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A New Jersey corrections officer confessed to killing two women because he was upset his Cougar girlfriend wasn't returning his calls.

John P. Menendez, 23, was charged with two counts of murder in the shooting deaths of his 40-year-old girlfriend, Anna Shpilberg, and her friend, Luiza Shinkarevskaya, also 40.

Police recovered a 9mm handgun registered to the former Hudson County corrections officer nearby, according to court documents obtained by the NY Post.

Police responding to 911 reports of gunshots on Tuesday found Shinkarevskaya dead with a gunshot wound to the head in a Jiffy's parking lot near Newark Liberty Airport.

While police were still at the scene, a bloodied Menendez approached them and confessed to killing Shinkarevskaya and his girlfriend, Shpilberg.

He said he shot Shpilberg, a dental hygienist, because he was angry she ignored his calls while on vacation with Shinkarevskaya.

"I can't believe I did this. Just arrest me, bro," he told police.

He then directed cops to a Mercedes-Benz C300 parked near Newark Penn Station. Shpilberg was found dead in the passenger seat with a bullet wound to the head, court papers say.

Menendez told police that both women were returning on a flight at the airport and that he was scheduled to pick them up, according to court documents.

Shpilberg's former fiancé, Fabian Goni, told police Menendez was controlling and regularly demanded she "report to him" on her whereabouts.

"He wanted texts and videos as proof of where she was," Goni said.

Menendez is being held without bond at the Essex County Jail.

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The NYPD arrested a homeless man dubbed the "A-Train Ripper" following a series of knife attacks that left two homeless people dead along the NYC subway system's A train line.

Police say Rigoberto Lopez, 21, was splattered with his victims' blood when he was taken into custody in Upper Manhattan on Saturday, Feb. 13.

Lopez was homeless and had a history of mental illness, according to reports.

Police recovered a blood-stained knife from Lopez. His shoes were splattered with his victims' blood.

The vicious stabbings left two people dead and two others injured. Hundreds of cops were deployed to hunt the "ripper" in a city where government officials defunded the police department following a summer of riots and political unrest.

Late Friday night, a man was found slumped over in his seat on an A train at Mott Avenue station in Far Rockaway. He suffered stab wounds to his neck and torso, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

At 1:15 a.m. Saturday, a 44-year-old woman was found in a pool of blood under her subway seat inside an A train at the 207th Street station in Inwood. She had stab wounds all over her body. She later died at a local hospital.

Two other victims, a 43-year-old man and a 67-year-old man, are being treated for stab wounds at area hospitals.

The stabbing spree sent shockwaves through the community, as New Yorkers complained about the lack of police presence in the subways, which are mostly empty due to the Covid.

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea announced 500 additional cops to be deployed across the city immediately, the NY Post reports.

The stabbings follow a series of violent subway attacks, which included a commuter shoved onto the tracks.

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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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11 days after 3-year-old Victoria "Tori" Rose Smith was beaten to death by her foster parents, the Simpsonville, SC Police Department finally released a heavily redacted police report that gives very little information in the case.

The death of the foster child at the hands of "Worst Cooks in America" reality competition winner, Ariel Robinson, 29, and her husband Jerry Robinson, 34, made headlines around the world.

The police report was obtained by FITSNews on Monday. Nearly every line in the report was redacted, leaving more questions than answers.

A fire department crew was the first to arrive at the scene in response to a 911 call about an unresponsive child on January 14.

The fire department immediately suspected child abuse and put in a call to the police department for child abuse/aggravated assault and emergency protective custody at 2:25 p.m., according to FITSNews.

Police interviewed Ariel Robinson first. Nearly the entire interview with Ariel was redacted, except for the part where she told police that something happened the day before.

Ariel told her husband to call 911, according to the report. The 911 dispatcher instructed Ariel to move the child to the floor and begin chest compressions only.

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By the time police arrived, Tori had already been transported the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Police also interviewed Jerry Robinson, but he invoked his right to counsel and refused to answer any questions. The Robinsons were both charged with homicide by child abuse around 2:20 p.m. on January 19. -- five days after Tori died.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) is investigating the case per South Carolina law when the unexpected death of a child is involved.

Social media sleuths dug into Ariel's internet history to find more details about her.

She is best known as the winner of Season 20 of "Worst Cooks in America" on the Food Network. The network scrubbed Season 20 from the internet on Monday.

