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DA: Wake deputy's beating was a gang hit

Posted May 2, 2016

— The four men charged with ambushing a Wake County deputy at a child's birthday party in February were all "validated gang members," Assistant District Attorney Katie Pomeroy told the court Monday, during their plea hearings.

"This is a gang assault on a law enforcement officer and should be punished accordingly," she said.

Gabriel Moreno, 39, of 3717 Knightdale Estates Drive in Knightdale, pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

"I'm sorry for what I did. I wish I could take it back, but I can't," Moreno said in court. "Hopefully, you all can forgive me for what I did."

Three others – Miguel Angel Moreno, of 7216 Old Bunch Road in Wendell, Remi Nambo, of 908 Hadley Road in Raleigh, and Delfino Alejo, of 533 Johnson St. in Garner, pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and malicious assault in secret.

Pomeroy said the deputy, whose identity was kept secret to protect his undercover work, was at the Panther Branch Community Center, at 10900 Ten-Ten Road in Garner, for a birthday party when Gabriel Moreno asked to speak to him outside.

The three others then jumped on the deputy, hitting him in the head and kicking him as he lay on the ground, Pomeroy said.

The men screamed at the deputy and called him a pig, she said.

Gabriel Moreno told the judge it was a "spontaneous decision" to attack the deputy, but Judge Graham A. Shirley disagreed.

"I have a hard time finding this is a spontaneous act," he said. "This was a beat-down. This wasn't a fight."

Alejo said things got out of hand.

"Alcohol got involved," he said in an apology to the deputy. "It's a stupid act. I hope you can accept my apology."

Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison, who watched in the courtroom, said he was appalled by the attack.

"No question in my mind, from the evidence we picked up and the verbiage that was said, that it was a vendetta for some reason against law enforcement," he said. "It frustrates me to no end."

Gabriel Moreno and Alejo were sentenced to 33 to 52 months in jail. Miguel Moreno was sentenced to 29 to 47 months, and Nambo was sentenced to 25 to 42 months.

The deputy missed work for weeks, Pomeroy told the court, with six broken bones, cuts and bruises and kidney damage.


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  • Scott Householder May 3, 2016
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    Animals, all of them! They shall have the next 29-48 months in which to make their apologies a little bit more heartfelt. They should alternatively be given the option of having 4 deputies beat on each of them for the same amount of time as the officer who was assaulted was beaten for. Absolutely unexcusable and pathetic. I'd certainly agree with future President Trump that Mexico ain't sending their best and brightest across the border. There is more and more proof of this on a daily basis. Build the wall and send them back! There is a procedure for entering our country and it MUST be adhered to!

  • Amanda Townsend May 2, 2016
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    If ever there was a hate crime, this is one of them. You don't just spontaneously decide to go to a birthday party and jump an undercover cop. This was targeting and I hope these men get the maximum sentence. Our police are not always right, but they are right the majority of the time. It's time for the courts and citizens to take a stand against these crimes.

  • John Barbara May 2, 2016
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    People that assault or kill cops go to jail.....cops that assault or kill innocent people get paid vacation and it's a big darn joke.

  • Jimmy Ray May 2, 2016
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    If these t-h-#-g-s would beat down a law enforcement officer, just think what they would do to an ordinary citizen. These guys need to rot in jail.

  • Michael Diaz May 2, 2016
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    F. Y. I I was Born here and have the same rights as you, and for what I can tell, you are not even pure American....
    so get your "Poorly" comments back where your roots came from.....

  • Jimmy Ray May 2, 2016
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    This is pretty scary stuff.

    Mexico should work with the US to stop the mass exodus of criminals coming from Mexico to the US and from Central America through Mexico to the US. If they don't work with America, we need to start drone strikes on gang strongholds in northern Mexico.

  • Jimmy Ray May 2, 2016
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    That's not an appropriate comment. Keep it clean please.

  • Hessian Diesel May 2, 2016
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    A very long time ago it worked in China. Not too long ago it worked in East Germany. In fact, I grew up about 11 miles from it. A wall is also currently working in North Korea.

  • Jim Smith May 2, 2016
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    I am thinking DMZ with land mines tunnel finding equipment, a huge wall, military presence, drones, .50 caliber machine guns, canine units, etc. on all borders! Time to secure the borders for many reasons and let those who apply here legally and are able to be vetted properly into the country to be determined by our intelligence community and not politicians!

  • Had Enough May 2, 2016
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    Law abiding legal citizens in this country will reach their boiling point and take matters into their own hands soon. We are so sick and tired of the lack of respect for law enforcement and the lack of respect for the laws of this nation. There should be no doubt why Donald Trump is winning this election. Enforce the immigration policies of this country, even if you have to raise my taxes to get rid of these POS and all the other illegal immigrants.