Photo may have been deleted

Indianapolis Metropolitan PD

An Indiana man went on a rampage, killing four people -- including a child -- after an argument over a $1,400 stimulus check went horribly wrong.

Indianapolis police say Malik Halfacre, 25, fatally shot four people inside a home at 338 N. Randolph Street on Saturday, March 13.

Police were dispatched to investigate a report of a shooting at a residence at 253 Randolph Street just after 9:35 p.m. They found an adult female, Jeanettrius Moore, suffering from a gunshot wound. She was transported to Eskananzi hospital in critical condition.

Information gathered at the scene led police to the residence at 338 Randolph Street, where officers found Moore's 7-year-old daughter, Eve Moore, 23-year-old Daquan Moore, Anthony Johnson, 35, and 44-year-old Tomeeka Brown.

Relatives identified the adult victims as Moore's mother, brother, and a cousin.

All four were pronounced dead from gunshot wounds. A six-month-old child who was missing from the home was later found safe.

Relatives told WXIN that Halfacre argued with Moore and demanded half of her $1,400 stimulus check.

"He wanted some of Jeanettrius' tax money, stimulus money," cousin Wendy Johnson told the station. "She said, No, you don't deserve any of this. I work. I take care of our child. You don't do anything."

She said Moore offered Halfacre $450, telling him "take it or leave it."

Moore reportedly told a neighbor that Halfacre shot her and killed her family over her stimulus money, according to WISH.

On Sunday, March 15, a tip from the public led police to Halfacre's hiding place in an attic at a residence on the 6200 block of Eastridge.

After several hours of negotiations, a SWAT team made entry into the residence and apprehended Halfacre.

He is being held without bail on preliminary charges of murder, attempted murder, robbery, abduction of a minor child, and other charges, according to the Marion County Prosecutors Office.

Photo may have been deleted

Facebook, JPSO

A Louisiana realtor was fatally shot during the sale of a dirt bike that he arranged on social media.

Joseph Vindel, 29, was shot and killed as he sat in his SUV around 10 a.m. Sunday. Police say Vindel left his New Orleans home in his black SUV to meet with Jalen Harvey, 20, at his apartment complex in Jefferson Parish.

JPSO Captain Jason Rivarde tells PEOPLE Harvey shot Vindel multiple times, then shoved his body into the back seat before driving the SUV with the dirt bike on a trailer to New Orleans' Garden District.

Rivarde said Harvey abandoned the SUV with Vindel inside and rode the dirt bike back to his apartment complex.

Vindel's family called police to report him missing after he failed to return home.

Police traced the victim to the apartment complex, where they found the dirt bike on a patio outside Harvey's apartment.

Text messages between the two men confirmed the attempted sale, Riverde said.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto said, "It is a $2,800 dirt bike it is not anything that anybody should be shot over," Lopinto said.

Photo may have been deleted

Facebook

A 14-year-old Michigan girl who allegedly stabbed her grandmother to death in her bedroom won't be charged as an adult.

Police say Cynthia Mosby, a 65-year-old nurse, was stabbed multiple times on Sunday, Feb. 21, and left for her son to find the following day.

Mosby's son called 911 after he found his mother lying face down on the bedroom floor of her home in Canton Township. The suspect wasn't at home when police arrived. Mosby was the girl's sole guardian, authorities said.

The suspect's father, who lived in the home with his mother and daughter, said the girl probably snapped because Mosby pushed her to focus on her studies.

After the murder, the teen fled about 25 miles away to a motel in Southgate, where she checked in using her late grandmother's credit card.

Police located the girl at the motel with a young man on Monday, Feb. 22, the day after the murder.

The male was not charged. Police believe the murder was premeditated.

The teen was arraigned Saturday morning on both first and second-degree murder, 10 News reported.

The girl is being charged as "adult designated," although she is not being charged as an adult.

"In this case, the 14-year-old girl is being adult designated because upon conviction it gives the judge the most flexibility during sentencing to provide options for rehabilitation of this very troubled youth," said Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy in a statement.

According to reports, the teen was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation. She is scheduled for a competency hearing on April 15.

Photo may have been deleted

Facebook

A 14-year-old Michigan girl reportedly stabbed her grandmother to death before fleeing 25 miles away to a motel with her boyfriend on Saturday.

Cynthia Mosby's son called 911 around 7 a.m. when he found his mother unresponsive on a bedroom floor.

Mosby, of Canton Township, was her granddaughter's sole guardian, according to her son.

Police say Mosby, 65, was stabbed multiple times by the girl whose name was not released, according to the Detroit News.

The teenager was found at a motel with a young man about 25 miles away in Southgate. The male was not charged.

The girl is being held at the Wayne County Juvenile Detention Facility in Detroit, Wayne County.

A judge will determine whether to charge the girl as a juvenile or adult. If she is charged as an adult offender she will be transferred to an adult jail to await trial.
 

Photo may have been deleted

Sumter County Sheriff's Office

A Florida teenager was found dead in a swamp after his family tracked his iPhone to a nature preserve in Central Florida.

Sumter County officials organized a massive search for 18-year-old Charlie Roberts, Jr., whose phone was tracked to the Green Swamp Wildlife Management Area.

Searchers combed the densely wooded, 50,000 acre swamp that spans three counties.

They used helicopters, ATVs and drones until they found his body Wednesday night, according to People magazine.

Detectives say Roberts was shot to death and his body dumped in the swamp.

On Thursday, detectives arrested David Anthony Gracia, 19, of Lakeland, and charged him with first-degree murder in Roberts' death.

Investigators declined to explain the relationship between Roberts and Gracia.

"I want the person to be prosecuted to the fullest, of course. This was a family member, a child, nobody deserves death," the teen's cousin William Gamble told Fox13.

"What would cause you to want to kill a child? What did he do so wrong that it deserved death... and to be left where he was left at?"

Photo may have been deleted

Essex County Jail

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.

Photo may have been deleted

NYPD

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.

Photo may have been deleted

Mecklenburg County Jail

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.

Photo may have been deleted

Photo may have been deleted

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]."

Photo may have been deleted

Photo may have been deleted

Photo may have been deleted

Facebook, Simpsonville PD

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.

Photo may have been deleted

Facebook

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!"

Photo may have been deleted

Facebook

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.
 

Photo may have been deleted

Getty Images/TRQFFIC

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.

Photo may have been deleted

Simpsonville PD

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.