Cincinnati Reds star pitcher Jose Rijo and his brother Uldárico de la Cruz of laundering money from drug trafficking for Avelino Castro.
The journalist was kidnapped in August and later shot twice, and his body was found in a country road near San Pedro. He had denounced drug trafficking cases in his magazine and radio program,Voice of the Truth.
#1089 Apr 22, 2012
ANTI-NARCOTICS AGENT GUNNED DOWN NEAR HIS HOME IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Santo Domingo.- An Antinarcotics (DNCD) agent was gunned down by unidentified attackers 10am Thursday, jus a few minutes after the victim left his house in Santo Domingo East.
Manuel Matos Hidalgo, who was assigned to the Canine Unit in Punta Cana International Airport, Altagracia Province, had his weapon of issue stolen, said DNCD spokesman Roberto Lebrón.
He said the Police began the investigation in the murder of Matos Noble, 28, assaulted just a short distance from parents house, in the barrio Ensanche Isabelita.
#1090 Apr 22, 2012
DOMINICAN MAN EXTRADITED TO THE U.S. FOR MURDERING HIS WIFE
Santo Domingo.- A Dominican wanted for allegedly shooting his wife to death was extradited to the United States last night, to face charges of intentional and premeditated murder in Hill Rock, South Carolina, the National Drugs Control Agency (DNCD) announced today.
DNCD agents arrested Carlos Luis Pinales Mejía, who also used the name of Francisco Tejeda Aquino to avoid capture in the murder of Amver Marie Schiavone, on January 30, 2008.
The Dominican government authorizer Pinales handover after the Supreme Court handed down the ruling 3138-2010, on November 15, accepting the U.S. request for extradition.
DNCD spokesman Roberto Lebrón said the accused faces two counts of first degree murder in South Carolinas York County Court.
#1091 Apr 22, 2012
PUERTO RICAN PILOT MURDERED IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
SANTO DOMINGO. U.S. federal and antinarcotics (DEA) agents will arrive in Dominican Republic today to probe the murder of the Puerto Rican pilot Santos Seda Rodriguez, found beaten to death after escaping a drugs raid at the Las Americas International Airport (AILA).
Also expected to arrive via Punta Cana International Airport today are Sedas relatives, to claim his body and arrange its transfer to his native Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.
A report cited by news source diariolibre.com reveals that the DEA asked local authorities to be allowed to conduct their own investigations into the murder, who is also said to be the owner of the plane in which agents seized 58 kilos of cocaine.
On Sunday Seda was seen next to the twin engine Beechcraft 55 Baron, registry N355DL, where the drug headed to Aguadilla was found.
It was learned that the search for the DNCD officer suspected as Sedas accomplice has been intensified to prevent his suffering the same fate.
The DNCD and Airport Security have yet to release the name of the official who escaped as soon as the agents appeared at the freight terminal.
#1093 Apr 22, 2012
NEW YORK INDICTS 50 IN FEARED DOMINICAN GANG TRINITARIOS ON MURDER, EXTORTION, WEAPONS TRAFFICKING AND DRUG CHARGES
New York.- The Manhattan Fedral DAs Office yesterday filed charges of extortion, drug and weapons trafficking, and murder against 50 members or associates of the feared Dominican gang Trinitarios, based in Bronx County.
Among the group figure seven leaders of the gang known as the BTG, the DA Office said, with indictments unsealed after a joint two-year investigation dubbed Operation Patria, including the DEA), the Homeland Security Department (DHS) and the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Agency (ATF).
The indictments charge the Trinitarios with murders, attempted murder, threats to protect its territory in the Bronx from other gangs and to expand its operations, including to Manhattan.
It said the Trinitarios associates and members sold marijuana, cocaine and oxycodine and suboxone pills.
The Office of the DA identified the Trinitarios leaders as Leonides Sierra, Richard González, Jose Cruz, Carlos Ureña, Edwin Ciriaco, Aníbal Ramos and Antonio Peña, adding that some of the gang members belonged to another organization within the BTG known as the Bad Boys, led by Cruz.
