Detectives held a news conference Friday morning, hoping to encourage witnesses to come forward and convince business owners to take appropriate steps with their security.
“Be aware who is in your parking lot, in your business,” said Metro Police Capt. Patrick Neville. “We’re asking if you do see somebody suspicious or if you see a vehicle circling your business and you think that’s not right, lock your door and keep your patrons inside.
A description of the two men wasn’t provided and they could be difficult to spot because they cover their faces with bandanas during the robberies.
So far, no one has been hurt. At least 20 businesses, ranging from fast food restaurants to strip mall stores, have been robbed at locations around the Las Vegas valley.
Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.
Las Vegas NV.April 19 2010 A community center security guard is dead and Las Vegas police are seeking three assailants.
Police say the security officer was shot and killed late Sunday at the Pearson Community Center near Comstock Drive and Carey Avenue in North Las Vegas.
Las Vegas police Lt. Lewis Roberts says the guard was shot several times and police are looking for as many as three assailants.
The name of the security officer has not been released.
Three Detroit men, including a TSA agent, were charged Thursday in connection with a series of fast food restaurant robberies over the past month.
Elgin Earl Taylor, 23, Reginald Oliver Jones, 23, and Quantrez Rapheal Sawyer , 30, were arraigned on four counts of armed robbery in the 39th District Court in Roseville.
The charges stem from the robbery of a White Castle on April 9 and a McDonald’s on Wednesday.
Sawyer has been identified as the Transportation Security Administration employee, stating in court that he “works for homeland security, the TSA.”
Sawyer, employed as a passenger screener/security officer, told the judge he’s been with the TSA for nearly eight years.
Thursday, the TSA issued the following statement about Sawyer’s arrest:
“TSA is aware of the arrest and will take appropriate action as necessary. The individual has been removed from screening passengers and property. This incident in no way reflects on the dedication and professionalism shown by the TSA workforce as a whole, who work tirelessly every day to keep traveling public safe.”
The robbery suspects were seen in one piece of restaurant surveillance tape wearing the same blue gloves that TSA officers use. Police believe the gloves came from Sawyer.
“I was a little surprised,” said Donna Lamphere, a distribution superintendent for White Castle restaurants. “They (gloves) looked like surgical gloves, something from the hospital.”
Police said they are investigating whether the trio is responsible for up to 30 similar cases at fast food restaurants in Fraser, Clinton Township, St. Clair Shores, Warren and Southfield.
St. Clair Shores police said a McDonald’s near 13 Mile Road and Harper Avenue was targeted at about 3 a.m.Tuesday by two men who broke in and tied up three employees at gunpoint.
No money was taken and the whole incident was caught on surveillance cameras.
Southfield police said a Little Caesar’s pizza restaurant in the 19000 block of W. 12 Mile Road was robbed at gunpoint on April 10 by two men who were dressed in black with what appear to be surgical gloves and masks.
Clinton Township police said a Subway restaurant at Groesbeck Highway and Kelly Road was robbed on March 29 around 9:30 p.m. by two men wearing surgical gloves.
Hungry Howie’s manager Larry Robertson was working when the Warren restaurant was robbed recently.
“They came plowing through the doors and jumped the counter real quick,” he said.
None of the restaurant employees have been harmed during the robberies, but police said they are concerned because the robberies have involved guns.
The robbers were seen on surveillance wearing red or black hooded sweatshirts, surgical gloves and covered their faces with either masks or bandannas.
Lamphere said the charges make her wonder about security at the airport.
“Who is checking my bag? And are they maybe letting people go through who are not supposed to be going through?” said Lamphere.
TSA officials said they do background checks on employees but the agency would not comment further about Sawyer’s case.
The teacher, Alan Robinson, would have students use their personal ID number to buy a school lunch, and then have them bring the lunch to his class for him, having no intention of paying for it.
Robinson admitted to the larceny.
He was arrested for three counts of petit larceny and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child– both are misdemeanors.
