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ICE seeks the public’s help to identify ‘John Doe’ child predator

DALLAS – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is seeking the public’s help to identify a suspected child pornography producer, and rescue at least one child victim.

HSI special agents investigating this case believe “John Doe,” a young adult male between 18 and 20 years old, produced child pornography in which he photographed himself engaging in sexual contact with an African American baby girl 12 to 18 months old. Today the girl may be about 2 to 2 1/2 years old.

Based on investigative clues in the photos, HSI special agents believe that this person may now live in, or had visited, north Texas at the time these photos were taken sometime in April 2013. The ball cap’s logo, “Shut Up N Play,” was new at the time, and they had not yet been released for sale. However, there had been very limited distribution within north Texas when these photos were taken.

HSI Dallas investigators were unable to identify the suspect using traditional investigative means and request the public’s assistance.

In addition to public appeals, HSI Dallas has distributed the “John Doe” information and photos to fellow law enforcement agencies, and to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, in a unified effort to find this predator and rescue the child.

If you think you recognize this person, please contact HSI toll free at 1-866-347-2423. You can also email your tip by completing HSI’s online tip form.

All tips will remain confidential. Members of the public should not attempt to apprehend the suspect personally.

This investigation was conducted under HSI’s Operation Predator, an international initiative to protect children from sexual predators. Since the launch of Operation Predator in 2003, HSI has arrested more than 10,000 individuals for crimes against children, including the production and distribution of online child pornography, traveling overseas for sex with minors, and sex trafficking of children. In fiscal year 2013, more than 2,000 individuals were arrested by HSI special agents under this initiative.

HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators. Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST.

For additional information about wanted suspected child predators, download HSI’s Operation Predator smartphone app or visit the online suspect alerts page.

HSI is a founding member and current chair of the Virtual Global Taskforce, an international alliance of law enforcement agencies and private industry sector partners working together to prevent and deter online child sexual abuse.


15-Year-Old Critical Missing Girl NR14115bb

Los Angeles:   The family of Ashley Aleriano and the Los Angeles Police Department’s Newton Division are asking for the public’s help to locate Ashley.

On March 12, 2014, around 7:45 a.m., Ashley was last seen leaving her residence located in the 400 block of E. 48th Street in Los Angeles.  Ashley walked away from the location and has not been seen or heard from since. Her family is extremely concerned for her welfare because she made suicidal remarks.

Ashley is described as a 15-year-old female Hispanic with brown hair, brown eyes.  She stands  5 feet 1 inch tall and weighs about 148 pounds.  She was last seen possibly wearing a flower pattern top, blue jeans, and black shoes.

Anyone with information on Ashley’s whereabouts is asked to contact Newton Division Officers Padilla or Salazar at (323) 846-6576,; or the Newton Division Watch Commander at (323)846-6547. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts

Man Federally Charged w/ Pointing Laser at LASD Helicopter

Los Angeles – A Los Angeles man has been arraigned in federal court on charges that allege he pointed the beam of a laser at a law enforcement helicopter, announced Bill Lewis, the Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office; and AndréBirotteJr., the United States Attorney in Los Angeles. 

George Sam Elali, 31, of the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles, was named in a grand jury indictment filed on February 14. Elali is charged with one count of aiming the beam of a laser at an aircraft, a felony offense that carries a penalty of up to five years in federal prison. 

On the evening of November 17, 2013, tactical flight deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department were conducting patrol when their helicopter was struck with the beam of a laser, according to investigators. The pilots reported that their aircraft was struck multiple times with a green laser that illuminated the helicopter’s cockpit. Following the alleged laser attacks, the deputies successfully tracked the source of the laser to a suspect located in the backyard of a residence in Los Angeles. Police on the ground responded to the residence and took Elali into custody on state charges of pointing a laser at an aircraft. Elali subsequently posted bail and was released from local custody while a federal investigation by the FBI and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department continued. That investigation resulted in the indictment issued by a grand jury. The state charges against Elali have been dismissed. 

Elali was arraigned on the indictment this afternoon in United States District Court in downtown Los Angeles. 

In addition to a statutory maximum penalty of five years in federal prison, Elali is also subject to civil penalties by the Federal Aviation Administration. 

An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

This investigation was conducted by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI. Elali is being prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office in the Central District of California. 

Reports of laser attacks have increased dramatically in recent years as laser devices have become more affordable and widely available to the public. In addition, technology has advanced the effectiveness of laser devices, with a resulting increase in the potential safety hazards for pilots operating aircraft and their passengers and crew. Such safety hazards include temporary distraction and impaired vision, which is particularly dangerous during the critical takeoff or landing phase of flight. In addition, pilots have reported the need to abort landings or relinquish control of the aircraft to another pilot as a result of laser attacks. California consistently leads the nation in reports of laser attacks. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, which compiles statistics on the number of laser strikes in the United States, 3,960 laser attacks were reported nationwide in 2013.