Two search warrants obtained by 7NEWS reveal the timeline of events dealing with the man suspected in the Cherry Creek Mall kidnapping and separate murder of a Denver man on April 13.
According to one of the search warrants, a female security guard at Cherry Creek Mall was about to start her workday when a man approached her car in the west garage. Police believe that man is 24-year-old William Lornes.
Suspect Made Woman Drive At Gunpoint
The woman told police that the man walked up to her car and asked for a cigarette and to borrow her phone.
She then said he pulled out a silver handgun and got in her back seat.
They drove to an alley where the man forced her into the trunk. While the man drove, the woman found the trunk’s escape latch and was able to jump out when the car slowed by a 7-Eleven near Eighth Avenue and Colorado Boulevard.
She called police and gave her report to investigators within an hour.
Lornes Also Suspected In Denver Dumpster Murder
Police have said they suspect Lornes in not just the Cherry Creek Mall kidnapping, but also the murder of a Denver man.
While police were looking for Lornes after the reported kidnapping, a person called 911 to report what looked like a dead body in a dumpster near 12th Avenue and Hudson Street.
The man, 73-year-old Gerald Schwartzman, had been shot in the head.
Based on the search warrants, police have pieced together a timeline for the two crimes.
Dumpster Murder, Cherry Creek Mall Timeline
•April 13, 12:27 p.m.: Schwartzman had a lotto ticket in his pocket bought at 12:27. Police had previously said he was last seen at the King Soopers off 13th Avenue and Krameria Street.
•12:32 p.m.: Schwartzman’s sister speaks with him on his cell phone.
•Between 1-2 p.m.: Woman reports seeing a black man leave a vehicle in a shopping center near Leetsdale Drive and Holly Street. At 4:03 p.m., the woman called police to report the abandoned vehicle.
•2:28 p.m.: Cherry Creek Mall surveillance revealed a man who looked like Lornes walk to the west garage area.
•3 p.m.: Woman escapes the trunk of her own car near Eighth Avenue and Colorado Boulevard.
•April 14, 2:10 a.m.: Lornes rings the buzzer at Arrowhead Manor Bed and Breakfast in Jefferson County asking for a taxi after police said he crashed his car along Highway 285 between Conifer and Tiny Town.
•3 a.m.: Colorado State Patrol and Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies investigating a single car crash spot Lornes in a passing taxi and make the arrest near C-470 and Alameda Avenue.
On Thursday, Lornes was charged with kidnapping, robbery and car theft, but has yet to be charged with murder.
PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. April 30 2011- Police have arrested two burglary suspects in a pursuit that led officers onto resort grounds in Paradise Valley.
Thursday afternoon, a Paradise Valley Police Officer spotted a man breaking into a parked vehicle. The officer pursued the suspect on foot, but the suspect jumped into a waiting vehicle driven by a woman.
After a short vehicle chase, the car stopped and the man bailed again on foot, while the driver took off. Phoenix and Scottsdale Police were called in to assist.
The vehicle was found a short time later and two women were detained by Paradise Valley Police officers.
The search continued for the male suspect. Security officers at the Scottsdale Camelback Resort, located very close to the foot pursuit area, called police after spotting the suspect on video tape.
Officers ended up finding the suspect hiding in the false ceiling of a banquet room.
Michael Montoya, 36, and Anna Montez ,31, were arrested and charged with burglary and unlawful flight from a police officer. The second woman was not charged.
Police believe the suspects are responsible for several other burglaries in the area — they recovered stolen property from this crime and others.
Police said Jason Ryans, 26, of 69 Imperial Drive, Manchester, used other employees’ names to make at least 20 fraudulent inventory computer adjustments.
In an interview with police, Ryans allegedly admitted to selling smartphones to people he met through the Internet. He admitted to receiving an excess of $17,000 from the sale of the stolen phones, police said.
SPANAWAY, Wash.April 30 2011 — Police have arrested a woman suspected in the Kmart arson case.
Palo Alto CA April 30 2011 A former Macy’s employee was arrested at work Wednesday night after an internal investigation uncovered a four-month trail of suspected embezzlement involving thousands of dollars.
David Fraire Garcia, 22, was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail by Palo Alto police on two felony charges of embezzlement and burglary, police said. He was arrested at 9:29 p.m. at the Macy’s store at Stanford Shopping Center. Police did not know which department Garcia worked in, or what his title was.
Macy’s security estimate that the Menlo Park resident scammed approximately $6,757 from the company, police said. Garcia allegedly started the scam last December and made the last transaction on April 23.
According to police, Garcia was allegedly buying merchandise from the store and then charging refunds on the goods to his Bank of America credit card, but keeping the products. He was also jacking up the refund amounts, police said Thursday.
Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Sergeant Rick Sung said Garcia has since bailed out of jail.
New York April 30 2011 Miss Russia 1998 and former Miss Universe semifinalist Anna Malova was arrested in the United States for shoplifting in a clothing store, the New York Post reported on Thursday.
Anna Malova, 39, was caught stealing a pair of sandals valued at $135 and a hat for $10 at a Strawberry store in New York.
Malova was arrested and charged with criminal possession of stolen property and petit larceny. She is due to attend a court hearing on May 24.
Malova was arrested in February 2010 on charges of illegal drugs possession, forgery and impersonating a physician.
CLIFTON NJ April 30 2011 — A shoplifter trying to flee the Home Depot on Bloomfield Avenue with $800 worth of unpaid merchandise didn’t stand a chance with Clifton Firefighter Anthony Latona chasing him, according to police.
On April 21, at about 9:45 a.m. Clifton firefighter Latona saw the suspect, later identified as Luis Gonzalez-Perez, 46, of Passaic, running out of the hardware store with unpaid merchandise and chased him, said detective Capt. Robert Rowan.
When the suspect realized he was being chased, he abandoned the cart full of unpaid merchandise and continued fleeing, but within minutes, Latona caught up with him and held him until police officers arrived, Rowan said.
Rowan said officers took the suspect back to the store where employees identified Gonzalez-Perez as the shoplifter and he was charged.
“We appreciate the assistance from our public safety partners,” Rowan said, adding “If it wasn’t for Firefighter Latona the suspect would have gotten away with a pretty large haul.”
The cart of merchandise was recovered and returned to the store.
PITTSBURGH PA April 30 2011 — County police have charged the head of security at the Community College of Allegheny County’s Allegheny campus with impersonating an officer.
Robbie Henderson, 45, was recently named the head of security at the school. He is facing impersonating a police officer charges after investigators said he tried using a badge to receive a discount at an Avalon thrift store.
According to police records, Henderson flashed a fake badge to the manager of the store and identified himself as “Allegheny County homicide detective Henderson.”
Police said Henderson demanded 50 percent off and would not take no for an answers. The police reports said Henderson repeatedly told the manager, “I don’t want to go over your head. I know you can make an exception for me.”
The store’s manager Sherri Lisanti told police that Henderson said, “He would call the corporate office and go through the Allegheny County if he had to.”
CCAC officials said Henderson was placed on administrative leave without pay while they “review the situation.”
McKEES ROCKS, Pa.April 30 2011 — A security guard at a Foodland grocery store in McKees Rocks was sprayed with Mace while confronting a suspected shoplifter early Friday morning.
Police said the guard tried stopping a woman from leaving the store, but she ran out and went into Gino’s Bar.
Dodo Kemenar said he chased the woman to the bar, where he confronted the woman again, but a man in the bar punched him and the woman then sprayed him in the face, burning him with the Mace, police said.
“Three black females come in the store loading stuff in their purse. I went to stop the one right here and she turned around and sprayed some mace in my face,” Kamenar said.
Police said the woman ran out of the bar and got into a car with two other women and fled the scene.
“Next thing I know someone hit me from behind and knocked me down. Then the car came with two other black females and two fellas came running out of that bar. I lay on the ground then finally got up,” Kamenar said. “I had some bruises here and I got a nice big lump on the back of my head where somebody cracked me.”
Police said they don’t believe the man in the bar was an accomplice. Investigators said the women got away in a white convertible.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police.
LEWISBURG PA April 30 2011 — Six thousand, two hundred pounds of copper can bring in a lot of cash. It also brought felony burglary and trespass charges against a 27-year-old Watsontown man accused of stealing copper wire from a Bucknell University facility.
Shawn M. Hoffman, a former student employee for Bucknell’s Facilities Department, was arraigned recently by District Judge Leo S. Armbruster on charges of stealing copper wire from a storage barn on the Lewisburg campus between last fall and March 3. He is out on $25,000 bail and faces a preliminary hearing May 5.
University police arrested Hoffman April 19. He took the stolen wire, worth about $21,000, to Staiman’s Recycling Center in Williamsport, police said.
Felony charges include burglary, criminal trespass and breaking into a structure and receiving stolen property. Hoffman also faces misdemeanor charges of theft by unlawful taking and possession of an instrument of crime with intent.
Bucknell police did not return a call seeking comment before press time Thursday.
This is the third copper theft in the Valley within the past four months. In late December, a vacant former orphanage in Upper Augusta Township, Northumberland County, had 2,000 feet of copper pipe stolen. In early January, two Milton men were charged with theft after they allegedly were caught with copper pipe and tools in their possession. The two incidents are unrelated.
