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Incident Details-Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Shooting at Publix plant leaves 1 dead, 1 wounded http://www.privateofficer.com
Police say Christopher J. Robinson, 21, of Lakeland shot Robinsonne Joseph, 26, of Haines City multiple times in the parking lot outside the fresh produce plant before entering his car and killing himself.
Joseph was taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center with nonlife-threatening injuries. About 60 workers were inside the building at the time of the shooting.
The arguments between the two friends began about seven months ago, said Keyafi Edler of Lakeland, who said Robinson was the father of her three children.
Robinson relied on Joseph for rides to and from the plant, where they both packaged produce for shipment to Publix stores. But after Robinson got a car, he no longer needed rides from Joseph, and that’s when the tension began, Edler said.
Robinson felt Joseph was talking behind his back and saying Robinson just used him for rides, Edler said. Robinson kept a gun in his car and over several months threatened to do something if Joseph kept “pushing him.”
Edler said she thought he must have followed through with those threats Tuesday.
Robinson had an arrest record that included 2008 charges of domestic violence and carrying a concealed weapon, both of which were dropped, according to court records.
Edler said most people who knew Robinson wouldn’t expect him to be violent, but she said she had seen other sides of him.
“People say, ‘He’s so quiet. He’s so nice. He don’t bother nobody.’ When people found out about that, it’s a shocker. But when someone keep picking on him and bothering him, he can’t take it anymore, and he would react.”
Robinson’s relatives and family members of other plant workers waited outside the plant for information Tuesday. By 1 p.m., police still hadn’t notified relatives of Robinson’s death, but they appeared upset.
“Let’s wait until they tell us something. They don’t know nothing yet,” Robinson’s aunt Debrah Flournoy said to a woman who was crying.
While Publix spokeswoman Maria Brous said the facility was not on lock-down, workers were not allowed in or out of the building Tuesday afternoon until about 3:30 p.m. as police investigated the shooting and interviewed witnesses.
The facility does not have metal detectors, but there are security guards at each of the gates. Brous said Publix would provide workers with counseling.
Dwayne Tubbs said his wife worked at the plant with Robinson and Joseph. About 12:30 p.m., he received a call from one of her co-workers asking him to pick her up from work. He asked why, and she said there’d been a shooting.
“‘She can’t take it. She’s crying,’” he recalled the woman said. “So I just got in my car and zoomed over here.”
Once he arrived, he discovered his wife was stuck inside the building. Other parts of the facility remained operational, according to relatives waiting at the scene.
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Man pleads not guilty in security guard murder http://www.privateofficer.com
A 29-year-old man pleaded not guilty in Napa County Superior Court Tuesday morning to murdering a security guard at the California Veterans Home in Yountville in 2003.
A preliminary hearing date for Juan Jose Hernandez Mendoza was set for May 26, Assistant Napa County District Attorney John Goold said.
Mendoza was in an Oregon jail under an assumed name awaiting prosecution for sex offenses when he was arrested in March for the murder of 58-year-old Manuel Reyes, the Napa County Sheriff’s Department said.
He had been identified as a suspect within two weeks of Reyes’ murder on Aug. 4, 2003.
Reyes was on duty and working overtime at the veteran’s home on the night of Aug. 3, 2003 when he was asked to act as a translator between Mendoza and a cab driver. The cab driver had picked up Mendoza in Napa around 11:30 p.m. that night, according to the sheriff’s department.
Reyes instead offered to drive Mendoza to his destination, a labor camp north of Yountville. His security car was found crashed into a tree on Dry Creek Road near Mount Veeder Road early the next morning. Reyes had been stabbed multiple times and was found near his vehicle, the sheriff’s department said.
Mendoza is being held in the Napa County jail under no bail.
Hotel guests face drug charges http://www.privateofficer.com
Ethan Samuel Colbert, 18, of Charleston and Breanna Nicole Hall, 18, of St. Albans are being held at South Central Regional Jail on felony drug charges.
Charleston Patrolmen M.F. McMicken and B.T. Clark were called to the Holiday Inn Civic Center on Saturday after hotel workers smelled burning marijuana, according to a complaint filed in Kanawha Magistrate Court. The officers were told the odor was coming from a fourth floor room.
