SUITLAND, Md. (WJLA) – Prince George’s County police are reporting that Amos Jones, the man stabbed to death in Suitland early Tuesday [July 22, 2014] morning, was murdered by MS-13 gang members.
Police told ABC7 News Wednesday that six people have been arrested for Jones’ death, several of whom are confirmed to be members of MS-13.
Police said it appears that Jones, a homeless man, was hanging around outside a liquor store in the 4600 block of Huron Avenue when he made some remarks to a 17-year-old girl whom police believe is a gang member.
The woman reportedly left the scene and then returned with several others, who then proceeded to attack Jones and fatally stab him several times.
Jones’ body was discovered around 1:45 a.m. Tuesday .
More at WaPo, although they conveniently omitted the MS-13 connection.
And an epidemic.
BILL WHITTLE: FERGUSON AND THE REAL RACE WAR
(TruthRevoltOriginals) –Since the shooting of Michael Brown by a white policeman and the ensuing riots and looting in Ferguson, MO, Americans have been told, yet again, that there is an epidemic of crime against black people in this country. But is there really a race war, and if so, which side is actually waging it?
Democratic Committeewoman of Ferguson Township in St Louis County Patricia Byrnes (@Patricialicious) tweets of physical violence during the Ferguson protests/riots that for some reason did not make the news, even though a public servant was on the scene.
72 year old Donald Lathrom’s pleasant evening stroll home with Bach on his iPod and a cold six-pack of Bud Light in hand ended up as a nightmare when a cowardly punk sucker punched him with all of his might.
(NY Daily News) A 72-year-old man carrying a six-pack of Bud Light and listening to Bach on his headphones was punched in the face by a cowardly punk in a sickening West Village attack.
“I had seen him coming, but didn’t pay him any mind.” Donald Lathrom told the Daily News. “Then I found myself on the ground near a planter.”
Lathrom was slugged on Jane St. around 5:30 p.m. Monday [August 11, 2014], as he was walking home.
He was recovering from the seemingly random attack Tuesday at Beth Israel Medical Center, sporting a big shiner on his left eye.
“And I have a blood clot on the brain,” he said. “I saw the CT scan. It’s pretty serious.”
The wallop came without warning.
“He didn’t say anything — nothing,” Lathrom said.
After the punch, the suspect ran across the street where a friend was waiting. Cops haven’t made an arrest.
Cowardly perp on the right.
The man who sucker-punched Lathrom is a thin, black man believed to be in his 20s. He was wearing shorts with a white stripe down the side, sneakers and dark socks.
Police asked anyone with information on the assault to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.
Nothing was stolen so, Donald Lathrom was viciously assaulted FOR NO REASON OTHER THAN HE WAS ‘walking while white’.
(NY Post) –After the incident, Lathrom told police that he had seen the suspects, believed to be in their early 20s, after leaving the deli at West 12th Street and Eighth Avenue a few minutes before the assault — leading investigators to believe the men intentionally targeted him.
Lathrom said he believes he was the latest victim of the “knockout” game — where one assailant tries to lay out a target with one punch while another shoots video and posts it online.
“That’s what I think it is,” he said. “If it was a robbery, he’d have gone through my pockets or attempted to take something. I had an iPad and a kindle reader. There was no attempt to take anything.”
“Once he got me down on the ground, he was happy to leave.”
A neighbor tells a reporter that she heard the 13 year old call her victim a “cracker” as she was viciously beating her, then goes on to say:
“The little girl next door taunts my daughters, too, my daughter and the two girls from down the street. She calls them crackers, she tells them she doesn’t like them because they’re white.”
Children learn what they live. On that note, one wonders what the 13 year old who seethes with violent racist hate learns at home.
The 10 year old victim Danielle Fair
(19 Action News) –CLEVELAND, OH –Cleveland Police are investigating an attack on a 10-year-old girl as a hate crime, and the attack was captured on video and posted on-line.
It happened on Leeila Avenue off Bellaire Road on the west side.
A video posted on YouTube shows a white girl on a scooter ambushed and beaten by a black girl. The beating went on for about 12 seconds until you hear voices in the background calling for it to stop.
A Cleveland Police report shows the attacker is 13 years old. The victim, Danielle Fair, says she felt bullied.
A neighbor says she saw it all, and she heard the attacker use a racial slur.
“Cracker. She called her a cracker,” said Jessica Jaworski.
In this screen grab you can see the attacker drawing back her arm and fist all the way back preparing to wail on her victim.
The attack looked planned, with the camera rolling even before the beating even started.
We went to the home of the teen throwing punches.
“Nobody was waiting. I don’t have to talk to you. It’ll all come out in court,” a woman at the door told 19 Action News.