Sierra, González, Cruz, Ureña, Ciriaco and Ramos face 20 years in prison.
In a statement, DA Preet Bharara said the agents seized marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, two guns, two machetes and several knives during the raids.For nearly eight years the Trinitarios terrorized a large sector of the Bronx with their violence and drug business. Gangs such as this one are a cancer in New York neighborhoods. In the last two years weve processed 400 alleged members of gangs.
#1094 Apr 22, 2012
A WOMAN IS MURDERED EVERY 36 HOURS BY HER HUSBAND OR EX-SPOUSE IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Santo Domingo.- On the eve of the Day of Non-violence Against Women, every November 25, Dominican Republics fight against the murders of women has lost footing, with hundreds of complaints of domestic and gender violence lodged daily in prosecutors offices.
The situation is so alarming that according to the latest nationwide statistics every 36 hours a woman is killed by her spouse or ex spouse, action defined as intimate feminicide.
Yesterday several simultaneous marches were held in the capital and other populations of the country, in rebuke of those crimes.
#1095 Apr 22, 2012
MORE THAN 1,200 WOMEN HAVE BEEN MURDERED BY THEIR PARTNERS IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC IN THE LAST 5 YEARS
Santo Domingo.- Sandy Faustino Benítez stabbed his wife Melina Ventura Batista, 29, several times and then fled the scene of the murder, but not before seriously injuring her sister Luisauris, 27.
The Police arrested him Sunday in the La Pared sector sector of Haina, for murdering feminicide victim no. 173 just this year. There were 210 in 2010.
More than 1,200 women have been murdered by their partners in the last five years, of which 80% never denounced cases of their prior mistreatment to authorities, according to official figures.
Violence against women, as with the general cases, has become a monster which is devouring Dominican society, for which various sectors have raised their concern.
Prosecutor for Woman Affairs Roxanna Reyes warned that cases of violence against woman have surpassed the authorities ability to deal with them.
She said more than 62,000 complaints of gender violence were received nationwide just in 2010.We cannot go much further, were living it day to day, with cases which we didnt see five years back.
#1096 Apr 22, 2012
TRAIL OF DEATH AND MURDER FOLLOWING WANTED MURDERER DOMINICAN WINSTON RIZIK RODRIGUEZ
Santo Domingo.- The cockfight businessman Winston Rizik Rodriguez has become a lucky rooster by managing to evade several accusations against him, including an U.S. extradition request and having escaped two attempts on his life. Now his challenge is in the jurisdiction of Higüey (east) where hell be tried for two murders.
The man known as El Don and El Gallero(the cock-fighter) escaped a Florida prison after being convicted to 8 years in prison for drug trafficking.
According to the U.S. Marshals list of fugitives cited by news source eldia.com .do, Rizik is armed and dangerous and specify refer that he has associates in Georgia, Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic. Despite the U.S. conviction, the Supreme Court in a controversial ruling rejected the extradition request and ordered the return of all seized assets on February 25, 2009.
A group of six hired killers gunned down the engineer Wilson Alejandro Amparo Luna, confusing him with Rizik, whose murder had been allegedly ordered by a narcotics trafficker. Days later El Gallero was shot and injured in the left shoulder while driving along Winston Churchill Av.
The authorities say that and other attacks against Rizik are the result of a turf war between drug trafficking gangs of La Romana, which has already claimed several lives, including Alfredo Rodriguez (Niño Pata Corta) and Juan Arturo Donastorg, both linked to Antonio del Rosario Puente and gunned down on the La Romana-Guaymate highway.
#1097 Apr 22, 2012
DOMINICAN MAN CHARGED WITH KILLING 5 PANAMANIANS
Santo Domingo.- National District prosecutor Alejandro Moscoso revealed Monday that the Dominican Fermín Antonio Taveras Ramirez, and/or Angel Betancourt, charged with the murder of five Chinese citizens in Panama, is in the country.
