Thursday, November 17, 2011

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Criminals are packing heavier weaponry
                 
By Rommel Téllez
of the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Organized crime is getting heavier weaponry at a rate the security forces cannot keep up with, according to Juan José Andrade, director of Fuerza Pública.

“This is a concern we have been talking about for a while, because criminal groups are getting heavier guns and that's a huge threat to both police officers and civilians.” he said.

Andrade explained that cops can only carry small weapons because they need to comply with the Armas y Explosivos law, which regulates what the officers may or may not carry.

“This phenomena is the reason why our police forces are the ones in Central America that always wear a bulletproof vest. We might need to discuss the law and foresee changes in the short term,” said Andrade.

His comments come after the latest police raid against heavily armed groups on Wednesday night, where police officers arrested several individuals in front of a bar in Llorente de Tibás.

One of them allegedly tried to bribe two officers with around one million colons, according to police. The men were driving a Honda with two Glock pistols in the vehicle, according to a report. Both weapons were without permits, officials said.

The Special Operational Forces and Operational Support Group agents also arrived after reports of other powerful weapons and ammunition in several parked vehicles. After a quick review, officers found seven other weapons, including a U.S.-made AR-15 assault rifle, which uses 5.56- milimeter caliber bullets and has an effective range of at least 500 meters, according to the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública.

Police said another individual had three pistols with four loaders and a total of 31 bullets.

Earlier this week, the security ministry reported that 340 firearms have been confiscated in the first four months of the year
Some say fate, and others just say it was bad luck
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Crime sometimes is like a bolt of lightning, and the victims just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

That was shown clearly early Wednesday when a U.S. citizen suffered a fatal gunshot wound in Jacó when he tried to protect his female companion.

That also was clearly the case about 4 p.m. in the heart of San José when two robbers held up the driver of a bus as the vehicle was making a turn onto Avenida 5.

Judicial agents also made a series of raids Wednesday in the Sept. 18 murder of a passerby who died when he accidentally found himself in the crossfire among gang members.

The Jacó murder happened about 4:20 a.m. When the American, identified tentatively as John Joseph Lonigan or Lonergan left a dance club with a female companion and hailed a taxi on Avenida Pastor, the town’s main street.

A short time later they were confronted by a man that the Judicial Investigating Organization said tried to sell them drugs. The judicial report said that the two passengers, the American and the woman, both declined to make a purchase, and the vendor appears to have become angry.

The man tried to pull the woman from the taxi, and the American came to her aid. In the ensuing fight, the American suffered a bullet wound to the chest and jaw, said a judicial spokesman. He died at the local clinic.

The man with the gun fled on a motorcycle, an investigator said. There was no immediate information on the immigration status of the victim, who many have been just a tourist.

The bus stickup happened on Calle 1. The northbound bus was making a left turn to go east on Avenida 5. There was no police report, and the information comes from witnesses.

Two men on a motorcycle pulled up and
murder arrest
Judicial Investigating Organization photo
The suspect is led to a vehicle in La Uruca.

intercepted the bus as the driver was
maneuvering the vehicle around the corner in heavy traffic. The men quickly took what they wanted from the driver and fled on the same motorcycle. Another witness, a young man, tried to chase the bandits on foot, but they managed to evade him.

Earlier Wednesday judicial agents detained two persons in the Sept. 18 death. That happened in  Bajo Los Ledezma in La Uruca. The victim was a 26-year-old man with the last name of Villalobos.

Agents said that two cars pulled up and the occupants began shooting. Some of the individuals went into a home and others remained on the street firing their weapons. That was when the victim received the fatal shot.

Agents arrested an 18 year old man in Bajo Los Ledezma and a woman, 24, in Pavas. They said the investigation showed that the victim has nothing to do with the drug activity and did not even live in that area.

