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Milwaukee authorities say a robbery that left a 16-year-old Burger King employee dead was staged, and she was in on it.

Niesha Harris-Brazell was working the drive-thru window on the night of January 2, when a black Chevy Impala drove up and the driver demanded cash.

The driver leaned through the restaurant window, pointed a gun at Niesha and ordered her to hurry up.

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As Niesha turned to get the money from the cash register, she signaled to her co-workers for help.

One of those employees, Derrick D. Ellis, 34, produced a handgun and fired twice at the robber who slid down into the driver's seat and sped off empty handed.

Niesha fell to the floor and told her co-workers she was shot. She was rushed to a hospital and later pronounced dead.

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Police say she was shot by her co-worker, Ellis, a convicted felon who is now in the wind.

Surveillance video shows Ellis scrambling to pick up the spent shell casings off the floor after accidentally shooting his co-worker. He then handed the weapon to a store manager who hid it in the restaurant's safe.

Prosecutors filed a murder charge and felony gun possession charge against Ellis last week, Yahoo News reported. He is still on the run.

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Police later arrested the driver of the Impala, Antoine Edwards (pictured), and charged him with felony murder, intentionally contributing to the delinquency of a child with death as a consequence, and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Meanwhile, Niesha's family created a GoFundMe account to raise $5,000 for her funeral expenses. The account collected over $40,000 before it was shut down by GoFundMe after the case took a bizarre twist.

According to court documents, investigators say Edwards is the father of Burger King employee Mariah Edwards who was working with Niesha at the time of the robbery.

Mariah told investigators that the botched robbery was staged with the help of her father and Niesha. She said Ellis was not in on the robbery.

Mariah confessed that the robbery was planned for a time when the Burger King register was expected to be full of cash.

However, Antoine Edwards told police his daughter was not involved, and that Niesha was his only accomplice. He is being held on $100,000 bail.

Niesha's mother, Liceal Brazell, denied the allegations that her daughter was involved in staging the robbery.

She told FOX6, "It's really making me mad, it's making me angry. You told so many different lies, now you're going to tell more lies. That's not going to help you. That's not going to help your father."

GoFundMe has frozen the more than $40,592 collected for Niesha's funeral expenses.

A message on the account reads:

"This fundraiser is no longer accepting donations. If you are the organizer, beneficiary, team member, or donor, sign in to see additional information."

GoFundMe prohibits raising funds for people involved in criminal activity. If it is determined that Niesha was an accomplice in the robbery, the money will be refunded to donors.

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The IRS is sending out notices to unlawful taxpayers reminding them to report stolen goods as income on their tax returns in April 2022.

Pres. Joe Biden ran on a "tax the rich" platform in 2020 and vowed to go after tax scofflaws who fail to report all of their income.

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Despite his campaign promises not to raise taxes on anyone making less than $400,000, Biden's IRS agents are going after thieves and burglars who don't report their stolen loot as income.

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Those who robbed high end retailers or pharmacies of items worth over $600 are expected to include the fair market value of the stolen items on their tax returns.

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Criminals who don't report their ill gotten gains on their tax returns risk arrest for income tax evasion - which carries stiff prison terms and fines.

Among the IRS changes going into effect in January include reporting payments via Cash App, Zelle, Patreon and Venmo as income on tax returns.

To make sure he squeezes every penny out of the middle class, Biden plans to double the IRS workforce by hiring nearly 87,000 new workers over the next decade.

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Defund the police Democrats -- a congresswoman and a state senator -- were carjacked in separate incidents on Wednesday.

Two boys, ages 13 and 16, a 14-year-old girl, and a 19-year-old man are in custody after the brazen carjacking of Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-Pa.) around 2:45 p.m. in FDR Park in South Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon.

The congresswoman had been attending a meeting when she was approached by two armed men who demanded her car keys.

Scanlon surrendered the keys to her blue 2017 Acura MDX, and one of the suspects drove off with her car. The second carjacker followed the first suspect in a separate vehicle, Philadelphia police said.

Police found Scanlon's Acura parked at a shopping center in Newark, Delaware, and arrested five teenagers inside the vehicle around 9 p.m. Wednesday, Delaware State Police said.

A 19-year-old man is expected to face carjacking charges in the incident.

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In a separate case, Illinois Senate majority leader Kimberly A. Lightford and her husband were carjacked around 9 p.m. Tuesday night in Broadview, on the outskirts of Chicago.

Lightford says she and her husband were dropping off a friend when three masked men approached them with guns and demanded their Mercedes SUV.

"I begged them not to shoot us, not to shoot my husband, or me," Lightford said.

"I told them to take whatever they want. They took everything off me that I had of value ... After we got the guns off of us, they separated me and husband... My husband told me to run. I ran, reluctantly, because I didn't want to leave him there."

Shots were fired, and Lightford said her husband, who is a conceal and carry holder, also discharged his gun. The carjackers escaped in the Mercedes SUV. No one was harmed.