He said the Immigration Agency registered Ramirezs entry to the country, just one day after he was accused of being behind the murders, together with Jose Alcibíades Méndez, who is being held in Panama.
Moscoso said hell contact his Panama par to exchange information and locate the fugitives whereabouts, affirming that the authorities are already on his trail, to be arrested and deported.
The bodies of the victims which Police say were the killers business associates- were found September 15 in a house in La Chorrera, 35 km west of Panama City.
#1098 Apr 22, 2012
MURDER RATES IN CENTRAL AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN INCLUDING THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC ARE NEARING A "CRISIS POINT".
Washington. Homicide rates in Central America and the Caribbean are nearing a "crisis point," according to a United Nations report published by CNN.
Across Central America, homicide rates have increased in five out of eight countries over the past five years, with Honduras seeing homicide rates more than double between 2005 and 2010.
The report revealed that Mexico saw a 65% increase over the same period. Homicide rates have also surged in Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Dominican Republic.
"Organized crime, especially drug trafficking, accounted for a quarter of deaths caused by firearms in the Americas, compared to only 5% of homicides in Asia and Europe," the report says.
"That does not mean, however, that organized crime groups are not active in those two regions, but rather that they may be operating in ways that do not employ lethal violence to the same extent."
#1099 Apr 22, 2012
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC POLICE COLONEL MURDERED BY A POLICE OFFICER CORPORAL
SANTO DOMINGO.- National Police chief Jose Polanco Thursday affirmed that any officer who has to be transferred three times for not doing their job or failing to manage their jurisdiction correctly will be automatically fired.
The announcement comes in the wake of police corruption scandal uncovered in the aftermath of the murder of Drugs Control Agency colonel Cesar Augusto Ubri, at the hands of Police corporal Wascar Cavallo, who managed to rejoin the force despite a criminal background. Thus far two majors and one colonel have been fired in the scandal which also uncovered a major car theft ring.
Polanco said the officers whether captains, majors or even colonels will be evaluated on the functions in municipalities and provinces. "Those which go to two municipalities, for example two provinces, and dont do their job, or dont apply a good management model to control the issue of criminality, the third time we transfer them to a place theyll leave pensioned or fired for inept."
He said if the official who must carry out their duty and its determined that they donot fo negligence or because society doesnt concern them, then they cannot wear the police uniform, regardless of the rank. "Therell be no kid gloves with anybody."
#1100 Apr 22, 2012
4 COLOMBIANS AND A SPANIARD MURDERED IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Santo Domingo.- The defendant charged with ordering the murder of four South Americans and a Spaniard August 25 and 26 in Gurabo, Santiago, began gathering power within the criminal organization after a Colombian, with whom he worked with, fled the country as the result of the August 4, 2008 killings of seven Colombians in Paya, near the southern city of Baní.
The information is found in the indictment by the Santiago Office of the Prosecutor against José Amable Morel Ventura (Monstruo), Yerry Rafael Heredia Suero, José de Jesús Sosa Acosta, Ramón Emilio Sosa Rodríguez (Ramón el Sicario), Miguel Eduardo Díaz Polanco (Oelo) and Edddy Lantigua (La Melaza). As fugitives in the case figure Héctor Vargas Valerio (Héctor La Figura) and Julio César Céspedes (El Indio).
Among their victims figure the Spaniard Pablo Fanjul García, the Colombians Carlos Arturo Pedraza García, Serafín Alvarado Bautista and Héctor Elías Peña García, and Julio César Sánchez Monterrosa, as well as the Dominican Jesús Durán Jiménez (Eronel El Gordo), all gunned down with a Glock pistol, allegedly destroyed by the perpetrators.
According to the case file, Monstruo, who is under arrest, worked for a loans business of the Colombian Carlos Alberto Romaña Mosquera (Junior) several years ago.
