Venezuelan police arrested a man born in Miami for attempted murder, possible illegal arms dealing

Published On: Apr 24 2014 03:41:54 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 25 2014 12:15:38 AM EDT

Venezuelan's larges police agency, the CICPC (Cuerpo de Investigaciones Cientificas, Penales y Criminalisticas), released this image of officers standing with some of Todd Michael Leininger's alleged possessions.


Venezuelan officials were holding a U.S. citizen born in Miami, his Venezuelan wife and sister-in-law Thursday, while investigating them for their alleged involvement in terrorist activities



Venezuelan authorities charged Todd Michael Leininger, 32, with attempted murder in the shooting of Jorge Santos Sandoval.  Venezuela's Supreme Court said Leininger was arrested after a raid on his house in the Western border state of Tachira.

Records show Leininger is married to Vivian Arreaza, 27, and they lived in Zionsville and Bloomington, Indiana. He has had some minor brushes with the law in Boone County.

The Miami Herald's Jim Wyss reported Leininger's mom said he was born in Miami, lived in Indiana for more than two decades, and that she was concerned for his mental health.

Venezuelan  authorities identified the two women as his wife Vivian Virginia Arreaza Sandoval, 27, and her sister Mariana Andreina Arreaza Sandoval, 33. Venezuelan reporters were referring to Leininger as an accused arms dealer and terrorist who was accused of helping violent groups.

Tachira Gov. Jose Vielma Mora said Leininger had been in Venezuela for two months. Authorities released a photo showing the weapons and camouflage clothing. The governor said two handguns and three rifles, including one with a silencer and telescopic sight, were found at Leininger's house.


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