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One of two girls charged with killing Uber Eats driver Mohammad Anwar in Washington, DC, took a plea deal this week, according to published reports.

The 15-year-old carjacker pleaded guilty to the murder of 66-year-old Anwar, an Uber Eats delivery driver, who was thrown from his car and killed during an attempted carjacking on March 23.

In return for pleading guilty to murder, prosecutors agreed to drop other charges - armed carjacking, robbery and aggravated reckless driving, DailyMail.com reported.

She will be sentenced on June 4 and, as part of the plea deal, will serve a maximum of six years in a juvenile detention center, until she is 21.

Court proceedings for minors are closed to the public and their criminal records are sealed for life.

A 13-year-old accomplice was also charged as a juvenile in the crime.

The girls targeted the father-of-three as he delivered food for Uber Eats in the southeast section of D.C.

Chilling cell phone video shows Anwar leaning halfway out of his car, telling a bystander "they're kids", as the oldest girl sped off -- with Anwar still holding on to the steering wheel.

Seconds later, the car lost control, overturned and crashed, throwing Anwar from the vehicle. He died from severe head injuries.

As the victim lay dying, one of the teens is overheard saying her cell phone was still in the car.
 

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The mother of a 16-year-old Massachusetts girl who died from suicide last month has an open case of child abuse.

The Boston Herald reports that Calvina Strothers, 41, was charged with assaulting a teenage child last year.

Mikayla Miller died from strangulation on April 17. Police found her with a thin belt looped around her neck and tied to a small tree branch. She died just steps away from the $3,800-a-month apartment she shared with her mom.

Strothers and activists blamed 5 white teenagers, including Mikayla's ex-girlfriend, for murdering her.

The child abuse charges are outlined in a Hopkinton police report dated March 6, 2020. The report doesn't name Mikayla, but she is Strothers' only child.

A worker at a local fast food restaurant called police to report a teenager had been struck in the face by her mother.

According to the report, the mother and child began to argue while riding in a car. Strothers pulled the car over and "began to hit her," striking her three or four times with an open and closed fist.

The officer noted that the daughter had a split bottom lip and was bleeding.

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The teenager told the officer that the argument started when she came home and noted Strothers throwing items around the room. She then allegedly hit Mikayla with a baseball bat before the teen ran away.

The officer spoke with Strothers who said she hit the teen to "defend herself," according to the police report. The officer observed that Strothers didn't have any marks on her from the fight.

Strothers was arrested and posted bail on April 17, 2020. Her next court date is July 23, 2021.

The officer called DFCS who removed Mikayla from the home. The 15-year-old was placed in temporary custody of the state.

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Strothers raised over $53,000 in a GoFundMe account created to fund an "independent investigation" into Mikayla's death.

Strothers is accused of neglecting and physically abusing Mikayla -- a member of the LGBT+ community -- and leaving her home alone for weeks while visiting her boyfriend in Chicago.

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Rapper Pop Smoke was shot and killed by a 15-year-old boy who targeted the rising rap star for his diamond-studded Rolex watch, according to authorities.

The rapper, real name Bashar Jackson, was killed when four suspects robbed him during a home invasion at his rented Hollywood Hills AirBNB mansion in February, 2020.

New details about the home invasion emerged during a preliminary hearing for 20-year-old Corey Walker, the sole adult suspect in the case.

Testifying in court on Friday, Los Angeles Police Department Detective Carlos Camacho claimed the four defendants specifically targeted Pop Smoke for the custom jewelry he wore in social media posts that night.

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Walker claimed the youngest of the suspects, a 15-year-old boy, was the one who pulled the trigger and snatched Pop's Cuban link chain and Rolex watch - which he later sold for $2,000.

He said Pop was also kicked by one of the suspects after he was fatally shot.

Citing a recorded jail conversation between the teen and his cellmate last year, Camacho told the court: "He admitted that he shot the victim three times with a Beretta nine."

"They got into a fight, and he shot him three times. He said he shot him on the back [sic]."

Camacho said the group wore ski masks and gloves, and used a police scanner to pull off the home invasion.