Venturas job was to collect payments on loans, but soon after working for Alberto Mosquera, began to sell drugs for Romaña and his associate Josep Rivas.
However, in 2008, resulting from the Paya Case investigation, Junior leaves the country, but his business continues handled by Rivas and its then when Monstruo begins to gain power within the criminal ring.
The indictment reveals that to expand his business at the start of 2011, Romaña sends four of his closest men in Colombia to the country, to secure his dealings in Dominican Republic.
At the time the Colombians, including Morel, arrived in the country and were received by Rivas, who is currently in the United States. It identifies Morel as the collector of money from drug sales by the Colombians and their link with people of the underworld and drug trafficking.
To put the drugs up front, the Colombians, today the victims, always demanded Monstruos guarantees of forced collection or that he pay in advance.
Always according to the authorities, aropund 45 days before August 26, Monstruo placed far distance with his boss from a debt of several dozens kilos of drugs given him but which he didnt pay.
The rumor spread in the Santiago province underworld that the Colombians Carlos Arturo Pedraza Garcia, Serafín Alvarado Bautista, Héctor Elías Peña and Silvio Cesar Sanchez Monterrosa would assassinate Monstruo, a situation that reached such a point that the latter asks his paramour Massiel Garcia to move from her apartment for a while, according to wiretaps on her telephone.
Shakedowns and murder plots
Taped telephone calls reveal Monstruos concern with another Colombian possibly linked to the case, which according to the wiretap, a Colombian who had survived the Paya murders, had been seen near the apartment.
The indictment concludes that aware of the problems with the victims, gathers his associates to commit the murders and the drug shakedown.
#1101 Apr 22, 2012
HEINOUS MURDER EXPOSES DOMINICAN REPUBLIC'S CORRUPT JUDGES
Santo Domingo. As if with a crystal ball Peravia province senator Wilton Guerreros predicted release of the alleged hit man Bertilio Solano, accused of dismembering two men in Palenque and Nizao last year, was materialized Thursday by the judges of the San Cristobal Appellate Courts Penal Chamber.
Guerrero has often denounced corruption stemming from the underworld, and the government had to assign him a security detail on fears of an attempt on his life.
The judges Felix Maria Matos, Cesar Darío Adames and Cesar René Peñaló set bail for Solano, whose second identity is Juan Santos Baez,(El Lento), at RD$2.0 million.
El Lento and his codefendant Ronny Vladimir Frias, both being held in Najayo prison, are charged with murdering Marcos Douglas Figueroa and Vladimir Paulino Consuegra, who were beheaded and their bodies mutilated, a crime authorities say was a shakedown of drugs.
Judge Adames however voted against setting bail for the alleged killer, noting that the same Court had turned down an appeal on May 9 and that its the same case.
The head of the Justice Ministrys Money Laundering Unit requested an investigation of the San Cristobal Appellate Court judges on frequent denunciations of corruption and the release of defendants in scandalous cases.
German Miranda said Solanos release would hinder the money laundering and forgery trial against him, because he poses a flight risk. Another hearing is scheduled for Monday in San Cristóbal.
Another San Cristobal scandal
At the start of the year San Cristobal Sentencing judge Francisco Mejia Angomas ruled to release three convicts in a druck trafficking case, arguing that he presumed that the number 10 on the conviction meant ten days, and not the ten years dictated by the court. He is currently undergoing a disciplinary trial by the Supreme Court.
#1102 Apr 22, 2012
TWO DOMINICAN WOMEN KIDNAP, STRANGLE AND MURDER A DOMINICAN BUSINESS WOMAN IN HIGUEY
Santo Domingo. The sisters Crismeri and Erika Guerrero narrated to investigators that they strangled the Higüey businesswoman Wilma Teresa Martinez the same day they kidnapped her, and dumped her body in scrubs along the Miches-El Seibo highway (east).
