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A waitress was abducted and assaulted after she chased 5 diners who skipped out on a $70 dinner bill over the weekend.

The three Black males and two Caucasian females are seen on surveillance video leaving the Nifty Fifty's restaurant in Turnersville, New Jersey on Saturday night.

The 5 masked suspects got into a white Dodge Durango and drove off when the 20-year-old waitress chased after the vehicle, WPVI reports.

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One male suspect jumped out of the car and fled while the others pulled the waitress into the SUV and drove off.

The waitress was assaulted inside the vehicle before she was dumped by the side of a highway. She ran back to the restaurant and immediately called police.

She suffered bruises to her head, face and neck and was transported to a hospital where she was treated for head and neck injuries and a possible concussion.

Police released video footage of the abduction and asked for the public's help to identify the suspects who remained at large as of Monday morning.

"The vehicle headed north on Route 42, made a U-turn and was heading south towards Monroe Township, and [they] pushed her out of the vehicle," Washington Township Police Chief Patrick Gurcsik said.

Gurcsik urged restaurant employees not to chase diners who skip out on their bill. They should try to take down the license plate of their vehicle and report it to police.
 

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Dallas PD

The Texas teenager who allegedly kidnapped and fatally stabbed a 4-year-old boy has been charged with capital murder.

Cash Gernon's body was found on a residential street around 6 a.m. on May 15. Prosecutors say Darriynn Brown kidnapped Cash from his bed and stabbed him to death with an "edged weapon."

Cash and his twin brother, Carter, were in the care of their father's ex-girlfriend, Monica Sherrod, when he was snatched.

Surveillance footage from a baby monitor shows a man who resembles Brown carrying Cash out of the house.

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The Dallas Police Department upgraded Brown's charges to capital murder after forensic evidence linked him to the child.

"Evidence submitted to the lab has been returned linking Darriynn Brown to Cash Gernon at the time of his death," said a statement issued by the Dallas PD.

Brown, 18, reportedly interacted with Cash at Sherrod's home in the days before the murder and was familiar with the family.

A neighbor identified Brown as the same man who broke into his home, attacked him and attempted to kidnap his 2-year-old granddaughter in a separate incident in February.

Brown is charged with burglary and injury to the elderly in that case.

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The suspect accused of snatching 4-year-old Cash Gernon from his bed and stabbing him to death says he is not the man seen in video footage in the boy's room.

A jogger found the boy lying dead in the street on the 7500 block of Saddleridge Drive at 6:40 a.m. on Saturday, May 15.

A coroner determined the boy had been stabbed multiple times.

Darriynn Brown, 18, was arrested later that day and charged with kidnapping and burglary. Injury to a child was added to his list of charges.

Cash and his twin brother were staying at the home of their father's ex-girlfriend, Monica Sherrod, about eight blocks away from where his body was found.

Sherrod identified Brown in the video surveillance footage. However, Heath Harris, Brown's defense attorney, says the man seen kidnapping Cash and returning 2 hours later to comfort his twin brother is not Brown.

"The world is basically prejudicing this whole community by saying, 'That's him,'" Harris told The Dallas Morning News.

He said, even if the man in the video was Brown, that doesn't mean his client is a killer.

Since Brown's arrest, a neighbor of Sherrod's told police Brown broke into his home, assaulted him and attempted to kidnap his 2-year-old granddaughter in February.

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The man said he didn't press charges at the time because Sherrod (pictured) asked him not to. He said Sherrod told him Brown was staying with her and that he had had a mental episode.

Sherrod originally told police that Brown was a friend of her eldest son. But her son told investigators he knew Brown from high school and they weren't friends.

Brown is being held in the Dallas County Jail on $1.625 million bail.
 

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The teenager suspected of abducting and killing 4-year-old Cash Gernon in Dallas, allegedly grabbed another child months earlier. But a grandfather's forgiveness allowed Darriynn Brown, 18, to escape punishment for that earlier crime.

According to the NY Post, Brown barged into a Dallas home and tried to kidnap a 3-year-old child in February. However, the child's grandfather declined to press charges.

The incident occurred on February 8, when Brown broke into a home and was caught by the homeowner who chased him with a kitchen knife.

Brown then returned to the man's home, kicked in the garage door and began punching the older man in the head -- before grabbing the homeowner's 2-year-old granddaughter as she slept, according to an arrest warrant affidavit obtained by KTVT.

The grandfather wrestled the crying toddler away from Brown who fled the home.

The grandfather told police he did not want to press charges at the time. He saw Brown weeks later at a Walmart and the teen apologized, the station reported.

