(CNN)Authorities have evidence linking Roy Den Hollander, the men’s rights attorney suspected of shooting a federal judge’s family on Sunday, to the murder of another men’s rights activist in California last week, FBI Newark spokeswoman Doreen Holder confirmed.
“As the FBI continues the investigation into the attack at the home of US District Court Judge Esther Salas (District of New Jersey), we are now engaged with the San Bernardino California Sheriff’s Office and have evidence linking the murder of Marc Angelucci to FBI Newark subject Roy Den Hollander,” she said in an email to CNN.
Altogether, the FBI connection suggests that Den Hollander allegedly killed his perceived rival, attacked the family of a perceived judicial enemy and then killed himself.
Den Hollander was found dead on Monday from what two law enforcement sources said is believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. An “anti-feminist” attorney with a long list of personal grievances and sexist and racist views, he is suspected of fatally shooting Salas’s son and injuring her husband at the family’s New Jersey home.
Back on July 11, Marc Angelucci, the 52-year-old vice president of the National Coalition for Men (NCFM), was found unresponsive and with apparent gunshot wounds just after 4 p.m. in Cedarpines Park, a community in southern California, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
Angelucci was pronounced dead at the scene. The NCFM said he was shot and killed in front of his home.
The suspect in Angelucci’s killing on July 11 was believed to be wearing a FedEx uniform, a source told CNN. Den Hollander also appears to have worn a FedEx uniform in the New Jersey shooting of the judge’s family, which killed her 20-year-old son and injured her husband, CNN has reported.
Den Hollander was kicked out of men’s rights group
Angelucci was a prominent men’s rights activist and served as the vice president and board member of the NCFM, an organization that fights what they argue is legal discrimination against men.
Den Hollander was involved in a separate federal case — overseen by Judge Salas in 2015 — that also argued the male-only military draft was unconstitutional. Salas sided against a part of Den Hollander’s arguments last spring, but also agreed with some of his claims and allowed the lawsuit to continue on.
Paul Elam, a friend of Angelucci and fellow men’s rights activist, said he believes Den Hollander harbored a grudge against Angelucci for years because they both represented cases contesting the male-only selective service registration.
Harry Crouch, president of the National Coalition for Men, also said Den Hollander was furious that he had not been involved in the group’s lawsuit against the Selective Service System in California.
He told CNN he kicked Den Hollander out of the group after he called and threatened him around December 2015.
“(Den Hollander) was upset that it wasn’t his case, primarily,” Crouch told CNN on the phone. “He was very upset and threatened to come to California and kick my ass.”
The NCFM said in a statement it was deeply saddened by the attack on Salas’s family.
“We are deeply dismayed to hear that this senseless act was perpetrated by a self-described men’s rights activist and unequivocally denounce anyone who uses violence to intimidate and harm people,” Crouch said. “We offer our condolences and prayers to Judge Salas and the Anderl family.”
CNN’s Mark Morales, Brynn Gingras and Alexandra Meeks contributed to this report.
Four people, including two juveniles, were charged Monday with murder in the February killing of Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke during a robbery in Los Angeles, prosecutors said.
Corey Walker, 19, and Keandre Rodgers, 18, were the only two named by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
They are charged with murder with the special circumstance allegation that the murder occurred during the commission of a robbery and a burglary, which makes them eligible for the death penalty, the district attorney’s office said in a statement. A decision on whether to seek it will be made at a later date, the office said.
Two others, ages 17 and 15, have also been charged with one count of murder and robbery, according to the office, but were not identified.
Pop Smoke, 20, whose legal name is Bashar Barakah Jackson, was killed in the Hollywood Hills short-term rental home where he was staying on the morning of Feb. 19, police have said.
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The LAPD on Thursday announced that five people had been arrested in connection with Brooklyn rapper’s shooting, including the four who have since been charged.
The fifth person whose arrest last week was announced by the LAPD, Jaquan Murphy, 21, is not currently charged in connection to Pop Smoke’s slaying, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office said.
Murphy, who was being held in jail Monday evening, is charged in an unrelated murder, spokesman Greg Risling said.
Online jail records indicate that Murphy was being held in lieu of $1 million bail. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.
Walker and Rodgers are also being held in lieu of bond, online jail records show. Arraignment was continued until Tuesday, the district attorney’s office spokesman said.
Pop Smoke collaborated on songs with artists such as Nicki Minaj, JackBoys and Travis Scott. His posthumous album, “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon,” was released Friday and was executive produced by rapper 50 Cent.
