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NYPD investigators questioned and released a 14-year-old suspect wanted in connection with the fatal stabbing of 18-year-old Barnard College student, Tessa Majors.

The unnamed suspect was located at a family member's residence in The Bronx, where he was hiding out until a bite mark on his hand healed.

The NY Post reports he was questioned by police and released Thursday without charges.

A 13-year-old suspect told investigators that Majors bit the 14-year-old suspect on the hand during the struggle. The 14-year-old allegedly stabbed Majors in the chest with a red handled knife. Feathers were seen floating from her down coat during the attack.

Police swabbed the suspect's mouth for DNA, but a preliminary test result was inconclusive, according to the Post.

The boy had a smirk on his face as he left his attorney's office in Harlem around 4:30 p.m. Thursday (The NY Post removed the photo of the suspect smiling).

The teenager joined a younger boy and a woman in her 30s. The woman cursed at a reporter and knocked a recording device out of his hand as they crossed 125th Street, according to the Post.

The trio climbed into a white SUV, idling at a curb in front of a water hydrant and sped off.

A third suspect, age 14, was questioned by police and released on Dec. 12.

Community leaders urged police to use caution to avoid a repeat of the 1989 Central Park 5 case. Five Black and Hispanic boys were arrested and questioned without attorneys present in the infamous Central Park jogger rape case.

An inmate later confessed to the crime, saying he acted alone.

Director Ava DuVernay was among those urging caution.

"Certainly, in the investigative steps, the department will be more cautious because of the attention that was paid to the Central Park Five — everything they do is under the microscope," she tweeted.

NY residents expressed outrage over the way the case has been handled so far.

One Twitter user wrote:

"There is No Justice Especially for the Dead In NYC

This 14 year old THUG Ran from the Police Was caught 2 weeks later They took his DNA &Released Him

They could have held him for 5 days but didn't. Crime is up police R frustrated from all this BULL."

Another user tweeted:

"tessa majors can be stabbed in a park in NYC - and her attackers can spend Christmas at home before being arrested and released..."

And a third user tweeted:

"This is not cool.. everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Specially kids... cmon.. if this kid is innocent then you just ruined his life. If he is guilty then let the cops do their job. Stop letting the public judge people."

Police Chief Rodney Harrison acknowledged the public's frustration in a tweet on Thursday.

"Although he has since been released to the custody of his attorneys, the investigation remains very active. Our detectives are the best at what they do and are committed to finding justice for all parties involved."

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A 14-year-old boy wanted in the stabbing death of 18-year-old college student Tessa Majors was detained early Thursday, Dec. 26.

The Barnard College student was stabbed during an attempted robbery in Morningside Park on Manhattan's upper west side on Dec. 11.

The suspect was captured after hiding out at a family member's residence in The Bronx. He was taken to the 26th Precinct before 8 a.m., according to the NY Post. He was joined there by his attorney and a parent or guardian.

A police source told The Post, the young suspect lawyered up and isn't talking.

"Since he has a lawyer, he's not going to give anything up," the police source said.

Rodney Harrison, Chief of Detectives, announced the suspect's capture on Twitter.com on Thursday.

"We have located this individual. Thank you to everyone who reached out with information. This is an active and ongoing investigation," he tweeted.

The unidentified teenager was nearly 2 weeks after he reportedly fled from a car while being driven to a police station on Dec. 16. The NYPD released photos of him and asked the public to help locate him.

The NYPD normally does not release photos or identify minor suspects. But the boy was considered dangerous and a menace to public safety.

A 13-year-old suspect, Zyairr Davis, is currently in police custody. He told investigators the 14-year-old suspect stabbed Majors with a red-handled knife "in a stabbing, poking motion" and he saw "feathers" floating up from her coat in the chest area.

A third boy, who is 14 years old, was questioned and released, police said.

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A NYPD detective working the murder case of 18-year-old college student Tessa Majors was previously accused of falsifying evidence in an unrelated case.

The Gothamist identified the detective as Wilfredo Acevedo who has been sued at least twice for making false statements in a previous case.

Acevedo and another officer were sued by a New York man who claimed they planted evidence in his apartment and accused him of a shooting in 2015.

The man was held in custody for one year and released after the charges were dropped.

Acevedo was sued by another New York resident who accused the detective of falsely arresting him on drug and gun charges. The city later settled the lawsuit for $50,000.

The manhunt has expanded for a 14-year-old boy believed to have stabbed Majors multiple times during an attempted robbery in a park on Manhattan's west side.

