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When Phyllis Pena caught a man peeping in her 15-year-old daughter's bedroom window, she did what any mom would have done: she tackled him to the ground and held him for the police.

Viral video shows Pena delivering some Texas justice to a peeping Tom who picked the wrong girl's bedroom window to peek through.

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Pena (left) told Lake Jackson police she was returning home from the store at 7 a.m. on Jan. 21, when she spotted Zane Hawkins, 19, in her yard peeping in her daughter's bedroom window.

Pena immediately called the police, and when she saw the suspect flee, she told WPRC that her first instinct was to make sure he didn't escape the long arms of the law.

Video footage from a patrol unit shows Pena tackle Hawkins to the ground while her daughter, a star softball player, rushed over to help hold him down until police arrived.

"The cop fist-bumped me and he was like, 'Hey, so I heard the Texans are looking for a new linebacker,'" Pena told the news station.

She said Hawkins is known in the neighborhood but her daughter doesn't know him personally.

Pena shared the video of her hard tackle on her Facebook page, and it went viral around the globe.

She captioned the footage: "The video everyone has been waiting for. My next step is to try out for the NFL."

Hawkins is in jail facing charges of possession of a controlled substance, evading arrest and resisting arrest. More charges may be added.
 

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Deshawn Mcmanus, of Mecklenburg, North Carolina, was shot and killed days after he allegedly assaulted his live-in boyfriend.

McManus was killed during an altercation at an apartment complex on Kelston Place in Charlotte, NC, on Feb. 9

Witnesses say two people were involved in an altercation inside an apartment. The dispute moved to outside, and the victim was killed.

Police say McManus and the suspect knew each other.

McManus was previously arrested in January and charged with assault. He was released on $1,000 bond.

His lover, who goes by the username Slayed ByMone, took to Facebook to grieve.

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ByMone's posts attracted attention from Facebook users who initially confused ByMone for a woman. They gently broke the news to ByMone that McManus had a whole boyfriend who was also grieving.

One Facebook user wrote: "@Slayed ByMone when yall start dating like last night? cuz baby he gay, he have a whole live boyfriend that he stay with [sic]."

Another user wrote: "@Wayne Hudson he definitely loved his boyfriend they was so cute I loved their relationship. Demarco Cheerboy Dawson I'm sorry baby [sic]."

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A woman who believed she was communicating with pop singer Bruno Mars via text messages was scammed out $100,000 -- her entire savings.

The 63-year-old victim, a resident of Texas, believed she was "in love" with the 35-year-old singer.

The woman told police she assumed she was in contact with 11-time Grammy Award winner "Bruno Mars" after she received text messages showing Mars performing while he was on tour.

In September 2018, "Mars" asked the woman to send him a $10,000 check to help cover his touring expenses, and she agreed, according to authorities.

She went to a local branch of the Wells Fargo bank in North Richland Hills and withdrew a cashier's check made out to "Basil Chidiadi Amadi," a person described as a "friend of the band," according to authorities.

The woman deposited the check into an account at JPMorgan Chase bank.

Two days later, "Mars" contacted the woman again and asked for another $90,000, which she withdrew in a cashier's check that was made out to "Chi Autos" at the request of "Mars," according to TMZ.

The $90,000 check was deposited on September 14, 2018 into a separate bank account at JPMorgan Chase, according to investigators.

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Investigators subpoenaed bank records and traced the two JPMorgan Chase accounts to Nigerian scammer Chinwendu Azuonwu, 39, and his co-conspirator Basil Amadi, 29, both residents of Houston.

Azuonwu, 39, appeared in court on Tuesday to face charges of impersonating Mars on Instagram to swindle the victim out of her life savings.

Azuonwu said he did not know how $90,000 was deposited into his account, according to the criminal complaint. He also denied knowing Amadi or the woman.

Azuonwu and Amadi are charged with third-degree felony money laundering, KPRC-TV reported. Azuonwu's bail was set at $30,000.

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Kevin Hart's former personal shopper was arrested on Wednesday, after allegedly defrauding the actor/comedian out of nearly $1.2 million.

Dylan Jason Syer - who was hired by Hart in 2015 - was arraigned in Queens Supreme Court, New York, on charges including grand larceny, first and second degree, criminal possession of stolen property in the first and second degree and identity theft in the first degree.

Syer, 29, allegedly used Hart's credit cards to help fund his lavish lifestyle.

