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Cobb County PD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Paducah PD

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A hotel employee turned the tables on an armed robber when she grabbed his gun after he dropped it on the counter to pick up the cash.

It happened at a Country Inn and Suites hotel in Paducah, Kentucky on Monday night. Surveillance video shows the female employee throwing cash at the hapless robber who dropped his gun on the counter to scoop up the cash.

As he bent down to pick the money up off the floor, the quick-thinking employee grabbed the gun and pointed it and him.

The suspect fled out the front door but he returned moments later demanding his gun. The woman pointed the pistol at him again, sending him fleeing into the parking lot.

The suspect was a white male with a thin build and curly blond hair. Police recovered the gun at the scene, and a white shirt and knit cap were found nearby on McBride Lane.

Update:

The Paducah Police Department announced an arrest in the case on Wednesday.

The hapless robber has been identified as Cory T. Phillips, 26, of West Paducah. Phillips was arrested on Tuesday during a traffic stop.

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Paducah PD

Phillips is charged with first-degree robbery and receiving a stolen firearm stemming from the robbery at the Country Inn and Suites hotel in Paducah, Kentucky on Monday night, according to WPSD Local 6 News.

The gun recovered at the hotel was reported stolen during a burglary at a home on Adams Street last week.

Police say a McCracken County Sheriff's deputy noticed the driver of a gray Dodge Stratus wasn't wearing his seat belt. He pulled the car over on Bridge Street on Tuesday afternoon. The deputy said the driver, Phillips, was acting nervous.

The deputy searched the car and found an Apple computer that was reported stolen from the same Adams Street home where a gun was taken during a burglary.

The deputy also found a white Stryper t-shirt of the same brand and style as the one the hotel robber wore to conceal his face. A white Stryper t-shirt and knit cap were found discarded near the hotel on Monday night.

A Paducah police detective made the connection between the computer, the gun and the white t-shirts, and Phillips was charged with the 2 robberies. He is currently being held without bond in the McCracken County Jail.
 

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The sister of NBA superstar Kawhi Leonard is charged with murdering an elderly woman in a California casino bathroom last Saturday.

Kimesha Monae Williams, 35, and her accomplice Candace Tai Townsel, 39, are charged with killing Afaf Anis Assad, 84.

The two women allegedly followed Assad into a bathroom at the Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula, Calif., where they struck her in the head with a blunt object and stole her purse containing $800–$1,200, according to The Press-Enterprise.

Williams was arrested on Sept. 3, a day before Assad died from closed head injuries.

Speaking through a window at the Williams family home in Moreno Valley, Williams' aunt Denise Woodard confirmed Williams is Leonard’s sister.

Woodard told the paper, "He didn't have anything to do with this."

Williams is being held without bail at Indio Correction Facility, according to The Press-Enterprise.

Woodard declined to speak for Leonard and said she didn't know whether Leonard had reached out to the family or to his sister.

A Riverside County sheriff's investigator filed a written request asking the judge to keep Williams locked up without bail due to her history of violence and family finances.

"Williams has family that are well off and could post her bail of $1,000,000," the investigator wrote. "I am requesting NO BAIL to assure Williams' appearance in court and to keep innocent victims safe."

After leading the Toronto Raptors to the team's first ever NBA championship Leonard signed a three-year, $103 million contract with the Los Angeles Clippers in July.

"Williams has a violent history and targeted a feeble elderly female and robbed her," the investigator wrote.

Jail records list Williams' height and weight as 6-foot-2 and 320 pounds, and Townsel as being 5-foot-4 and 195 pounds.

Williams is listed in court records as a biological female.

She has a long criminal history that includes petty theft, grand theft, misappropriating lost property, grand theft auto and attempted robbery, court records show.

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A group of armed men and women pointed a gun at Popeyes workers and demanded an order of spicy fried chicken sandwiches. The perpetrators, which consisted of three men and two women, were reportedly hungry and angry when workers told them the restaurant was out of sandwiches.

KTRK in Houston reports that a baby was with the group.

Popeyes reportedly ordered all franchise restaurants to stop serving the coveted sandwiches after a series of violent incidents at inner city locations put customers and workers in danger.

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Popeyes Chicken

The Popeyes chicken sandwich craze took off after the restaurant's rival, Chic-fil-A, challenged them to a chicken sandwich duel on social media.

Black Twitter took sides in the Popeyes/Chic-fil-A memes war and customers stampeded into Popeyes restaurants to sample the sandwiches for themselves.

But police say Monday night's holdup at a southeast Houston Popeyes drive up window was no laughing matter.

After workers informed the "mob" that there were no sandwiches, the group tried to enter the restaurant, but workers locked the doors. One of the men pulled a gun and threatened to open fire.

Police say the aforementioned baby was left alone in the car to fend for itself.

Police are looking for the group who fled the restaurant empty handed.

Last week, Popeyes released a statement saying the high demand for their product resulted in the sandwiches being sold out everywhere.

In the statement, Popeyes said, "We, along with our suppliers, are working tirelessly to bring the new sandwich back to guests as soon as possible."

But Black Twitter is not buying the story. They say chickens and bread are plentiful in grocery stores all over the country. And there have been no reported shortages of supplies at Chic-fil-A or other fast food restaurants.

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Rapper Rich the Kid was the apparent victim of a violent armed robbery outside a West Hollywood recording studio on Tuesday, according to TMZ.

Rich the Kid, whose real name is Dimitri Roger, posted an Instagram image that shows him holding stacks of cash and wearing expensive jewelry while standing next to a Lamborghini Urus.

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An armed security guard interrupted a robbery in progress at a New Jersey 7-Eleven. Two men entered a 7-Eleven in Hamilton, NJ on Thursday night. One of the men hopped the counter and produced what appeared to be a handgun. The armed thug robbed the cashier at gunpoint while the other thug hopped the counter and began to empty the cash drawer.

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A female robbing crew used mace and a stun gun to rob a Victoria's Secret boutique in Mandeville, Louisiana Tuesday night. Surveillance video shows the women boldly walking out of the store carrying $1,500 worth of merchandise.

When workers tried to stop them the thieves used a stun gun and mace to overpower the workers.

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