According to Ariel's website, she was a middle school teacher. Her teaching license was suspended in 2019. She was also an aspiring stand-up comedienne, radio host and TV personality who frequently referred to herself as a mother of five.

The Robinsons adopted Victoria "Tori" Rose Smith and her two older brothers in December 2019. On Christmas Day, she wrote on Facebook:

"This Christmas, my family was given the best news ever!! We are growing our family by 3!!! We were chosen by the agency and called by God to take in 3 precious siblings who will be joining our family soon!"

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The Robinsons also had two boys prior to the adoption.

In a podcast episode, Ariel joked about punching her two sons in the throat while social workers were visiting the home during the adoption process.

She also talked about her anger management problem, saying she had anger inside of her.

She talked about how people can "snap," saying "If you get angry today and fly off the handle, punch somebody, kill somebody, assault, murder, you are one bad decision away from ruining the rest of your life," she said.

In a podcast episode that aired in November, Ariel said she was no longer suicidal and she didn't want to hurt others, because she likes her "freedom" too much.

"This is the first year I've literally and specifically prayed to God 'can you just let the rapture take place?'" Ariel Robinson said. "I literally hate it here. I literally hate this earth."

The Robinsons are being held without bond at the Greenville County Detention Center, according to Fox Carolina.
 

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Food Network has pulled season 20 of "Worst Cooks in America" after its winner, Ariel Robinson, and her husband were charged with beating a 3-year-old girl to death.

Season 20 is no longer available for streaming on Discovery+, Hulu or YouTube following the arrest of Ariel and her husband, Jerry Robinson, on Tuesday, Jan. 19. They were charged with the murder of their 3-year-old foster daughter, Victoria Rose, according to Insider.com.

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Police responded to a 911 call about an unresponsive child who was pronounced dead after being transported to the hospital, Fox Carolina reported.

Ariel, 29, was named season 20 winner on August 2, 2020 finale episode, according to PEOPLE. She was arrested along with her husband Jerry, 34, both from Simpsonville, South Carolina.

In an interview with Fox Carolina News after her win, Ariel said she was a mother of five.

Ariel was also a former ELA teacher at Sanders Middle School until 2019.

The Robinsons are being held without bond at the Greenville County Detention Center, according to Fox Carolina.

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A reality TV contest winner and her husband were arrested and charged with the beating death of a 3-year-old child on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Simpsonville police arrested 29-year-old Ariel Robinson and her husband Jerry Robinson, 34, and charged them with homicide by child abuse.

Police say the Robinsons are suspects in the murder of a child, Victoria Rose Smith, who died by multiple blunt force injuries.

Police responded to a 911 call about an unresponsive child who was pronounced dead after being transported to the hospital, Fox Carolina reported.

According to arrest warrants, the injuries were inflicted by the Robinsons. Police didn't say what relationship the couple had to the child.

Ariel Robinson was the winner of season 20 of Food Network's "Worst Cooks in America."

In an interview with Fox Carolina News after her win, she said she was a mother of five.

Ariel was also a former ELA teacher at Sanders Middle School until 2019.

Child protective services told police they are aware of the arrests and they are "taking appropriate action with any children remaining in the home after evaluating safety and risk".

The Robinsons are being held at the Greenville County Detention Center without bond, according to Fox Carolina.

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A Missouri woman tracked down her teenage brother's killer, murdered him, then sent her dead brother a text message saying she avenged his death.

Prosecutors say Tityana Coppage, 21, fatally shot 36-year-old Keith Lars in a Kansas City parking lot on January 13.

Coppage is charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action. She is being held on $200,000 bail.

Police found Lars dead in the back of a grey Toyota near Virginia Avenue and Admiral Boulevard.

Coppage believed Lars was responsible for the murder of her 16-year-old brother, Jayson Ugwuh JR., according to Fox 4 News. Ugwuh was killed while walking home with two friends on January 10.

Police collected 23 spent shell casings from two different guns in the area.

Coppage told police that she met Lars in the area of Independence Avenue and Benton Boulevard and followed him to a nearby parking lot.

When they arrived, a black SUV pulled into the lot and parked, but no one exited the vehicle.

She claimed that Lars started shooting at the SUV and that she was also going to shoot at the SUV, but Lars told her to remain in her car.

She said she fired her weapon out of her passenger window and Lars "got in the way" of the gunfire.

