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Prosecutors in an Allegheny, Pennsylvania courtroom played chilling dash camera video of Uber driver Christy Spicuzza begging for her life before she was killed.

Calvin Crew, 22, allegedly used his girlfriend's cell phone to call for an Uber ride in February. Prosecutors say Crew killed Spicuzza, 38, and left her body in a wooded area along Rosecrest Drive.

Spicuzza's body was found days later. Her cell phone containing the dash camera video was also recovered at the scene.

On Wednesday, prosecutors played a 20-minute clip that shows a frightened Spicuzza telling Crew she was a mom of four.

Nearly 20 minutes into the clip, Crew is seen sliding over behind Spicuzza and placing a handgun to the back of her neck.

The startled Uber driver felt the gun and said, "Come on, man. I've got a family. What are you doing?"

Crew answered calmly, "I got a family too. Now drive."

Spicuzza said, "Why are you doing this?" before telling Crew, "I have four kids, what are you doing?"

Seconds later, Crew reached over the front seat and pulled down Spicuzza's cell phone.

The gun seen in the video was registered to Crew's girlfriend. The firearm has never been recovered. Crew's girlfriend was not charged.

Spicuzza's family members, who were in the courtroom Wednesday, were visibly upset by the footage.

Crew faces charges of homicide, tampering with evidence, kidnapping and robbery.
 

 

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One of the teenage suspects in the fatal carjacking of a 73-year-old New Orleans woman had 7 previous arrests on 25 charges.

WWL-TV obtained John Honore's criminal rap sheet that shows the 17-year-old was arrested seven times on more than 25 charges.

His first arrest - criminal damage to property - occurred when he was just 12 years old.

The long list of charges include armed robbery, possession of a firearm, auto theft, flight from an officer and 18 car break-ins.

One law enforcement official wondered how Honore was released back on the street with his criminal history.

"What you've uncovered does not surprise me," Rafael Goyeneche of the Metropolitan Crime Commission told WWL-TV. "I would term this offender, based on the documents that you've presented to me, a walking crime wave."

Honore - along with three 15-year-old females - are charged with carjacking Linda Frickey and dragging her to her death on Monday, March 21.

The four teens were arrested after two of the parents turned their children into police.
 
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All four teens are charged with second-degree murder and are being held without bond in a juvenile detention facility.

Orleans Parish District Attorney Jason Williams is still deciding whether to charge the teenagers as adults.

In 2020, Honore and four other teenage males were arrested following a violent home invasion.

Honore allegedly beat a woman who was holding her young child. He continued to beat the woman while she was curled up on the floor in a "fetal position."

Because of the senseless violence, Honore's case was moved to adult court. He was awaiting trial when Williams' office called the court to say he was dropping all charges.

One of the victims was related to then-15-year-old Honore and did not want to press charges.

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The mother of one of the teenage carjackers who dragged a 73-year-old woman to her death in New Orleans, Louisiana, is speaking out in support of her child.

Four teenagers - ages 15 to 17 - carjacked Linda Frickey as she sat in her SUV after leaving work at 1:30 p.m. Monday.
 
RELATED: Four teens arrested in carjacking death of 73-year-old woman
 

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Surveillance video shows the teens approach Frickey's SUV after surrounding the vehicle. One of the suspects, identified by police as John Honore, 17, snatched open the driver's side door and sprayed a substance in Frickey's face.

He then pulled the elderly woman out of the SUV and began kicking and punching the helpless woman as she lay on the ground.

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His three accomplices hopped into the SUV while Honore beat Frickey. He then got into the driver's seat and drove off, dragging Frickey whose arm was caught in the seat belt.

Frickey was freed from the seat belt after her arm separated from her body. She was pronounced dead at the scene by medics who arrived about 30 minutes later.

After police released surveillance video of the suspects, the mothers of two of the suspects turned them in on Monday night. A tip led police to a third suspect late Monday. The fourth suspect - a 15-year-old girl - turned herself in on Tuesday morning.

Honore, the driver of the stolen vehicle, was previously arrested for a carjacking when he was 15 years old. But the charges were dropped in 2021 by Orleans Parish District Attorney Jason Williams because the victim was a family member and didn't want to press charges.

As news of the horrific crime spread on social media, the public expressed outrage at the brutality of the crime committed by suspects so young.

In an Instagram post, the mother of one of the female suspects defended her daughter and stated she would stand by her.

"Y'all sit on this Internet and say y'all hope this and that happen to my child. I never tried to justify [what] she did and I'm very sorry this lady lost her life but that's my child and I'm standing beside her every step of the way," she wrote.

