Deandre Daniels (left) and Julian Warren (center) are suspects in the April 27, 2016, murder of Mark Santee. Raymond Padilla (right) previously was detained in this case. (LVMPD/KSNV)
LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV)
The daughter of an overnight security guard killed more than a year ago says she was given a heads-up that more arrests were coming.
Just knowing the faces, and connecting the names and connecting the story, is hard. It s difficult to accept, says Amber Santee.
Mark Santee was killed April 26, 2016 while working as an overnight security guard at an apartment complex construction site on the 5100 block of South Jerry Tarkanian Way, near West Tropicana Avenue and South Fort Apache Road. On Friday, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department announced the arrests of Julian Lamar Warren and Deandre Lamar Daniels in connection to Santee s death. Both men were already in custody, accused of unrelated crimes. Three people are currently charged in Santee s death. Raymond Padilla was arrested in March.
In the arrest report on Padilla, detectives say Santee was shot to death during the theft of flat-panel televisions.
Padilla, who has been indicted in this case, is scheduled to head to trial on June 12. Warren made his initial court appearance Friday and is scheduled to return to Justice Court on June 12. Daniels will make his initial court appearance on Tuesday.
British police on Saturday released surveillance-camera images of the Manchester concert bomber on the night of the attack as they appealed for more information about his final days. Authorities said they had made major progress in unravelling the plot behind the concert bombing but acknowledged there were still gaps in their knowledge. Britain reduced its terrorism threat level a notch Saturday, from “critical” to “severe,” yet security remained high as jittery residents tried to enjoy a long holiday weekend. Armed police officers and soldiers were deployed at soccer matches, concerts and other big events.
Abedi, a 22-year-old Briton of Libyan descent, died in Monday’s explosion, which killed 22 others and wounded nearly 120 as crowds were leaving an Ariana Grande concert. The photos released by police show attacker Salman Abedi on the night of the bombing, wearing sneakers, jeans, a dark jacket and a baseball cap. The straps of a knapsack are visible on his shoulders. Greater Manchester Police chief Ian Hopkins and Neil Basu, the national coordinator of counterterrorism policing, urged people to contact police if they had information about Abedi’s movements between May 18 and Monday night.
“In the past five days, we have gathered significant information about Abedi, his associates, his finances, the places he had been, how the device was built and the wider conspiracy,” they said in a statement.
“Our priorities are to understand the run-up to this terrible event and to understand if more people were involved in planning this attack.”
British Prime Minister Theresa May said “a significant amount of police activity” and several arrests had led to the level being lowered. But she urged Britons to remain vigilant and said soldiers would remain at high-profile sites throughout the weekend, and start reducing their presence beginning Tuesday. A severe threat still means an attack is “highly likely,” according to the scale set by Britain’s Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre. Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, Britain’s top counterterrorism police officer, said authorities have dismantled a “large part” of the network around bomber Salman Abedi.
But Rowley said there were still “gaps in our understanding” of the plot, as investigators probed Abedi’s potential links to jihadis in Britain, Europe, Libya and the Middle East.
“There will be more arrests and there will be more searches,” he said. Police made two more arrests in Manchester on Saturday on suspicion of terrorism offenses, bringing the number of suspects in custody to 11. All are men, aged between 18 and 44. In addition, Abedi’s father and younger brother were detained in Libya. Police disclosed new details about Abedi’s’ movements, saying he returned to Britain four days before the attack. His father has said Abedi was in Libya until earlier this month and had told family he planned to go to Saudi Arabia on a pilgrimage.
Police say they think Abedi assembled his bomb at a rented apartment in central Manchester that was raided by officers Wednesday. Investigators have searched 17 properties, including Abedi’s home in south Manchester and other houses in nearby districts. Residents were evacuated from streets in the south Manchester neighborhood of Moss Side in what police called a precaution as one search was carried out Saturday. Photos showed an army bomb-disposal unit at the property.
Another place searched was an apartment in a Manchester high-rise that British media say was rented by Abedi in the months before the attack. Mohammed El-Hudarey, a friend of the landlord, said after Abedi moved out about six weeks ago there was a strong smell of chemicals and debris including metal rods and cut-up fabric.
“We thought he must have been a drug dealer or doing witchcraft,” El-Hudarey told the BBC. Armed police were on the streets outside London’s Wembley Stadium, and security guards conducted extra bag checks, as 90,000 fans arrived for the FA Cup soccer final between Chelsea and Arsenal, one of the biggest sporting events of the year. Before kickoff, Prince William laid a wreath in memory of the victims alongside Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham. The stadium held a minute of silence for the bombing victims.
Arsenal fan Liz Johnson said she was “sad after what happened in Manchester. But I grew up in Ireland, so bombs did go off there and life does go on.”
“We will be thinking about all the people who died and were injured,” she said. Manchester slowly returned to normal, though the damaged arena and adjacent Victoria train station remained closed. Former U.S. President Barack Obama offered his condolences to the victims and support for those wounded in the Manchester bombing during a meeting Saturday with Prince Harry at London’s Kensington Palace.
Britain’s health service said Saturday that 63 people wounded in the bombing remain hospitalized, 20 of them in critical condition.
Grande, meanwhile, promised to return to “the incredibly brave city of Manchester” to hold a benefit concert for the victims.
“Our response to this violence must be to come closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and to live more kindly and generously than we did before,” she said. “We won’t let hate win.”
by Yakima Herald-Republic via Associated Press
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YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) A Washington man has been found guilty in federal court of trying to hire someone to kill his ex-girlfriend and attempting to pay the would-be killer with drugs. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports Gerardo Loreto had been convicted Thursday of the use of mail in the commission of murder-for-hire and two counts of the use of a phone in the commission of a murder-for-hire stemming from the March 2016 case. Loreto is accused of making phone calls from jail saying he wanted his ex-girlfriend dead and agreeing to pay at least a pound of methamphetamine in exchange for her death. He had been arrested for making previous calls about wanting to kill her.
He has also been convicted of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and attempt to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.