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The suspects entered the house through a second story balcony while the 20-yar-old rapper (pictured) was in the shower. One of the suspects put a gun to the forehead of a woman who was in the room.

"He said that when the individuals got inside, the suspects confronted (Pop Smoke), who was in the shower naked," the detective stated.

The cop claimed the rapper initially complied with their demands to hand over his jewelry, but the MC then "rushed" the suspects, who "pistol whipped" him before the 15 year old shot him.

During the hearing, Walker's attorney, Christopher Darden, insisted his client simply served as the getaway driver, and didn't even enter the house. He claims Walker warned the younger members of the robbing crew not to shoot anyone.

"He's clearly not an aider and abettor of premeditated murder," said Darden. "At most, he's a principal in a robbery. He's a driver. He is outside."

Prosecutors pushed back by accusing Walker of scouting out the house, knowing full well his co-defendants were planning to rob Pop at gunpoint, actions which showed a "reckless indifference to human life," reports the New York Daily News.

Criminals often use juvenile offenders to commit robberies because they typically receive lighter prison sentences.

Judge H. Clay Jacke II shut down Darden's request for a dismissal of the murder charges, and declared there was "sufficient cause" to send Walker to trial.

His next hearing is set for June 3.

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Three male-to-female (MtF) transgenders escaped with their lives after a mob of 200 men attacked them with bottles and forced them to strip naked.

The incident occurred on Saturday, May 1, at Sunset Bar in Cotonou, Benin, a country in West Africa. The violence was captured on cell phone video and uploaded to social media.

The video was shared on Twitter by NGO and LGBT+ advocacy group Hirondelle Club Benin to spread awareness about violence against transgenders.

The video shows three MtF trans being harassed by a crowd of 200 men. The men force them to take off their clothes while they are being slapped and pelted with objects.

One of the victims told The Observers that the attack was planned.

"My man knew I was transgender and asked me to invite my transgender friends. When we arrived, he asked me to go outside.

Once we managed to get outside to help our friend, they began attacking the three of us. There were about 200 men there, and they forced us to strip naked while they laughed and filmed up. It was humiliating."

The victims were able to find shelter within Hirondelle Club Benin. But they said the "whole nation" – including "our families and bosses" – viewed the video of the attack after it went viral on social media.

"We'll never be able to find a job again," one of the victims said. "Everyone here is against us. Even young children in the street have been [pointing] fingers at us."

The video caption reads:

"We have just denounced an umpteenth aggression against people LGBTQi in Benin a few days before the celebration of May 17.We condemn these acts with the last rigor. We will come back for more details."

No arrests have been made.

WARNING: The video below contains violent imagery. Viewer discretion is advised.
 

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A Las Vegas man was shot 14 times and killed after he stabbed a police officer at a gun range he'd just robbed minutes earlier.

Las Vegas police say Marvin Payton Jr. tried to steal a gun out of a customer's bag at Range 702 in Clark County in February.

Surveillance video of the shooting was released to the public on Monday, May 3.

When employees confronted Payton, he fled into the parking lot where he was spotted by two arriving officers.

Payton was not armed initially, so the officers did not draw their weapons.

As the two officers approached Payton he pulled a screwdriver out of his pocket and stabbed a female officer several times.

Assistant Clark County Sheriff Brett Zimmerman told reporters on Monday that Payton was shot by Officer Andrew Nguyen and four employees of the shooting range.

Officer Nguyen fired his service weapon 9 times. The other 5 shots were fired by the employees. Payton was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officer Nguyen, who joined the force in 2018, was placed on paid leave pending an internal review of the officer-involved shooting.

The employees were not identified and they will not be charged in the shooting.

"Their involvement actually helped our officer and could have saved our officer's life," Zimmerman said.

Surveillance footage shows Payton leaving the facility as the two officers arrived in a patrol unit.

There is a brief scuffle and Payton produces the screwdriver and stabs the female officer.

The armed employees who were watching as the drama unfolded drew their weapons and opened fire.

Zimmerman said the officers didn't activate their body-worn video cameras.