Copper’s value has climbed steady for the past few years, fueling a black market for the material that has stoked copper thefts. Abandoned buildings and homes are popular targets for thieves, who break in and strip copper pipes and cable.
However, recently, the price of copper has hit a slump because of the U.S. economy, Reuters reported Thursday. While it finished on the New York Mercantile Exchange and Commodity Exchange at $4.26 per pound, that is down from a record high in February of $4.65 a pound.
That drop in price for the base metal came after U.S. gross domestic product for the first quarter slowed to a 1.8 percent annual pace, according to Reuters.
Mentor MI April 30 2011 A former Abercrombie & Fitch employee is accused of stealing more than a $1,000 worth of clothes and money from the store in Great Lakes Mall.
The loss prevention manager had noticed the store’s winter inventory was short this February, Mentor Police Lt. Tom Powers said. Consequently, the manager set up a camera to record employees.
Mallory Babika, 23, of Wickliffe, was repeatedly filmed stealing clothes from the store, Powers said.
“She would go into a changing room with an article of clothing and come out wearing it,” he said.
Babika is also accused of filing fraudulent clothes returns and pocketing money, Powers said.
According to the police report, Babika is suspected of taking $1,449 worth of clothes and money from the store between Feb. 2 and April 27. She was arrested from the store and charged with theft Wednesday, Powers said.
Babika was arraigned this morning in Mentor Municipal Court. She is out on bond. Her next court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday.
If convicted of theft, Babika could be punished with probation or up to a year in prison.
Police were called to the JC Penney after store security personnel stopped 18-year-old Shaquia Marie Shephard of Roslindale for allegedly shoplifting.
SAN ANTONIO TX April 30 2011 — A nightclub bouncer on the south side allegedly got into a heated fight with his employer over money, leading to a stabbing.
The incident happened after 4 a.m. Wednesday in the 3200 block of Mission Road.
Police said the victim got into a vicious brawl over money he claims his boss owes him. During a verbal altercation, officers at the scene say the boss pulled out a knife and allegedly stabbed his employee in the stomach.
The victim was transported by EMS to the hospital. Police are carrying this case as a fight. Criminal charges are pending.
Nashville TN April 30 2011 Reported crime rose in Nashville last year, for the first time since 2006.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on Thursday released its final crime statistics for 2010, showing an overall 3.4 percent decrease in crime statewide. But while the state and nearby Middle Tennessee counties saw general declines, Nashville saw a slight overall increase, including a 37 percent jump in all reported sex crimes and a 21 percent jump in burglaries, a crime that has stymied police.
Mayor Karl Dean declined to comment on the crime statistics, instead deferring to Metro police.
“Chief Anderson, the deputy chiefs and precinct commanders discuss crime trends and strategies each Friday,” spokesman Don Aaron said. “It has been and continues to be the police department’s mission to enhance safety and reduce crime in neighborhoods throughout Nashville.”
Tennessee overall saw double-digit declines in several property crime categories and a 13 percent drop in homicides.
“Law enforcement in general works diligently every day, and when you see the overall number of crimes reported across the state drop even slightly, that’s encouraging,” said Kristin Helm, spokeswoman for TBI.
Nashville’s neighborhoods in late 2010 were under siege from brazen burglars who would break in during broad daylight, clean out homes and be gone before alarms or neighbors could alert police.
Christian Paro, 32, was one such victim. On Nov. 13, his girlfriend returned to their East Nashville home to find something terribly wrong.
“She came in; the front door was locked. But she noticed things didn’t look right,” Paro said. “The TV in the living room was missing; the back door was open. She went upstairs and saw all the drawers were rummaged through, her jewelry chest.”
They were shocked by the timing of the burglary. It was about 10:30 a.m. on a sunny Saturday. He has since installed an alarm but was burglarized a second time on April 12.
The city also saw jumps in sex crimes, though the department declined to address the increase, saying there could be problems with the TBI’s data.
“MNPD staff is presently reviewing and reconciling police data with (TBI) figures,” Aaron said.
Questions have been raised about the department’s practice of filing away some cases — sex crime allegations included — as noncrime “matter of record” reports that don’t appear in statistics. In January, Metro police announced they would be recategorizing scores of sex crime allegations to actual crimes after re-evaluating the cases.
Metro police are still awaiting an overall audit of the department’s crime statistics, which have similarly come under question over the past several years.
Sumner crime drops
Neighboring counties saw crime remain flat or decline, with Sumner leading the pack.
Sumner County Sheriff Sonny Weatherford said his detectives had great success in 2010 in busting burglary cases, which helped contribute to a 14 percent decline in property crimes.