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said Syer made over a million dollars in unauthorized purchases using the comedian’s credit cards between October 2017 and February 2019. She said the actor's credit card was given to Syer "only to make authorized purchases" on his behalf.

Syer initially started small by making authorized purchases for the actor, then he escalated to make extravagant purchases for himself and to transfer large sums of Hart's money into his personal bank accounts.

He then purchased Louis Vuitton bags, "at least 5 Patek Phillipe watches valued at more than $400,000" and a Sam Friedman painting, which he sent by FedEx to his home and business.

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He also purchased at least 16 Bearbrick collectibles dolls, clothing, shoes and jewelry, according to the D.A.

"The investigation revealed that the defendant used his business's credit card processing account to make unauthorized charges on Mr. Hart's credit card. Once those credit card charges were processed by Syer's bank, the proceeds poured into Syer's checking account," the D.A. said.

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Following Syer's arrest on Wednesday, investigators searched his home, and recovered around $250,000 in cash and other items.

Katz issued a statement, saying, "I want to send a strong message to the defendant and others who seek financial gain through the victimization of others, that my team and I are committed to aggressively pursuing these actions and separating those who commit crimes from their ill-gotten gains, and returning those funds, where practical, to support the victims.”

Syer is due back in court on February 17. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years in prison.

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A kidnapped 10-year-old girl was rescued thanks to two quick-thinking sanitation workers in Louisiana.

Dion Merrick and Brandon Antoine, who work for Pelican Waste, were working their regular shift Monday morning when they spotted a car matching the description of a sedan in an Amber Alert.

Authorities issued an Amber Alert for a 10-year-old girl reported missing by her family on Sunday.

When Merrick and Antoine spotted the sedan in a field on Monday, they pulled over their garbage truck on the wrong side of the highway to block the vehicle in and called 911.

Merrick streamed their heroics on Facebook Live and captured police taking the suspect into custody near St. Martin Parish.

The two men are being hailed as heroes for their quick action.

"I feel blessed just to find her alive and everything," Merrick told CBS News on Wednesday. "It's just a wonderful feeling."

"Something told me, like just look, I said 'what is that car doing in that field like that?'... Guess what, that's the dude with the little girl," Merrick said in his video. "That's God."

Merrick and Antoine, who are both fathers, say it was their duty to help the child.

"It was just one of those things you just had to do," said Merrick, a Navy veteran and father of two.

Both men were praised by their company and the local police chief offered to buy them lunch. The story made global headlines.

"It's a blessing," Antoine said. "All over the world, I love it."

The suspect was identified as 33-year-old Michael Roy Sereal and he was arrested for aggravated kidnapping, police said.

The Iberia Parish Sheriff's Department wouldn't confirm if the suspect is the same Michael Roy Sereal listed on the department's online sex offender registry.
 

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Two male cheerleaders linked to Netflix's "Cheer" have been arrested on charges of sexual misconduct with minors.

Robert Joseph Scianna Jr., 25, and Mitchell Ryan, 23, were both arrested on Wednesday.

Scianna, a choreographer and cheer coach, was arrested in Virginia, and charged with felony taking indecent liberties with a child and using an electronic communication device to solicit sex, the Chesterfield County Police Department said, according to WRIC-TV.

Scianna allegedly solicited sex from a minor on social media. He is being held in the Chesterfield County Jail without bond, WRIC reports.

Ryan, a college cheerleader, was arrested in Texas, and charged with felony aggravated sexual assault of a child related to a July incident, according to the Dallas County Sheriff's Department.

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The arrests come after "Cheer" star Jerry Harris was charged with multiple counts of federal child pornography and sex crimes in September.

Harris and Ryan were on the Navarro College cheer team, which was featured on the reality TV series, but Ryan did not appear on the show, People reports.

Ryan posted his $50,000 bond and was released Friday morning, according to People magazine.

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A 13-year-old girl was dragged for several miles when she tried to escape her family's SUV that had been carjacked from a parking lot.

According to the Wichita Police Department, Brianna Ibarra was sitting in an SUV that was idling outside a restaurant while her family was inside picking up food just before noon on February 6.

Brianna was in the back seat on the driver's side of the SUV when a man jumped into the driver's seat and drove off.

The frightened teenager became entangled in the seatbelt when she opened the rear passenger door to escape the fleeing vehicle.

A motorist witnessed a grey Ford Escape dragging a young girl who was hanging outside the vehicle "traveling westbound on Kellogg at Meridian".

