Saturday, February 28, 2015



Note: The victim's father was on local media Friday speaking out against the obama administration and ICE about how they let criminal illegals back out on the streets. To our surprise, the story and videos seem to have disappeared overnight. Will continue searching . Pending any discovery of the disappeared videos, a look back at the crime and criminals. Also testimony of Ronnebeck's uncle.


Congressional Testimony – A Review of the Department of Homeland Security's Policies and Procedures for the Apprehension, Detention and Release of Non-Citizens Unlawfully Present in the United States
February 25, 2015 –
Delivered by Michael Ronnebeck for the Ronnebeck Family

Good morning Distinguished Committee members,
My name is Michael Ronnebeck.
I am here on behalf of the Ronnebeck Family.
I'd like to tell you about my nephew, Grant Ronnebeck.

Grant was a 21 year old son, brother, nephew, and grandson. He was a bright young man, with an infectious smile and love of life. He had a positive outlook on life, and everyone he met knew it.
As a 21 year old American, he was just starting out in life; starting out to realize his dreams, starting to follow his heart in manners of career choices, and just discovering his life choices. His desire was to work his way up at the job he loved, working for the QuikTrip Corporation as he had for the previous 5 years, or possibly later to become a member of the law enforcement community.

He loved 4-wheeling in the desert around his home near Mesa, Arizona, and spending time with friends and family watching the Broncos play during the football season. He was a pretty typical young American man, but to us he was a very special family and community member.

At 4:00 a.m. on January 22, 2015, while working the overnight shift at his Quiktrip store, Grant assisted a man buying cigarettes. The man dumped a jar of coins on the counter and demanded cigarettes. Grant tried explaining that he needed to count the coins before he could give the man the cigarettes. The man then pulled a gun, and stated "you're not gonna take my money", and "you're not gonna give me my cigarettes." Grant immediately offered up the cigarettes to the man, who shot him in the face, killing him. Seemingly unaffected, the man then stepped over Grant's body, grabbed a couple of packs of cigarettes, and then left the store.

After a 30 minute high speed chase through the streets of Mesa and Phoenix, Arizona, the man was taken into custody. Inside his car were the cigarettes, at least two handguns, and the shell casings from the 9mm handgun believed to have been used to kill Grant.

Apolinar Altamirano, the alleged murderer, is an illegal immigrant. According to a news article detailing his 2012 arrest, he is a self-proclaimed member of the Mexican mafia, and says he has ties to the Sinaloa drug cartel.

The news article states that in August of 2012, he was arrested with two others after kidnapping, sexually assaulting, and burglarizing a woman in her apartment. He took a plea deal, and pled guilty to a charge of felony burglary for that incident. He was sentenced to two years of probation and turned over to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency due to his undocumented status in the United States. He never served any time in custody.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency released the now convicted felon Altamirano on bond pending a deportation hearing.

In the two years since then, while awaiting his deportation hearing, Altamirano has had two orders of protection filed against him, including one from a woman who claimed he threatened to kill her, and pointed a gun at her boyfriend.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency was notified of the protection orders by a Mesa Superior Court judge.

Altamirano was still allowed to be free in our Country.

Your peer, Rep Matt Salmon (AZ-05) said it clearly in a Colleague letter to you.
"I believe there is simply no excuse for ICE to be releasing individuals like this back onto our streets to endanger and kill hardworking Americans."
I have to agree with Mr Salmon's assessment.
My family also agrees with Mr. Salmon.

ICE should be doing its job for the American people, with the American People's safety and security first and foremost in mind.

It is my family's greatest desire that Grant Ronnebeck's legacy will be more than a fading obituary, a cemetery plot, or a fond memory. Instead, we want Grant's death to be a force for change and reform in the immigration policies of this great nation.

In closing, I am asking you, our elected scholars, lawyers, and community leaders, to make these changes; to rise above your political differences, to set aside your personal interests, and to use your resources to make sensible immigration reform a reality in the coming months, so that tragedies like this might not ever occur again.