“We have really stepped up our patrols and are working the areas where, if we have one burglary, we kind of saturate that area and work those neighborhoods for the next week or so,” Weatherford said.
Weatherford said Sumner County’s growth will reach a tipping point where his department will need more deputies to keep pace with expected demands.
It’s a similar story in Williamson County, which saw the raw number of crimes increase but a lower crime rate because of an increased population.
“We have just an X amount of deputies to go around, and that hasn’t grown in a while,” said Deputy Rod Shoap of the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office.
As for Paro, he’s not giving up on his East Nashville home, in spite of seeing more crime in his neighborhood.
“I’m not going anywhere,” he said. “But I am getting a dog. A Doberman pinscher.
Harper Woods MI April 30 2011 Two men are in custody today after one pulled a handgun on a police officer in a parking lot near Eastland Center in Harper Woods, police say.
Harper Woods Deputy Police Chief Jim Burke tells The Detroit Free Press security officers at the shopping center, located near Kelly Road and Eight Mile, reported two men suspected of being intoxicated staggering outside a home improvement store at 11 a.m. Harper Woods Police Lt. Rob Hunter, who was nearby, drove into the lot, where he spotted one man urinating next to a car.
The newspaper reports Hunter approached one of the men as they were walking away, and then the man reached into his waistband and pulled out a handgun, but Hunter was able to get it away from him.
Burke could not be reached for comment by MLive.com at this time.
The shooting occurs about a month after mall officials announced a partnership with K9 Academy to incorporate to start a K9 Patrol initiative “to enhance the safety and security at the mall.”
This is at least the third reported situation involving a firearm at the mall in the past six months or so.
In November, a dispute between two rival groups of teenagers escalated into gunfire when members of one of the groups opened fire inside Eastland, critically injuring one teenager and a clothing store worker.
And just two months before the shooting inside the mall, a 30-year-old man was killed in the facility’s parking lot.
According to CBSDetroit.com, the man was sitting in his car when another car pulled next to him, and someone inside began shooting. The victim was shot multiple times, and Harper Woods EMS pronounced him dead at the scene.
Eastland opened in 1957 and currently has nearly 90 storefronts.
According to the warrants, N.C. Secretary of State Trademark Enforcement Agent Derek Wiles of North Wilkesboro and Officer Joe Buchanan of the of the N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement Hickory District office arrested Tevinn Leron Pair, 18, of Orangeburg, S.C., Chris Jody Dwight, 16, of Columbia, S.C., Paul Taylor, 25, of Kannapolis, and Jevon M. Barber, 28, of Eastover, S.C.
The four, according to records, were parked behind one of the apartment buildings at Windemere Apartments on Collegiate Drive at 11 p.m. Officers said that the four were probably waiting to sell the shirts to fans leaving the campus after the performance by the Zac Brown Band, and that none of the shirts had been sold when the four were apprehended.
Officers said that the screen printing on the variety of shirts, as well as the shirts, were poor quality. Counterfeit shirts are usually sold for $5 to $10. Licensed Zac Brown Band shirts of similar designs sold at the MerleFest Mall were priced at $25.
The four were charged with felony criminal use of a counterfeit trademark on merchandise with a retail value of $5,775 (based on the $25 retail price). They were processed through the Wilkes County Jail and are being held under a $15,000 secured bond pending first appearance hearings this morning.
Wilkes Community College security officers assisted with the arrest and seizures, along with officers from the Wilkesboro Police Department, Wilkes County Sheriff’s Department and North Wilkesboro Police Departments who are working for WCC Security during the festival.
Officers from the N.C. Secretary of State’s Counterfeit Task Force work undercover at special events such as MerleFest and will be here through Sunday.
Licensed products, including T-shirts and other apparel, and CDs, are available at the MerleFest Mall on the WCC campus.
Sanford police today released a recording of a 911 call made in the terrifying minutes after the two masked men robbed three church band members and a pastor Wednesday night at Iglesia Apostólica, 2599 Sanford Ave.
The band was practicing about 9 p.m. when the robbers burst in, said Sgt. David Morgenstern, a police spokesman. The robbers stole wallets, car keys, cash and credit cards.
The Spanish-speaking man, who was assisted by a translator on the call, said nobody had been hurt during the incident. He also said that the robbers had been dressed in all black, and that nobody at the church saw whether they took a vehicle
Church members were forced into a back room, Morgenstern said.
Investigators used dogs and a Seminole County sheriff’s helicopter, but they could not locate the robbers. Police dusted for prints.
“One print can take us a long way, so hopefully we’ll get something out of that,” Morgenstern said.
Anyone who saw anything suspicious at the church, which is near 26th Street, is asked to call police. The number is 407-688-5070.