During the arrests Wednesday, agents said they confiscated cocaine and marijuana
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Officials are estimating 557 murders by the end of the year
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Despite an overwhelming police presence, Costa Rica will end the year with an estimated 557 murders. Officials reported that there now are 553 cases, and they expect at least four more before the year ends.

That was the summary given Tuesday by Walter Espinoza, the head of the Judicial Investigating Organization.

Also Tuesday the Fuerza Pública said its officers had detained an incredible 3,056 persons between Nov. 30 and Dec. 15, part of a holiday operation.

The biggest number was drug arrests, said the report. Given that trend, the number of arrests probably will be double that figure by Jan. 5.

Law enforcement officials are pushing for more resources. The Fuerza Pública stands to get another windfall if lawmakers approve a renewal of the corporate tax. Some 95
percent of the proceeds go to the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública for its 14,000 officers.

The murder figures were incomplete. Although the judicial agency said that 205 killings were for revenge, 27 percent were said to have an unknown motive. and the number of murders as a result of stickups and robberies was not given.

There were 477 murders reported last year, so the increase this year is 16.7 percent if the estimate holds.

By contrast, El Salvador reported 8,150 murders by the middle of September.

In Costa Rica, the theory had been that murders were mainly the result of disputes among drug gangs,

This no longer seems to be the case, as the crime seems to be turning into a way to solve personal differences.

There also seems to be active murder-for-hire businesses.
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increasing murder cases remains outside tourist zone
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

High profile murders are tarnishing Costa Rica's international reputation. This is bound to affect high season tourism.

But tourists should be more concerned by luggage theft and street robberies than by fears of being gunned down in a driveby.

Once again the weekend produced a handful of gun deaths. Seven persons died from Friday until Sunday evening, but one man was killed in an exchange of fire with Escazú municipal police. One man died of wounds received Sept. 5.

In addition, Fuerza Pública officers made one arrest a short time after a murder in Paraíso de  Cartago.

As with other weekends, planned killings, bar disputes and vengeance seemed to be the motives creating situations that would not involve tourists.

A 34-year-old woman with the last name of  Guzmán died while driving in Coyal de Alajuela when another car pulled nearby and someone inside opened fire. A companion suffered injuries. Investigators are unsure of the motives.

A driveby also took the life of two men in Hatillo 6 Saturday about 11 p.m. They were identified by the last names of Gómez and Diaz. They, too, were in a vehicle when another car drove by and someone opened fire.

A man with the last name of Soto died about 6 p.m. Friday while standing in front of a family business in Calle Blancos. He was gunned down but the circumstances are not yet clear.

The municipal police action in San Antonio de Escazú took place when neighbors complained of weapons being fired. Police said they found two men in a car who fled when they arrived. When police followed they said they were greeted with bullets, according to investigators.

The 35-year-old man with the last name of Jiménez died and a 17 year old suffered two
bullet wounds, according to Judicial investigators.

That case still is under investigation. Agents said that it appears the weapon used against the police vanished and that the only evidence was a bullet clip.
Investigators said they still were trying to identify the victim in Llanos de Santa Lucía, Paraiso de Cartago. That shooting took place about 6 p.m after a dispute. One of the men involved left and returned with a firearm, said investigators. The victim suffered a bullet wound to the left eye. Another man was injured.

Fuerza Pública officers said they found the suspect in the nearby home of a relative. Police said the weapon involved seems to have been stolen from a security guard a few hours earlier.

Also Saturday a man with the last name of  Salazar suffered six bullet wounds about 8 p.m. in Vista Hermosa de Oreamuno. He was hospitalized at Hospital Max Peralta, said investigators.

About 3:40 a.m. Sunday two men suffered knife wounds during an altercation in the Parque Central de Santa Ana, said investigators.

Law enforcement officials blame the wave of murders on drug gangs and disputes over territory.  They say that the murder toll will reach a record of more than 500 this year.

However, an examination of weekend murders and those from previous weeks, show that there is a growing aggressive tendency that sometimes results in fatal street fights and bar shootings.