The victim’s mom and dad want justice. They say their daughter never said anything to provoke the beating. Dad says he even tried talking to the other girl’s grandfather instead of calling police.
But now, a First District Detective is working the case. Hate crime or not, it’s a vicious attack.
More on the ‘hate crime’ aspect’:
The redacted police report did not reveal the name of the victim, the suspect or witnesses. Contact information and the title of the YouTube video were also blacked out.
A Cleveland police spokesman said officers are investigating the attack as a juvenile assault. A narrative included with the police report lists the case as a “hate incident.”
For arguments sake, if Holder was indeed sincere (though to say I have my doubts would be putting it mildly) and honest himself regarding racism in America, in that Americans should engage in an “honest brave” conversation about race, he would admit that racism comes in all colors.
(I’ll not hold my breath.)
But until then we as a nation will never be able to move forward.
SOUTH ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – One suspect is dead and another is in critical condition after allegedly holding a gun to a teen’s head. Police are not saying if they believe this crime was random or targeted. The man who pulled the trigger tells FOX 2 he does not live here with his daughter and her mom and he says he doesn’t know why the two men came to the door.
It was about 11pm Monday when a 17 year old girl who lives in the home was getting something from her car. Two men, both with guns, grabbed her. The began to push her back into the home with a gun to her head. Her father, who says he was visiting the girl and her mother, saw the gunmen and pulled his own weapon. He says he had no choice but to fire.
“He was holding her hostage. She was a human shield. So I did what I had to do.”
Asked how he had the confidence to pull the trigger when the man was holding his daughter that way, he said, “It wasn’t like that. It just happened. I didn’t have no choice. He had my daughter so I did what I had to do.”
The man he shot and killed was Terrell Johnson, 31, of St. Louis. The second suspect, who the father says was wearing a mask, is Cortez McClinton, 33, also of St. Louis.
The two suspects were not strangers to police. Terrell Johnson, the dead man, has served time in the Missouri prison system for first degree robbery. He had been given a sixteen year sentence.
Cortez McClinton was charged with first degree murder in the 2010 killing of Brian Reed. Reed was found dead in his car on Minnesota Street in South St. Louis. But in 2012, the circuit attorney’s office says those charges had to be dropped because witnesses wouldn’t cooperate. They ask anyone with any information about that case to contact Crimestoppers at 866-371-TIPS.
More from CBS St Louis:
The mother got off a shot of her own. She missed, but at least she tried.
Her mother also retrieved a firearm and fired one round at the suspects, not striking them.
The first suspect, identified as 31-year-old Terrell Johnson, of the 4500 block of Natural Bridge, collapsed on the living room floor and was pronounced dead on the scene.
Police say McClinton then fled the scene on foot, entered Johnson’s vehicle and contacted his brother, who took him to a hospital.
McClinton was treated for gunshot wounds to the chest and both thighs and listed in critical but stable condition.
None of the victims were injured.
The investigation continues, but police say at this point, no charges are being sought against the homeowners.
A judge ordered McClinton be held on a $1,000,000 cash-only bond.
McClinton’s murder charge stems from the death of his accomplice. A spokesman for the circuit attorney’s office tells KMOX News that if someone dies during the commission of a felony—even a suspect—murder charges can be filed. The charge is also known as felony murder.
Suspect #1: Terrell Johnson, 31-year old black male of the 4500 block of Natural
Suspect #2: 33-year old black male (critical/stable)
Victim #2 reported she was outside her residence retrieving property from a vehicle when the suspects approached her, armed with guns, and demanded she return to her residence with them. The suspects began to walk Victim #2 back into her residence. Victim #1, who is the father of Victim #2, observed the suspects with his daughter, retrieved his firearm and fired several shots at the suspects, striking both of them as they entered his residence. Victim #3, who is the mother of Victim #2, also retrieved a firearm and fired one round at the suspects, not striking them. Suspect #1 collapsed on the living room floor and was pronounced deceased on the scene. Suspect #2 fled the scene on foot, entered Suspect #1′s vehicle and contacted his brother, who conveyed him to a hospital. Suspect #2 was treated for gunshot wounds to the chest and both thighs and listed in critical/stable condition. At large warrants will be sought for Suspect #2. None of the victims were injured. The investigation is ongoing.
Thank God the father had a gun and knew how to use it. UPDATE: This case is the 1,162 defensive gun use case documented by Guns Save Lives.
(The Advocate)–Baton Rouge police officers were attacked by members of a crowd as the officers were trying to break up a large party Sunday night at Kings Court Apartments after complaints of loud music, resulting in the arrests of five people.