Police were able to recover the SUV — which was a loaner from a dealership while the state senator's car is in the shop. The suspects are still at large.

Lightford said she is still shaken by the incident.

"I'm doing much better today," she said on Thursday. "I didn't realize what a traumatic event could do in an adult."

It isn't clear if Scanlon and Lightford are still in favor of defunding the police.

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Criminals in California are wearing "police-type" gear to follow people home and rob them or burglarize their homes.

Follow-home robberies have spiked in California as brazen thugs are empowered by prosecutors who are lax on crime.

Surveillance video outside one home in the Fairfax area shows armed suspects wearing police gear and holding the victims at gunpoint outside their home before forcing them inside.

According to Fox News, the armed suspects claimed to be DEA agents before violently confronting them.

The thieves wore fake police badges and black vests with "police" written on them.

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One suspect threw a punch and yelled at the nervous homeowner as he fumbled with his key to open the front door.

Once the door was unlocked, the armed robbers pushed the victims inside and stole cash, valuables and electronics.

An LAPD spokesperson told Fox News that a task force has been created to address follow-home crimes. But like most crimes committed now in Los Angeles, if the criminals are arrested, they will be released back on the streets without posting bail.

Last week, 14 suspects involved in smash-and-grab robberies at high-end stores were arrested and released back on the street within hours.
 

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The San Francisco Bay Area is under siege by hammer-wielding mobs taking advantage of lax misdemeanor laws.

On Saturday, in Walnut Creek, a group of about 80 people carrying crowbars swarmed into a Nordstrom and left a minute later carrying expensive merchandise. They piled into about 25 cars and sped off.
 

"We probably saw 80 people in ski masks crowbars a bunch of weapons. They were looting the Nordstrom's right here," local PF Chang’s manager Brett Barrette told KGO.

Walnut Creek Police said that one employee was pepper sprayed and two others were kicked and punched.

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Police were on the scene within minutes and arrested three of the perpetrators.

A day earlier, a smaller group of masked men ran into a San Francisco Union Square Louis Vuitton and emptied the entire store or merchandise.


 
Police were there quickly to apprehend a few of the thieves who are probably back on the streets due to the Bay Area's lax bail reform laws.

A pharmacy in Oakland was also hit by a mob of looters on Saturday.

On Sunday, a group of about 40-50 teenagers carrying hammers stormed into a Macy's and other stores in the Southland Mall.

They smashed glass cases and stole jewelry from Sam's jewelry store. About an hour later, in San Jose, another group entered a Lululemon store in the outdoor mall at Santana Row and stole merchandise before fleeing the scene.

All of the smash-and-grab robberies were over in less than a minute.

Residents blame Democratic lawmakers who downgraded the theft of property less than $950 in value from a felony to a misdemeanor charge.

The same lawmakers also enacted bail reform laws making it easier for criminals to hit the streets following arrests.

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin faces a recall election amid soaring crime rates.

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Gunfire erupted outside a Hollywood venue where singer/actress Teyana Taylor held her Halloween bash on Saturday night.

Teyana's Halloween party was in full swing at the Sunset Room when three armed men approached three woman standing outside the club.

TMZ sources claim on of the victim's was pistol-whipped when she refused to hand over her purse and valuables. A security guard who witnessed the armed robbery stepped in to protect the women.

The security guard exchanged gunfire with one of the armed suspects, but no one was hit.

The three thugs fled in a car and are still at large.

An ambulance was called to the scene but the woman who was pistol whipped refused medical attention.

Taylor has yet to comment on the incident.

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Teyana is pictured attending a Halloween bash at the Highlight Room on Sunday.

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Meanwhile, Amber Rose pushed the limits of decency with her revealing Halloween costume at a party in Los Angeles.

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Willow Smith dressed as her dad Will Smith for Halloween. Just kidding. According to BACKGRID.com, Willow channeled Tyler Durden (Fight Club) at Catch LA on Sunday.

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Actress Megan Good attended a Halloween bash at the Highlight Room in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Check out more photos from other celebrity Halloween parties in Hollywood over the weekend.

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Rapper Hitman Holla's girlfriend, Cinnamon, broke her silence after she was shot in the face by home invaders early Tuesday.

Cinnamon took to social media to update her followers on her condition.

"Honestly i really don't know what to say, but to give thanks to the man above!" She wrote. "Thank you Jesus thank you Jesus!!!. He really had his Angels watching over me & i also truly believe Binny Jr is one of Gods Angel. Binny saved me life.

"I never knew I was this strong until now!. I've never been so afraid in my life man, but i was covered by the blood of Jesus! I love yal so much! [sic]"

The "Wild 'N Out" star shared the news about the violent home invasion on social media on Tuesday.

"Last night 4 n***** broke & ran into our home.. And shot Cinnamon. Bullet went through her cheek and out the back of her head.. She's at the hospital now being strong ... Send prayers my way cause y'all couldn't imagine what I'm going through rite now.. Pray for me 2 cause I'm ready to lose it all."