Most tourists would not be hanging around public parks or low-budget bars after midnight. Nor would they be likely to become embroiled in a personal dispute.

Hotels, restaurants and casinos that cater to tourists have extensive security precautions in place. If tourists do not venture outside these security screens they are unlikely to have a bad experience.
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Costa Rica has no army and the specialized  police units are not many, the law enforcement branches are multi-tiered and some have been exploited, they are under paid, under man, under trained and are seen as a central weakness by the organized crime cartels. The present Costa Rica security bodyguards and security companies are not prepared to cope with the ever surging growth and insecurity crime wave within this beautiful country. The new organized crime fashions to name a few the Colombian and Mexican cartels are presently on the ground and operating within the countries borders in the drug trade, murders for hire, express kidnappings, extortion and illegal human trafficking of men, women and children. The insurance giants Petersen International Underwriters of Lloyd's of London (Kidnap and Ransom Insurance Company) placed Costa Rica third after Mexico and Argentina for the most kidnap demands paid $100 Million Dollars. The country of Colombia was beaten by Costa Rica in insurance company payments for kidnap ransom demands. We like to deal with facts and not fiction.

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Crooks exploit that vulnerable moment when the driver arrives home
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Riding in a vehicle is considerably safer than walking along a city street, but even then there are vulnerabilities.

Plenty of motorists have found that are at the mercy of crooks when they stop their vehicle to enter their secure garage or home driveway.

That is the time when armed men come from the shadows and take the vehicle. That happens even with electric doors.

This is not a new crime, although the frequency might be greater. Such cases have taken place for decades.

The latest victim is long-time Pozos de Santa Ana resident Christopher Morehead. He was confronted by a crook at his
home Thursday about 8 p.m., said the Judicial Investigating Organization. He resisted and suffered a bullet wound to his left side, agents said.

Morehead, identified as a U.S. citizen, went to Hospital San Juan de Dios.

Typically stolen vehicles are dismantled for parts because this sidesteps the need to falsify paperwork.

Whether such a crime can be called a traditional bajonazo requires splitting linguistic hairs. A  bajonazo usually takes place when a motorist stops at a traffic light and a crook appears with a firearm. The word comes from the Spanish and means a low blow, either literally as in bullfighting or figuratively. In Costa Rica, the work also suggests that the crook made the individual get down out of the car (bajarse).
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To keep up-to date on the past, present and future travel, security and crime issues visit our web page (Information) and read the following news paper links in Costa Rica version  www.amcostarica.com/  and the Spanish newspaper verson  www.nacion.com/  
Security minister in red shirt presides at meeting of Tamarindo citizens.
Law enforcement struggles to stem rising crime
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Law enforcement officials are struggling to find solutions for increasing murders, drug smuggling and other crimes that suggest failure of the country's institutions.

The security minister said Sunday that he plans to present to the president of the Corte Suprema de Justicia and the head of the Judicial Investigating Organization a plan for an integrated task force to attack organized crime and the wave of murders believed linked to drugs.

The minister just returned from Tamarindo where he met with residents Saturday in the wake of a home invasion April 1 that took the life of a well-known tourism operator.

Also over the weekend the Ministerio de Seguridad reported an upswing in arrests when criminals were caught red-handed. The ministry said there were  7,263 persons detained that way in 2014, but the frequency has increased in the first months of this year, it said.

The murders continue. The Judicial Investigating Organization reported
the killing of a 21 year old named Rodríguez and the wounding of a 19 year old in Pavas Friday morning. Then the agency quickly reported that yet another body had been found.

Hardly any place appears to be safe. Sunday a 29-year-old woman with the last name of Crespi suffered three gunshot wounds as she was waiting in a vehicle outside the heavily guarded San Sebastián detention center. The gunman walked to the car window where he fired the shots. Then he fled on a motorcycle, said judicial agents.

