Congratulations to INDE Park Rangers Sinclair Rehberg and Eli Bowers, recipients of an FBI Director's Certificate Award. Rangers Sinclair and Bowers were presented the award by Philadelphia Special Agent in Charge Edward Hanko at a December ceremony in Philadelphia.
Sinclair and Bowers were recognized for their role in the arrest and conviction of Philadelphia gang members who targeted individuals dining and sight-seeing in historic Philadelphia. The victims were attacked in and around Independence National Historical Park. On one occasion, the victim was robbed of his wallet and cell phone after being beaten unconscious. The victim remained in a local hospital unidentified and in a coma for 3 days while his family and friends frantically searched for him.
Ranger Bowers and Ranger Rehberg conducted evidence analysis and interviews which led to the federal indictment of the suspects. At trial, Ranger Bowers and Ranger Rehberg worked side by side with the United States Attorney's Office and the FBI to develop the government's strategy, liaised with multiple law enforcement agencies, worked with witnesses, victims, and cooperators. The Rangers' efforts helped to obtain a guilty verdict on multiple felony charges. Without the hard work and dedication of both Ranger Bowers and Ranger Rehberg, these violent suspects would have continued to victimize innocent people at the site of our country's most historic landmarks.
The Rangers were recommended for the FBI Director's Certificate by Special Agent Joe Carpenter.