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According to the police report, a group of young men were shooting at each other and Hayes tried to mediate the situation.
Police said they found Hayes lying beside a guard post, critically injured. The men involved in the fight, they said, were gone
His family members spoke out on Monday, saying they want answers.
“I just want the guy or guys ? to come up front and somebody needs to do something,” said the victim’s brother, Jason Hayes.
He said his brother’s youngest child is only 1 year old, and that his fiancee has been by his side since the shooting.
“He’s fun. He likes to tell jokes — a little silly. Over all, he’s a good guy. He don’t harm nobody. He looks after his family,” said Jason Hayes.
The family gathered together in shock, praying and trying to deal with the frightening idea that Hayes might not survive.
“It’s just terrifying right now,” said Hayes’ brother, Isaiah Jackson.
The owner of the security company for which Hayes works said Hayes was the only guard on duty at the time of the shooting. He said from now on his company wouldn’t work with any fewer than two guards at the Hilltop Apartments.
Anyone with information about who shot Hayes is asked to call Crimestoppers at 866-845-TIPS. In addition to the $1,000 reward from Crimestoppers, the security company is also offering $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.
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Ricky Wayne Anthony, 52, of Fort Worth told police he worked at the lot in the 2500 block of North Main Street north of the Historic Stockyards on weekends.
He was wearing what an officer described as a “police duty belt” that held the blank gun, a gold-colored badge, a radio, handcuffs and other items, according to a police report.
Anthony was being held at the Mansfield Jail on Sunday evening on suspicion of impersonating a public servant. Bond was $5,000.
“I asked him why he was wearing the shirt with the word ‘police’ on it and he ” officer A. White said, ‘It’s a deterrent so people will think I’m a cop,’ wrote in the report.
Anthony told the officer he had the shirt made at a local shop, the report said.
When White asked him if he was a commissioned peace officer or security guard, he responded, “No, I’m a convicted felon.”
Police confiscated another blank gun from a second man who was working at another parking lot about a block south; Anthony described the man as his partner. The second man was not arrested.
Both of the blank guns had a piece of plastic stuffed in the barrel, and the man told police that he believed that he could carry the gun as long as it was only loaded with blank ammunition. Officers weren’t sure if the guns were capable of firing a live round of ammunition, according to the report.
The gun was labeled “Minigap,” according to the report. There are several online listings for Mini-GAP 8 mm blank-firing guns, some of which note that the guns cannot fire live ammunition.
Anthony has been registered as a sex offender since 2004, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety, and was convicted of indecency with a child. The victim was a 6-year-old girl, according to records on the department’s Web site.
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Authorities performed an autopsy Friday after finding 28-year-old Elizabeth Bowie dead inside her Smyrna condo Thursday.
Authorities ruled Bowie’s death suspicious.
Authorities want to question Bowie’s longtime boyfriend, Juan Lazaro.
Lazaro is described as a 28-year-old Hispanic male, 5-feet-4 inches tall, about 170 pounds, with brown eyes, black hair and a mustache.
Authorities said Lazaro may be in the Fayetteville, N.C. area.
If you have any information on Lazaro’s whereabouts, you’re asked to contact Smyrna Police Det. Mitch Plumb at (678) 631-5167 or (770) 434-6666.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is assisting with the investigation.
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According to police, a gunman wearing a Halloween mask and a black cape armed went into Hardees, 1015 North Brindlee Mountain Parkway, just after 11 p.m. and shouted “give me the money.”
Police said that the Shift manager Sam Lide went to the safe, put the money in a bank bag and handed it to the man, police said. The robber then ordered the employees to go into a closet and not to come out for two minutes.
When police arrived and questioned the employees, one of them said he thought he knew the robber because he recognized his voice and the shoes he was wearing. The employee also told police that the man was a regular customer who had been in the restaurant about 4 that afternoon wearing white “skateboard” shoes with a “camo” print, but he only knew his first name.
The employee said he called the man by his first name during the incident and asked him what he was doing. He said the robber then began to shake while pointing the gun at the manager. During the robbery, the man did not confirm or deny his identity to the employee but became agitated and nervous.
