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The FBI identified the two armed thieves who robbed a Miami jewelry store and took a UPS truck on a high-speed police chase that ended with 4 people dead, including the robbers.

The FBI identified the thieves as Lamar Alexander, 41, left, and Ronnie Jerome Hill, 41, of Miami-Dade County.

Coral Gables police chief Edward Hudak said two armed robbers robbed a jewelry store on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables at 4:17 p.m. Thursday.

After leaving the store empty handed, the thieves fled in a U-Haul truck. But they ditched the truck about a mile away, where they hijacked a UPS truck driven by Frank Ordonez, a 5 year UPS employee who was on his first day as a driver.

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The police chase ended in a wild shootout at a busy intersection about 25 miles north of Coral Gables. Police fired an estimated 200 rounds at the truck which got stuck in traffic at a busy intersection in Broward County.

19 cops took up positions behind occupied civilian vehicles.

Killed in the shootout were Ordonez, 27, the two robbers and a civilian in a car.

Friends of Ordonez demanded to know why police failed to take proper precautions in a hostage situation.

Black Twitter users say the fact that the robbers are Black explains why the cops fired wildly at the UPS truck, without any regard for the civilians in the intersection.

The murders of Black unarmed men by white cops in America sparked the Black Lives Matter movement.


 

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The UPS driver who was killed during a shootout between police and armed robbers in Miami on Thursday has been identified as 27-year-old Frank Ordonez. The two armed robbers and a civilian in a car are also confirmed dead.

Ordonez is a father of two daughters, ages 3 and 5. A co-worker told reporters Ordonez was a UPS employee for 5 years, but Thursday was his first day working alone as a driver.

The tragic incident began at 4:17 p.m. Thursday when someone triggered a silent burglary alarm at Regent Jeweler's on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables.

Coral Gables police chief Edward Hudak said an armed robber fired a shot into the floor, which ricocheted, hitting a store clerk in the forehead. She was transported to a local hospital. Her condition is unknown.

The two robbers then hijacked a UPS truck in Coral Gables and fled with Ordonez held at gunpoint.

The stolen UPS truck led police from multiple agencies on a high-speed chase through city streets, down the Florida turnpike and up Interstate 75. The truck exited the highway and got stuck in traffic at the intersection of Miramar Parkway near Flamingo Road in Broward County.

A firefight broke out between the two armed robbers and police, with dozens of civilians in harm's way. More than 200 rounds were fired at the truck.

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Video from a news chopper shows 19 police officers returning fire from all angles. Some of the officers used occupied civilian vehicles as shields.

Two men were seen crawling over each other through the truck's open passenger door onto the asphalt pavement. One of the men was Ordonez who apparently dropped a cell phone on the pavement.

Ordonez's family and friends want answers: why did police pursue and then open fire on the UPS truck in a hostage situation at a busy city intersection?

One Twitter user wrote:

"They killed a bystander and the UPS driver wtf man. These things are covered by insurance did they really have to do this over some packages. Like they couldn't wait?"

Steadman Stahl, the president of the Miami-Dade Police Benevolent Association, was unapologetic about the police engaging the suspects in a firefight at a crowded intersection.

"It's unfortunate that the bystanders were killed, but the bad guys put all this in motion," said Stahl. He added: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the two innocent bystanders."

A UPS spokesman released a statement after learning of the fate of their driver:

"We are deeply saddened to learn a UPS service provider was a victim of this senseless act of violence. We extend our condolences to the family and friends of our employee and the other innocent victims involved in this incident. We appreciate law enforcement’s service and will cooperate with the authorities as they continue the investigation."

A fellow UPS driver created a GoFundMe page to raise funds for Ordonez's family.
 

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A jewelry store robbery in South Florida ended in a wild shootout after a police chase in a stolen UPS truck. A UPS driver and a motorist were killed in the shootout, police say.

The incident began at 4:17 p.m. Thursday with a silent burglary alarm at Regent Jeweler's located at 386 Miracle Mile in Coral Gables.

According to the Miami Herald, an armed robber fired a shot into the floor in the store. The bullet ricocheted, hitting a store clerk in the forehead. She was transported to a local hospital. Her condition is unknown. Another bullet went through the window at the city clerk's office in city hall across the street, the Herald reports.

Coral Gables police chief Edward Hudak said the armed robbers hijacked a UPS truck in Coral Gables and fled as several police agencies gave chase.

A caravan of police cars followed the stolen UPS truck through city streets, down the Florida turnpike and onto Interstate 75. The truck exited the highway in Pembroke Pines and weaved through city streets about 20 miles north of Coral Gables. The truck broke through a wooden gate into the Century Village community.

The truck came to a stop at the busy intersection of Miramar Parkway near Flamingo Road in Broward County, where the robbers opened fire at police.

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Video from a news chopper shows about 20 police officers returning fire from all angles. Some of the officers used civilian vehicles as shields.

Two men were seen crawling over each other through the truck's open passenger door onto the asphalt pavement. One of the men was the UPS driver. The unidentified driver is among the deceased.

Steadman Stahl, the president of the Miami-Dade Police Benevolent Association, was unapologetic about the police engaging the suspects in a firefight at a crowded intersection.

"It's unfortunate that the bystanders were killed, but the bad guys put all this in motion," said Stahl. He added: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the two innocent bystanders."

A UPS spokesman released a statement after learning of the fate of their driver:

"We are deeply saddened to learn a UPS service provider was a victim of this senseless act of violence. We extend our condolences to the family and friends of our employee and the other innocent victims involved in this incident. We appreciate law enforcement’s service and will cooperate with the authorities as they continue the investigation."

 

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A Miami United Parcel Service worker was charged with hiding packages worth nearly $3,000, then returning to steal the packages later.