He was released on an appearance ticket to appear in Auburn City Court on Tuesday April 13th.
The police were originally notified as a result of a parent complaint about unauthorized charges on their child’s school lunch account.
The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible.
A security guard was injured Monday morning when a gunman opened fire in the parking lot of a Haygood nightclub, police said Tuesday.
The shooting was the second in the past week near Hartz Cafe, at 1049 Independence Blvd. Both incidents occurred between 2:15 and 2:30 a.m., and both involved a gunman shooting from a vehicle.
The first occurred March 30, when three men were heading away from Hartz Cafe in a Ford Explorer, police said.
Another vehicle pulled up next to the SUV, and one of its passengers fired shots, hitting the Explorer’s front passenger in the face, police said.
In the second shooting Monday, the security guard suffered a gunshot wound to his foot, and two cars were damaged, said Officer Margie Hobbs, a police spokeswoman.
The security guard and the Explorer’s passenger are expected to survive, police said.
Local police and state troopers are looking for the vehicles that transported the shooter in both cases. They’re still investigating a possible motive for the shootings.
Police have responded to 18 calls at Hartz Cafe so far this year, said Officer Adam Bernstein, a spokesman for the Police Department.
The city’s Establishment Review Task Force is looking into the nightclub, he said.
A spokesman for the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control said Tuesday there have been no complaints or citations against Hartz Cafe recently.
The club’s owner did not return a phone call requesting comment.
By: RICK MCCANN/Staff
The two suspects walked into a drug store on 20th Street in The Heights and were surprised by the security guard who confronted them.
Investigators say that the security officer struggled with the suspects, but the duo managed to escape with the guards gun.
The robbers left the store without anything other than the security officer’s gun and the security officer received minor injuries police say.
For unknown reasons, a gunman was parked in front of the business in a dark Chevy Yukon or Tahoe, fired once at the victim hitting him on the right hand, according to San Bernardino County Sheriff ’s officials.
The suspect fled out of the parking lot on to westbound Bear Valley Road. The victim’s injuries are not life threatening.
Anyone with additional information should call the Victorville Sheriff’s Station at 760-241-2911.
State police said casino security at the MGM Grand spotted Melvin Wilson, 29, of 1000 Division St. in Great Barrington, Mass., walking through the casino about 2:30 a.m. with two bags from a hotel room not registered to him. Among items in the bags were towels, the contents of a mini bar, an iron, lightbulbs and batteries from the television remote control, police said.
After he was approached by security, police said Wilson admitted taking the items. Released on a $500 bond, Wilson is scheduled to appear March 25 in New London Superior Court.
“I wanted him to pay for the crime,” said DMS Security Officer Roberto Guach, 37, yesterday of the arrest of Pedro Alicea, 41, of Baldwin Avenue, who police say was arrested yesterday on charges of theft, wrongful impersonation and fraudulent use of a credit card. “It feels great.”
The case began on Feb. 21 at Azucar Restaurant on Washington Boulevard, where Guach and his wife celebrated their anniversary and Alicea was working as a bouncer.
Guach said not long after taking out his wallet for a tip at the coat check area he realized it was gone, reports said. He canceled all but one of his credit cards; that company had a computer glitch.
Within 10 hours, there were more than $650 in purchases.
Azucar owner Nick Vazquez said he pays a New York company to provide security and that Alicea was subbing for the restaurant’s regular bouncer that night.
The card was used at the Colony Shopping area on Grand Street to buy a TV, fast food, and more than $100 of liquor, Guach said. It was used at two gas stations on Tonnelle Avenue to buy gas, a carton of cigarettes and water.
Finally, the card was used at the Hard Grove Cafe on Grove Street and for four meals at the Coach House Diner in North Bergen. Guach said he got security video from the Citgo station and the Coach House and recognized the bouncer from Azucar spending his money.
Guach told police, who began trying to identify the bouncer.