Police released three photos of the unnamed suspect and asked the public to call in with tips. The MYPD normally does not release photos of or identify underage suspects, but the boy is a fugitive and considered extremely dangerous.

The boy was being driven to a police station by a relative on Dec. 16, when, the relative claims, the boy jumped out of the car and fled at a Harlem intersection.

But investigators don't believe that story and the relative has since stopped cooperating with the investigation.

Police have a 13-year-old boy in custody who will be charged as a juvenile in the murder case. The boy told investigators that he and two friends - both 14 - went to Morningside Park around 8 p.m. on Dec. 11 to rob someone.

They spotted Majors walking alone in the park and attempted to steal her backpack. But Majors resisted and fought back.

The 13-year-old told police the 14-year-old suspect stabbed Majors in the face and upper body. She died from internal bleeding that same night.

Surveillance video supports the 13-year-old boy's account of the murder, his lawyer says.

The third suspect was taken into custody and questioned in the presence of his mother and a lawyer. He was released after he invoked his right to remain silent, police told the New York Times.

Majors was a journalism and music student in her freshman year at Barnard College when she was killed.

Anyone with information on the 14-year-old suspect's whereabouts is asked to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

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The New York Police Department released three photos of a teenage suspect wanted in the fatal stabbing of a college freshman in a park.

The unnamed 14-year-old is accused of stabbing 18-year-old Tessa Majors to death during an armed robbery attempt in Morningside Park on Dec. 11.

A massive manhunt is underway for the boy who escaped while he was being driven to a police station on Dec. 16.

The boy was on his way to turn himself in to police when he bolted out of a car that was stopped at an intersection in Harlem. He hasn't been seen since.

Police arrested a 13-year-old suspect who is being charged as a juvenile in connection with Majors' murder.

Another a 14-year-old suspect was arrested but when investigators tried to interview the teen with his mother and lawyer present, he invoked his right to remain silent and was released, police told the New York Times.

The 13-year-old told police he and the two 14-year-old boys went to Morningside Park on the evening of Dec. 11 to rob someone.

They spotted Majors walking by herself in the park around 8 pm. They tried to rob her but she resisted and put up a fight.

She struggled up the steps and collapsed facedown on the street. A security guard spotted her and called 911. She was in respiratory distress and gasping for air when medics arrived.

She was pronounced dead at St. Luke's hospital. The medical examiner said she died from internal bleeding caused by multiple stab wounds to the chest.

Anyone with information on the suspect's whereabouts is asked to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

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Cyntoia Brown Long, who was convicted of murder at age 16, is extending her support to a Wisconsin teenager who faces the death penalty for killing her pimp.

Chrystul Kizer was only 16 when she met her pimp, Randy Volar III. She is accused of shooting Volar twice in the head, then setting fire to his home.

Kizer, now 19, admitted killing Volar in his home in 2018 after she says he raped her multiple times. On the day he died, police planned to arrest Volar for child sex trafficking.

Long took to her Instagram account early Friday to voice her support for Kizer. She posted a photo of herself wearing a hoodie with the words "Justice 4 Chrystul Kizer" on the front.

Long, now 31, was granted clemency earlier this year and paroled after serving 15 years of a life sentence for killing a customer when she was a streetwise teenage prostitute.

Police say Volar's estate is worth $800,000. He made large bank deposits and other activities typical of sex traffickers.

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The teenager told police that Volar sold her to other men, which is why her attorney believes she should be shielded under sex trafficking laws.

But prosecutors say the sex trafficking laws don't apply to Kizer because she was engaged in prostitution and her life was not in imminent danger when she shot Volar in the head twice and set fire to his home.

Kizer, who has a criminal record of petty offenses, suffers from depression and other mental disorders.

If convicted of murder, she faces the death penalty or mandatory life in prison.
 

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Chrystul Kizer was only 16 when she met her pimp, Randy Volar III. Volar, 34, pimped Kizer out to older men and deposited the cash she made into his own bank account.

Kizer, now 19, admitted to killing Volar in his home in 2018 after she says he raped her multiple times. The day Volar died, he was about to be arrested for child sex trafficking.

Police say Volar's estate is worth $800,000. He made large bank deposits and other activities typical of sex traffickers.

The teenager told police that Volar sold her to other men, which is why her attorney believes she should be shielded under sex trafficking laws.

But prosecutors say the sex trafficking laws don't apply to Kizer because she was engaged in prostitution and her life was not in imminent danger when she shot Volar in the head twice and set fire to his home.

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Kizer is now on trial for her life.