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Three days after Cash Gernon was found dead on a Dallas street while wearing only pajama shorts, the older man met with child abuse detectives to say he wanted to press charges for the Feb. 8 incident, KTVT reports.

Brown remains in the Dallas County Jail on $1.6 million bail. He is charged with kidnapping, burglary, and injury to a child in the Cash Gernon case.

A capital murder charge is expected pending the results of forensic evidence.

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Miami-Dade PD

A 43-year-old Miami man has been arrested by police in connection with the abduction and rape of a 12-year-old boy.

Aliex Santiesteban was arrested on Monday night in Miami's Overtown neighborhood. He was charged with sexual battery with a deadly weapon, kidnapping and attempted murder.

He is being held in the Miami-Dade jail without bond, NBC Miami reported.

Police say the Hispanic boy was abducted off the street around 2 a.m. Saturday on 43rd Terrace and 30th Avenue.

The boy was walking down the street when a man pulled up alongside him, forced him into a vehicle, and drove him to an empty lot near Northwest 45th Street and 31st Avenue, where he was sexually assaulted in the back seat of the car.

Santiesteban allegedly shot the boy and pushed him out of the vehicle, WPLG Local News 10 reported.

A bystander heard the boy's screams and took him to a nearby convenience store where an employee called 911.

Police spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta told reporters the child car door locks had been activated, blocking the boy's escape.

Unbeknownst to his parents, the boy apparently snuck out of his house, and had arranged pillows on his bed to give the appearance he was asleep. He was on his way back home from his friend's house when he was abducted.

He is in critical condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center, according to NBC Miami.

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A kidnapped 10-year-old girl was rescued thanks to two quick-thinking sanitation workers in Louisiana.

Dion Merrick and Brandon Antoine, who work for Pelican Waste, were working their regular shift Monday morning when they spotted a car matching the description of a sedan in an Amber Alert.

Authorities issued an Amber Alert for a 10-year-old girl reported missing by her family on Sunday.

When Merrick and Antoine spotted the sedan in a field on Monday, they pulled over their garbage truck on the wrong side of the highway to block the vehicle in and called 911.

Merrick streamed their heroics on Facebook Live and captured police taking the suspect into custody near St. Martin Parish.

The two men are being hailed as heroes for their quick action.

"I feel blessed just to find her alive and everything," Merrick told CBS News on Wednesday. "It's just a wonderful feeling."

"Something told me, like just look, I said 'what is that car doing in that field like that?'... Guess what, that's the dude with the little girl," Merrick said in his video. "That's God."

Merrick and Antoine, who are both fathers, say it was their duty to help the child.

"It was just one of those things you just had to do," said Merrick, a Navy veteran and father of two.

Both men were praised by their company and the local police chief offered to buy them lunch. The story made global headlines.

"It's a blessing," Antoine said. "All over the world, I love it."

The suspect was identified as 33-year-old Michael Roy Sereal and he was arrested for aggravated kidnapping, police said.

The Iberia Parish Sheriff's Department wouldn't confirm if the suspect is the same Michael Roy Sereal listed on the department's online sex offender registry.
 

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Memphis PD

A Memphis police officer has been fired and jailed without bond on charges of kidnapping and murdering a man while on duty, FOX13 reports.

Patric Ferguson (left) was arrested Sunday after surveillance footage captured the uniformed officer take 30-year-old Robert Howard (pictured right) out of a home in the 3500 block of Twain Street and force him at gunpoint into his patrol car on Jan. 6.

Ferguson, 29, drove to Frayser Boulevard and Denver Street, where body cam footage captured the cop fatally shoot Howard in the back seat of the patrol car.

Ferguson dropped off the body at an undisclosed location, then returned the next day with an accomplice, Joshua Rogers, who helped him dump the body off a bridge.

Howard's body was fished out of the water by Memphis police on January 10 at Second Street near the Wolf River Bridge, police say.

Howard's girlfriend filed a missing person's report on Wednesday after she used an app to track his cell phone and found the phone at Lamar Avenue and Shelby Drive, according to WKYT.

Evidence on the victim's phone led them to Ferguson who confessed to murdering Howard. Ferguson was immediately terminated and charged with first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping.

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Rogers, 28, was charged with accessory after the fact for helping dispose of Howard's body, police said. Both men were charged with abuse of a corpse, and fabricating and tampering with evidence, according to an affidavit.

Mayor Jim Strickland spoke exclusively to FOX13, saying he was "horrified" to learn of Ferguson's crimes.

"It was good investigative work," Strickland said. "We've got video of the actual murder and he confessed."