The policemen knocked on the door but no one answered. Hotel personnel then unlocked the door.
McMicken and Clark found four bags of marijuana on a table, and two of the bags contained nine smaller bags, the complaint said. The total weight of the marijuana was about 74 grams. They also found three rocks of crack cocaine and a .22 caliber pistol on the dresser.
A hotel security officer told McMicken and Clark that Colbert and Hall were at the front desk asking for a room key because they’d locked themselves out. The officers waited in the room while the security officer unlocked the door for Colbert and Hall, who were arrested when they entered, the complaint said.
Both were charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and simple possession of crack cocaine.
Suspicious package at Wal-Mart leads to arrest http://www.privateofficer.com
Police say Randall Carpenter, 24, of Beckley, W. Va., walked to the store, pulling a bag behind him. Carpenter went into the store, but left the package in the cart area.
Police said after a few minutes, Carpenter left the store and placed the package on a rack holding propane tanks. Carpenter then left.
Wal-Mart employees saw what happened and called state police.
Police evacuated the store and called the fire department and bomb squad.
Using a description from the surveillance camera, police found Carpenter along State Route 322 and arrested him.
There was no bomb, but the investigation continues.
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Security officer attacked with knife, broken bottle http://www.privateofficer.com
Laguna Beach police are looking for a group of men who attacked a security guard at the Montage resort with a knife and broken glass early Sunday, leaving him with minor injuries.
After finding broken bottles near a fire pit on the hotel property, the guard investigated three men in their mid-20s he heard near the scene. One of them attacked the guard with a broken bottle, slicing the guard’s hands, police Sgt. Jason Kravetz said.
The guard fought back, locking the assailant in a chokehold, according to police. Another man took out a 6-inch knife and slashed at the guard’s jacket.
The men then ran south toward the beach.
“It’s possible that the knife-wielding attacker was stabbed in the leg, by himself,” Kravetz said, noting a trail of blood left behind by the attackers. “The attack appears to be completely unprovoked, and we are investigating the incident.”
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Laguna Beach Police Department’s investigations division at 949-497-0377.
Police charge three in credit card scam http://www.privateofficer.com
Three New York women have been charged in a sophisticated credit card scheme after state police searched their minivan and found credit records from several people, flat screen TVs and other electronics.
State police were called to the Sears in Concord Mall at 9:30 p.m. Monday to investigate a fraud in progress.
17 Arrested during shopping mall disturbance http://www.privateofficer.com
Seventeen people were arrested and dozens more escorted from movie theaters Saturday night at Walden Galleria, where Cheektowaga police responded to several disturbance calls, police said Monday.
But the rowdiness wasn’t confined to the movie theaters. Police Capt. John Glascott said a shoving match erupted in the main mall concourse among young people waiting in line to have their pictures taken at a photography studio.
Overall, the 17 arrested included eight juveniles — some as young as 13, Glascott said. Three were girls.
Police weren’t looking to make arrests, Glascott said. “These 17 kids . . . pretty much had to ask for it,” he said.
Charges against the juveniles included criminal trespass, stemming from the mall’s parental escort policy that anyone under age 18 must be accompanied by someone 21 or older, and resisting arrest.
Glascott said, “Those arrested teens were given several opportunities to leave the mall and refused, including one 15-year-old [girl] who told a Cheektowaga police sergeant, ‘What are you going to do — arrest me?’ ”
A mall security officer was punched in the face during one encounter, according to police.
Additional charges included disorderly conduct and harassment, and two of those arrested were wanted on bench warrants.
Trouble started brewing at the mall at about 7:30 p. m. and kept police busy until just after midnight, the captain said.
The later calls were about unruly behavior at and near the Regal Cinemas, which isn’t governed by the mall’s parental escort policy.
“They are allowed to be in that area, regardless of their age,” Glascott said.
Approximately 40 people were escorted out of the theaters, Glascott said.
Some movie patrons got up and left, asking for their money back “because they couldn’t enjoy the show because of the behavior of these kids,” Glascott said.
Officers from the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority helped out in the mall and near the bus stop outside.
Glascott said police met Monday morning with mall management to discuss the situation. “They’re doing what they can,” he said.