Then, on Feb. 28, Guach was at Boca Grande Lounge Downtown and saw the man smoking outside and called police, reports said. Officers responded and arrested Alicea on three outstanding domestic violence warrants, reports said.
But Alicea was free before a warrant was issued on the credit card charges, so Guach went back to work. He got the license plate number of the bouncer’s vehicle and gave it to police, he said.
Detectives learned two tickets were issued to the car at Monmouth and Mercer streets recently and checked the area several times this week, Guach said. Yesterday morning, they spotted the vehicle parked there and staked it out for an hour before Alicea returned and was arrested.
Guach worked at The Jersey Journal for more than a decade, until recently. He is now posted at the Office of Administrative Law Court House in Newark and he supervises the guards at the newspaper.
Arnold is suspected of embezzling $800 of park fees between September and November 2009 and falsifying deposit slips to cover up the missing cash, police said in a news release late Friday.
Police began an investigation after being contacted by the city’s Human Resources Department, which had been notified by a park ranger of inconsistencies in how park fees were handled, the release said.
The Natural Resources park ranger initiated an audit of receipts collected at Gateway Park. The ranger responsibilities included collecting parking and other use receipts for Gateway Park and delivering them to the Natural Resources office, where Arnold prepared written documents and deposited the receipts, police said.
The investigation uncovered several instances where Arnold allegedly falsified deposit tickets by misapplying checks to the Gateway parking account to cover up missing cash, according to the release.
Arnold was placed on administrative leave Thursday and turned herself in to the Larimer County Detention Center on Friday, City Manager Darin Atteberry said.
Court records show that a $1,500 personal recognizance bond was set for Arnold.
Arnold was originally hired by the city in June 2002 and left city employment in good standing in August 2005, according to the police news release.
She was re-hired by the Natural Resources Department in September 2008.
Caveon has 7 years of experience in investigative test results for more than 100 clients. Commission chair Gary Price, a market managing partner at the Atlanta branch of PriceWaterhouseCoopers, says the group chose Caveon in part to prove the investigation will be independent.
“This commission has no objective other than to get the facts and whatever those facts are guide us in our recommendations,” said Price.
While most observers are interested in finding a reason for the test erasures, Caveon’s first priority is reviewing APS’ cheating policy. Price wants the company to review the policy and recommendation possible changes before APS students take the CRCT this year. Those recommendations are due early next month.
As for the cheating investigation, the state has set a May 17th deadline for those results. Caveon President John Fremer says it’s a quick turnaround. He jokingly told the Commission he’ll have to start the investigation on the plane leaving Atlanta.
A short amount of time is not the only unique factor of the investigation. Fremer says typical test investigations requiring looking at erasures, year to year gain scores and other information.
“What makes this stand out is focusing on erasures. So, we’re going to put all of our technology, crafts, science into that topic,” said Fremer.
Fremer, who seems to enjoy his work, said he sees the Atlanta investigation as a real challenge.
“I can’t wait to see that data because right now it’s a mystery. How there could be so many wrong to right erasures is not plausible. No interpretation anyone has given me seems credible,” said Fremer.
Caveon is headquarted in Utah. The company has conducted investigations for the College Board and 5 other states.
An unarmed burglary suspect was shot and killed by a Metro police officer Friday after pulling a shiny metal object out of his pocket while the two were fighting. It was an iPod.
Reginald Dewayne Wallace, 40, died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center after he was shot by Officer Joe Shelton at 1026 Villa Place, a home in the gentrifying Edgehill neighborhood near Music Row.
It was the second time in 24 hours that a suspect was shot by a Metro officer. The suspect in that first shooting is in stable condition at Vanderbilt.
Police say Wallace broke into a home at 1037 14th Ave. S. around 10:45 a.m. Friday morning. The resident was home, heard a loud crash and called police.