After learning the alleged gunman’s name, officers went to 602 Lookout Drive, Lot 6, where two men were found. One of them, Shane Christopher Barnett, 28, was sitting on a couch with money hanging out from beneath the cushions, police said.
During a search of the residence, an undisclosed amount of cash was recovered from under the couch cushions and the shoes that were recognized were found under the couch. Police also said a red and black mask was found in the trunk of the car.
Sgt. Scotty Watson said while both men were being transported to the police station, Barnett confessed and said the shift manager had helped to plan it.
When confronted, Lide,20, of 740 Lemon Tree Circle, confessed, Watson said.
Barnett and Lide were charged with robbery and were to be transported to the Marshall County Jail on Monday. The other man at Barnett’s residence was released.
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Authorities say that they learned that a local teen was planning an attack on his school during opening day. Their investigation led to a confirmation of creditable information and police went and took a 16-year-old boy who is in juvenile into custody after his home was raided by Ardmore police Friday night.
Police said numerous types of weapons were confiscated including swords, knives, razors and a journal, and a hand-written “book of hate.”Ardmore police chief W.M. “Doc” Oliver said police believe the boy was trying to recruit other students in a plot to attack teachers and students as well as the crossing guard and the school resource officer at the high school. One of the students he contacted told his parents, who called police, Oliver said.
“It was serious,” the chief said. “He was a loner. He would answer our questions directly. He had no remorse.”
Police also seized a computer on which Oliver said pornographic pictures of underage girls were found. Charges of child pornography were to be added against the boy today, the chief said.
The boy was held over the weekend in juvenile facilities in Tuscumbia, the chief said, and will be tried in juvenile court in Athens.
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Law enforcement officials said the motive for the attack remained “wide open” and investigators were trying to track down a white, four-door vehicle that approached Deputy Juan Abel Escalante shortly before gunfire rang out about 5:40 a.m.
A neighbor said she heard at least three gunshots, followed by screeching tires. A minute later, the silence was broken by screams of “My husband! My husband!” said the neighbor, who declined to give her name for fear of gang retaliation.
Escalante’s wife and mother rushed to the deputy, who was not wearing his uniform, the neighbor said.
Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton said it was “too early to know” whether the shooting was gang related or connected to the deputy’s assignment at Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles. Deputies typically work in the county jails as their first assignment.
Escalante, his wife and their three children were living with his parents but were preparing to buy a home in Pomona.
The blue-collar neighborhood of modest single-family homes northeast of downtown had experienced a fragile lull in gang violence in recent years until feuding between rival groups erupted in January.
In February, a shooting outside an elementary school a few blocks from Escalante’s home touched off a fierce gun battle between gang members and police in neighboring Glassell Park. The violence led to a massive gang raid in late June by heavily armed police and federal agents, who stormed an area around Drew Street, about a mile north of where Escalante was slain.
While the number of gang crimes across the city of Los Angeles has fallen this year, the Cypress Park neighborhood and the surrounding northeast section of the city is among the few areas that have seen a significant rise, according to police department crime statistics. The LAPD’s Northeast Division reported 11 homicides from January through June 26, up from six over the same period last year.
Bratton said the slaying was the first in the area since the June gang raid.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca described Escalante, a U.S. Army reservist and 2 1/2-year department veteran, as “dedicated and hard-charging in the best sense of the word. . . . He lived up to the dream of serving his country, serving his county and honoring his family.
“Today is a very difficult day,” Baca said.
Law enforcement sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they did not have permission to talk about the pending investigation, said detectives were pursuing a broad range of possible reasons for the attack. Among them are whether the slaying was a gang-related assassination connected to Escalante’s work at the jail, a random drive-by shooting or the result of someone’s personal grudge.
“The best detectives in our police department are handling this case,” said Deputy Chief Sergio Diaz of the LAPD.
Police cordoned off two blocks of Aragon Avenue between Maceo Street and Thorpe Avenue as officers blanketed the area most of the day.
For hours, detectives knocked on doors and combed the sidewalk and street near the deputy’s home for clues. Several shell casings lay on the street. A hip-high black curtain surrounded Escalante’s body, which was covered in a white sheet, until coroner’s officials removed the body at 11:45 a.m.