Biography – Michael Ronnebeck
Michael Ronnebeck is a 52 year old United States citizen who currently resides in Sacramento California. He attended Hillsdale High School in San Mateo, California, and studied Administration of Justice at San Jose State University in San Jose, California
Michael has worked in the Retail Loss Prevention Profession for the past 30+ years for companies such as Neiman Marcus, and Target Corporation and has been involved in thousands of criminal apprehensions and investigations.
He is also an aspiring Photographer.
Michael is testifying today for his nephew, Grant Ronnebeck (March 28, 1993-January 22, 2015) And on behalf of his immediate family.
Michael has two sisters, Judy Ronnebeck, and Karen Morreira.
Judy is a retired member of the Law Enforcement Community who lives in Escondido California Karen is a Banking manager who lives in Flower Mound Texas
Michael has two brothers, Steven and Eric.
Steven is a retail manager and is Grant's father. He lives in Mesa, Arizona. He is also father to Grants younger brother, Tyler Ronnebeck
Eric is a blogger, and writer living in Seattle Washington.
Michael's mother is Barbara Jones, who is a loving mother and grandmother living in Escondido California.


Immigrant accused of killing store clerk was out on bond
Associated Press
12:30 PM, Jan 27, 2015
2:35 PM, Jan 27, 2015

PHOENIX - Federal authorities say an immigrant was out on bond and awaiting deportation hearings when he killed a Phoenix-area convenience store clerk over a pack of cigarettes.

RELATED: 'Dedicated, well-liked' QuikTrip clerk killed in Mesa

Apolinar Altamirano, 29, pleaded guilty in 2012 to a burglary charge but did not serve time in prison. U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement took Altamirano into custody on Jan. 3, 2013, after learning of his conviction in Maricopa County in Arizona. But after reviewing his case, ICE found he was eligible for bond, a spokeswoman said in a statement issued Monday.

"After reviewing his immigration and criminal history, which showed only this conviction, ICE determined that under applicable law Mr. Altamirano was eligible for bond. Mr. Altamirano posted a $10,000 bond on January 7, 2013. Mr. Altamirano's removal case was still pending with the immigration courts at the time of his most recent arrest," the statement said.

Altamirano was free on bond when two injunctions against harassment were issued against him in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa. An injunction against harassment is similar to a protection order.

In one order, a woman accused Altamirano of threatening to kill her several times and of pointing a gun at her boyfriend, The Arizona Republic reported.

The last order was issued against Altamirano on Jan. 14.

Altamirano is now facing a first-degree murder charge, among others, after the shooting death of 21-year-old Grant Ronnebeck last week.

Critics say the shooting is an example of the lax immigration policies put into place by the Obama administration. Directives issued by former ICE director John Morton in 2011 provided new guidelines for deportations that focused on dangerous criminals with gang ties or who had been convicted of "serious felonies."

"This administration has taken the position that you have to use violence against an American and be convicted of it before they will take notice if you are an illegal alien," said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates for more immigration restrictions.

The administration late last year issued new guidelines for deportation that prioritize immigrants who pose a danger to public safety and national security. Immigrants with a felony conviction also are a top priority for deportation under the new orders, which were issued nearly two years after Altamirano was granted bond.

Immigrant advocates say the guidelines protect immigrants who lack legal status but who have no criminal records and who have ties to their communities and U.S.-born children.

Police say the suspect dumped change on the counter from a jar to pay for cigarettes while repeatedly telling Ronnebeck, "You're not gonna give me my cigarettes." Then, the assailant pulled out a gun and repeated the same statement -- even as Ronnebeck tried to hand him a pack -- before opening fire.

The victim was shot in the face.

Altamirano was arrested after a pursuit across much of the Phoenix area that ended with a crash. In arguing against bail, the prosecutor cited the fact that the suspect is in the country illegally and has a criminal record.

Police searched his car after the killing and found a 9 mm handgun, two packs of Marlboros and several casings of ammunition.


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