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A bar owner in California was busted for selling fake vaccination cards to undercover agents for $20 apiece, ABC News reports.

Agents from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control arrested Todd Anderson, 59, for making and selling fraudulent Covid-19 vaccination cards.

Anderson is the owner of the Old Corner Saloon in Clements, California. The department launched an investigation after receiving a tip that Anderson was selling fake vaccination cards out of his bar.

Undercover agents purchased 8 vaccination cards from Anderson for $20 each "on multiple occasions in April."

A laminating machine and 30 blank cards were confiscated from the bar. It's unclear how many fake cards sold to the public.

The Alcoholic Beverage Control agency released images of some of the confiscated cards.

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"It is disheartening to have members in our community show flagrant disregard for public health in the midst of a pandemic," San Joaquin County District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar said in a statement on Wednesday. "Distributing, falsifying or purchasing fake COVID-19 vaccine cards is against the law and endangers yourself and those around you."

The FBI issued a stern warning in March for anyone caught selling fraudulent vaccination cards.

"By misrepresenting yourself as vaccinated when entering schools, mass transit, workplaces, gyms or places of worship you put yourself and others around you at risk of contracting COVID-19," the FBI said in a statement.

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Minneapolis police are refusing to enter the George Floyd Autonomous Zone even when responding to homicide calls.

Shootings are a nightly occurrence in the eight blocks surrounding 38th Street and Chicago Ave, known as "George Floyd Square," where Floyd died.

Multiple Black people have been killed in the zone since its creation last September.

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In one incidence of violence, a Black woman was pushed out of a window during a domestic dispute. Despite her severe injuries and profuse bleeding, police refused to accompany paramedics inside the zone.

"Is it possible to have her move at least a block away, maybe [to] 38 and 10th?" asked the police officer in audio of the 911 call.

The 911 dispatcher replied, "She is bleeding and cut everywhere, but we'll call her back and ask her to move a block away."

Another shooting resulted in the death of a pregnant Black woman late last month. Leneesha Columbus was shot in the zone. Despite her serious injury, police refused to go into the zone.

"We'll meet at 34th and Elliot, see if we can get the victim extracted to a closer location to us. And no lights or sirens, please," an officer told dispatch. When police finally extracted her from the zone, Columbus was pronounced dead.

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Imaz Wright and a second victim, both Black women, were shot during a gang-related incident on March 6th.

Police were told that the victims would be carried to them at the edge of the zone. Wright died before she could receive medical treatment.

Business owners and residents, many of them black, have pleaded with the police to enter the zone because they fear for their lives. The merchants feel abandoned by the police and the city.

"The city left me in danger," Alexander W, owner of the Smoke in The Pit restaurant, told the New York Post last month. "They locked us up in here and left us behind."

Some of the business owners created a GoFundMe page for donations to help them survive in the zone. So far, the account has raised over $13,000 of the stated $400,000 goal.

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Rapper YFN Lucci is among dozens of Bloods gang members named in a 75-page, 106-count racketeering indictment.

The indictment targeted leadership of the local faction of the notorious Bloods street gang, WSB-TV reports.

YFN Lucci, real name Rayshawn Bennett, 29, was charged in connection with a murder that occurred in Atlanta last year. He was arrested on January 13, 2021 after turning himself in to police. He is currently out of jail on $500,000 bond.

"This indictment is unprecedented. Period. In Georgia," Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis told Channel 2 Investigative reporter Mark Winne in an exclusive interview.

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Lucci's lawyer, Drew Findling, insisted his client is not a gang member.

"What he is is an internationally recognized musical artist that is a triple platinum winner, that has performed all over the United States and all over the world," Findling said.

However, Atlanta officials are not impressed by Lucci's rap career.

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"I think that [the indictment] sends a significant message, a profound message that regardless of your status that the City of Atlanta and Fulton County in partnership is coming after you if you violate the crimes in our county, in our city," said Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms named Bryant as the permanent police chief to lead Atlanta out of a deadly Covid crime wave.

Bottoms made the announcement during a press conference this morning to discuss Sunday's fatal shooting of 15-year-old Diamond Johnson.