The crime happened at 5 a.m. There was no explanation why the woman was there at that time, but she was identified as being a family member of individuals connected with a gang.

Even inside the prisons are not safe. Judicial police said a 21-year-old man with the last name of Juárez died in Hospital México early Sunday after being taken there from the La Reforma prison complex in Alajuela. He suffered stab wounds, agents said.

The Ministerio de Seguridad said that Gustavo Mata, the minister, would propose today the creation of an integrated strike force to crack down on organized crime and murders. Investigators say that many murders are the product of a continuing war for control by drug gangs.

Mata noted the relationship and said that he would propose an interdisciplinary team of prosecutors, investigators and judges. Under the Costa Rican law enforcement set up, Mata's Fuerza Pública is supposed to be a preventative police force that does not investigate.

The only exception is the anti-drug police in
the ministry, which does carry out extensive investigations.The Judicial Investigating Organization is an arm of the courts which has been protective in the past over its powers to conduct investigations. It also has an anti-drug section.

Mata will make his proposal to Zarella Villanueva, the president of the Corte Suprema de Justicia; Francisco Segura, director of the Judicial Investigating Organization, and Jorge Chavarría, the fiscal general or chief prosecutor.

Prevention is the policy that Mata organized in Tamarino. He met with concerned citizens. B&B owner Barry Lawson was the man who died as the result of a home invasion April 1. The crooks got $32,000 from a safe. The bulk of the money was for various local organizations that help children.

Mata again boosted the police presence that had been boosted last week. In addition to two quadracycles and two motorcycles, Tamarindo gets a patrol car, a police headquarters and 28 officers. An additional 18 officers are now stationed in Villarreal, also in the canton of Santa Cruz.

Over the weekend these officers swept Tamarindo, Brasilito and Flamingo, all areas with a thriving drug trade. They managed to confiscate small amounts of cocaine and marijuana, said the ministry. Police also checked vehicles and more than 30 motorists received tickets for various infractions.

Residents had complained that Tamarindo was without police after the local station closed.

The stabbing in the La Reforma complex is another indication that the populations there are not fully under the control of guards. Those who have been incarcerated report that inmates have their own system of governance and charge other prisoners for such necessities as mattresses, showers and even time on the toilet.  A mattress may range from 5,000 colons a week for a Costa Rican to 80,000 colons for an expat, ex-inmates have told reporters.

The prisons also have been the scene of severe beatings for years. A recent victim was a man who is accused of killing a 2 year old.  Prisoners took it upon themselves to administer a near fatal beating to the man, and there was a delay in the intervention of guards.

Others who have served time speak of self-styled kings of the various lockups who extort money, food and other items.

As part of its preventative efforts, the Fuerza Pública also deals in outreach.  An example was a march police set up in the Sagrada Familia section of San José Friday. School children with signs marched with police officers, mounted officers and dogs and their handlers.  The marchers called for an end to violence
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Costa Rica security companies and independent bodyguards advertise on the Internet services in bodyguard, executive protection, close protection, tourist escort, VIP protection and family security services to the general public. Most of these security companies and public offer bodyguards are scammers. Your security is serious business and so should you be serious when chosen a security protection company.
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Shooting victims include man in wheelchair
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Four individual died by gunfire Friday, including one victim who was confined to a wheelchair. Shootings continued through the weekend.

The disabled victim had the last name of Obando and was 33, said the Judicial Investigating Organization. He was found about 5 a.m. Friday in the  Proyecto Manuel de Jesús Jiménez in Cartago still seated in his wheelchair on a public street but with fatal bullet wounds to the chest, said agents.

Another shooting victim was a 50-year-old man with the last name of  Jiménez, who was walking about 2:30 a.m. Friday in Los Guidos, Desamparados. The Judicial Investigating Organization said that a vehicle passed him and someone inside opened up and shot him several times. He was dead at the scene, agents said.