Police say Emmanuel Lamont Reggin Jr., 18, a seasonal delivery driver for UPS, hid packages containing electronics while his co-worker wasn't looking. He then returned later to steal the packages, police said.

Reggin Jr. was caught on camera hiding the packages under a dumpster at an electronics business where he and a co-worker had delivered 5,500 packages.

The next day, he hid more packages under the dumpster. He was caught when a manager at the business saw him on surveillance video retrieving three boxes from under a dumpster.

The packages contained a laptop and two PlayStation 4 game consoles, according to WSVN-TV.

Cops arrested Reggin and recovered the stolen electronics. He was charged with third-degree grand theft.

In a statement to WSVN-TV, a UPS spokesperson said Reggin Jr. was no longer a seasonal employee at the company.
 

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A Los Angeles police union will not defend a LAPD cop who was caught fondling a dead woman's breasts.

On Dec. 4, the union that represents LAPD officers released a statement, saying the union "will not defend an officer accused of fondling the breasts of a dead woman."

The cop was placed on leave after video footage from his body camera showed him abusing a corpse. The footage was viewed during a random check of body cameras.

According to CBS local affiliate KCAL9 News, nearly two weeks ago, the accused cop and his partner, both male, responded to a 911 call that a dead body was found inside of a residence.

The officers confirmed the woman was deceased and one cop left the residence to retrieve paperwork from a patrol car.

While his partner was outside, the accused cop turned off his body cam and then “inappropriately touched the woman's body," LAPD officials confirmed.

The cop was caught because body cameras have a two-minute buffer, meaning they capture two minutes of footage before the devices are activated.

According to KCAL9, the officer turned in his body camera at the end of his shift. The camera was then stored with thousands of other cameras.

The officer in charge of checking video footage from the cameras randomly picked up a camera off the shelf and viewed its content.

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A Florida man was arrested after he abandoned his preteen son by the son of the road because he believed the boy was same-sex attracted.

Haines City police say Evenaud Julmeus, 30, dropped off the distraught boy in front of a closed police station with a bag that contained some clothes.

A bystander called police after witnessing Julmeus drop off the boy who was distraught and crying.

Julmeus reportedly caught his son viewing male pornography videos on his cell phone, according to the affidavit obtained by Fox News.

The victim told police Julmeus "became very upset" after he found the videos. The boy, whose name and age were redacted from the affidavit, told police his father ordered him to pack a duffel bag and that he was taking him to a police station to find a new home.

Police say Julmeus did not attempt to contact law enforcement or child protective services to inform them of the boy's circumstances.

After the boy's mother learned what happened, she went to go look for him at the police station. She left her other two minor children with Julmeus, the affidavit said.

Julmeus fled the home when police arrived, leaving the two minor children alone.

Julmeus has been charged with three counts of negligent child abuse without bodily harm and turned himself in, police said. Julmeus is being held without bond.

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Wayne Bertram Williams, the man convicted of killing two of 28 young Black males in the infamous Atlanta Child Murders, was denied parole by the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole on Monday, Dec. 2.

Williams, 61, was sentenced to two life terms in prison with the possibility of parole in 1982. He continues to maintain his innocence despite the forensics evidence that placed some of the victims in his car and home.

Many believe Williams is a scapegoat who took the fall for the real killer(s) during the killing spree that terrorized Atlanta from 1979-1981.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is among the supporters who believe Williams is innocent. She announced last year that Atlanta city police and the Fulton County District Attorney's Office would re-examine the murder cases for new evidence.

Channel 2's Tony Thomas spoke to Williams' close allies who were "99 percent sure" he would be released on parole today.

"I don't see why anyone would want to hold a man in prison if there is still lingering doubts that he didn't do any of the things he's convicted of," said Dewayne Hendrix, leader of The Wayne Williams Freedom Project.

Williams will have to wait another 8 years before he can go before the parole board again.

In a letter dated last month but just released Monday, the state board cited the main reason for the denial was "insufficient amount of time served to date given the nature and circumstances of your offense(s)."

Wayne Williams was born on May 27, 1958, and raised in southwest Atlanta by his doting parents, Homer and Faye Williams. Both of his parents earned modest salaries as school teachers. They worked long hours and made sure their only child wanted for nothing.

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A young Williams is shown here sitting on his mother's lap in a photo taken by his photographer dad.

Williams was a bookish boy who tested at the genius level. As a teenager he constructed his own radio station at home and began frequenting Atlanta stations WIGO and WAOK.

He developed an interest in recording studio equipment and began to "audition" young boys in the neighborhood. He dreamed of becoming a pop music producer and manager.

Atlanta police say Williams handed out flyers to young boys, hoping to discover the next Jackson 5.

Some of the boys who auditioned for Williams ended up as victims of the Atlanta child serial murderer.

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A Marietta woman will spend the Thanksgiving holidays in jail for firing a handgun into a Kentucky Fried Chicken drive-thru window because she didn't receive a fork or napkins with her order.

Jonelle Jade Dare, 33 was arrested Tuesday, nearly a month after she was accused of shooting into a KFC restaurant in Shelbyville, Kentucky.

The incident occurred Oct. 28, Shelbyville police told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. No one inside the restaurant was injured.

Witnesses said the woman was irate about not receiving napkins or utensils with her meal, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.

After exchanging words with the cashier, Dare pulled a handgun and fired through the open drive-thru window.

Investigators tracked her to Atlanta and secured warrants for her arrest with the help of the U.S. Marshals Service, according to the AJC.

She was arrested around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday in Sandy Springs. A handgun was recovered.

Dare is being held without bond while awaiting extradition to Kentucky, according to AJC.com.

"Fulton County Sheriff's deputies have notified authorities in Kentucky that Ms. Dare is available for pick up," the agency told AJC.com. "They have 15 business days to do so."

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Alabama police believe a body that was found in Macon County may be the remains of missing college student Aniah Blanchard, 19.

