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A Baltimore activist has proposed a novel solution to the city's skyrocketing murder rate -- paying gang members not to kill each other.

"I can relate to the shooters, guess what they want? They want money," Tyree Moorehead told FOX 45 of Baltimore.

Moorehead speaks from a unique perspective: he spent more than a decade in prison on a second-degree murder conviction at age 15.

Moorehead said he speaks with gang members and he believes he knows what will motivate them to put down their weapons: money.

"I've talked to these people, I've seen the shooters, it's a small city, I know who the hustlers are," he said.

In 2020, Baltimore recorded over 300 homicides for the sixth year in a row, Fox News reported.

The crime rate continued to rise despite the city's lockdown measures to contain the coronavirus in 2020.

Former Baltimore Police spokesman T.J. Smith said he doesn't believe paying criminals more money than the city pays police officers will have an effect on the crime rate.

He said more money in the hands of criminals would only make it easier for them to acquire firearms.

"It could make it easier for people to get their hands on guns because they now have an influx of a different level of cash," Smith told FOX 45.

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An aspiring rapper and two others have been charged in the "violent and horrific" kidnapping of a South Florida couple.

Rapper Spanish Zanotti, 26 (left), Dionte Alexander-Wilcox, and Antonio James are accused of kidnapping a Miramar couple on Oct. 11 and holding them at gunpoint for almost 24 hours, the South Florida SunSentinel reports.

Zanotti, real name Kejuan Brandon, can go free if he pays $250,000 bond, a federal magistrate ruled on Monday.

But his accomplice, Alexander-Wilcox, was ordered to remain in jail pending trial. A third suspect, James, is scheduled for a detention hearing next week.

Police said the three suspects forced their way into the couple's home and accused the couple's nephew of stealing $20,000 from them. They ordered the couple to pay their nephew's debt in cash.

"This wasn't a couple of hours or a couple minutes," said U.S. State's Attorney Jay Alexander. "This was for a full day. They stayed overnight, ate food, drank their liquor."

A video posted on Zanotti's Instagram page shows him being taken into custody by a violent offender squad on December 18.

Someone captioned the video:

"They took our boy today. We were able to speak to splash and he's staying positive and in good spirits. He wants to let everyone of his fans know that he loves y’all and that we gon get through this together. He wants y’all to post anything positive you can about him right now. They’re trying to paint him for something he’s not and we need to show the world the true light that he is. Free Splash Zanotti #freesplash.

 

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If you've ever driven past Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed's home inside the once prestigious Guilford Forest subdivision, you can't miss the lone Atlanta PD patrol unit guarding the house 24/7.

But the constant presence of Atlanta's finest didn't stop a violent home invasion from occurring just steps away from the mayor's front door.

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Paris attacks

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An intense manhunt is underway in Paris, France after gunmen (pictured above) shot and killed 12 people and critically injured others in an attack on a magazine office early Wednesday. Several masked gunmen wearing armored vests rushed into the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine and opened fire, killing 12 people and critically injuring 4 others.

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New details are emerging in the tragic case of Jonylah Watkins, the 6-month-old baby who was shot while her gang banging dad supposedly changed her diaper. The infant's wounded father, Jonathan Watkins, a street gang member who has been arrested 39 times, was released from the hospital yesterday.

Watkins stood before television cameras, portraying himself to be a distraught father who just lost his baby daughter.

But, according to loyal reader Trendsetter, who sent in the above photo, Watkins didn't appear distraught while in the hospital, where he was seen posing for photos and throwing up the peace sign (his hospital wristband is visible on his right wrist).

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Man charged with beating toddler to death

A DeKalb County stepfather is being charged with the suspected beating death of his wife's 2-year-old son. Michael Weeks died of cardiac arrest after he was allegedly physically assaulted by 23-year-old Devon Sawyer.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Sawyer was booked into the DeKalb County Jail Monday night on murder charges.

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Sasha Ray and Tyasia Jackson

13-year-old Tyasia Jackson will be tried as an adult in the stabbing death of her 2-year-old half sister. The teen made her first court appearance on Tuesday.

Sasha Ray was found in the back yard of her family's condo by her parents who left her and her siblings in Tyasia's care on Monday.

The toddler's father, Shelton Ray, told Channel 2 Action News that his stepdaughter confessed to stabbing his youngest daughter in a phone call from jail around 11 p.m. Monday.

According to a report in London's Daily Mail, Tyasia was caught with a boy inside the house while her parents were running errands.

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