If this story sounds familiar, it is because it nearly mirrors the story of Cyntoia Brown Long.

Long was also a 16-year-old prostitute when she was convicted of shooting a customer in the head while he slept. She stole the man's wallet and his car, then returned to his home with friends to steal from the deceased.

Long, now 31, was granted clemency earlier this year and paroled after being sentenced to life.

Unlike Kizer, Long didn't have a pimp. But she did have a camera-ready smile and celebrities like Kim Kardashian-West and T.I. were smitten.

Kizer, who has a criminal record of petty offenses, suffers from depression and other mental disorders.

If convicted of murder, she faces the death penalty or mandatory life in prison.
 

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A Washington man was arrested Tuesday in connection with the murder of a male-to-female (MtF) who went missing in June 2019.

Nikki Kuhnhausen, 17, was reported missing after planning to meet up with David Bogdanov, 25, on Snapchat. Kuhnhausen was last seen alive on June 6.

On Dec. 7, a hiker discovered human skeletal remains in a remote area of Larch Mountain in Clark County, according to Crimeonline.com.

The remains were later identified as Kuhnhausen, according to KPTV. Bogdonov told investigators in early October that he and Kuhnhausen had gotten into a dispute, and he kicked the teenager out of his car. He said that was the last he'd seen of Kuhnhausen.

But police now believe Bogdonov strangled Kuhnhausen after he found out he was born a male.

"We suspect that there was probably some interaction where, and by his own admission, that he determined that ... she was transgender," said Vancouver police Lieutenant Tom Ryan.

Ryan added that cross-dressing was offensive to Bogdonov's culture.

Cell phone records revealed, on June 6, Bogdonov's phone was in the same remote area where Kuhnhausen's remains were later found.

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A federal judge disagreed with prosecutors that rapper Tekashi69 should be set free with time served. The judge sentenced the 23-year-old rapper to 24 months in prison with 5 years probation after he is released.

The judge lectured the rapper for over 20 minutes. He said Tekashi will not walk free today because the 13 months the rapper has already served is not enough time.

After telling Tekashi he "squandered" his recording career by joining a violent gang, the judge said, "Mr Hernandez, please rise. It is the judgment of the court you are to serve a term of 24 months in prison, with five years of supervised release."

He continued: "I impose 300 hours of community service when you get out, and a fine of $35,000. Mr Hernandez, the worst part is over. There is a great deal to be admired about you. You've learned a hard lesson here. I wish you very very well. We are adjourned."

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Tekashi69, real name Daniel Hernandez, was arrested on racketeering, weapons and drug charges in 2018. He was also charged with conspiracy to murder and armed robbery as a member of the notorious Nine Trey Bloods street gang.

The judge considered victim impact statements from 2 armed robbery victims: a man and a woman who say their lives have been altered by the rapper's violent actions.

The man said he lives in constant fear of Tekashi69 sending his gang associates to "finish the job".

The victim concludes his impact letter by asking the judge, "Why should this person, who nearly ended my life, be free when I am not free?"

Black Twitter responded to a judge telling wannabe gangster Tekashi69 that he will not walk free today.

One Twitter user referenced a quote by Breakfast Club radio host Charlamagne da god who said he would perform fellatio on Tekashi69 if his charges were dropped and he walked out of jail a free man.

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2 of Tekashi69's victims contacted the judge who will either send him up the river or set him free at his sentencing hearing tomorrow.

Rapper Tekashi69, aka 6ix9ine, was arrested on racketeering, weapons and drug charges in 2018. He was also charged with conspiracy to murder and armed robbery as a member of the notorious Nine Trey Bloods street gang.

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The "FEFE" star's robbery victims gave their victim impact statements to a New York judge. They pleaded with the judge to hold the rapper responsible for his violent crimes and keep him behind bars.

The victims, a man and a woman who both worked as publicists, claim their lives have been forever ruined and they experience severe anxiety after the ordeals, according to TMZ.

The 33-year-old male explains, "Never have I been so scared as a cold, hard metallic gun was pressed against my abdomen."

The man also said he lives in constant fear of Tekashi69 sending his associates to "finish the job".

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The victim concludes his impact letter by asking the judge, "Why should this person, who nearly ended my life, be free when I am not free?”

The judge will take into consideration Tekashi's willingness to cooperate and testify against his four gang associates.

All four gang bangers were convicted and sent to prison. Tekashi's victims hope he will join them behind bars.

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Police have arrested a fugitive twin who was wanted for a violent frying pan attack on a Clayton County woman on Dec. 12.