Authorities have "strong reason to believe" the remains may be Blanchard, Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes confirmed to the Montgomery Advertiser Monday afternoon.

Ibraheem Yazeed was the first suspect arrested on Nov. 7 in connection with Blanchard's disappearance. Blanchard was last seen on surveillance video at a convenience store in Opelika on Oct. 23.

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Aniah's remains were found in a wooded area shortly before 11 a.m. Monday. The discovery was announced before a second suspect, Antwain "Squirmy" Fisher, appeared in court on kidnapping charges.

A third suspect, David Johnson Jr., was arrested in connection with Blanchard's disappearance. Johnson, of Montgomery, was arrested and charged with hindering prosecution, Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes confirmed to the Montgomery Advertiser news.

Blanchard's car, a black 2017 Honda CR-V, was found abandoned at an apartment complex in Montgomery, Alabama, nearly 60 miles away from where she was last seen alive.

There was extensive damage to the right bumper, right wheel well and right passenger side door. Her family said the car was not damaged when they last saw her earlier that day.

Evidence recovered from inside the car led investigators to believe Blanchard was harmed and a victim of foul play.

Blanchard is the stepdaughter of heavyweight UFC MMA fighter Walt "Big Ticket" Harris, 36. He used social media and his contacts in the UFC community to help get the word out about her disappearance.

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A 20-year-old Michigan woman secretly video recorded her boyfriend wiping his fingerprints off bullets before loading a handgun and shooting her to death.

India Mackey, of Detroit, died a day after her 20th birthday. She used her cell phone to secretly record 18-year-old Kevin Dixon as he loaded a weapon while sitting in the passenger seat of a van in a parking lot.

Mackey, who was in the driver's seat, had argued with Dixon before she was killed.

"You think I'm playing, huh? Gonna hit you with these hollow-tip 45s," Dixon is heard saying in the video. Mackey stopped recorded a moment before she was shot in the head, according to WXYZ-TV news.

"This video is being taken by a woman who is going to be killed in moments," Macomb County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Smith told WXYZ-TV.

"It's unbelievable to me. The idea that he's pulling the bullet out, wiping his fingerprints off, showing it to her."

Dixon then got out of the van and moved Mackey into the passenger side. He got behind the wheel and began driving the van erratically. He used Mackey's cell phone to call his mother and ask her to hide the murder weapon.

His erratic driving caught the attention of a police officer in nearby Eastpointe. The officer pulled him over and found the mortally wounded Mackey in the van.

She was rushed to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Dixon's mother has also been charged as an accessory after the fact and tampering with evidence, according to WJBK-TV.

Mackey's father, Joseph Polk, said he warned his daughter about dating Dixon. "I didn't like the young man and I got the wrong vibes from him," Polk told WJBK-TV.

"I told her, I talked to her, I said, 'He's not the one for you, baby.' I try to pride myself on being a protector, but you can't protect your kids from who they interact with," said Polk, adding that he has 8 children.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-7233.

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Brianna Shontae Williams, mother of missing 5-year-old Taylor Rose Williams, was released from the hospital Thursday and booked into the Duval County Jail.

Police released a mugshot that shows Williams wearing a red jumpsuit instead of the standard issue grey or green jumpsuit.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office told First Coast News that a red jumpsuit means the inmate is a "possible self harm, high escape risk, or medical transport."

Williams was hospitalized after swallowing an overdose of prescription drugs the day police found the skeletal remains of a small child believed to be Taylor.

Williams, 27, reported Taylor missing in early November from her home in Jacksonville, Florida.

The skeletal remains were found on Nov. 12 in a wooded area in Demopolis, Ala., near Williams' hometown of Linden, Ala. The state of decomposition indicates the remains had been there for months.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is awaiting a positive identification. But investigators are still collecting human remains that were scattered around the area by animals.

The Sheriff's Office secured the property as a crime scene and patrol vehicles keep watch 24/7, according to First Coast News.

Investigators believe a black garbage bag found at the scene once contained the little girl's body. Investigators also found clothing in the garbage bag that did not match the description of the clothing that Williams said Taylor was last seen wearing.

Forensic Expert Michael Knox told First Coast News identifying the remains is a tedious process due to the body's state of decomposition.

"It's a very painstaking process because you have to do it in small layers," Knox said. "You sift through everything in that area, you make sure no evidence is missing. Investigators are not in a hurry, they want all the data, all the information before they make a decision."

Knox said it's a "telltale sign" for JSO to put in the arrest warrant that Taylor hasn't been seen since May.

"The coroner's position would be if, in fact, it's clear to them that this child was dead long before the time that she was supposedly last seen by the mother," Knox said. "That would be enough to show that the mother is doing something wrong here, that would tend to indicate some foul play."

Williams was a high achieving honor student who graduated number 1 in her class from Linden High School in Linden, Ala. She was a Petty Officer assigned to the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville at the time of her arrest.

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A Florida jury sentenced Henry Segura to life in prison, following his conviction of first-degree murder for the deaths of his ex-girlfriend and her three children.

The same jury that convicted Segura of four counts of first-degree murder on Tuesday deliberated for over 4 hours before sentencing Segura to two consecutive life sentences in prison.

Segura declined to offer any arguments to spare his life during the death penalty phase this morning.

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Segura, 41, was convicted of the murders of his ex-girlfriend Brandi Peters, 26, her six-year-old twin daughters, Tamiyah and Taniyah Peters, and his own son, 3-year-old JaVante Segura.

Court TV anchor Vinnie Politan was stunned by the jury's decision. "He took the lives of this entire family - all four people - and yet he's not the worst of the worst?," said Politan.

"It's not like they're still trying to figure out who did this. No! This is the man who did it - took the life of his 3 year old. Drowned another six year old; shot another six year old in the head! And then the brutal beating and murder of Brandi Peters. But, still, [he's] not the worst of the worst?" said Politan after the sentencing.