In a quick-moving sequence, officers arrested four people who tried attacking them or keeping them from arresting others and a fifth who tried to entice the other partygoers to attack the officers, according to several affidavits of probable cause.
Three officers arrived at the complex at 2888 Dougherty Drive at 8:20 p.m. after receiving complaints about the loud music in the parking lot and ordered the group to disperse, the affidavits say. The crowd refused to leave and some yelled profanities at the officers.
One man, Marvin Johnson, 29, grabbed two steel horseshoes and two 4-foot-long steel pipes and began swinging the pipes at the officers, the affidavits say. An officer knocked the horseshoes and pipes out of Johnson’s hands, but Johnson continued to fight.
Several officers jumped in to help, placing Johnson in handcuffs, the affidavits say. Johnson then yelled and screamed at the crowd, encouraging them to fight the officers.
As soon as officers subdued Johnson, Warren Bessie Jr., 33, walked over and began throwing punches at the officers, catching one officer in the torso, before he was thrown to the ground and subdued, the affidavits say.
At the same time, Keyoka Cleveland, 31, jumped on the officer who was handcuffing Bessie, the affidavits say. The officer quickly pulled her off and arrested her.
Then another woman, Jasmine Cleveland, also jumped on the back of one of the officers and was arrested, the affidavits say.
(WPXI) –WESTMORELAND COUNTY, Pa. — Emergency crews have been sent to Franklin Regional High School Wednesday morning after reports of “multiple stabbings.”
Westmoreland County emergency management spokesman Dan Stevens said one person is in custody. Stevens said there are possibly five to six victims.
Franklin Regional High School is located in Murrysville, Westmoreland County.
According to the school district’s website, “A critical incident has occurred at the high school. All elementary schools are cancelled, the middle school and high school students are secure. Additional information will be released as soon as possible. Please keep our campus clear of traffic.”
MURRYSVILLE (KDKA) – Police and paramedics are on the scene of a stabbing at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville.
A Franklin Regional High School resource officer says 20-students have been injured, four of those are serious.
Forbes Hospital says 7 victims have been taken to their hospital, 1 victim has been flown to Allegheny General Hospital, and 2 taken to UPMC-Presby.
Police say the suspect is in custody, and is reportedly a student at the school.
Three air medical helicopters were dispatched to the scene as well as dozens of ambulances.
According to a witness, the stabbings happened in the science wing of the building. [...]
UPDATE: Fox News: Victims ages range from 15 to 60 years old. Male student suspect in custody. Injuries do not appear to be life threatening at this time, but of course that could change.
Franklin Regional High School is located about 15 miles east of downtown Pittsburgh. UPDATE:Pittsburgh Post Gazette:
Twenty students were injured — four seriously — in a stabbing this morning inside Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville.
Westmoreland County public safety spokesman Dan Stevens said a male suspect, also a student, is in custody and was being questioned by Murrysville police and Westmoreland County detectives.
Those seriously injured were flown to hospitals by medical helicopter. Some of the 20 injured students suffered stab wounds to the extremities, he said.
None of the injuries was life-threatening, he said.
The injured students’ ages range from 14 to 17. Students are being treated at Allegheny General Hospital, Forbes Regional, UPMC East and UPMC Presbyterian. [...]
Victims, as young as 15, were taken to four Pittsburgh-area hospitals. Two were in the operating room and a third was on the way, Dr. Chris Kaufmann, a hospital trauma director, told CNN. One hospital reported that it had patients as old as 60.
UPDATE: WPXI has Confirmed through one of the hospitals caring for the victims that 7 victims have life threatening injuries. UPDATE: WPXI
Early reports are that a person ran through the school slashing or puncturing students with a knife or other sharp object.
“School was in session and students were arriving for morning classes. It happened in numerous classrooms and the hallways,” Stevens said.
Stevens says not all of the 20 injured were cut by the knife, though most were. Some suffered scrapes and cuts in the mayhem that ensued at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville on Wednesday morning. [...]
UPDATE: Per WXPI live coverage: Suspect is a 16 year old male 10th grade sophomore.
Per WXPI live coverage: Number of victims suffering life threatening injuries is now at 8.
Unconfirmed reports are coming in that the suspect was a victim of bullying, which does not justify going on a crazed stabbing rampage! Learn to suck it up! Unless of course you have been physically assaulted then you should take it up with authorities.
The breakdown of injured and whether they were students or staff was not immediately known, but two hospitals reported nine patients ranging in age from 15 to 60. Among the victims was a security guard stabbed in the stomach, police said.
Jeff Dahlke with the security company who provides security for Franklin Regional High School tells KDKA-TV that the suspect was armed with two knives. “The alarm went off, and students started rushing outside, the security guard outside rushed in, and came upon his supervisor, and a principal who had the suspect in custody on the ground and was trying to control him, and try to get the weapons away from him,” Dahlke said.