Also early Friday in Desamparados a woman died and three men suffered wounds when a man  dressed in black entered a drinking establishment and began shooting. The bar is in  San Antonio de Desamparados. The woman was identified by the last name of  Ramírez. She was 23.

Also Friday agents were called to León XIII in Tibás where the body of a man later identified by the last name of Montero was on a sidewalk. Agents said that the 25-year-old man had multiple gunshot wounds.

The most seriously wounded was a woman with the last name of  León who suffered a bullet wound to the head Saturday night. She was in a vehicle traveling in the  San Diego section of  Tres Ríos. Someone in another car fired into the one in which the woman was riding, said agents.

Also Saturday night a man identified by the last name of Alcazar  showed up at Hospital San Juan de Dios with a bullet wound to the left leg, said judicial agents. The 29-year-old man reported he was shot on a street in  Barrio Corazón de Jesús where he was involved in an argument with another man.

At Hospital México four men showed up with various bullet wounds about 11 p.m. Saturday from La Carpio, La Uruca. Judicial agents said they were victims of individuals in a vehicle who drove through the area shooting randomly. Agents said they recovered shells from a 12-gauge shotgun and from  .38-caliber and a  7.65-caliber weapons.

Also Saturday agents were called to Hospital Calderón Guardia where a man hospitalized there since May 25 died. He was 28 with the last name of  Guerrero, said agents. The man suffered knife wounds in the section of Cartago known as  la Carpintera. He also is believed to have been the victim of an argument


Some say fate, and others just say it was bad luck
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Crime sometimes is like a bolt of lightning, and the victims just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

That was shown clearly early Wednesday when a U.S. citizen suffered a fatal gunshot wound in Jacó when he tried to protect his female companion.

That also was clearly the case about 4 p.m. in the heart of San José when two robbers held up the driver of a bus as the vehicle was making a turn onto Avenida 5.

Judicial agents also made a series of raids Wednesday in the Sept. 18 murder of a passerby who died when he accidentally found himself in the crossfire among gang members.

The Jacó murder happened about 4:20 a.m. When the American, identified tentatively as John Joseph Lonigan or Lonergan left a dance club with a female companion and hailed a taxi on Avenida Pastor, the town’s main street.

A short time later they were confronted by a man that the Judicial Investigating Organization said tried to sell them drugs. The judicial report said that the two passengers, the American and the woman, both declined to make a purchase, and the vendor appears to have become angry.

The man tried to pull the woman from the taxi, and the American came to her aid. In the ensuing fight, the American suffered a bullet wound to the chest and jaw, said a judicial spokesman. He died at the local clinic.

The man with the gun fled on a motorcycle, an investigator said. There was no immediate information on the immigration status of the victim, who many have been just a tourist.

The bus stickup happened on Calle 1. The northbound bus was making a left turn to go east on Avenida 5. There was no police report, and the information comes from witnesses.

Two men on a motorcycle pulled up and
murder arrest
Judicial Investigating Organization photo
The suspect is led to a vehicle in La Uruca.

intercepted the bus as the driver was
maneuvering the vehicle around the corner in heavy traffic. The men quickly took what they wanted from the driver and fled on the same motorcycle. Another witness, a young man, tried to chase the bandits on foot, but they managed to evade him.

Earlier Wednesday judicial agents detained two persons in the Sept. 18 death. That happened in  Bajo Los Ledezma in La Uruca. The victim was a 26-year-old man with the last name of Villalobos.

Agents said that two cars pulled up and the occupants began shooting. Some of the individuals went into a home and others remained on the street firing their weapons. That was when the victim received the fatal shot.

Agents arrested an 18 year old man in Bajo Los Ledezma and a woman, 24, in Pavas. They said the investigation showed that the victim has nothing to do with the drug activity and did not even live in that area.

During the arrests Wednesday, agents said they confiscated cocaine and marijuana

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