The prosecution says Segura killed Peters because he didn't want to pay her $23,000 in back child support for their son.

All four bodies were found in Peters' Tallahassee, Florida home on Nov. 20, 2010.

Peters was found in a pool of blood near the front door. Her children were stacked in a bathtub partially filled with bloody water.

One of the twins was shot in the back of the head. The other two children were drowned.

Segura was arrested 10 months later in Le Sueru County, Minnesota, where he fled after the murders.

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Two jail guards were shopping online or sleeping when Jeffrey Epstein took his own life in his Manhattan jail cell in August.

Tova Noel, 31, and Michael Thomas, 41, who are Black, were arrested early Tuesday after they admitted to investigators that they did not check on the millionaire pedophile in his jail cell for several hours because they were on the Internet.

According to an indictment obtained by Dailymail.com, Noel and Thomas were surfing the internet or fell asleep instead of performing mandatory checks on Epstein's cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center on August 10.

The two jail guards are also suspected of fabricating log entries to say they had checked on the high-profile inmate. Epstein's jail cell was only 15 feet away from the officers.

The two federal Bureau of Prisons employees were formerly arraigned in a Manhattan court for falsifying records and conspiracy in relation to Epstein's death.

The two disgraced officers looked somber as they faced a judge during their arraignment.

As they were being arraigned, their fellow Black guards formed a blockade with their cars around the courthouse in support of the disgraced officers.

Epstein was in jail awaiting a hearing on multiple counts of felony child molestation and human trafficking.

He was placed on suicide watch after he attempted to hang himself on July 23. He was found unconscious on his cell floor with bruises on his neck.

Epstein was taken off suicide watch about a week before his death, but guards were still required to check on him every 30 minutes because he was still considered at risk for self harm.

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A Florida jury convicted Henry Segura of murdering his ex-girlfriend and her three children in 2010. A 6-person jury convicted Segura after deliberating for nearly 4 hours on Tuesday.

Segura faces the death penalty. He has been behind bars for nearly a decade since the murders.

Segura was accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend Brandi Peters, 26, her six-year-old twin daughters, Tamiyah and Taniyah Peters, and his own son, 3-year-old JaVante Segura.

The prosecution says Segura killed Peters because he didn't want to pay her $23,000 in back child support for their son.

All four bodies were found in Peters' Tallahassee, Florida home on Nov. 20, 2010.

Peters was found in a pool of blood near the front door. Her children were stacked in a bathtub partially filled with bloody water.

One of the twins was shot in the back of the head. The other two children were drowned.

Segura was arrested 10 months later in Le Sueru County, Minnesota, where he fled after the murders.

Segura's first trial in 2015 ended with a hung jury. The jurors voted 8-4 for acquittal back then.

The defense chose a 6-person jury for the retrial. They hoped they would have better luck with just 6 jurors.

The evidence against Segura was circumstantial, but he had a motive to kill her. He also lied repeatedly about his whereabouts at the time of the murders.

Segura initially lied and said he was not at Peters' home the day she was killed. But investigators discovered his secret phone, and the phone's GPS put him at the crime scene.

Segura then changed his story and admitted he was in Peters’ home that day, but he claims he was there to have sex with her, not kill her.

Complicating the murder case was a mentally ill federal inmate, James Carlos Santos, who claims he is a "drug kingpin" who ordered a hit on Peters after she stole drugs and $90,000 from the cartel. The jury didn’t buy his “confession".

Santos claims Peters was a drug mule for his drug cartel that he operated from inside the prison walls.

The prosecution noted that Peters lived with her children in Section 8 housing and could barely afford the rent.

A prison psychologist diagnosed Santos with a plethora of mental disorders ranging from schizophrenia to grandiose delusions. He also took credit for other murders that he could not have committed because he was incarcerated at the time.

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Police in Fort Worth, Texas released dramatic body cam photos of the moment they rescued an 8 year old girl from a pedophile who snatched her off the street in broad daylight.

Video footage from a doorbell Ring camera shows the moment the girl was snatched from her mother's arms by 51-year-old Michael Webb.

The girl, who is not identified because she is the victim of a sex assault, was walking with her mother in a Fort Worth, Texas neighborhood in May, when Webb drove alongside them, exited the vehicle, and snatched the child.

The frantic mother fought with Webb but he managed to overpower her and take the girl. The mother's screams were captured on a Ring doorbell. "Help me! Help me! Please! My daughter just got kidnapped!"

The woman's screams brought neighbors out of their homes. Witnesses were able to give police a good description of the kidnapper's vehicle.

8 hours later, police and tactical SWAT teams surrounded a hotel where Webb was staying with the child. He hid her in a large hotel laundry basket and warned her not to make a sound.

Police body cam video shows the moment police dragged the naked kidnapper out of the hotel room and rescued the little girl.

"When they find her, you hear how just emotional it is for everyone. They are just so happy and relieved that they have her," said Erin Nealy Cox, US attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

Webb broke down in tears when he told investigators he scoped out the neighborhood before making his move. "I scoped it out pretty good... I know I missed somebody because, when I pushed the woman and grabbed her, I heard somebody screaming," said Webb.

He was convicted in September and sentenced to life in prison on Nov. 14. He also faces sexual assault charges in a separate case in Tarrant County.
 

Lil Reese knows he is lucky to be alive. The 26-year-old Chicago rapper was shot in the neck while riding in a car in suburban Chicago on Nov. 11.

Surveillance footage taken from a traffic camera shows a gunman firing a Draco AK-47 pistol at Reese's car across several lanes of traffic.

Police have no suspects in the shooting. Reese was reported to be in critical condition at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

While in the hospital, Reese hopped on Instagram Live to show his haters that he was still breathing.