Police reviewed Coppage's cell phone and discovered text messages sent to someone she referred to as "Auntie" after the shooting.

Coppage requested more bullets and wrote: "Lol I used to many on bro [sic]."

A text was also sent to her dead brother's cell phone: "sent a Ni**a to my brother I owe em that body [sic]."

Coppage's nine-year-old brother Jayden Ugwuh along with their 8-year-old cousin Montell Ross were killed in 2016 when someone fired more than 20 shots into the family home.

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In the above screenshot, tears roll down Jayson's face as he talked about the deaths of his little brother and cousin in 2016.

Jayson, who was 12 at the time, was asleep in his room when his little brother was struck by a stray bullet.

Jayson Ugwuh Sr., the boys' father, said little Jayden "Didn't even cry, just got hit and ran and laid up under his big brother, you know. Like he knew exactly where to go for comfort."

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The NYPD fugitive squad tracked down a former boxer who fled to the Middle East after he allegedly murdered his daughter.

Kabary Salem was indicted in the murder of his daughter, Ola Salem, 25, on Nov. 5, law enforcement sources told The NY Post.

Ola Salem's body was discovered by a jogger in Bloomingdale Park in October 2019. The body had been dragged through the woods, then covered with leaves.

Ola Salem worked as an advocate for Muslim women who were victims of domestic violence.

The NYPD's Regional Fugitive Task Force tracked Salem all the way to the Middle East. He was arrested and brought back to New York on Friday, the Post reported.

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Salem, 52, is a former professional middleweight boxer from Egypt who fought in the U.S. in the 1990s through early 2000s.

He is notorious for killing one opponent by repeatedly head-butting him in the ring in Sept. 2000. Boxer Randi Carver collapsed after being knocked out in the 10th round, and never regained consciousness.

He died two days later. Salem was not charged in connection with Carver's death.

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Two brothers were shot dead as they sat in a vehicle parked in the driveway of their Fresno, Texas, home, authorities say.

Jonathan Massey, 17, and Devin Massey, 15, were shot dead in a vehicle, according to the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office.

A third teen who was injured in the shooting was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.

Witnesses say a group of masked suspects in a car approached the three victims and opened fire. There was an exchange of gunfire at the scene before the suspects fled.

One person was detained at the scene and later released without charges.

"This was just a random act of violence," family friend Rebekah Foley told ABC13. "They had no chance."

Foley said both Jonathan and Devin, who were good friends with her son, were at her house just two hours before the deadly shooting.

"Our children were randomly murdered last night and we would like to ask for prayers and justice," the family said in a statement to KPRC-TV on Sunday.

"It is beyond senseless and cruel to kill our babies under any circumstances. Even more so without rhyme or reason. God is head of our family and Jojo and Devin are now walking streets of gold and wearing wings over us left behind. As parents, we ask for any leads big or small."

A GofundMe page raised $39,000 in donations for funeral expenses.

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A missing wallet led gang members to abduct and murder two women whose bodies were found under a bridge with plastic bags tied over their heads.

Road crews found the bodies of Vanita Richardson, 19, and Truvenia "Bean" Campbell, 31, under a bridge in Rome, Georgia on May 13.

Nine people, including Desmond Brown, 28, and Devin Watts, 36, were arrested and charged in the case. Christopher Pullen and other gang members were also charged with two counts of felony murder each.

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Georgia authorities believe Brown (left) accused the two women of stealing his wallet, which led to the murders. Watts (center) and Pullen (right) are pictured in booking photos.

GBI Special Agent Ghee Wilson testified that Brown accused the women of stealing his wallet after he attended a birthday party. Brown, Watts, Pullen and fellow gang members then lured the women into a car and confronted them about the missing wallet after driving to Alabama, The Rome News-Tribune reported.

The women were killed on the way back to Rome, the News-Tribune reports.

According to Fox 5 Atlanta, Wilson testified that Brown ordered the women out of the car to search them at gunpoint. He shot Campbell multiple times when she resisted. Her younger sister, a high school student, tried to comply but was shot twice.

The men put their bodies in the trunk of Campbell's car and continued on to Rome, where they dumped the bodies over the bridge like trash.

Pullen, who was riding with Brown, told investigators that Brown's mother eventually called to say she found the wallet behind a TV in the living room.

He said Brown got erratic and pulled out of a drive-through line, cursing. "He said 'I just caught two bodies for nothing,'" Wilson testified.