Judicial Watch • Judicial Watch Uncovers Triple-Murder Suspect Edwin Ramos’s San Francisco Police Records Revealing “MS-13” Criminal Street Gang

Judicial Watch Uncovers Triple-Murder Suspect Edwin Ramos’s San Francisco Police Records Revealing “MS-13” Criminal Street Gang

Judicial Watch Uncovers Triple-Murder Suspect Edwin Ramos’s San Francisco Police Records Revealing “MS-13” Criminal Street Gang

AUGUST 12, 2008

Judicial Watch, the public interest organization that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has obtained San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) records concerning the arrest of illegal alien murder suspect Edwin Ramos. Ramos is currently charged with the June 22, 2008, triple murder of Tony Bologna and his sons Michael and Matthew in San Francisco’s Excelsior District.

The SFPD records, obtained by Judicial Watch pursuant to the provisions of the California Public Records Act, identify Ramos, “based on . . . numerous documented contacts” as being an active member of the MS-13 street gang. The records, which document that he is not a U.S. citizen, also show Ramos’s previous March 30, 2008, arrest related to weapons and gang charges. San Francisco prosecutors declined to charge Ramos. He was released on April 2, 2008.

Because the Bologna family slayings (SFPD Incident Report No.: 080652433) is still considered an open investigation, Ramos’s records related to that crime were not produced to Judicial Watch. Likewise, Ramos’s juvenile criminal record remains sealed, although reports in the San Francisco Chronicle revealed that Ramos is an illegal alien who was found to have committed two (2) felonies at the age of 17 – a gang-related assault and an attempted robbery of a pregnant woman.

Despite his violent criminal behavior Ramos, a Salvadoran native, was not turned over by San Francisco juvenile justice officials to federal immigration authorities. San Francisco law prohibits local officials from cooperating with federal officials in deporting illegal aliens.

“San Francisco’s ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ sanctuary policies protect illegal alien gang bangers and put American citizens at risk,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Sanctuary policies for illegal aliens must end. It is a matter of life and death.”

In addition to its investigation of the Ramos incident, Judicial Watch has an ongoing taxpayer lawsuit against San Francisco related to its status as an illegal alien sanctuary city (Fonseca v. Fong, Case No. A120206). The lawsuit is currently on appeal. Judicial Watch also recently launched a brand new Internet site dedicated to fighting illegal alien sanctuary policies across the United States, www.sanctuarybusters.org

Copies of the SFPD records and response letter as well as the San Francisco Sheriff response letter obtained by Judicial Watch can be found on Judicial Watch’s Internet site, www.judicialwatch.org.

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