Rio: “Nextel Cell in Van War Hell”

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Underground Rio van service vehicle, loaded with black-clad corpses wearing combat boots. See Rio de Janeiro: “Carobinha Death Toll Reaches 10″

Exclusivo: Fuzil apreendido com policiais foi usado na morte do inspetor Félix: The Correio do Brasil reports “with exclusivity” on November 12 that “an assault rifle apprehended along with policemen was used in the assassination of police inspector Félix Tostes.”

I tend to suspect that studies of the misuse of weaponry from the public armory  by “armed non-state actors” in Rio de Janeiro fail to address the complexity of the problem if they focus exclusively on drug-trade weapons supply in this respect.  See

Exames de balística realizados por peritos do Instituto de Criminalística Carlos Éboli (ICCE) revelaram que um dos três fuzis apreendidos com a quadrilha de policiais que atacou, no dia 27 de agosto, a casa do sargento PM Francisco César Silva Oliveira, em São Pedro de D`Aldeia – ferindo o policial, matando sua esposa e o seu enteado –, foi usado no assassinato do inspetor Félix dos Santos Tostes, em fevereiro deste ano, no Recreio dos Bandeirantes. A informação chegou ao Correio do Brasil, na noite desta segunda-feira, por uma fonte da Secretaria de Segurança Pública do Rio de Janeiro.

Ballistics examinations conducted by experts from Carlos Éboli Criminalistics Institute have revealed that one of the three assault rifles apprehended from a gang of policemen who attacked the home of military police Sgt. Francisco César Silva Oliveira, in São Pedro de D’Aldeia — wounding the sergeant and killing his wife and stepson — were used in the assassination of police inspector Félix dos Santos Tostes in February of this year in Recreio dos Bandeirantes. The information came to the Correio on Monday evening (November 12) from a source inside the State Public Security Secretary of Rio de Janeiro. 

Ainda de acordo com a fonte, o rastreamento da Estação Rádio-Base (ERB) instalada na área em que o inspetor foi morto revelou que um dos policiais presos na Região dos Lagos – o policial civil André Luiz da Silva Malvar, lotado no Instituto Félix Pacheco – fez mais de dez ligações do seu aparelho Nextel, daquele local, nas cinco horas que antecederam o crime, para o vereador Nadinho de Rio das Pedras. O político vem sendo investigado como suposto mandante do crime.

According to the same source, tracing conducted on the Base Radio Statio in the area in which the inspector was killed revealed that one of the policemen arrested in the Lake District — state judicial policeman André Luiz da Silva Malvar, who is assigned to the Pacheco Institute — made more than ten calls on his Nextel radio from that location in the five hours prior to the crime to the city alderman known as Nadinho of Rio das Pedras. The politicians is under investigation as allegedly ordering the crime. 

He has now been formally charged. See Rio Police: “Batman Ordered Tostes Whacked”

A morte do inspetor, que era investigado pela Corregedoria da Polícia Civil pela suspeita de chefiar uma “milícia” em Rio das Pedras, é hoje apurada pela Delegacia de Homicídios da Zona Oeste (DH-Oeste), cujo titular é o delegado Paulo Henrique da Silva Pinto. Procurado pela reportagem do CdB, ainda na noite desta segunda-feira, o delegado Silva Pinto não foi localizado em nenhum dos telefones disponíveis.

The death of the inspector, who was being investigated by internal affairs on suspicions that he led a “militia” in Rio das Pedras, is now being investigated by the Western District Homicide Division, headed by Paulo Henrique da Silva Pinto. Sought for comment on this report this Monday evening, Silva Pinto could not be located at any of the telephone numbers we have for him. 

Ainda segundo a fonte, Fêlix teria impedido a quadrilha de explorar o transporte ilegal, em Rio das Pedras. De acordo com estas informações, dados preliminares reunidos pela delegacia apontam que a quadrilha presa na Região dos Lagos – formada pelo policial civil, um PM e dois ex-PMs – seria responsável pelo controle das vans na Zona Oeste do Rio. A disputa pelo controle dos transportes ilegais no Rio já ficou conhecida como a guerra das vans. O bando teria matado Fêlix porque o inspetor resistira a permitir a exploração do negócio em Rio das Pedras.

According to the same source, Fêlix allegedly prevented the gang from exploiting the black-market transportation business in Rio das Pedras. Preliminary data gathered by the homicide squad indicate that the gang arrested in dos Lago — a state judicial cop, a military police trooper, and two former PMs — control the van service in the Western Zone of Rio de Janeiro. The dispute for control of black-market transport in Rio has become known as the “war of the vans.” The gang allegedly killed Tostes because he resisted letting them run this business in Rio das Pedras. 

On the “Van Wars,” see also

Telefonemas anônimos

Anonymous phone calls 

Denúncias anônimas feitas por telefone à Delegacia de Homicídios da Zona Oeste (DH-Oeste), ainda de acordo com a fonte, apontaram que a quadrilha de policiais teria participado do assassinato do inspetor Fêlix. As informações levaram a delegacia a submeter a exames de balística as armas apreendidas com os criminosos, cujo resultado, para um dos três fuzis, foi positivo. A DH-Oeste ainda aguarda os laudos dos exames realizados nas pistolas.

Anonymous tips received by phone at the homicide division, according to the same source, indicated that the gang of policemen took part in the assassination of Tostes. This information led the homicide squad to submit the weapons seized from the criminals to testing. The result was positive for one of the three assault rifles. The homicide squad is still waiting for results on the pistols.

And what about those rifles? Where they police-issue or black-market?

A polícia também investiga a denúncia de que o sargento PM, ferido no ataque com um tiro de raspão em um dos braços, teria envolvimento com a quadrilha de policiais que explora o transporte ilegal na Zona Oeste. No ataque à residência do PM, na Região dos Lagos, foram mortos a sua esposa, Maria Clara Silva de Oliveira, 31 anos, e o seu enteado Yan Coutinho, de 13 anos.

The police are also investigating a charge the the PM sergeant wounded in the attack, suffering a graze on one of his arms, was involved with the police who control van service in the Western District. During the attack on his residence in the Dos Lagos district, his wife and stepson were killed.

Cerco aos bandidos

Closing in on the bandits 

Logo após o atentado, a polícia fez um cerco na Região dos Lagos. No quilômetro 30 da Via Lagos, em Araruama, foi presa a quadrilha formada, além do policial civil, pelo PM Welington Vaz Oliveira, do 27º BPM (Santa Cruz), e os ex-PMs José Carlos da Silva e Ricardo Teixeira Cruz, vulgo Batman. Com os presos, levados para a 118ª DP (Araruama), a polícia apreendeu três fuzis, cinco pistolas, duas granadas, 44 carregadores, cinco rádios Nextel, três radiotransmissores, quatro celulares, dois binóculos, duas lunetas e quatro toucas ninja.

Immediately after the attack, the police encircled the area. At Kilometer 30 on the Lagos highway, in Araruama, the gang was arrested … Along with the prisoners, who were taken to the 188th Police District in Aruarama, the police seized three assault rifles, five pistols, two grenades, 44 clips, five Nextel radios, three radio transmitters, four cell phones, two pairs of binoculars, two small telescopes, and four Ninja masks. 

What kind of rifles and pistols? Where did they come from?
Will those seizures be counted in the next Small Arms Survey of weaponry seized by Rio police from “armed non-state actors.”

Can Rio militias be classified, unambiguously, as “non-state actors”?

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