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Police in New York have arrested a 13-year-old boy in connection with the brutal stabbing of 18-year-old Barnard College freshman Tessa Majors.

Majors was fatally stabbed as she made her way through Morning side Park in Manhattan's Upper West Side near her campus around 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Police say Majors was approached by three youths intent on robbing her. When she resisted, one of the boys pulled out a knife and stabbed her multiple times as she screamed for help.

The group fled and Majors struggled up a flight of steps and onto the street where she collapsed.

A security guard found her and called 911. Majors was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, ABC News reports.

On Thursday, police noticed a 13-year-old boy in the lobby of a building near the park. His clothes matched the description of one of the attackers.

Police found a knife on the teen when he was taken into custody on suspicion of criminal trespass. Investigators say he confirmed his involvement in the robbery attempt and fatal stabbing.

Two other teens, who were persons of interest, were released from custody on Wednesday.

Majors was a popular first-year student on the campus. She studied journalism and played in 2 rock bands. She recently celebrated her band's first live performance and she was booked to perform in her hometown over the holiday break.

Majors' family is devastated by the senseless tragedy. She was the daughter of a novelist and writing professor.

"We lost a very special, very talented, and very well-loved young woman," her family said in a statement obtained by The New York Times.

"Tess shone bright in this world, and our hearts will never be the same."

Majors was a member of the LGBT community. Her murder is not believed to be a hate crime.

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A mom who abandoned her 14-year-old special needs son at an Atlanta hospital may not face prison time.

Atlanta police charged Diana Elliot, 37, with child cruelty after she abandoned her special needs son outside Grady Memorial Hospital on the cold night of Dec. 4.

Security cameras captured Elliott escorting the smiling teenager into the lobby of the hospital and then leaving the scene in a red minivan.

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The teenager, who is unable to communicate verbally, wandered outside looking for his mother after she left.

A kindhearted nurse on her lunch break noticed the boy standing outside the hospital. She escorted him back inside the hospital where he was cared for until police arrived.

"It was fortunate there was a nurse at Grady hospital, who was on her break, who went outside and happened to notice this young man outside," said police Lt. Jeff Baxter. "He needed help and shouldn't have been left like that," Baxter told Channel 2 News.

The teenager is now in the custody of the Georgia Division of Family and Child Services, according to Channel 2 News.

Elliott was tracked down by police and arrested on Wednesday. She was booked into the Fulton County Jail on felony child cruelty charges.

She told police she was overwhelmed caring for her son and her three other children.

Parents with special needs kids attended Elliott's bond hearing on Thursday. Her attorney - a parent to three special needs children himself - represented her pro bono (for free). The attorney believes the boy may have Down syndrome.

The judge said she would rather see Elliott get the childcare help she needs rather than send her to prison.

Georgia's "Safe Haven" law allows overwhelmed mothers to leave newborns at hospitals, fire stations, police stations and sheriff's offices without facing prosecution.

The law does not permit abandoning toddlers, adolescents or teenagers anywhere in Georgia.

Parents of unwanted adolescents or teenagers are urged to call DFACS, or give up their parental rights instead of abandoning their older children.

"It's rare that you see somebody older than a newborn being abandoned - it's very rare," Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos told WSB-TV.

"Our message is that we definitely understand that parents can feel overwhelmed by special needs children - that's something that everyone can empathize with," Campos said. "But leaving them unattended is not the proper solution. The child was found outside, cold and hungry, and that's just not an appropriate way to deal with something like this."

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Rapper Tekashi69 isn't confident of his chances at next Wednesday's sentencing hearing. The 23-year-old New York native, real name Daniel Hernandez, reached a plea deal with prosecutors to turn on his gang associates in exchange for a lighter sentence.

Hernandez was arrested in November 2018 on RICO and weapons charges. Additionally, he was charged with conspiracy to murder and armed robbery. He pleaded guilty to nine felony charges in February 2019.

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The rapper sang like a canary in open court, giving prosecutors all the evidence they needed to send 2 of his Nine Trey gang associates to prison for a minimum of 20 years each.

Hernandez, who is being held without bond, hopes his snitching will sway the judge to go easy on him.

He penned a groveling letter to the judge who will hand down his sentence on Wednesday, Dec. 18.

In the letter obtained by TMZ, Hernandez said he is "overwhelmed with emotions" and "it honestly feels like my world is crashing down."

"I'm sorry to the victims who were affected by my actions, to my fans who look up to me and were misled, to my family who depends on me and to this courtroom for this mess that I contributed to."

He continued:

"I'm truly sorry for the harm that I've caused. If given a second chance, I will not let this Court down and I will dedicate a portion of my life to helping others not make the same mistakes that I've made."

Hernandez faces a minimum sentence of probation or a maximum sentence of 47 years in prison.

He has been labeled a snitch and will require 24/7 security to protect him for as long as he lives.
 

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One of the shooters who targeted a Jersey City kosher market was identified as David Anderson, a Black Hebrew Israelite, who published anti-Semitic and anti-police posts on social media.

Anderson, 47, and his girlfriend, Francine Graham, 50, were both shot and killed by a SWAT team after they slaughtered three people inside the market on Tuesday afternoon.

Earlier, the suspects killed Jersey City Detective Joseph Seals at a cemetery after he spotted a stolen U-Haul truck that was linked to a murder he was investigating.

Seals was a 40-year-old father-of-five and a 15-year veteran of the Jersey City police force.

The suspects drove about a mile to the JC Kosher Supermarket in the U-Haul truck which they parked across the street.

Surveillance camera footage shows Anderson and Graham rushing toward the market, firing assault rifles.

Once inside, they killed three innocent victims, including the wife of the store owner.

At 12:43 pm, law enforcement officers arrived on the scene and exchanged gunfire with the suspects in a 2-hour standoff.

The gunfight ended when police drove an armored vehicle through the storefront and shot the suspects.

A "sophisticated" pipe bomb was discovered inside the white U-Haul truck.

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6 people are confirmed dead, including two suspects who went on a shooting rampage at a cemetery and a kosher market in Jersey City on Tuesday, Dec. 10.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said the two suspects "targeted" the Jewish market, where three innocent people were killed, including the wife of the store owner.

According to CBS News, the suspects shot and killed Detective Joseph Seals at a cemetery after he spotted a stolen U-Haul truck that was linked to a murder he was investigating.

The suspects - a male and a female - then drove about a mile to the kosher market, jumped out of the truck and opened fire, killing two innocent shoppers and the store owner's wife inside.

Mayor Fulop said surveillance footage "makes it clear" that the store was targeted by the shooters who engaged SWAT teams in a 2-hour standoff.

"They park the van. They exit the van with long guns in their hands. And they immediately begin firing in the location where we lost three of our citizens yesterday."

The firefight ended when police drove an armored vehicle through the storefront and fatally shot the two suspects.

All of the victims, except the police officer, were Orthodox Jews.

Update: the shooters are identified as David Anderson and Francine Graham. Anderson is a "Black Hebrew Israelite" who published anti-Semitic and anti-police posts on social media.

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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.