After being released from the hospital, Reese, aka Grim Reaper, posted an image that shows a stapled vertical surgical incision on the front of his neck.

He captioned the image: "Made 4 it Lifes a gamble I got hella luck" [sic].

Reese has become a favorite target of robbing crews and rival Chicago rappers.

In June, Reese was jumped and robbed by multiple men who videotaped the encounter. The video later went viral on social media. His attackers claimed he lost control of his bowels during the scuffle.

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Houston police are searching for a suspect who raped a 13-year-old boy, robbed him and left him naked in Tidwell park. Family members told KPRC the boy is familiar with the suspect.

The sixth grader skipped school Monday, his family said. The boy was hanging out near his apartment complex when he was approached by a Black man in his 20s.

"He tried to drink with him, smoke with him and get him to buy stuff at a store," said the boy's mother, who did not want to be identified.

The mother said the boy accompanied the suspect to Tidwell park, where the suspect took the boy's phone, beat him and sexually assaulted him.

His mother said the boy woke up and realized he had been raped and robbed.

"The last thing he remembers is [his attacker] grabbing a big stick to hit him," the victim's mother said. "He remembers perfectly who did it."

The boy's uncle helped police search the park for evidence. "I found the clothes and shoes right there," his uncle told KPRC, pointing to a trail in Tidwell Park. "I'm surprised police didn't find them."

"I want them to catch him, I want him to pay, and I want there to be no more victims like my son," the boy's mother said. "I want justice for my son, and I want police to do their job."

Police are warning parents to keep an eye on their sons and daughters until the predator is caught.

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A former Atlanta police officer robbed Cobb County hotel guests while wearing his full police uniform and badge, authorities say.

Justin Thorne was arrested and charged with multiple felonies in connection with an armed robbery at a Comfort Inn and Suites off Windy Hill Road in Cobb County, Ga, Channel 2 Action News reports.

Thorne was captured on the hotel's surveillance cameras in the hallway outside the room of 2 hotel guests visiting from Arkansas on Oct. 17.

Thorne was dressed in full police uniform, including a bulletproof vest, hat, a gun belt and a police badge, according to WSB-TV.

The 22-year-old officer forced the hotel guests to hand over $800 in cash and an iPhone worth $700.

Thorne joined the Atlanta Police Department in 2017 and worked as a patrol officer on the city's southeast side until earlier this year when he resigned.

According to documents obtained by WSB-TV, in September Thorne was the subject of an investigation into allegations that he took payment from a suspect to make an outstanding warrant go away.

"When Thorne was asked by OPS to make a statement about the allegation, he chose to abruptly resign on October 1," according to the APD's Office of Professional Standards.

Cobb County Police are trying to determine if there are other victims.

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Police in Alabama have identified the remains of a young child as that of missing 5-year-old Taylor Rose Williams of Jacksonville, Florida.

The remains were recovered after a tip led the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department's Urban Search and Rescue team to a wooded area in Marengo County.

Taylor's mom, Brianna Williams, was arrested Tuesday and charged with felony child neglect and giving false information to police.

Williams, 27, attempted suicide on Tuesday by taking an overdose of drugs at the U.S. Naval Air Reserve Station, where she works as a chief petty officer in the Tactical Operations Center.

She was airlifted from the Naval base to a hospital where she is listed in critical condition, AJC.com reports.

Taylor was last seen alive when her mother put her to bed on Nov. 6 in her Jacksonville home. Williams said when she awoke the next morning, Taylor was gone and the back door was unlocked.

Williams, who is from the Alabama area, stopped cooperating with law enforcement after they found inconsistencies in her story.

"She has not spoken to us since Wednesday and she was the last person to see Taylor," Sheriff Mike Williams said during a press conference on Monday. "She is a person of interest in this case and we still need her cooperation in our efforts."

Williams' black 2017 Honda Accord was towed from her driveway after a cadaver dog alerted officers to the trunk area.

Police also questioned the Navy Petty Officer about a Craigslist.com advertisement for a babysitter that was placed a day before Taylor was reported missing. The ad mentioned a babysitter "bailed on" Williams.

Police are asking the public to come forward if they saw Taylor with Williams or the car traveling between Florida and Alabama in the past six months. The Honda Accord has tinted windows and black rims.

More than 120 law enforcement officers and volunteers were involved in the search for Taylor.

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A father and daughter have been charged with felony kidnap and rape after a 40-year-old Las Vegas woman was left for dead in the California desert.

Stanley Alfred Lawton, 54, and Shaniya Nicole Poche-Lawton, 22, were arrested after military personnel found the women off a highway near Edwards Air Force Base north of Los Angeles early Wednesday.

Father and daughter reportedly held the woman captive for a week. She was cold and suffering from exposure to the elements. The woman was kidnapped on Oct. 30.

They face charges of kidnapping to commit robbery, attempted murder, kidnapping from outside the state, forcible rape and 3 counts of first-degree ATM robbery.

Both have felony convictions in California according to KTNV. Lawton, who has multiple children, has been in court for failure to pay child support.

"He's got a lot of kids. He's got a lot of family. He's got a lot of friends that would never expect this from him," said neighbor John Henderson.

Lawton and his daughter are scheduled to appear in a California court to answer to the felony charges on Nov. 12.

Stanley Lawton's bail is set at $4.5 million.

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Rapper Lil Reese was reportedly shot at an intersection in suburban Chicago on Monday, Nov. 11. Sources say the troubled musician is in critical condition at a local hospital.

According to TheJasmineBrand, Reese was shot while riding in a car at 167th Street and Pulaski Road about 2:30 p.m. Witnesses told police the wounded man (Reese) was taken to a hospital.

Reese, aka Grim Reaper, was admitted to South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest, but he was later transferred to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he is listed in critical condition.

The shooting occurred just months after Reese was assaulted and robbed by multiple men who videotaped the encounter. The video later went viral on social media.