Investigators built their murder case against Ferguson using surveillance footage and police body cam footage. A receipt from a hardware store revealed Ferguson purchased cinder blocks, chains and padlocks to weigh Howard's body down when he threw him in the river.

A search of Ferguson's phone revealed incriminating internet search history, including searches for "cleaning up crime scenes and how to destroy DNA evidence," according to the affidavit.

Strickland told FOX13 he hopes Ferguson spends the rest of his life in prison.

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Southaven PD

Police have identified the mother of a 2-year-old boy found abandoned at a Mississippi Goodwill donation center with only a note and a change of clothes.

NBC News reports a man connected with the case was arrested by Memphis police on Monday afternoon.

Antoinette Smith claims a man who tried to pimp her out for cash kidnapped her son, Sergio, according to a Facebook Live interview she gave over the phone to a Memphis activist.

Smith said she traveled from Memphis to Nashville with a "male acquaintance," leaving her son behind in Memphis with a woman whom she believed was the man's sister.

Smith said the man later revealed that his "sister" was actually his girlfriend.

"If I knew that, I wouldn't have left my baby like that," Smith said. She claims the man then left her at a Nashville store after she refused his demand to turn tricks for him.

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The Southaven Police Department circulated a still image from a surveillance video that shows a disguised man dropping the boy off at the Goodwill center.

Surveillance footage also showed a woman in a red vehicle with the man.

According to an employee at the Goodwill center, the man said the boy's mother couldn't care for him any longer. The employee called police when the man left the premises.

The man left a bag with the boy that contained a note and a change of clothing. The note read: "Child abandoned... no phone number for mom."

The child is in the custody of Child Protective Services until the mother arrives to pick him up.

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A Texas woman who cut her friend's baby out of her uterus told a state trooper she had just given birth.

Reagan Hancock, 21, died on Friday, Oct. 9, after Taylor Parker, 27, cut her unborn child out of her uterus. Reagan was eight months pregnant and due to deliver a baby girl in November.

During a traffic stop, Parker told a Texas state trooper she had just given birth and she was on her way to the hospital because the baby stopped breathing.

The baby was pale with bluish discoloration around her lips. Parker and the unresponsive baby girl were rushed to a hospital in McCurtain County, Oklahoma, where the baby was pronounced dead.

Family members said Reagan and Parker were friends and Parker had taken photos at Reagan's wedding in Texarkana in September 2019.

Abby Mathis told a reporter that Reagan was worried the baby would come early. "I'm scared she's fixing to come faster. I feel like she's going to be here before November."

Mathis said she told Reagan, "Let's pray she stays in there as long as she can so she's extremely healthy."

Reagan's mother, Jessica Brookes, told The Daily Beast she found her daughter "mortally wounded" in her New Boston home on Friday.

Reagan's grandmother said Reagan was attacked while her 3-year-old daughter, Kynlee, was asleep in her bed.

Brookes said Reagan and her husband, Homer, worked hard. She said Reagan worked at a seafood restaurant right up until her death, even though her ankles were swollen.

"They worked so hard to have what they had," Brookes said. "She never quit working. She didn't call in sick. The only time she missed work was when she had a doctor's appointment."

Brookes said she last spoke to her daughter the night before she died. Reagan had already given her unborn baby a name: Braxlynn.

She said Reagan saw signs that Braxlynn would be born soon; she had a bag already packed for a hospital stay.

"Everybody says you can have memories," Brookes said. "Well, you don't want to just have memories. You want to have your baby. And we never got to meet Braxlynn. We're in pieces. I'd never wish this on anyone."

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A 26-year-old man is behind bars after kidnapping an 11-year-old girl he met on Instagram.com. In text messages, Keith Green told the girl to pack her bags without her name or initials on them.

According to Crime Online, he told her they would have to "lay low" for six or seven years until she was of legal age.

He also told her he was "risking his life to be with her," according to the police report.

The arrest report said Green intended to tell people the girl was his niece and that he gained custody of her after her parents died.

The text messages were deleted before police could read them, but the girl's mother told police she viewed the messages.

Green used Instagram to groom the girl, and the warrant said deputies used a photo posted to the girl's Instagram account to identify him.

The girl has been returned to her mother, according to WEAR TV.

Green will be extradited back to Orange County. He faces charges of kidnapping, interference with custody, and luring or enticing a child.

About 58% 0f children under age 16 have their own social media accounts, according to a recent study.

Parental advocacy groups are lobbying lawmakers to fine social media outlets that allow children to register accounts. Measures that social media outlets can take to restrict children on social media includes a button that users can press to alert them that a child has an account.