Gracey Evans, a junior from Murrysville, said she arrived at the school around 6:50 a.m. Around 20 minutes later, as she stood in the sophomore hall while her best friend stopped at his locker, she heard another student say something about blood. “I saw this kid in all black running down the hallway, stabbing,” said Ms. Evans. “He was just stabbing everybody that was in his way.” Her best friend, a sophomore, blocked the suspect from reaching her, said Ms. Evans. He “has a little sister, and he was protecting me like he would protect her. … I let out a blood-curdling scream.” Her friend was stabbed in the back, she said, and a nearby student was stabbed in the stomach.
UPDATE: Selfie of Franklin High School student hero Sophomore Nate Scimio who pulled the fire alarm alerting fellow students.
54 year old Steven Utash was beaten within an inch of his life. That is the thanks he gets for doing the right thing.
DETROIT (WWJ) – As a 54-year-old Roseville man clings to life in the hospital following a brutal mob beating on Detroit’s east side, many are starting to wonder if the whole thing was racially motivated.
Steve Utash poses in an undated family photo with, from left, Mandi, Joe and Felicia Utash. / Utash family photo (Detroit Free Press)
As first reported by WWJ Newsradio 950, an 11-year-old boy suffered a broken leg on Wednesday [April 2, 2014] when he was hit by a pickup truck after walking into the street near Morang and Balfour. The driver, Steven Utash, immediately got out of his truck after hitting the boy and was viciously attacked by 10 to 12 men. The beating was so brutal, Utash was rendered unconscious.
Detroit Police Sgt. Michael Woody said Steven Utash was not at fault for the accident.
“Our preliminary investigation shows the child stepped in front of his vehicle,” Woody said. “He did exactly the right thing. He stopped his vehicle, he got out and he tried to render aid to a small child. He did exactly what he was supposed to do… It was a small child and it was an accident; is what it was.”
Joseph Utash said he believes his father was intentionally targeted or even worse, that skin color might have played a role. Based on witness accounts, the attackers were African American.
Police are hoping the public can help investigators find those responsible for the beating.
Anyone who witnessed the attack, can identify the assailants, or who has any information about this case is urged to call Detroit police at 313-596-1616. Tips can be made anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.
DETROIT (WXYZ) – Detroit Police confirm to 7 Action News they have arrested two people in the beating of Steve Utash, the driver beaten by a group of people after stopping to help a boy he hit.
Police say a 16-year-old boy and 17-year-old boy were taken into custody this morning at their homes. We are told they are not family members of the boy who was hit.
According to Detroit Police Sgt. Michael Woody, the community helped with the arrests and he credits the neighborhood police officers program. Woody says officers hit the street, stepped up and made key relationships.
The men live in the neighborhood where the attack happened, and information has been sent to the prosecutor’s office.
Police still believe 10-12 people were involved in the attack, so they are not done yet.
If anyone has any information, please call Detroit Police or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-speakup.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Police said that Saturday night’s rampant vandalism and violence was an isolated event. But those who have seen groups of teens terrorize the area just south of Waterfront Park before, say it’s nothing new.
Police responded to 17 separate incidents Saturday night [March 23, 2914] between 7 and 9 p.m. They say the criminal acts occurred after police broke up a gathering of around 200 teenagers at Waterfront Park.
City officials are calling the events “unusual” and “isolated”.
“Last night was not the rule,” said Louisville Metro Chief of Police Steve Conrad at a press conference on Sunday. “It was an exception to the normal experience we see in Waterfront Park. It is a safe place to take your kids, it is a safe place to enjoy time with your family. But it is a public park and with any public location, you have the potential for problematic behavior.”
During a press conference Monday afternoon, [DEMOCRAT] Mayor Greg Fischer reiterated what the Chief said.
“This was an extraordinarily unusual incident,” said Fischer. “Nothing like this has happened in decades, so hopefully that will stay that way.”
But Bader says raucous crowds of teens terrorize the area almost every weekend once the weather warms up.
“It’s not isolated. It’s been going on for years,” said Bader. [...]
Louisville Metro Police have not yet responded to WDRB’s request, under the Kentucky Open Records Act, for several years’ worth of incident reports involving Waterfront Park and surrounding areas. Police Chief Steve Conrad told Metro Council members Wednesday that police are compiling recent data for crime at Waterfront Park.
Maj. Jeff Wardrip, commander of LMPD’s first division, which includes downtown, did not return a phone call seeking comment. Police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley declined to make officers from the first division available for interviews.
This is one of the reasons I live in the country and rarely venture to the city.