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Friday
Jun152012

NY Man Charged with Impersonating ICE Agent, Handcuffing Teen

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A Long Island, N.Y., man pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges of impersonating a federal agent and handcuffing a teen driver after a road rage incident.

On Sunday, 39-year-old insurance executive David Bradley turned on his emergency lights and pulled over a 19-year-old driver, according to Suffolk County police.  Clad in a bulletproof vest, Bradley identified himself as a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent, handcuffed the teen, Travis Melito, and then took him to his home, where he released him five minutes later, police said.

Police arrested him the next day, when Bradley went to a police precinct to file a complaint about the road rage incident.

Bradley, who is a father of two, faces charges of second-degree unlawful imprisonment and criminal impersonation.

Suffolk County district attorney spokesman Robert Clifford said prosecutors have eyewitness evidence that Bradley exited his vehicle, wearing a badge around his neck and carrying a handgun in his holster, and padded Melito down against his Mitsubishi before searching his car and driving him to his home in Port Jefferson Station.  When Bradley drove Melito back to his car and set him free, he told the teen, "This is your lucky day," Clifford said.

The district attorney's investigation is ongoing, Clifford said.

Anthony LaPinta, Bradley's attorney, said his client denies the allegations.  There was a "confrontation" between Bradley and the teen driver, but Bradley did not handcuff him or impersonate law enforcement, LaPinta said.

"[Bradley] is a decent person, he's a family man, he's an accomplished businessman with no prior convictions," LaPinta said, adding that the teen was intentionally fabricating the story.

It was not Bradley's first time allegedly impersonating an ICE agent.  He is charged with second-degree criminal impersonation in a May 4 incident in which police said he attempted to enter a crime scene.

Bradley is being held on $150,000 bail and is set to be indicted this week.

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Tuesday
Mar012011

Texas Man Linked to Gun in ICE Agent's Death

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Texas man who allegedly bought one of the guns used to kill a U.S. agent in Mexico had been under surveillance as a suspected gun trafficker for a Mexican drug cartel, federal officials said Tuesday.

Otilio Osorio, one of three men arrested Monday in East Lancaster, Texas, by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents, allegedly bought the pistol in October 2010, before federal law enforcement became aware that he might be involved in gun-running for the drug cartels.

The criminal complaint and ATF affidavit in the case against Osorio, his brother Ranferi Osorio and Kelvin Morrison, which was released Tuesday, said Mexican authorities have made a series of arrests related to the agent's killing and seized three firearms used in the attack.

"One of these firearms recovered is described as a Romaem-Cugir, model Draco, 7.62 pistol with an obliterated serial number," the affidavit said. "The firearm was traced by ATF to Otilio Osorio....Ballistic testing conducted on this firearm indicated that it was one of the three firearms used during the deadly assault on ICE Special Agent Zapata's vehicle."

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Jaime Zapata was killed Feb. 15, when his SUV was forced off the road between Monterrey and Mexico City, allegedly by a group of Zeta gunmen. Zapata and his partner were on official business at the time of the attack.

Two criminal complaints released Tuesday reveal that the Drug Enforcement Agency and ATF were tracking the Osorios in November 2010 as part of an investigation into the Zeta drug cartel and their efforts to acquire weapons in the United States to send them to Mexico.

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