An emotional Mayor Bottoms said she wished she could "wave a wand or make a speech" to make the crime wave stop.

"For the third time as mayor, I am standing here to talk about a bullet that took the life of a child in our city," Bottoms said.
 

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A 15-year-old girl is among 2 dead and 22 wounded in shootings around the Atlanta area over the weekend.

Diamond Johnson, 15, was fatally shot when she got into a fistfight with two groups of teenagers outside the Waffle House in the Glenwood Park shopping plaza on Saturday night.

About three hours later, 22-year-old Antonio Sykes was killed during a shooting outside Artisans Bar and Gallery on Peachtree Street.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced she will hold a press conference on Tuesday morning, May 4 at 10 a.m EST, to discuss Atlanta's deadly crime wave.

Atlanta has seen a 60% rise in homicides from last year when gang bangers moved to the wide open city from locked down blue areas.

"Just as we have overcome challenges in the past, Atlanta will get to the other side of this COVID crime wave and we will get this violence under control," Bottoms said during her state of the city address a few weeks ago.

Atlanta's spiking crime stats are a hindrance to Bottoms' reelection efforts this year.

Most recent crime stats show there have been 208 shootings and 40 homicides in Atlanta in 2021.

Atlanta's crime stats are on par with Chicago, Illinois -- earning Atlanta the nickname "Chiraq South."

Chiraq is a nickname for Chicago. It combines Chicago with Iraq, and is used to refer to a violent city that is similar to a war zone.

More Atlanta police officers have resigned in the last year than in years past. The lack of law enforcement presence on the streets has emboldened criminals to run amok.

"We are committed to putting an additional 250 new officers on the street during the next fiscal year," Bottoms said.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the fatal shooting of Diamond Johnson Saturday night. Callers can remain anonymous. 404-577-TIPS (8477).

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Boxing champion Felix Verdejo has been charged with the murder of his pregnant mistress, Keishia Marlen Rodriguez Ortiz, whose body was found floating in a lagoon.

Rodriguez Ortiz, 27, went missing Friday, April 30, after telling Verdejo she was pregnant with his baby.

According to published reports, she was last seen at the 27-year-old boxer's home where she allegedly went with a blood test that confirmed her pregnancy.

She was reported missing by her sister, Bereliz Nichole, who posted a message on Facebook asking for help finding Rodriguez Ortiz.

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Verdejo, a lightweight boxing champ who represented Puerto Rico in the 2012 Olympics, turned himself in to police on Monday.

He was charged with intentionally killing an unborn baby and kidnapping and carjacking resulting in death.

He was denied bond and remanded to prison. "This is a death penalty-eligible case," said Judge Camille Vélez.

Police say Verdejo arranged to meet with Rodriguez Ortiz on Friday morning, after she told him she was two months pregnant with his child "based on a pregnancy test."

"She was meeting him that morning. That was the last thing she told me when I spoke to her, that he wanted to see the pregnancy blood test," her mother, Keila Ortiz told Puerto Rican news outlets.

A witness who was with Verdejo at the time of the murder confirmed the details to investigators.

Verdejo contacted the unidentified witness and asked his help to terminate the pregnancy of the victim, according to a police report obtained by the NY Daily News.

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As Verdejo and Rodríguez Ortiz sat in his car talking, the boxer punched her in the face, knocking her out, then injected her with "a syringe filled with substances purchases from a drug point," according to the complaint.

Verdejo allegedly tied her arms and feet with wire, placed her in her own car, and drove it to a bridge over the San José lagoon. He then tied a concrete block to her body and tossed her into the water, according to the FBI.

He also shot her with a handgun after throwing her into the water, the FBI said. Her body was found floating in the lagoon on Sunday night.

The FBI used surveillance footage from the crime scene, cellphone data from towers near the area and interviewed witnesses, including the unidentified person who drove with Verdejo to the bridge before the killing.

Documents describe the "witness" as a male, however, Facebook sources claim the witness is Verdejo's wife, who is cooperating with the investigation in exchange for immunity from prosecution.