Wallace ran from the scene when police showed up. Officers chased him, but lost sight of him on Villa Place. Shelton, a 21-year police veteran, released his dog, Memphis, to find Wallace, who was hiding under a deck at the Villa Place home.
The dog bit Wallace and didn’t let go, even when the man crawled out from under the deck and tried to climb over a privacy fence.
While Wallace was trying to climb the fence, Shelton grabbed him and the two began fighting. Police said Wallace ignored repeated warnings and instead reached for a silver object in his pocket.
Shelton believed he was in danger and shot Wallace, according to police.
Second fatal shooting by officer
It’s the second time the officer has been involved in a fatal shooting. In 2007, Shelton shot and killed an 18-year-old man who was robbing a Mapco station on Dickerson Pike. In that case the man pointed a gun at Shelton but did not fire it, according to Tennessean reports. The officer was cleared in that case.
Shelton is a decorated officer — he was recognized in 2007 for helping capture a convicted murderer who opened fire on Officer Danita Marsh while she was on domestic violence call.
Police said Shelton is on routine administrative assignment while the case is investigated.
Wallace, who lived in North Nashville, had been convicted of burglary three times. He was on probation for a November 2009 conviction and had been arrested 31 times on 24 charges including resisting arrest.
iPod was stolen
Police recovered the stolen iPod on the ground near Wallace; a 52-inch flat-screen TV taken during the burglary was recovered in a nearby shed.
Next-door neighbor Matt Kovar was home when the shooting took place but said he didn’t know what happened until after police arrived.
“I was up in my room and I heard what sounded like banging on my door, so I got up to see what was going on,” he said. “I looked out my back window and saw cop cars. I thought it was a car accident.”
It’s the second time in two days Metro police have shot a suspect during a scuffle.
At about 5:30 Thursday evening, Officer Michael Hunnicutt shot Pedro Valencia Barragan, 31, after Barragan stabbed Officer John Timm. The officers were answering a domestic violence call.
Timm was released from the hospital Friday. Barragan faces two charges of attempted murder.
Davis remained in the critical-care unit on Wednesday, March 10, but was upgraded from critical to fair condition, Atrium spokeswoman Wendy Parks said.
Middletown City Schools spokeswoman Debbie Alberico said Davis, 61, and Principal James Thomas had chased a student who ran into the street, and that not long after carrying the student back to the building, Davis collapsed. School nurse Sally Kash used a portable defibrillator and assisted in CPR with four other staff members until paramedics arrived, Alberico said.
Davis is known for heading the city’s summer Safety Town program in conjunction with the Middletown Police Department and Middletown Safety Council. The program, heading into its 32nd year, focuses on traffic, bus and car safety for kindergartners.
“It is considered a rite for passage for kids all over the city,” said Kristy Duritsch, director of the Middletown Safety Council. “They grow up hearing about it and can’t wait until it’s their turn.”
Duritsch visited Davis at the hospital Tuesday night and said she received word Wednesday that he was “alert and talking.”
Davis’ way with students is a vital part of the school, according to physical education teacher Su Burns. “He gets down on one knee to talk to them,” Burns said. “He knows them all by name. They call out his name whenever they see him. And, I think he feeds off of that, too. We just want him back.”
The Prince George’s County, Md. police department is mourning the loss of one of their own. Officer Thomas P. Jensen, 27, passed away Tues., March 9 as a result of injuries suffered while responding to an emergency call on February 27, 2010.
According to a department press release, Officer Jensen was critically injured while responding to a call to assist the fire department with a disorderly person reportedly under the influence of PCP. He struck a sheet of black ice which caused his vehicle to crash into a telephone pole.
Officer Jensen was treated in the Intensive Care Unit at Prince George’s Hospital Center following the crash, and died there at approximately 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Officer Jensen was a five-year veteran of the department and was assigned to the Hyattsville District Station, Squad 22. He is the son of retired Sergeant Tom Jensen and leaves behind his wife of five months, Kristelle.