"Never was I a bad parent. I got a son [with] a 4.0 [gpa] graduating at the top of his class. So my parenting ain't f***ing bad, My child just got caught up in a lifestyle that now she have to deal [with] the consequences the rest of her life."

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All four teens face 2nd-degree murder charges. They are being held without bond and will be tried as adults.

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Four juveniles have been arrested in the horrific carjacking death of a 73-year-old woman, according to New Orleans police.

The teenagers have been charged in the murder of Linda Frickey, according to Nola.com.

Police released surveillance video of the four teens which led to their arrests.

Police say the parents of a 15-year-old girl and a 17-year-old male turned them in on Monday night. A tip led police to a 16-year-old female on Monday. Another 15-year-old female turned herself in on Tuesday morning.

"Within an hour of the video being released, we had parents at the police station," NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said during a press conference on Tuesday. "It was an incredibly difficult decision for them."

Ferguson said all four will face second-degree murder charges. He will ask the prosecutor to charge them as adults.

"They need to be in jail. When you commit a crime like this, you need to be locked up," he said.

The tragic incident unfolded around 1:30 p.m. on Monday in New Orleans' Mid-City neighborhood. Frickey was leaving her job when the four teens approached and jumped in her SUV.

The male teen kicked Frickey out of the SUV but her arm was caught in the seatbelt. The teenager slammed the car door on the seatbelt and drove off, dragging Frickey down the block.

Witnesses screamed at the suspects to stop and they did stop momentarily before speeding off again.

Frickey was finally freed from the seatbelt when her arm separated from her body.

One neighbor in the area, Leanne Mascar, ran inside her home to grab a sheet to cover Frickey.

"She was laying there naked, and I thought the indignity she just suffered it was already too much," Mascar told Fox 8.

Paramedics arrived about 10 minutes later and pronounced Frickey dead at the scene.

Police found her SUV abandoned about 15 blocks away. Authorities said all four teenagers have criminal records. The suspects' names have not been released.
 

 

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A man with excellent evasive driving skills foiled an attempted carjacking - and you won't believe how he did it.

The incident happened on February 26 in an unknown location. Dash cam video shows a car blocking the motorist's vehicle on a 2-lane roadway. Four men piled out of the car and two gunmen ran toward the motorist and opened fire.

The quick-thinking motorist, who was blocked in on both sides, gunned his accelerator and nearly ran over two of the hapless carjackers.

The motorist's car sustained front end damage, but he got away safely.

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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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An Atlanta man who nearly shot a teenager trying to steal his Benz explained why he let the kid go.

The incident was captured on surveillance video at a gas station in East Atlanta.

The undated video shows a 14-year-old boy casually approach the idling Mercedes and jump into the car.

Before the kid could drive off, the car's owner ran up to the vehicle with his gun drawn and the boy gave up without a fight.

The man and the boy then walk out of the camera frame.

Instagram blog @ATLuncensored shared video of the man explaining what happened afterwards.

The Macon, Georgia native said he realized the car thief was "just a kid" and he saw himself in the boy.

"I did some crazy sh*t when I was coming up, that I could'a got my head blowed off too, um when I was younger... I pretty much got him out the car, lifted his shirt up to make sure he didn't have no pistol on him, cause I was gonna take that."

The man said he talked to the youngster and advised him to get a new hustle. He said he wanted to discipline the fatherless boy.

"I wanted to whup him, you know what I'm saying. I wanted to knock his teeth out his mouth, but I didn't.

"He lived to see another day. The next person ain't gonna be as lenient as I am."

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Cobb County police arrested the suspect accused of killing three people, including the golf pro at a country club in Kennesaw, Ga.

Bryan Rhoden, 23, allegedly shot and killed golf pro Gene Siller at the Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw, Ga. on July 3.

Siller, the director of the country club, was killed after he approached a white pickup truck that became stuck on a sandbar on the 10th hole.

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Cobb County police discovered two more bodies of male victims in the bed of the pickup truck.

Paul Pierson, 76, of Topeka, Kansas, was the registered owner of the truck. 46-year-old Henry Valdez, of Anaheim, California, was the third victim.

Within hours of Siller's murder, Rhoden was arrested by police in Chamblee, Ga. on charges of driving under the influence and presenting a false identification.

He was released from the DeKalb County Jail on July 6, before police matched his prints to evidence found inside the truck.

Bryan Rhoden was arrested again on Thursday, July 8 and booked into the Cobb County Jail without bail.

Cobb County held a press conference on Friday night. They did not explain the connection between Rhoden, Pierson and Veldez or the location of their murders.