Reese, who reportedly has a terminal illness, lost control of his bowels during the vicious beating.

 
After the video went viral, Reese addressed the beating on social media. He showed off a stack of money and claimed he was not robbed.

"I got jump[ed] by like 5 niggas all that other shit tell them kill the lies," he said. "I got up still fighting ain't no hoe [in] me bro... Yea ok a jump on ain't shit. Keep listening to all them lies I got 40k on me [right now] nigga ain't taking shit."

Reese, who was born Tavares Taylor, is best known for being a member of fellow Chicago rapper Chief Keef's crew who collaborated on Keef's viral hit song "I Don't Like" in 2012. Also, that same year, Reese went viral for brutally beating a woman who he claims disrespected him in her own apartment.

The 26-year-old Capricorn signed with Def Jam and dropped his 2nd mixtape, Supa Savage, in 2013.
 


 

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Alexis Crawford's roommate, Jordyn Jones, 21, and Jones' boyfriend, Barron Brantley were arrested and charged in Crawford's death, WSB-TV reports.

Both suspects were booked into the Fulton County jail on Friday night, hours after Crawford's body was found in a DeKalb County park.

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Police said one of the suspects led investigators to Crawford's body. Her cause of death was by asphyxiation.

The 21-year-old Clark Atlanta University student was reported missing by her family on Nov. 1 after she failed to show up for class or to work.

The motive for murder is still under investigation, but Crawford reportedly filed a sex assault complaint against Brantley three days before she went missing.

WSB-TV reports Crawford accused Brantley of sexually assaulting her inside the off-campus apartment she shared with Jones.

Brantley waved his fist during his first court appearance on Saturday morning, according to WSB-TV's Michael Seiden. Jones' first hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 11.

Crawford's family announced her funeral will be held on Saturday Nov. 16 at Noon at the Hill Chapel Baptist Church, 1692 W. Hancock Avenue in Athens, Georgia.

The family asks that any cards or donations be sent directly to Gregory B. Levett and Sons Funeral home, which is handling the arrangements.

"The Crawford family is truly grateful and encouraged by the outpouring of love and concern they have received from across the country," said Rev. Markel Hutchins, a spokesman for the family. "Please keep them in your positive thoughts and prayers," Hutchins added.

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An Atlanta college student who was reported missing last week was found dead on Friday. Alexis Crawford, a 21-year-old senior at Clark Atlanta University, was discovered dead in a DeKalb County park, WSB-TV reports.

Crawford's roommate, 21-year-old Jordyn Jones, led police to the body, Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields said at a press conference on Friday.

Crawford's family reported her missing on Nov. 1 when she failed to show up for class or work. She lived in an off-campus apartment with her roommate.

Jones reportedly confessed to her role in Crawford's death. Jones' boyfriend, Barron Brantley, 21, is also considered a suspect in Crawford's death, Shields said.

Atlanta police are in the process of securing arrest warrants for Jones and Brantley, Shields said.

"Jordyn had been Alexis' friend and her roommate," Shields said. "The case has come to one of the saddest conclusions possible and has been absolutely heartbreaking."

An emotional Shields said, "To all the APD investigators who worked on this diligently and around the clock. I say 'Thank you.' Thank you for treating Alexis like she was one of our own."

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The Sacramento County Sheriff's Office released surveillance video footage of a woman's final moments before she was executed in front of sheriff's deputies by her abusive boyfriend.

The violence occurred around 12:30 a.m. outside a Carmichael, California apartment complex on Oct. 27.

The video, which includes commentary by sheriff's spokeswoman Sgt. Tess Deterding, begins with a chaotic scene as the suspect fights with a woman and throws her to the ground, while trying to kick in an apartment door.

The man, who was later identified as Earnest Easterling, 25, lifts his shirt to reveal a handgun tucked into his waistband. "You got the police called on me! I didn't do sh*t!" he yelled to someone inside the apartment.

The woman, who was still on the ground, yelled to someone inside the apartment to lock her door. The woman was later identified as Chanell Brown, 23, Easterling's girlfriend.

At some point, Easterling left and returned to the apartment. "He had replaced the standard round magazine in his handgun with a 50 round drum magazine," Sgt. Deterding explained.

Multiple neighbors called 911 to report a man with a gun. He again tried to break the door down.

"Hey, on my mama. When they come, I'm blasting you... You broke my car, doing that weird s---," he said while punching Brown. "Ernest, stop!" she cried.

As sheriff's deputies arrived on the scene at 12:40 a.m., Brown walked toward them with her hands in the air. "Naw, bruh," Easterling said. "Ernie, go in the house," Brown told him.

As Brown walked behind a fence with her hands in the air, Easterling lunged at her and opened fire, killing her.

The three deputies unloaded their clips at Easterling, killing him instantly.

"That video speaks a thousand words," Sgt. Deterding told CBS News. "If you watch it, everything unfolds in a split second."

Brown's mother described her daughter as an "angel," and said she saved lives the night she died. "That's what really happened. She sacrificed her own life."

A family member said Easterling was Brown's first boyfriend. She said Brown's personality changed and she became distant after dating Easterling.

The family held a press conference on the day the video was released to the public. They said their goal is to prevent others domestic violence victims from meeting the same fate as Brown.

CAUTION: The video contains scenes of graphic violence that may be disturbing to some viewers.
 

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Beyonce Knowles-Carter has added her name to a viral petition to prevent convicted murderer Rodney Reed's execution in Texas.

The 38-year-old singer has signed the Change.org petition, urging Texas Governor Greg Abbott to take another look at the evidence, WENN.com reports.

Kim Kardashian-West, Rihanna, Meek Mill, and Busta Rhymes have already signed the petition and urged fans to do the same.