“Officer Jensen was a beloved member of our police family and his loss is a huge blow to all of us,” Chief Roberto Hylton said in a prepared statement. “I worked with Officer Jensen’s father and remember when Officer Jensen was born This loss is made all the more difficult because of the close ties with the Jensen family. Officer Jensen grew up in Prince George’s County; he is truly one of our own.”
Kansas City police was also called for assistance when the security officer discovered that one of the men was armed with a handgun.
Police said that they arrested the three men for trespassing and gun charges are also pending against at least one of those arrested.
Police are continuing their investigation and did not release the names of those arrested.
A gun was found at the school in January and administrators sent out a letter to parents and said they raised their security presence.
A Macon man was found dead in his SUV at the Walmart parking lot on Gray highway Saturday night, Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said.
That’s in East Macon near Shurling Drive.
Arthur Williams, 69, was found dead in a black Ford Explorer with his engine running and the heater on, around 5 p.m. by a Walmart shopper, said Jones.
“The shopper waved down a security guard who called police,” he said.
Jones does not know the time of death but believes Williams was likely alive Friday because dining receipts with his name dated for Feb. 12 were found in the SUV.
The cause of death is unknown at this time but Jones said he suspects carbon monoxide poisoning.
Jones said he does not suspect foul play was involved.
An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.
By: Rick McCann/Staff
When the officers arrived on the scene they contacted the security officers who told them that a patient, John Landis refused to leave the facility after being discharged.
The additional 40 temporary officers that the department adds each summer have proven vital to controlling crowds and traffic that come with the influx of seasonal residents, tourists and workers each year, but the program has also been marred by a few troublesome incidents.
Civil-rights suit likely settledIn 2007, it was a summer police officer who was involved in the initial confrontation with a group of black teenagers on Broad Street that escalated into a confused and disorganized police response and an eventual civil-rights lawsuit against the town.
Last summer, a group of surfers cited what they believed to be inappropriate conduct by a summer special beach officer who attempted to stop them from going into the water in the aftermath of Hurricane Bill.
Under the new plan, the department’s summer employees would be reduced to 30 individuals, and they would no longer be sworn officers, stripping them of any law-enforcement powers, Pittman said.
Even the look of the summer officers would change, Pittman said, as their uniforms would no longer have “Police” written across the back.
The concept would be to rely on the community-service officers as the eyes and ears of the department, requiring them to enforce noncriminal town bylaws and parking regulations, but leaving the heavy lifting to full-time, sworn police officers of the town.
“This, in a sense, is part of the fallout from the Broad Street situation,” Pittman said. “We have been analyzing everything we do down here, and over the last year we watched closely at what exactly the summer specials were doing, as far as their duties and responsibilities.
“Every year there’s more and more things that keep coming up,” Pittman continued. “Policing’s very complicated today, even for someone who went to the academy. So to expect summer specials to perform professionally with two weeks of training is beyond the realm of possibilities.”
The police department will now rely heavily on the community-service officers in the community relations field, almost as ambassadors for the island, Pittman said. The move coincides with other changes Pittman hopes to implement during the summer months, such as stationing a full-time officer on Broad Street and using full-time officers for beach patrol.
Despite concerns that the transition to community-service officers will place a heavier burden on the department’s full-time officers, and could hinder recruiting efforts in the future, Pittman said he felt it was the right move.
Several selectmen said they supported Pittman’s proposal, including chairman Michael Kopko and Brian Chadwick, a retired police officer himself.
“I do agree with it and think it’s a step in the right direction,” Kopko said. “I’ve heard a lot of people comment about the number of police around in the summer.
“I think that we’re in the business of tourism and a welcoming, community-service-oriented summer police force is a great thing. I think it’s hard for a summer police officer here, with two weeks of training, to be able to do what a professional, full-time officer knows how to do. I think the chief is on the right track.”
