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Four charged with attacking Wake deputy

Posted February 10

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— Four men have been charged with ambushing a Wake County deputy at a child's birthday party over the weekend and beating and kicking him.

Gabriel Moreno, 39, of 3717 Knightdale Estates Drive in Knightdale, Miguel Angel Moreno, 25, of 7216 Old Bunch Road in Wendell, Remi Nambo, 27, of 908 Hadley Road in Raleigh, and Delfino Alejo, 27, of 533 Johnson St. in Garner, were each charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and malicious assault in secret.

Gabriel Moreno and Nambo were being held in the Wake County jail under $2 million bonds, while the other two were being held under $1 million bonds. Wake County Assistant District Attorney Kathryn Pomeroy said Gabriel Moreno tried to run from and then fought with deputies trying to arrest him, and Nambo had to be subdued by four officers, so their bonds were increased.

All four were ordered to be kept apart in jail and are prohibited from having any outside contact, meaning no visitors, mail or phone calls.

"They're a bunch of cowards, and they should be in jail for a long time," Sheriff Donnie Harrison said Wednesday.

The deputy, who isn't being identified to protect his work in undercover operations and for his family's safety, was at the Panther Branch Community Center, at 10900 Ten-Ten Road in Garner, for a birthday party on Saturday when, according to investigators, Gabriel Moreno asked to speak to him outside. The other three men were hiding behind parked cars outside, and when the deputy came out, they attacked him, Harrison said.

"They hit him, knocked him down to the ground, just started beating him," the sheriff said.

The deputy suffered broken ribs, a broken nose and a back injury. He was treated at WakeMed and is now recuperating at home.

Pomeroy said the four men are in a gang.

"This was literally a targeted attack on a law enforcement officer," she said during the first court appearance for the men.

Authorities aren't sure why the deputy was targeted.

"They were saying, 'You're a cop. You're a pig,'" Harrison said. "He doesn't know how they knew he was a police officer or a deputy sheriff."

Investigators are trying to determine if the deputy had arrested any of the men or an acquaintance of theirs in the past, he said.

Three of the four men have criminal records – Miguel Moreno is on probation for an assault last March, Gabriel Moreno served time a decade ago for an assault and Alejo finished a sentence for robbery a year ago – and Nambo and the Moreno brothers both have pending assault and resisting arrest charges in a separate incident.

Harrison said it the motive for the attack might simply be a dislike of law enforcement.

"We found out you're a cop, and we don't like you. We're going to do something about it – and they did," he said. "It's bad when a person can't even go to a party, when a person can't even go out to eat with the family, without being – somebody's looking over my shoulder."

Alex Moreno, the sister of Gabriel and Miguel Moreno, said that wasn't the case.

"Alcohol had a lot to do with it. They were drinking a lot," Alex Moreno said, noting that she was at the party.

"Either party said something that might have disagreed with the other, I don't know," she said. "He was definitely not targeted, not because he was a cop. I don't think because he was a cop."

More arrests are possible in the case, Harrison said.

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  • Janet Ghumri Feb 12, 2016
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    The problem we're having isn't just the attack on the undercover officer, per se, it's the 'gang' mentality (or maybe 'pack' mentality would be the most politically correct phrase, since 'gang' involvement isn't proved, but usually a foregone conclusion, with multiple suspects working together).
    The jail and prison officers recently charged with taking bribes and associating with drug gangs, are making the system work towards the incarnation of these criminals being less of a true punishment, and being more of a protective 'time-out' for them. When they can get drugs in jail and cellphones to continue to conduct business during their time, it seems more like we're supporting and protecting them than any rehabilitation going on.
    With that said, I'm glad these were apprehended, and I hope they get sentences in facilities where the officers are honest and can't be bought off.
    Prayers for the victim

  • Sonja Yagel Feb 11, 2016
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    Yeah, send them to Mexico, Mexico knows how to treat prisoners and they sure don't play basketball or work out in gyms down there. We don't need the scum up here

  • Chad Johnson Feb 11, 2016
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    Build the wall!!!!!

  • Chance Loria Feb 10, 2016
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    Yashi, Just who made you God?!? You act so high and mighty yet you constantly sit in judgement of others. You know who typically behaves that way? Insecure people.

  • Chuck Writ Feb 10, 2016
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    "Authorities aren't sure why the deputy was targeted."

    '"They were saying, 'You're a cop. You're a pig'"'

    That might explain it...

  • Ray Rivera Feb 10, 2016
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    What needs to be mentioned is these individuals, while presumed innocent in this case until proven guilty, should be in prison for past convictions. My prayers go out to the deputy for a speedy and complete recovery. If convicted the court needs to make an example out of them and give them the maximum prison term allowed, no breaks, no plea bargains no whining!

  • Brenda Matthews Feb 10, 2016
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    You do realize criminals learn the identity of undercover officers through the courts every day, right?

  • Lori Coble Feb 10, 2016
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    Why are any of you defending these guys? Who cares what their race is or isn't; they are cowardly criminals, plain and simple and they should spend a long time in prison for this!

  • William Everett Feb 10, 2016
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    After reading this article I was reminded of what Trump said. "Mexico does not send us their best and brightest." Maybe, just maybe, he has a point. Again, I was only reminded of Trump's words. (not my words)

  • Fanny Chmelar Feb 10, 2016
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    Bigoted for calling out the similarities between her attitude and those that The Don espouses?

    Yashi isn't a cereal :)

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