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Dolores Diaz Lopez sprang into action after a man snatched her 5-year-old son off a New York City street.

The NYPD released surveillance footage of the failed abduction attempt.

The child was running steps ahead of his mother and siblings when a man sitting in a nearby car snatched him and threw him into the backseat.

Lopez tried to grab her son as she and her children ran to the car and tried to ppen the door. and pulled her son through the open window as the suspect attempted to drive off with the boy.

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On Friday, police arrested James McGonagle, 24, of Queens, the NYPD tells PEOPLE in an email.

He is charged with attempted kidnapping, reckless endangerment, and acting in a manner injurious to a child less than 17, the NYPD says.

Police say an unidentified man in the passenger seat is still at large. He is described as a white middle-aged man with a bald head.

Lopez, 45, told ABC 7 Eyewitness News she was on her way to visit her husband at work with her children when McGonagle tried to abduct her son, Jacob.

"I said, 'Oh my God my kids, oh my God my boy,'" Diaz Lopez told ABC7.

She said the car door was locked when she tried to open it.

But her son stood up in the car, enabling her to yank him out of the window to safety, she told ABC7.

McGonagle and the other suspect sped off before she could look at the license plate number.

Lopez said she was prepared to take quick action to save her son.

"You have to do what's necessary, no matter what," she told ABC 7. "The car was just parked there. I would never have imagined that a man would get out of the car and grab my son."
 

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Police arrested a gang member who shot a man in broad daylight and narrowly missed two children on a Bronx sidewalk.

Michael Lopez, 27, was taken into custody on Friday morning, June 25, and charged in the brazen June 17 shooting of Hassan Wright, 24.

Police say Lopez has a outstanding warrants. He was previously arrested for attempted murder, armed robbery, and revenge porn for distributing graphic images of a woman.

Lopez is a member of the notorious "Make it Happen Boyz" street gang in Harlem.

Surveillance video captured Lopez chasing Wright and opening fire as Wright stumbled over two children, 13-year-old Mia Toribio and her 5-year-old brother Christian Toribio.

The children, who were strangers to Wright and Lopez, were on their way to the store to buy a loaf of bread.

Video shows Mia using her body to shield her little brother from the gunfire. Lopez escaped on the back of a scooter driven by another gang member.

Neither of the children were injured. Wright took himself to the hospital, where he was treated for gunshot wounds to his back and both legs. His condition is unknown.

Mia and Christian's horrified parents watched the violence unfold from their apartment window.

"They saw the gunman running down the block shooting and they thought they were shooting their children," Mayoral candidate and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said. "That little boy won't leave his dad's lap. When he hears a fire cracker, he thinks it's a shooting."

The children, their parents, and 2-year-old sister were honored at a NY Yankees game on Sunday, June 20.
 

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The female suspect in a crash that killed an NYPD cop had a blood alcohol level nearly twice the legal limit.

Jessica Beauvais, 32, of Long Island, said, "I'm sorry," as she was escorted out of the 107th Precinct in Queens on Tuesday.

"I'm sorry that I hit him and now he's dead," she said, referring to Officer Anastasios Tsakos who died early Tuesday.

Beauvais told reporters she was coming from the studio when she hit Tsakos. "I did a podcast," she sobbed as she was placed inside a police vehicle.

Tsakos, 43, had just left the scene of an earlier accident on the Long Island expressway when she hit his car head-on with her 2013 Volkswagen.

Beauvais' podcast on Facebook Monday night included anti-police rants and showed her drinking from a small plastic cup, according to the NY Post.

She is charged with vehicular manslaughter, reckless endangerment, leaving an accident resulting in death, fleeing the scene of an accident, and driving while intoxicated.

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Police arrested a suspect who assaulted a 65-year-old Asian woman in an unprovoked attack outside a Manhattan building over the weekend.

Brandon Elliot, 38, is charged with assault as a hate crime, the NY Daily News reported.

Authorities arrested Elliot early Wednesday morning at the Four Points by Sheraton, a hotel-turned-homeless-shelter on W. 40th Street.

Concerned citizens phoned in tips to a Crime Stoppers hotline after watching the shocking video.

According to the NYPD, Elliot is a parolee who murdered his own mother.

At age 19, Elliot fatally stabbed his mother three times in the chest in front of his then 5-year-old sister. A jury convicted Elliot of murder and sentenced him to 15 years to life in prison.