“I see no problem with it and little difference from the way it used to be with the meter maids,” he said
Gwinnett County Jail Westley Strellis, 23, of Lawrenceville, is accused of smashing more than 24 TVs at the Walmart on Lawrenceville Highway in Lilburn. The TVs are reported to be valued at more than $22,000, police said
Strellis of Lilburn was arrested without a fight after he picked up an aluminum baseball bat from the sporting goods aisle, then methodically bashed 29 TVs.
A store security camera captured a man walking casually down the TV aisle of the store on Lawrenceville Highway as he took one swing after another. A half-dozen fidgety onlookers stood at the end of the aisle, some of them backing away as he approached.
Finally, he flipped the bat away and sat on the floor.
When a Lilburn police officer approached later, Strellis was still sitting there, and he extended his arms and gestured for the officer to put handcuffs on him, according to a police report of the incident obtained by the AJC.
The arresting officer, Alex Hunt, found a bottle of prescription medicine in Strellis’ pocket. Strellis told Hunt the medication, Effexor XR, was a treatment for depression.
Patients who use the drug should “be watched for becoming agitated, irritable, hostile, aggressive, impulsive, or restless,” according to the Web site of the drug maker.
Strellis, 24 (police said Wednesday that he was 23, but the police report says he is 24), was taken to the Gwinnett County jail and charged with 29 counts of criminal damage to property in the second degree. The police report said the damage totaled $22,887.
The Pennsylvania State Police at Honesdale is investigating a Retail Theft of $4,000 worth of merchandise from Wal-Mart, Texas Township, on Sunday January 31, 2010 at 6:20 a.m.
Surveillance footage shows the actor to be a black male who entered the store and removed 15 digital cameras along with other electronic merchandise.
State Police released the information on Thursday (Feb. 11).
The surveillance pictures of the suspect and his vehicle were recorded at various times, beginning at almost midnight, Saturday (Jan. 30).
Anyone with information is asked to contact Trooper Michael Joyce, Honesdale barracks.
Mary J. Doolin, 60, was arrested Wednesday in connection with a Sept. 29 incident in Coralville.
Police said the woman sent her daughter, Debra Voshell, to meet an undercover officer who had contacted her during a prostitution investigation. According to police, the daughter, 37, was later charged with pandering.
Police said the mother admitted to running a prostitution ring for a number of years and has prior convictions for pimping and prostitution.
The woman was being held Thursday in the Johnson County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.
By: Brett Davis/Staff
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Police investigators charged William Zucca, 58, of Rochester, the Media & Communications teacher at RTCC, with the felony and he was held overnight on $50,000 bail pending arraignment.
Investigators say they are searching for further pornographic material and that the investigation is on-going.
Police allege Raymond M. Roeber, 23, of Tompkins Street, Pittston, failed to stop for a traffic violation on state Route 315 and abandoned his vehicle on East Main Street just before 12:30 a.m.
Roeber ran through the casino’s parking lot and scaled a fence near the race track where he was apprehended.
Police said they found several syringes inside Roeber’s vehicle.
Roeber was charged with eight counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of driving under the influence and one count each of escape, fleeing or attempting to escape, resisting arrest, driving with a suspended license and several vehicle violations. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $20,000 total bail.
Roeber was wanted by Wilkes-Barre Township police on charges of retail theft and criminal conspiracy in connection with his alleged role in stealing televisions from the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Dec. 28.
According to the criminal complaint: Roeber was observed weaving in traffic on state Route 315 at about 12:15 a.m. He turned onto East Main Street driving into oncoming traffic and the catch basin along the roadway.
After he was apprehended, Roeber struggled with an officer until he was handcuffed. He told the officer that he smoked marijuana and injected cocaine.
Police said Roeber refused to submit to a blood-chemical test.
Roeber told police he attempted to escape because he knew he was wanted by authorities.
Wilkes-Barre Township police allege in arrest records that Roeber, Jason Rodney Shearer, 33, of Avoca and David Callahan, 31, of Pittston conspired to steal four televisions from Wal-Mart on Dec. 28.