He explained that the shooting occurred around 1 a.m. on Tuesday. He was on FaceTime with Cinnamon when the intruders broke in and opened fire.

"Imagine being on FaceTime [with] ya girl while being outta town & shes telling u it's ppl in the house at 1 in the morning so coaching her on what to do 1000 miles away. She showed courage & let off shots defending her home .. I'm so proud of how she was so brave .. I can't stop crying man plz send positive energy our way I need it y'all I really really need it I've never felt this kinda pain this message was for my fans family and friends all at once plz help us get through this."

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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was robbed at gunpoint by three men in a terrifying incident in Los Angeles earlier this month, TMZ Sports reports.

The incident took place on June 17, when the 28-year-old Lakers guard was in his driveway at around 4 a.m. talking with friends.

Sources tell TMZ a car pulled up and three men jumped out with guns drawn. The robbers ordered KCP and his friends to hand over their cash and valuables, including a Rolex watch and an iPhone.

The thieves made off with about $150,000 worth of cash and jewelry.

No shots were fired and KCP was not injured in the armed robbery.

The LAPD is currently investigating the early morning robbery.

KCP -- who signed a 3-year, $39 million contract with the Lakers in 2020 -- started 67 games and averaged 9.7 points per game this season.

The Lakers were eliminated in the first round of the NBA playoffs by the Phoenix Suns earlier this month.

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The 5 suspects who stole two of Lady Gaga's prized French bulldogs and shot her dogwalker pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday.

The liberal judge, Victoria Wilson, ordered no photographs of the five suspects in court to shield their identities.

Three of the suspects — James Jackson, 18; Jaylin White, 19; and Lafayette Whaley, 27 — were charged with attempted murder and armed robbery, according to the LAPD.

Two other suspects -- Harold White, the 40-year-old father of Jaylin White, and his girlfriend Jennifer McBride, 50, were charged with being accessories after the fact.

McBride was released on bail and ordered to remain on house arrest with an ankle monitor after her lawyer argued that she is a diabetic and did not have her insulin with her.

Jackson was held on $3 million bail, according to Dailymail.com. The others are being held without bail.

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All five are charged with armed robbery and the theft of pop singer Lady Gaga's dogs on Feb. 24.

Gaga's father, Joe Germanotta, told Entertainment Tonight: "That's fabulous news. I hope the L.A. prosecutor doesn't let them go.

"It's taken a while and I'm proud of the police department out there for sticking with it. As I said, I just hope that the DA doesn't let them go now. I'm going to give my daughter a call. I'm sure she'll be happy."

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Gaga's dogs were returned to her 2 days after the incident when she offered a $500,000 reward for their safe return. Jennifer McBride contacted Gaga's people via email and claimed she found the dogs in an alley.

However, police reviewed surveillance video of the woman dropping the dogs off car the location where she claimed she found them. McBride turned the dogs over to the Los Angeles Police about 7 miles from where they were taken at gunpoint.

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Gaga did not pay out the $500,000 reward because detectives were suspicious that McBride might be linked to the dognappers.

McBride is charged as an alleged accessory after the fact, as well as on one count of receiving stolen property.

According to Los Angeles Police Department officials, Harold White was also charged as an accessory after the fact and with a count of possession of a firearm, while James Jackson, Jaylin White and Lafayette Whaley have been have each been charged with one count of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and second-degree robbery.

Jackson also faces two further firearm charges, assault with a semiautomatic firearm and a felon carrying a concealed firearm in a vehicle, and White faces a count of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury.

Detectives don't believe the suspects - who are all Los Angeles gang members - targeted Gaga's dogwalker Ryan Fischer. They believe greed and the high value of the dogs were the motivating factors.

Ryan was shot when he was walking Gaga's three dogs – Miss Asia, Koji, and Gustavo – and during the attack, Miss Asia ran away from the scene while Koji and Gustavo were captured by the robbers.

Miss Asia was later recovered and returned the same day, before Koji and Gustavo were found two days after the shooting.

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The suspects who allegedly dognapped Lady Gaga's 2 French Bulldogs and shot her dog walker have been arrested, law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

Multiple law enforcement sources tell TMZ the alleged shooter and the getaway driver were arrested on a variety of charges, including attempted murder and robbery. They were arrested Thursday.

A woman who reportedly found the prized dogs tied to a pole in an alley was also arrested.

According to law enforcement sources, police were suspicious of the woman from the beginning and that's why Gaga was advised by cops not to pay the $500,000 reward.

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Police obtained video of where the suspects left the dogs in an alley days after the February 24 dognapping. The footage became key in hunting down the alleged criminals.

Police initially thought the armed robbery was a gang initiation, but they later decided the robbery and shooting were linked to a dog-stealing ring. French Bulldogs are worth a lot of money to heartless criminals.

The dogwalker, Ryan Fischer, was released from the hospital and has since moved out of the neighborhood where the armed robbery occurred.