They said they convinced their victim that a witch of the zone would rid her of spells cast against her and that she must remain kneeling and with her feet and hands tied for one hour, before starting the exorcism to cast out the evil spirits from her.
It was then, they said, that they placed a plastic bag over her and strangled her.
Yesterday, the Police arrested Sabino Ramos and Erikas husband, Ramon Báez, whom according to the two sisters was the one who decapitated the victim.
After the murder they mounted the body in a SUV but prior to dumping it, burned it to keep it from smelling. They said the murder was to steal US$80,000 allegedly in the victims possession.
Crismeri Castillo, who has a police record, said she paid Ramon Sabino RD$16,000 two days later to sever the head, to prevent it from being recognized if found.
#1103 Apr 22, 2012
SANTO DOMINGO'S MURDER RATE IS A WHOPPING 63.95 HOMICIDES PER 100,000 PERSONS
Santo Domingo.- The National Districts Citizen Security Diagnostic Observatory last year registered 299 homicides in the 3rd Circumscription, or 63.95 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, which makes it the countrys most violent zone.
That Circumscription is bordered by the Isabela River to the North; San Martin and Mexico avenues to the South; the Ozama River to the East, and Maximo Gomez Av to the West.
According to the Citizen Observatory, of the 397 homicides committed in the National District, 75% occurred there.
In stark contrast, the 2nd Circumscription had 84 victims, or 34.03 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, which is still high in general terms, while Circumscription 1s 18.87 deaths per each 100,000 inhabitants, make it the lowest in the country.
In that regard the City Council study said among the sprawling barrios. Villas Agricolas had the most homicides (44), while Capotillos 21 were the least.
The study reveals that 96.7% are men; whereas firearms were used in eight of each 10 homicides, of which 64% occurred between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
The study adds that the most common circumstance leading to homicides were brawls, 25.4%; robberies or holdups, including the theft of weapons and motor vehicles, 22.1%, and unknown causes (21.6%).
#1104 Apr 22, 2012
#1105 Apr 22, 2012
DOMINICAN TV PERSONALITY INVOLVED IN A SHOOTING IN SANTO DOMINGO
Santo Domingo.- The TV personality Venya Carolina, whos no stranger to scandal, this time at the center of a murder investigation resulting from an unclear shooting death of Pedrito Perez Rondón, outside a North Santo Domingo disco Sunday night.
The victims brother Francisco Javier Carvajal, and Divinson Brito, alleged witnesses to the incident, accused Carolina of taking part in the shootout, and remains at large.
According to reports, Perez died near the disco located in the sprawling barrio Los Guaricanos, after an argument inside spilled over to the street, and an ensuing shootout allegedly involving Carolina, who according to the witnesses, fled on a motorcycle with her boyfriend.
#1106 Apr 22, 2012
THREE DOMINICAN SCHOOL PRINCIPALS ARRESTED FOR MURDERING A TEACH AND A VICE-MAYOR OF BAHORUCO
SANTO DOMINGO.- The National Police Tuesday arrested three public school principals accused of murdering the teacher and vice mayor of the southwestern town of Bahoruco, Lenny Feliz with a hammer.
One of the detainees, Fernando Carrasco "Chito" head of the school Mundito, was the last person seen with the victim, and confessed to the killing, perpetrated together with the also principals Luis Felix Gomez "Felo of the school Guayuyal, and Sandro Feliz Santana, of the School El Paraje, in Agüita Blanca, La Cienega, all three in Barahona province.
Police spokesman Maximo Báez said "professional greed led to the murder, after the victim had won a contest of the Education Ministry.
"He (Carrasco) said that when the principals were going to a meeting in the Cristo Rey school in Barahona they coordinated and hit her with a hammer to the head, killing her and through the investigation of the principal Fernando Carrasco Roque he confessed to the place where they buried her."
Báez added that the body of the teacher, who had been missing for 22 days on Tuesday, was found in a scrub brush near La Cienega.
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