An aspiring rapper, Rhoden is seen flashing diamond jewelry, cars and cash on photos on Instagram. He also shared clips of his rap music on social media.
 

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The suspect who shot a golf pro and two others in Kennesaw, Ga. over the weekend is still at large.

Gene Siller observed a white Dodge Ram 3500 pickup truck stuck in a sand trap on the 10th hole at Pinetree Country Club golf course on Saturday.

Siller, who was the director of the country club since 2019, went over to investigate and perhaps offer assistance to the driver.

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Club member Tom Dowling told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution he watched Siller go over to the truck. "It could've been any of us who went up there," said Dowling, who estimated there were 50 to 60 members in the clubhouse at the time.

Dowling told the AJC he figured the driver had suffered a medical emergency.

Dowling said he didn't hear the gunshots that took Siller's life, but other members heard multiple shots. Cobb County police officers found Siller's body near the 10th hole.

The golf pro died from a gunshot wound to the head. The suspect had abandoned the truck and fled on foot before officers arrived.

"It does not appear Siller was in any way targeted, but rather was killed because he witnessed an active crime taking place," Cobb police said in a statement on Tuesday.

When the news first broke on Saturday, July 3, police had not yet discovered the bodies of two more victims under the retractable cover in the bed of the pickup truck.

One of the victims, Paul Pierson, was the registered owner of the truck. The other victim, a Hispanic male, has not been identified.

Authorities believe the two males were victims of a carjacking at a different location.

Neither of the two victims were connected to the country club, authorities say.

Siller leaves behind his wife and two young sons. A GoFundMe page has raised nearly $600,000 in donations from around the country.

Police say the suspect, described as a Hispanic male, 6-foot-1 with long hair, is not a danger to the public.

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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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A shocking viral video shows the final moments of a delivery driver's life after two teenage girls carjacked him in Washington, DC.

The 13- and 15-year-old girls have been charged as adults in the death of 66-year-old father-of-three Mohammad Anwar, who was killed when he was thrown from his speeding car.

Anwar, a delivery driver for Uber Eats, was working in the southeast section of D.C. when two girls attempted to carjack him.

Cell phone video footage shows Anwar leaning halfway out of his car, as a girl wearing an orange hoodie attempts to push him out of his car.

Anwar tells a bystander "they're kids", while holding on to the steering wheel of his car.

Anwar had put the car in park, but one of the teenagers shifted the transmission into drive and hit the accelerator. The car sped off -- with Anwar still holding on for dear life.

Two loud bangs are heard on the video as the open driver's side door impacted two metal light poles during the car's route.

Seconds later, the car lost control, overturned and crashed, leaving Anwar sprawled on the sidewalk near death from severe head injuries.

Several National Guardsmen are seen on the video helping the teenagers out of the wrecked vehicle.

As her victim lay dying, one of the teens is overheard saying, "Please, my phone is in there. My phone!"

Twitter users criticized CNN for calling the murder an "accident" -- and D.C. mayor Muriel Bower was dragged for appearing to blame the victim by reminding residents to lock their cars to prevent auto theft.

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There's a new sheriff in town. Chicago's violent crime has gone unchecked for far too long. Now the Biden administration is doing something about it.

Chicago's violence has impacted victims as far south as Georgia. Gun violence and murders spiraled out of control in Atlanta and the surrounding suburbs during the lockdowns in 2020.

Frightened Chicago residents reached out to Washington for help. That help has come in the form of severe prison sentences for federal crimes such as carjackings.

A carjacker in Chicago now faces life in prison rather than the customary bail and a slap on the wrist.

The FBI's field office in Chicago tweeted on Thursday: "Federal time for a federal crime. If you carjack a vehicle in #Chicago, you could face a lifetime behind bars."

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"...but it's just a car.

In reality, it's so much more. It's a victim, it's a trauma, and sometimes it's a life.

Violent carjackings happen at gunpoint with repeat offenders pointing weapons at innocent people. Rushing to escape, carjackers cause accidents that claim more lives.

No one should have to live in fear of being carjacked. It's a big issue, and it deserves a big response. We’re partnering with law enforcement and the courts—both federally and locally—to investigate and prosecute these crimes to the fullest extent of the law."

Chicagoans who are wary of lenient Chicago lawmakers expressed relief on Twitter.

On Twitter user wrote: "Bout f---in time."

Another wrote: "We Must take All Carjackings prosecutions Away from Kimberly Foxx. Charge these so call teenagers Federally as adults. Additionally, FBI Chicago must look into any and All connections between Kim Foxx and the Chicago gangs. Look under the hood."