Kim's husband, gospel musician Kanye West, 42, asked professional athletes in the NBA and NFL to stop playing for a week to help prevent Reed's execution.

Reed, who is Black, has spent 21 years on death row for the 1996 murder and rape of 19-year-old Stacey Stites, who is white.

Stites was scheduled to work at a grocery store in Bastrop, Texas on the morning of April 23, 1996, but she never showed up.

Her body was found later that day. She had been strangled to death with her own belt.

The prosecution linked Reed's DNA to live sperm found inside Stites' body during her autopsy. Police had his DNA on file because he had been arrested - but not convicted - in a different rape case.

Reed confessed that he had "consensual sex" with Stites on the day before her death, but his defense attorney claimed sperm can't survive in a deceased body for more than 24 hours.

Prosecution experts testified that sperm can survive for up to seven days. Reed was convicted and sentenced to death by an all-white jury.

But according to CNN, a former prison inmate named Arthur Snow, Jr. has claimed in an affidavit that Stites' fiancé, a Texas police officer, confessed to the killing.

Reed is set to be executed on November 20. His brother hopes all the celebrity attention will help stop Reed's execution.

Rihanna tweeted fans asking them to sign the petition: "One Click!!! SIGN this petition if you don't believe the Government should kill an innocent man!!!" she wrote.

Rapper Meek Mill, who campaigns for justice reform after his 2017 incarceration for a parole violation, tweeted: "16 days left and he will be executed for a crime he didn't commit."

Questlove, T. I., Gigi Hadid, and LL Cool J have also used social media to highlight Reed's case.

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A suspect has been arrested in the disappearance of Alabama college student Aniah Blanchard, 19.

Ibraheem Yazeed was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals in Florida late Thursday, Nov. 7, according to published reports. Yazeed was booked into the Escambia County Jail at 2:32 a.m. on Friday, Nov 8. He was treated for injuries he sustained while resisting arrest.

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Yazeed, 30, was out on bond in a different kidnapping and attempted murder case. A judge revoked his bond on Thursday. He was arrested in 2012 for attempted murder and again in February 2019 for kidnapping and attempted murder.

Blanchard was last seen at a gas station convenience store in Auburn, Alabama, near her apartment on Oct. 23. The suspect, Yazeed, was also seen on surveillance video in the same convenience store at the same time.

Blanchard had communicated with her roommate just before midnight on Oct. 23. She said she was on her way home, but minutes later she sent another text telling her roommate she was with someone named "Eric".

When her roommate asked who Eric was, Blanchard texted back, "I just met him." Her family reported her missing on October 24.

Two days later, Blanchard's car, a black 2017 Honda CR-V, was found abandoned at an apartment complex in Montgomery, Alabama, nearly 60 miles away from where she was last seen alive.

There was extensive damage to the right bumper, right wheel well and right passenger side door. Her family said the car was not damaged when they last saw her on Oct. 23.

Evidence recovered from inside the car led investigators to believe Blanchard was harmed and a victim of foul play.

Blanchard is the stepdaughter of heavyweight UFC MMA fighter Walt "Big Ticket" Harris, 36. He used social media and his contacts in the UFC community to help get the word out about her disappearance.

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Harris first met Blanchard when she was 3 years old in 2003, when he started dating her mother, registered nurse and entrepreneur Angela Haley-Harris.

He said Blanchard and her older brother, Elijah, felt like his biological children. "I knew I had to protect her and take care of her," Harris says.

Harris said Blanchard has a "heart of gold." Years ago, when his wife worked the night shift at a hospital, Blanchard helped out with her two younger siblings, his and Angela's biological children. She was very responsible and helped to change their diapers, he said.

"She's a selfless kid and she always put people before her," Harris says. "She has a huge heart. She's my everything."

"It's hard, trying to stay strong," Harris tells PEOPLE magazine. "[But] as the head of my house I have to say strong because I know she needs me to be strong to find her."

Blanchard's biological father, Elijah Blanchard, is hopeful she will be found alive. "We say a special prayer every night for our daughter's safety," he said.

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Mr. Blanchard left his family when his children were very young. He is married to prominent Alabama attorney Yashiba Glenn-Blanchard. The Blanchards are pictured on the left with Aniah Blanchard's mother and stepfather, right.

"Her family loves her, and we want her home," Elijah Blanchard told The Montgomery Advertiser on Monday. "She's special to me. She's special to our family. She's special to her friends."

"It's heart-wrenching because Aniah is such a people person," Elijah Blanchard told The Advertiser. "For someone to try to take advantage of that, someone who was probably just trying to be nice and try to go home, it's heart-wrenching."

He denied social media reports that his daughter arranged to meet a man she met on a dating app. Mr. Blanchard said that's not in her character.

"I never thought twice that Aniah was meeting anyone at any time of night. I just know her personality and the type of girl she is. My daughter was at the wrong place at the wrong time," he said.

A task force of a dozen law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, the Auburn Police Department, and Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences, are involved in the investigation.

Reward money for information in the case has grown to $105,000.

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The jury viewed gruesome crime scene photos on day 2 of Henry Segura's 2nd murder trial on Wednesday. Segura is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, Brandi Peters, her six-year-old twin daughters, Tamiyah and Taniyah Peters, and his own son, 3-year-old JaVante Segura.

All four bodies were found in Peters’ Tallahassee, Florida home on Nov. 20, 2010.

A medical examiner testified on Thursday that Brandi Peters, 27, was pistol whipped, beaten with a heavy, round object and shot to death. Evidence shows she fought for her life.

The bodies of her three children were found stacked in a bathtub. Tamiyah was shot in the back of the head and drowned and the other two children were drowned.

Segura was arrested 10 months later in Le Sueru County, Minnesota, where he fled after the murders.

At the time of the murders, Peters was a single, stay-at-home mother. Prosecutors claim the motive for the murders was $20,100 in child support payments Segura owed Peters for the care of his son, JaVante Segura.