He the son of Panamanian and Jamaican parents and told Genius that the name “Pop Smoke” was born of a combination of “Papa,” which his Panamanian grandma used call him, and “Smoke Oh Guap,” a nickname his friends gave him.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom in March announced a moratorium on the state’s death penalty, but prosecutors are still free to seek the penalty. California’s last execution was in 2006.
When the five people were arrested last week, the LAPD in a statement referenced members of a Los Angeles street gang involved in the murder of Jackson.
More details on the connection were not immediately available, but the district attorney’s office said that the criminal complaint against Walker and Rodgers “also alleges gang and gun allegations.”
When news of the Asian giant hornet’s arrival in the United States first broke, the public was understandably worried: First the coronavirus, now “murder hornets”? What’s next, three days of darkness?
But bug experts from Washington, where the hornet was discovered in the U.S., to California agree that the 2-inch hornet is probably not worth all the buzz it has generated — at least not yet.
“It’s not an existential threat; it’s something that can be managed. You just have to know that they’re there and take the necessary steps,” said Doug Yanega, senior museum scientist at UC Riverside’s Entomology Research Museum. He helped Washington scientists identify the hornets when they were first found.
“It’s like letting a virus spread — you don’t want to let your guard down.”
The Washington State Department of Agriculture has confirmed only two Asian giant hornets, both spotted late last year in Blaine, in the crook of the northwest corner of the U.S. There are also two unconfirmed reports of hornet sightings about eight miles down the road in Custer, according to Washington State University. And just across the border — and the skinny Strait of Georgia — in British Columbia, Canada, a colony of the Asian giant hornets was found and eradicated in September.
But so far that’s it, and scientists hope it stays that way.
“We’re still trying to determine the extent of the infestation,” said Tim Lawrence, associate professor and Island County extension director at Washington State University. “We don’t want it here.”
The main concern about the Asian giant hornet is its potential to harm honeybee populations. The queen hornet usually emerges in April to begin feeding and building up her nest of worker hornets. By late summer or early fall, her worker hornets begin foraging for food, swarming beehives, cutting off bees’ heads and sucking out the hive’s larvae and pupae to bring back to their burgeoning nest.
“What the hornet does is it feeds on — it preys on — honeybees,” said Dessie Underwood, an entomologist and the chair of Cal State Long Beach’s Department of Biological Sciences. “Just like a lion feeds on a gazelle — you don’t call it a murderous lion. Everyone has to eat something.”
The hornets are unlikely to attack humans — though if they do, they pack a painful punch.
But an Asian giant hornet’s sting isn’t likely to kill humans. In Japan, said Susan Cobey, a bee breeder at the Washington State University, about 50 people die every year from hornet stings, and that number is probably attributable to allergies. In the United States, an average of 62 people die each year from hornet, wasp or bee stings, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Early genetic testing shows that the Canadian colony originated in Japan, and at least one of the Washington hornets came from South Korea, said Karla Salp, public engagement specialist with Washington’s agriculture department. Several scientists said they believed the hornets likely hitched a ride on cargo brought to an American port from Asia.
European honeybees, which have long lived in North America, are not equipped to defend themselves against the Asian giant hornet. In Japan, where the hornet typically lives, Asian honeybees have evolved a defense mechanism, Cobey said. The bees make a massive ball around the hornet scouts and smother them to death with the heat of their beating wings.
A newly introduced hornet could endanger the bee population and have a domino effect on the American food supply. Fruits, vegetables and even plant-grown animal feed could suffer without enough pollinating bees.
“The crunch is kind of now,” Cobey said. “If we can catch these queens before they establish big nests, that’s the goal.”
“If we get through May and June and July and nobody has spotted any of these wasps, then we’re probably free and clear. The jury is still out,” said Yanega, the UC Riverside entomologist. “There is a reason for concern, but it’s not the level of threat that people think there is.”
As for whether Californians could expect to see them, this particular hornet comes from a region in Japan with warm, wet summers and cold dry winters, Long Beach State’s Underwood said. Not exactly a California climate.
Now, deadly hornets from Asia that measure up to 2 inches long have been found for the first time in the US — and researchers are worried they’re colonizing.
The aggressive insects, nicknamed “murder hornets,” can wipe out bee colonies within hours and have stingers long and powerful enough to puncture beekeeping suits.
Beekeepers in Washington have already seen the hornets devastate their hives; Japan attributes 50 human deaths a year to the nasty buzzers, which have “teardrop eyes like Spider-Man, orange and black stripes that extend down its body like a tiger, and broad, wispy wings like a small dragonfly,” according to the New York Times.
Researchers are determined to keep the hornets in check.
“This is our window to keep it from establishing,” Washington state entomologist Chris Looney told the Times. “If we can’t do it in the next couple of years, it probably can’t be done.”