19-year-old twins Kyra and Tyra Faison went on the run after allegedly attacking Lyiah Elsko with a frying pan, leaving the 20-year-old woman with facial and bodily injuries.

Police said Tyra Faison turned herself in after the twins's pictures were circulated to news media outlets.

Kyra Faison is still on the run and should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who spots Kyra is asked to call 911 immediately.

Authorities say the twins kicked in the door to an apartment where Elskoe was staying and beat her about the face and head. They then dragged her out of the apartment and stole her phone and car keys.

Authorities say the brutal assault was over a man.

The twins were escalated to the top of the Clayton County Sheriff's most wanted list. They face charges including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery, robbery, burglary with intent to commit a felony in the first degree and criminal trespassing.

The twins' mother suggested her daughters have not been the same since they were jumped by a gang of 20 girls when they were 13.

Charnetta Davis told Channel 2 Action News that her daughters were followed home from Clayton Middle School and attacked by a gang of girls on May 20, 2014.

Kyra and Tyra were punched, kicked and stomped, Davis told Channel 2.

"I've never in my life experienced anything like this before," Davis said in 2014. "I feel like I've done everything that I could to help my daughters."

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A bank robber in Columbus went viral over the weekend after a news media outlet posted his impressive mugshot collection on Facebook.

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Dontrell Demetrius Scott, 26, walked out of a SunTrust bank in downtown Columbus carrying a bag full of cash on November 5.

The hapless bank robber didn't attempt to conceal his identity as he flashed a toothy grin for the bank surveillance camera on his way out the door. Apparently he loves to have his picture taken.

Unfortunately for Scott, the bank he chose to rob that day is housed in the same building as the Columbus field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).

Scott was in police custody within hours. He was apprehended at a used car lot where he attempted to purchase a used car with a portion of his ill gotten gains.

Scott told the used car salesman he was looking for a car - any car. He wasn't particular about the make or the model of car because he was in a hurry, said D. Cochran, owner of Ask D Auto Sales.

Scott showed Cochran a fist full of cash and asked if that would speed up the sale.

"He said I would like to buy any one of your cars," Cochran told WRBL.

"He said 'I like this Mercedes.' And I told him the price of the Mercedes. And he said, 'Well, I'll take anything, I'm just in a rush.' I said, 'OK well let's go inside,' He said, 'I got the money right now.' So he showed me a wad of cash. When he showed me the cash, I was like, 'Whoah.'"

By that time, Columbus police had identified Scott and emailed his bank surveillance photo to all the local media outlets.

He was in custody by 7 p.m. He was still at the used car lot signing papers when police showed up to arrest him.

During the booking process, Scott added a new mugshot to his growing collection, totaling 15 mugshots in all.

Not counting his juvenile record, which is sealed by the courts, Scott's mugshots begin with his first arrest in 2012.

A media outlet compiled all of Scott's mugshots into one meme and posted it on Facebook, where it went viral across social media platforms.
 

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A former bank employee is accused of stealing more than $88,000 from a North Carolina bank, then posting photos of the stolen loot on social media.

Arlando Henderson, 29, was arrested by the FBI in San Diego, California on Dec. 4. A criminal indictment was unsealed in federal court in Charlotte, NC following his arrest.

According to the indictment, Henderson was employed by the financial institution in Charlotte, and had access to the bank vault.

On 18 separate occasions, Henderson stole cash from customer deposit boxes in the bank's vault.

Henderson then posted photos of himself flashing the cash on social media. Henderson reportedly used the cash for personal expenses and to make a $20,000 down payment on a new Mercedes-Benz.

The indictment also alleges Henderson committed fraud by falsifying documents to obtain a car loan at another bank for the balance owed on the Mercedes.

Bank officials became suspicious after Henderson - by then an ex-employee - posted photos of himself flashing stacks of cash on his Facebook and Instagram accounts.

The aspiring rapper also posted photos of himself posing next to a white 2019 Mercedes-Benz.

Henderson captioned one photo: "I make it look easy but this... really a PROCESS."

"Throughout July and August 2019, Henderson used a social media account to post several pictures of him holding large stacks of cash," the indictment reads.

The feds allege Henderson "destroyed certain documents" and "made, or caused others to make, false entries in the bank's books and records to cover up the thefts."

Henderson had an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Gallo, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California earlier this month.

He is charged with two counts of financial institution fraud, 19 counts of theft, embezzlement and misapplication, and 12 counts of making false entries.

The felony charges carry a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine for each count. He is also charged with transactional money laundering, which carries additional penalties of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
 

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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.

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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.