Though Segura signed JaVante's birth certificate, he later claimed Peters told him the boy wasn't his. He said he was in the process of asking the state to perform a DNA test because he couldn't afford the several hundred dollars for the test.

In Segura's first murder trial in 2015, the jury was told his DNA was not found at the crime scene despite his testimony that he had sex with the victim.

The DNA of an unknown female was found under Peters' finger nails, and the DNA of an unknown male was also present on a door handle, bolt lock, phone cradle, Peters' purse, and a shovel at the scene.

Additionally, police recovered a mixed DNA sample from the victim's bedroom phone that was later matched to Angel Avila-Quinones, a member of a Colombian drug cartel who had just been released from federal prison.

Avila-Quinones fled to Italy, where investigators interviewed him but were unable to bring him to the United States due to Italy's tough extradition laws.

The jury did not hear about the DNA match because the evidence was ruled inadmissible in court. Prosecutors claimed Avila-Quinones left the country in 2009, before the murders.

Kelsey Kinard, Segura's former cellmate in an Oklahoma jail, testified that Segura confessed to the four murders in 2011.

A judge declared a mistrial when the jury couldn't reach a unanimous verdict in 2015.

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Aaron Hernandez has been linked to a 4th murder two years after he died by suicide in a prison cell. Investigators have linked the late New England Patriots star to a 4th murder, RadarOnline.com reports exclusively.

The former Pro Bowl tight end was accused of killing his friend Odin Lloyd because he believed the professional football player was about to out him as a bisexual. Hernandez was previously investigated for a double homicide in 2012.

Hernandez was sentenced to life in prison in 2015. While behind bars, he reportedly bragged to his prison lover about committing a 4th murder. Hernandez took his own life in his prison cell in 2017 at age 27.

In a new book by journalist Dylan Howard, titled Aaron Hernandez's Killing Fields, Hernandez's cellmate and boyfriend, Kyle Kennedy, said: "[Aaron] always used to tell me he had four murders. He would just always, all the time joke around saying 'I got four bodies.'"

The book described Hernandez and his "crew of thugs" piling into a car in search of Lloyd about a week before he was killed. But instead of finding Lloyd, the men found Jordan Miller, who was gunned down in his home, according to Radar. Miller's murder remains unsolved.

In the book, former police detective Bo Dietl said Hernandez could have easily mistaken Miller for Lloyd because they looked alike.

"It sounds like Hernandez gets a tip from one of his goonies. That Odin Lloyd is at this location. [Then] Jordan Miller is shot inside his home, from [a] drive-by shooting through the window … It's very possible that Odin Lloyd could have been in that apartment, and if they look similar, which I believe they do. They shot the wrong guy that time."

Dietl added: "I don't care if he pulled the trigger or not, if Aaron Hernandez was involved with the conspiracy to murder Odin Lloyd and Jordan Miller, it's the same as pulling the trigger."

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The 13-year-old double murder suspect who fled barefoot from a North Carolina courthouse is back in custody.

Jericho was previously arrested, along with 19-year-old Derrick Deshawn Hunt, and charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of brothers Frank Thomas, 34, and Adam Thomas, 33.

The juvenile escaped from a holding area on Tuesday, Nov. 5, after attending a hearing at a courthouse in eastern North Carolina.

The child, identified only as Jericho W., stole a bicycle and rode to a relative's home. His mother, Nikki Jacobs, picked him up there and delivered him to authorities late Wednesday.

Jacobs told WRAL's Bryan Mims she was driving her son to turn him in. She said the boy got a bike in Pembroke and rode it to a uncle's home after he escaped.

The child's escape triggered a massive manhunt involving several law enforcement agencies. Robeson County Sheriff's Office said he escaped barefoot from Juvenile Court around 12:10 p.m. on Tuesday. He was wearing beige pants, a white shirt and leg irons.

On Tuesday, Jacobs pleaded with her son to turn himself in.

"He's 13 years old and out here in the dark," said Jacobs. "My baby's out here somewhere, nobody knows, and he is all alone and hopefully he is safe wherever he is at. I just wish that he would come back ... turn himself in and get the help that he needs."

The North Carolina Department of Public Service confirmed to WRAL's Mark Boyle that Jericho was in police custody in Lumberton.

Jericho was transported by federal marshals to the Cumberland Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Fayetteville late Wednesday night.

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A white man was chased by an angry mob, beaten and robbed of his spicy chicken sandwich after he went on a profane rant inside a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen restaurant.

Online activist Tariq Nasheed posted a video that showed a white man shouting the N-word inside a Popeyes restaurant. The man was apparently upset after waiting in a long line for his food.

As the man walked outside the restaurant, he was set upon by an angry mob who beat him bloody and robbed him of his chicken sandwich.

This is the type of incident Popeyes had hoped to avoid when they pulled the chicken sandwiches out of stores after a series of violent incidents around the country earlier this year.

When Popeyes brought back the popular sandwich on Sunday, Nov. 3, the incidents of violence began anew.

One man was stabbed to death and social media users uploaded videos showing fights and other violent incidents inside and outside the restaurants. But Popeyes wasn't concerned.

According to Fox News, the corporation asked its customers to "show some patience and love each other as much as it loves the restaurant."

A spokesman told Fox Business the company had no plans to remove the sandwiches from stores again.

"The Chicken Sandwich came back on Sunday and will be available for the long term," a Popeyes spokesperson said in a statement to Fox Business on Wednesday.

"We love our fans and know they love us — we're asking everyone to share that love with each other and be understanding as the team works hard to get the sandwich back in every one of our guests’ hands."

Eric Yaverbaum, head of Ericho Communications, told Fox Business the incidents didn't mean a public relations disaster for Popeyes. He said the fights "just showcase poor decision making by specific Popeyes customers."