Elliot was released on parole last year. Police say he is the brute seen in a viral video kicking and stomping the elderly woman outside a luxury Manhattan building.

He reportedly assaulted the woman as she walked through Hell's Kitchen on her way to church around 11:40 a.m. Monday.

In the video, Brandon Elliot kicked the woman in her abdomen and knocked her to the ground.

The shocking assault went viral on the internet, sparking outrage around the world.

Workers who watched the attack from inside the building were suspended from their jobs on Monday.

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The NYPD fugitive squad tracked down a former boxer who fled to the Middle East after he allegedly murdered his daughter.

Kabary Salem was indicted in the murder of his daughter, Ola Salem, 25, on Nov. 5, law enforcement sources told The NY Post.

Ola Salem's body was discovered by a jogger in Bloomingdale Park in October 2019. The body had been dragged through the woods, then covered with leaves.

Ola Salem worked as an advocate for Muslim women who were victims of domestic violence.

The NYPD's Regional Fugitive Task Force tracked Salem all the way to the Middle East. He was arrested and brought back to New York on Friday, the Post reported.

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Salem, 52, is a former professional middleweight boxer from Egypt who fought in the U.S. in the 1990s through early 2000s.

He is notorious for killing one opponent by repeatedly head-butting him in the ring in Sept. 2000. Boxer Randi Carver collapsed after being knocked out in the 10th round, and never regained consciousness.

He died two days later. Salem was not charged in connection with Carver's death.

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A disgraced former NYPD police officer who forced his way into a Black woman's apartment was ordered to pay her $1 million.

Michael Reynolds, who is white, was in a drunken stupor the night he forced his way into Conese Haliburton's apartment.

Haliburton filed a civil suit against Reynolds who quit the police force in shame earlier this year.

The incident happened on July 9, 2018. Reynolds, 27, had attended a bachelor party for a fellow NYPD officer when he was caught on surveillance video breaking into Haliburton's apartment at 2:30 a.m.

The footage captured him calling Haliburton and her family "f***ing ni__ers," according to MSNBC.

"I'll break every bone in your neck!" he yelled, before running back to his Airbnb rental.

Reynolds later confessed that he confused Haliburton's address with the Airbnb rental that he and his friends were staying at next door.

Haliburton said Reynolds and his friends were laughing and claiming they had "immunity" because of their jobs, according to reports.

Reynolds was sentenced to just 15 days in jail after pleading guilty to assault and trespassing charges in January.

He quit his job in disgrace earlier this year. "I'm absolutely sorry I said that word. I'm very remorseful. It's cost me my job, my life, everything," he said in court at the time.

Acting Deputy Commissioner for Public Information Devora Kaye told News 4 Reynolds will not "receive pension or health benefits, nor will he be allowed to carry a firearm."

"His actions are wholly inconsistent with the values and standards the New York City Police Department expects and demands of its officers."
 

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"White privilege" flyers are showing up around New York City criticizing police enforcement of social distancing laws along racial lines.

The flyers point out the glaring disparities between police issuing summonses to Black people for social distancing violations and few summonses issued to whites.

The flyers, posted in New York City's public parks, mocked the NYPD and asked white people to "recognize your white privilege."

Viral videos show police tackling Black men to the ground and arresting them for social distancing violations.

"If you are white and hanging out in a group of 5 or more people, please wait patiently for an NYPD officer to personally deliver a mask to you. Please practice social distancing by remaining 6 feet from others unless of course you are white, then there are NO rules or consequences because YOU ARE PRIVILEGED AF and it shows."

The sign offered friendly advice: "Recognize your white privilege" and "Don't be racist."

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The New York City Police Department has arrested more Black people for violating social distancing laws than whites for the same violations.

A review of court records showed that 88 percent of social distancing summonses went to Black people or Hispanics.

The shocking disparity is evident in cellphone video clips of NYPD officers using excessive force to take down Black people who cops claim are not social distancing.

The NYPD insisted the arrests are made "evenly and fairly" across the board.

But internet videos show Caucasian people and others sunbathing on packed beaches not far from where police officers patrol the beach. No arrests are made.

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzales said his office is reviewing the videos of violent street takedowns by his officers to determine if disciplinary measures are necessary.