The witness followed the SUV and called 911.

Officers who responded to the scene saw the suspect stop the vehicle at Kellogg and West Street and flee on foot.

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The suspect was captured by police and later identified as 34-year-old Kevin Palmer of Wichita.

Brianna was pronounced dead at the scene.

"This is one of the saddest cases I have been associated with in my over 28 years of law enforcement," said Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay in a press release. "WPD sends its thoughts and prayers to family, friends, and others affected by this tragic incident."

Palmer, who has a lengthy criminal history, is being held without bail at the Sedgwick County Jail on several charges, including felony murder, first-degree murder, and capital murder.

A GoFundMe account raised over $45,000 of a $75,000 goal for the "unexpected loss of a child."

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YFN Lucci is a free man after a judge released him on $500,000 bond on Monday.

Video footage shows the rapper emerging from jail around 4 p.m. on Monday after posting $50,000 cash, 10% of his bond.

Lucci, real name Rayshawn Bennett, 29, was arrested for murder in the shooting death of 28-year-old James Adams in Atlanta.

A judge ordered Lucci to surrender his passport and wear an ankle monitor. He has to remain home between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.

He can only leave home to meet with his lawyer or for doctor's appointments.

Lucci is not allowed to communicate with his alleged victims, witnesses or co-defendants in the case. He also can't associate with any known gang members or convicted felons, according to TMZ.

Don't expect to welcome Lucci back to the internet. The judge ordered him to stay off social media, he can't leave the state to book shows, and he can't visit a certain recording studio.

His attorney tells TMZ, "The bond was negotiated last week and finalized today. He was released just before 4 pm. There are a variety of conditions which is somewhat consistent with these cases, which included surrendering his passport."

Lucci is best known for dating rapper Lil Wayne's only daughter, Reginae Carter, 22.

It isn't clear if he is allowed to hook up with Reginae, although rumor has it that she put up the bond money for her man.

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The manager of a fast food restaurant in Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood is demanding answers from city officials after she was put on hold while trying to report a carjacking attempt.

City leaders and business owners have been working together on a plan to curb high crime in Atlanta's most affluent neighborhood, home to rapper Cardi B, singer Tyrese Gibson, and the governor of Georgia.

Karen Harris, the manager of Ru San's Sushi and Seafood in Buckhead, wants the city to do more to address crime, Fox 5 News reports.

"It certainly isn't the responsibility of our staff to catch the bad guy," said Harris, "That responsibility falls on our elected officials and our mayor."

"It's always been a safe place for our patrons in the community to walk and get great food," said Harris.

According to Harris, a customer left his child in his car parked outside the restaurant to pick up a to-go order on Saturday. She said a man attempted to break into the car and the child ran inside the restaurant to get help.

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Staff members snapped photos of the man fleeing the area. This screengrab shows an employee on the phone with 911 while the suspect flees in the background.

"The concerning part was our employees were on hold with 911," said Harris, "Luckily, one of our employees knew an APD detective who she called who was able to dispatch APD."

Police arrested the carjacker and identified him as 34-year-old Andrew Robert Fike. Fike was booked into the Fulton County jail and charged with attempting to enter a vehicle, obstruction, loitering and prowling.

Atlanta's Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms recently addressed the high crime in Atlanta. Bottoms privately expressed support for the "Buckhead Security Plan” which includes sending up drones over Lenox Square Mall and Phipps Plaza and using metal detectors at the doors and drug sniffing dogs inside the malls.
 

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A dispute between neighbors over shoveled snow ended in a murder-suicide in Plains Township, Pennsylvania.

Surveillance video shows James Goy, 50, and Lisa Goy, 48, shouting obscenities at neighbor, Jeffrey Spaide, 47, who objected when they apparently shoveled snow into his yard.

As the argument escalated, the Goys threatened Spaide if he set foot in their yard. Surveillance shows Spaide shoot the stunned couple with a handgun.

James Goy ran toward his home, screaming, "Call the cops! He shot me!"

The footage shows Spaide stand over Lisa Goy and shoot her twice at close range, as she yelled "You f***er, you!"

Spaide went back to his house, as neighbors emerged from their homes to help the couple.

Spaide then returned with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. "You should have kept your f***ing mouth shut," he said before shooting Lisa Goy in the head at close range.

Spaide then shot James Goy to death before going back to his house and using another rifle to kill himself.

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