Roeber and Callahan distracted the store’s greeter while Shearer allegedly walked out of the store with two televisions, police allege.
The three men returned to Wal-Mart later in the day, according to arrest records, and were stopped by a security officer while removing two televisions from the store.
Callahan is facing two counts of retail theft in Luzerne County Court.
Shearer is facing charges of retail theft and criminal conspiracy. He has not been captured.
Roeber is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on the pursuit and possession charges on Feb. 16 before District Judge Diana Malast in Plains Township, and on Feb. 17 before District Judge Michael Dotzel on the retail theft charges.
The investigation found that Olson filed a fraudulent workers’ compensation claim and a false police report alleging multiple injuries and stating he was hit in the student parking lot by a another student driving a car. There were no witnesses to the injury. However, the parking lot was monitored by a surveillance camera, and the surveillance tape from the school’s camera did not show him being hit by a car. Olson previously entered a plea of not guilty and then entered a different plea of guilty or no contest of insurance fraud.
Following the guilty pleas, Olson was sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to make restitution through Keenan to the Alameda County Schools’ Insurance Group for $8,726.09. Olson was also required to pay $1,000 to the Workers’ Compensation Fraud Assessment Commission and an additional $178 in criminal and civil fines. Olson will also serve 30 days in county jail.
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“He had actually gone so far as to position himself under one of the surveillance cameras at the store,” said Dallas police spokesman Senior Cpl. Kevin Janse.
Investigators said it appears the man knew an armored car was about to make a pickup at the West Dallas location.
“For him to loiter outside that particular business, there’s a good chance he may have known there was going to be a delivery,” Janse said.
When the guards got out of their armored car, the robber pointed a gun at one of them and demanded money. The guard dropped the bag, the robber grabbed the money and took off running.
There was a similar robbery last month at a dollar store in South Dallas. It involved the same armored car company, Garda.
That crime also happened in broad daylight and the circumstances are almost exactly the same.
“There are some similarities that we will definitely take a look at,” Janse said.
In Monday’s robbery, the suspect dropped his bag and a beanie he was wearing on his head; they hope that can provide DNA evidence that will lead them to the perpetrator.
A witness saw the suspect jump into a black Cadillac CTS with paper license plates.
The suspect is described as a black male around 25 years old. He’s about 5’-8” tall and weighs 160 lbs. He was wearing a fluffy jacket with a black knit cap and dark pants.
The man was carrying a blue steel semi-automatic handgun. Police say anyone with information should contact the FBI at 972-559-5000.
Sara L. Strahm, 28, was arrested on Friday in connection with an incident involving a 17-year-old girl, said Sgt. Paul Thompson.
The investigation began a week ago when school officials notified police about an allegation of sexual misconduct against Strahm.
Police said Strahm had been in a relationship with the girl since this fall.
“The child seduction charge is based on the fact that the coach is in a position of trust because she was involved in a sexual relationship with a student under the age of 18,” Thompson said.
Strahm, a special education teacher at the school, is the varsity girls’ basketball coach.
School officials would not confirm if the girl involved was a student or a basketball player, but said Strahm had been placed on paid administrative leave.
Some parents said they were concerned by the allegations.
“A lot of these parents work a lot of hours, and a coach is like a second family,” said Joe Johnson. “When you get that trust and you break that, it’s really disturbing.”
Police urged anyone with more information to come forward.
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The Broward Sheriff’s Office says 17-year-old Harry Velez is charged with first-degree murder, while 19-year-old Brady John Fisher is charged with one count of accessory after the fact.
Authorities say the two tried to rob two men outside an apartment Saturday when they fired shots. One man died at the hospital. The other is expected to fully recover.
A security guard in a gated apartment complex nearby noticed two shirtless men jump into a car. The guard recorded the license plate number and passed it on to investigators.
Homicide detectives used the number to locate the teens. They were arrested Sunday night.