Day: December 17, 2015

Man extradited to Keizer for 2007 case

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A man who allegedly took an 11-year-old Keizer girl to Mexico in the spring of 2007 has been extradited to Oregon to face criminal prosecution from the Marion County District Attorney’s office. Raul Xalamihua-Espindola, now 28, was escorted Tuesday by two special agents from the Portland office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from Mexico City to Portland, where custody was transferred to members of the Keizer Police Department who were awaiting his arrival. Xalamihua-Espindola was arrested on an outstanding felony warrant issued in April 2007 for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution and for one count of custodial interference in the first degree. Another warrant was issued in December 2007 for four counts of first degree rape. All criminal charges stem from the investigation that began on April 6, 2007 when it was reported to the KPD the 11-year-old female victim left a note for her mother and father explaining that she had run away with her boyfriend, Xalamihua-Espindola, who was 19 at that time. In early May of that year, it was confirmed the suspect and victim were in Mexico, but the case also took investigators to Alabama. On Sept. 4, 2007 the victim was located and safely recovered in Mexico though the suspect evaded capture at that time. Two weeks later, a member of the KPD and an FBI employee...

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Gun control

To the Editor: The debate about gun control goes on and on. There are many people who are terrified since the recent mass shootings. A lot of these people have gone out and bought hand guns for personal safety. Many have taken gun safety classes and have applied for a concealed hand gun license. I took a gun safety class recently, which in my estimate, was of little value. The gun advocates think that if everyone carried a hand gun, society would be safer. Can you imagine going into a gathering and having a deranged person start shooting. If there were five ordinary people with handguns in the crowd and they began shooting the question is, would you rather be shot by the assailant or the ordinary citizens? Bill Quinn...

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