Violent Gang Members Threaten Cops in You Tube Video
by Jim Kouri, CPP
Two men who threatened members of the Miami-Dade Police Department's Special Investigation Gang Unit were arrested here last Tuesday following a joint operation of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and officers from the Miami-Dade Police Department.
Rudy Villanueva and Tony Logan, both of Miami, were arrested for violations of federal law. The arrests stem from a Multi-Agency Gang Task Force (MAGTF) investigation that identified Villanueva and Logan as members of a Miami criminal street gang dubbed "Bird Road Boys."
Villanueva, who is the reputed leader of the gang, goes by the name "King Bird Road." According to the police report, task force members discovered that a video of Villanueva and Logan was uploaded on Jan. 3, 2008, onto the public video database "YouTube" for public viewing.
In the video, entitled "Bird Road Getting in Trouble," Villanueva and Logan brandish firearms. Specifically, Villanueva brandishes a shotgun and an assault rifle, and Logan brandishes handguns and pulls the trigger several times.
During the video, Villanueva and Logan made threats to the Miami-Dade Police Department Gang Unit. Villanueva states in the You Tube video, "Metro Dade Gang Unit, here I am baby" and claimed that "we's out here fighting a cold war" and that "they come at us if they want to."
Meanwhile, his partner Logan told the police to "come get it, . . ." and flashed gang signs while pulling the triggers of the handguns.
Based on this information, on January 15, 2008, task force members executed a warrant to search Logan's residence. During the search, investigators found and seized, among other things, a Mossburg shotgun, an AK-47 semi-automatic rifle, a Colt .45-caliber pistol, a Barreta .40-caliber pistol and a Smith and Wesson .357 pistol, 780 rounds of .762 ammunition, and a small amount of .45-caliber, .40-caliber and .375-caliber ammunition.
The shotgun and AK-47 appear to be identical to the firearms displayed by Villanueva in the video.
According to the complaint affidavit, a criminal record check revealed that Villanueva has three prior felony convictions, in 1996, 2003 and 2004, respectively. Accordingly, he is prohibited by federal law from possessing firearms.
"This case is a prime example of how law enforcement agencies come together to remove violent criminals from our neighborhoods," said Anthony V. Mangione, special agent-in-charge of ICE's Office of Investigations in Miami.
"These arrests are a testament to the great working relationship between ICE and the state and local governments to remove gang members from our communities," he said.
United States Attorney Alex Acosta stated, "Villanueva and Logan threatened law enforcement. They brandished weapons and told us, 'here I am baby..... Come get us if you want.' Villanueva said come get me, and we did. We will not tolerate gang threats to our police officers."
"The Miami-Dade Police Department acknowledges the necessity and is proud of the excellent working relationship we have established with the U.S. Attorney's Office, ICE, ATF and other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Working together, law enforcement can and will continue to make a positive difference. The citizens of our community can rest assured that gang activity will not be tolerated in Miami-Dade County," said Robert Parker, the Director of the Miami-Dade Police Department.
The arrest of Villanueva and Logan was part of ICE's Operation Community Shield launched in February 2005 to address the threat posed by violent street gangs, including foreign-born nationals. Since that time, ICE has been targeting all violent gang members nationwide by using its various federal authorities to arrest and prosecute gang members involved in criminal activities.
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for a number of organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. He writes for many police and crime magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer, Campus Law Enforcement Journal, and others. He's appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com, Booksamillion.com, and can be ordered at local bookstores. Kouri holds a bachelor of science in criminal justice and master of arts in public administration and he's a board certified protection professional.