"We're not targeting any particular neighborhood," said Assistant Chief Jeffrey Maddrey, commanding officer of Patrol Borough Brooklyn North.

He conceded in a phone call with reporters that "none of these videos look great."

Thousands of Americans are defying draconian stay-at-home orders and protesting forced home detainment by local governments amid the flu-like coronavirus pandemic.

Update: The NYPD will stop enforcing social distancing rules after numerous videos of police arrests of Black people went viral.

District attorneys in the New York City boroughs of Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens will stop making arrests and prosecuting violators.

Police have arrested at least 120 people and issued nearly 400 summonses for social distancing violations between March 16 and May 5.

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Police have 5 suspects in custody after a gang of nearly 20 boys savagely stomped and kicked a 15-year-old girl in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY on Thursday.

Shocking surveillance video shows the teen girl curled up in a fetal position on the ground while a pack of teens swarm her and begin stomping and kicking her.

The girl was rushed to a hospital, where she was treated for minor facial injuries and released.

Police are questioning the 5 boys who range in age from 14 to 16.

The violent assault was initially reported as a robbery. The victim allegedly lied when she told police the motive for the attack was robbery. The boys allegedly stole her cell phone and debit card.

One boy is seen in the video removing the girl's Air Jordan sneakers before fleeing.

The suspects, who turned themselves in on Friday, told investigators the brutal beat down was in retaliation for an earlier assault on a pregnant 14-year-old girl.

The 15-year-old girl and a cousin allegedly jumped the pregnant teenager earlier that day at school. The motive for the fight was not clear, but sources say the 14-year-old girl was impregnated by the victim's boyfriend, who is also 14.

Two of the boys seen attacking the 15-year-old in the video footage are brothers of the 14-year-old girl.

Police said the victim knew all of the boys involved in the beating. Their names and ages were not released and no charges have been filed, according to the NY Post.
 

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NYPD investigators questioned and released a 14-year-old suspect wanted in connection with the fatal stabbing of 18-year-old Barnard College student, Tessa Majors.

The unnamed suspect was located at a family member's residence in The Bronx, where he was hiding out until a bite mark on his hand healed.

The NY Post reports he was questioned by police and released Thursday without charges.

A 13-year-old suspect told investigators that Majors bit the 14-year-old suspect on the hand during the struggle. The 14-year-old allegedly stabbed Majors in the chest with a red handled knife. Feathers were seen floating from her down coat during the attack.

Police swabbed the suspect's mouth for DNA, but a preliminary test result was inconclusive, according to the Post.

The boy had a smirk on his face as he left his attorney's office in Harlem around 4:30 p.m. Thursday (The NY Post removed the photo of the suspect smiling).

The teenager joined a younger boy and a woman in her 30s. The woman cursed at a reporter and knocked a recording device out of his hand as they crossed 125th Street, according to the Post.

The trio climbed into a white SUV, idling at a curb in front of a water hydrant and sped off.

A third suspect, age 14, was questioned by police and released on Dec. 12.

Community leaders urged police to use caution to avoid a repeat of the 1989 Central Park 5 case. Five Black and Hispanic boys were arrested and questioned without attorneys present in the infamous Central Park jogger rape case.

An inmate later confessed to the crime, saying he acted alone.

Director Ava DuVernay was among those urging caution.

"Certainly, in the investigative steps, the department will be more cautious because of the attention that was paid to the Central Park Five — everything they do is under the microscope," she tweeted.

NY residents expressed outrage over the way the case has been handled so far.

One Twitter user wrote:

"There is No Justice Especially for the Dead In NYC

This 14 year old THUG Ran from the Police Was caught 2 weeks later They took his DNA &Released Him

They could have held him for 5 days but didn't. Crime is up police R frustrated from all this BULL."

Another user tweeted:

"tessa majors can be stabbed in a park in NYC - and her attackers can spend Christmas at home before being arrested and released..."

And a third user tweeted:

"This is not cool.. everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Specially kids... cmon.. if this kid is innocent then you just ruined his life. If he is guilty then let the cops do their job. Stop letting the public judge people."

Police Chief Rodney Harrison acknowledged the public's frustration in a tweet on Thursday.

"Although he has since been released to the custody of his attorneys, the investigation remains very active. Our detectives are the best at what they do and are committed to finding justice for all parties involved."