And a third Twitter user wrote: "Thankfully there are honorable men and women that will do the job that @SAKimFoxx refuses to do!"

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A 13-year-old girl was dragged for several miles when she tried to escape her family's SUV that had been carjacked from a parking lot.

According to the Wichita Police Department, Brianna Ibarra was sitting in an SUV that was idling outside a restaurant while her family was inside picking up food just before noon on February 6.

Brianna was in the back seat on the driver's side of the SUV when a man jumped into the driver's seat and drove off.

The frightened teenager became entangled in the seatbelt when she opened the rear passenger door to escape the fleeing vehicle.

A motorist witnessed a grey Ford Escape dragging a young girl who was hanging outside the vehicle "traveling westbound on Kellogg at Meridian".

The witness followed the SUV and called 911.

Officers who responded to the scene saw the suspect stop the vehicle at Kellogg and West Street and flee on foot.

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The suspect was captured by police and later identified as 34-year-old Kevin Palmer of Wichita.

Brianna was pronounced dead at the scene.

"This is one of the saddest cases I have been associated with in my over 28 years of law enforcement," said Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay in a press release. "WPD sends its thoughts and prayers to family, friends, and others affected by this tragic incident."

Palmer, who has a lengthy criminal history, is being held without bail at the Sedgwick County Jail on several charges, including felony murder, first-degree murder, and capital murder.

A GoFundMe account raised over $45,000 of a $75,000 goal for the "unexpected loss of a child."

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The manager of a fast food restaurant in Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood is demanding answers from city officials after she was put on hold while trying to report a carjacking attempt.

City leaders and business owners have been working together on a plan to curb high crime in Atlanta's most affluent neighborhood, home to rapper Cardi B, singer Tyrese Gibson, and the governor of Georgia.

Karen Harris, the manager of Ru San's Sushi and Seafood in Buckhead, wants the city to do more to address crime, Fox 5 News reports.

"It certainly isn't the responsibility of our staff to catch the bad guy," said Harris, "That responsibility falls on our elected officials and our mayor."

"It's always been a safe place for our patrons in the community to walk and get great food," said Harris.

According to Harris, a customer left his child in his car parked outside the restaurant to pick up a to-go order on Saturday. She said a man attempted to break into the car and the child ran inside the restaurant to get help.

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Staff members snapped photos of the man fleeing the area. This screengrab shows an employee on the phone with 911 while the suspect flees in the background.

"The concerning part was our employees were on hold with 911," said Harris, "Luckily, one of our employees knew an APD detective who she called who was able to dispatch APD."

Police arrested the carjacker and identified him as 34-year-old Andrew Robert Fike. Fike was booked into the Fulton County jail and charged with attempting to enter a vehicle, obstruction, loitering and prowling.

Atlanta's Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms recently addressed the high crime in Atlanta. Bottoms privately expressed support for the "Buckhead Security Plan” which includes sending up drones over Lenox Square Mall and Phipps Plaza and using metal detectors at the doors and drug sniffing dogs inside the malls.
 

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A Black Lives Matter activist who led protests calling for justice for Breonna Taylor was, ironically, shot and killed during a carjacking, his mother confirmed.

Hamza "Travis" Nagdy, 21, was shot and killed during a carjacking near the University of Louisville campus before 12:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 23, Louisville police say.

In her Facebook post, Nagdy's mother, Christine Muimneach, said that her "Beautiful and intelligent son" had been killed in a carjacking.

About 100 mourners attended a candlelight vigil for Nagdy in Jefferson Square Park on Monday night.

Nagdy led protests for Taylor with his familiar red and white megaphone, calling for police reform and to defund the police.

Taylor was shot and killed by police during a botched raid in March.

Taylor's mother, Tamika Palmer, who reached a multimillion dollar settlement with the city, paid tribute to Nagdy on Facebook.

"It's somethings I will never understand it's also somethings, I know I'm not suppose to question but I need clarity about 2020," she wrote. "RIP Travis you were amazing and I was honored to have you standing for Bre... Another beautiful soul lost as we continue to fight for justice!!"

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State Rep. Charles Booker, a Democrat, tweeted: "We've suffered a great loss. Travis Nagdy, a young leader committed to the fight for justice, is gone. As we marched for Breonna Taylor, it was often Travis and his megaphone leading the way. A bullet took his breath, but we still hear his voice. Rest in Power, young Brother."

Black and brown men who are killed by Black men are given low priority by Black Lives Matter, a far left organization that stages political protests when Black men are killed by white police.