Police officials brushed nearly every inch of the deputy’s black GMC sport utility vehicle for fingerprints until it was towed away at 4:05 p.m.
Steve Remige, president of the Assn. for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, released a statement saying he was confident that Escalante’s killers would be caught.
“Tragic events like these remind us that simply being a law enforcement officer in Los Angeles is an act of bravery,” he said. “Juan will be missed by all of us.”
A local resident, Gloria Ruiz, said that her son and Escalante had grown up together and had both served in the military. She said he had a strict upbringing and his mother “would gleam whenever he had good grades.”
The small working-class neighborhood north of Interstate 5 and west of the 110 Freeway is a community gripped by fear. Several neighbors agreed to talk about Escalante but refused to give their names for fear of gang violence. One resident carrying a baby said the sound of gunfire is so common that she decided not to call police when she heard the shooting.
Another neighbor described the deputy as the eldest son of immigrant parents from the Mexican state of Yucatan. His mother worked at a candy store and his father was a construction laborer, the neighbor said.
The neighbor said Escalante was serious and industrious and worked hard after he returned from military service, studying to join the Sheriff’s Department. He rarely talked about his work after he became a deputy.
“If someone here knew he was a sheriff, it’s kind of like a trophy to kill one of them,” the neighbor said.
Escalante’s death marked the first killing of an L.A. County sheriff’s deputy since Maria Cecilia Rosa was gunned down in March 2006.
Rosa was killed in Long Beach in a botched robbery attempt as she left another deputy’s house for work at the Inmate Reception Center in downtown Los Angeles. In May, the gunman convicted in the shooting was sentenced to death. An accomplice was sentenced to life in prison.
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A busy weekend of crime forces one Colorado Springs hospital to go on lockdown after a shooting victim is brought to the E.R..
Memorial Hospital Central in downtown Colorado Springs went on lockdown Saturday night. The hospital’s security director tells NEWSCHANNEL 13 the emergency room was locked down for precautionary reasons. The hospital’s E.R. still took in patients, despite the added security.
“We have physical security and we also have a number of security systems in place,” Memorial Hospital director of security Pat Mc Elderry says.
Mc Elderry says Colorado Springs Police informed the hospital of Saturday night’s shooting and two stabbings and that one of the victims would be taken to Memorial Hospital. After that, the hospital staff made the call, adding security detail to entrances and exits.
“There was some concern that maybe some people associated with the disturbance that caused that could follow the patient into the facility.”
Memorial Hospital’s E.R. takes in 300 patients everyday but did not turn any away during the lockdown.
Victims on Saturday night were also treated at Penrose Community Hospital as well. A spokesperson for Penrose Hospital tells NEWSCHANNEL 13 the hospital was not on lockdown but there was added security and Colorado Springs Police presence.
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A pair of New Jersey teenagers on a church trip to do volunteer work were arrested Sunday morning after they climbed aboard the luggage conveyor belt at Louis Armstrong International Airport and breached security, according to a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office incident report.
Phillip Perin, 18, of Chester, N.J., and Thomas Hallett, 17, of Vernon, N.J., were taken into custody and booked with unauthorized entry of a business, a Sheriff’s Office incident report said. They were being held Monday evening at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna in lieu of a $1,000 bond.
Neither could be reached for comment. When reached by telephone Monday, Perin’s mother, Liliane, said she did not know her son had been arrested. She said he was there with a church group who had come to do work in Mississippi. She said she last spoke to him Sunday after he arrived. He told her the airline had lost his baggage.
According to incident reports, the teens were sitting on the baggage conveyor belt at Carousel 5 and rode it past the security gates into a “sterile” area of the airport, the arrest report said. An airport employee asked them not to sit on the belt, but the two ignored the request, the report said. They then ran into a nearby bathroom to hide from authorities.
Deputies found the teens and notified the FBI about the incident, the report said.
While the Perin and Hallett could have been just goofing around, spokeswoman Michelle Wilcutt said breaching airport security is no laughing matter.
“That is a serious offense punishable by serious civil penalties,” she said.
Security aside, Wilcutt said it’s just plain dangerous. There have been instances of baggage belts severing fingers.
“It’s a piece of moving machinery,” she said.