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Stray Bullet Kills Boy Watching “Wreck-It Ralph”

Wreck-It Ralph

Wreck-It Ralph

Mys­tery con­tin­ues to sur­round the fatal shoot­ing of a 10-year-old boy who was watch­ing Wreck-It Ralph in a south­ern Mex­ico City theater.

Hen­drik Cuacuas died two days after a Novem­ber 2 shoot­ing when he, his father and 12-year-old sis­ter were view­ing the ani­mated Dis­ney film, accord­ing to an con­tin­u­ing police inves­ti­ga­tion and local media reports.

Cinepo­lis, the chain own­ing the the­ater, was a Twit­ter top trend Tuesday.

Strangely, the boy’s father and oth­ers in the the­ater said that they did not hear any gunshots.

Hen­drik was hit in the head by a 9-mm bul­let at the the­atre in the rough neigh­bor­hood of Izta­palapa, pros­e­cu­tor Edmundo Gar­rido said Tuesday.

Accord­ing to an autopsy report, the vic­tim was shot from four to six feet away. It said that the bul­let entered the front of his head. Oddly, how­ever, the coro­ner was quoted as say­ing that the shooter was not nec­es­sar­ily stand­ing in front of the victim.

The boy’s father, Enrique Cuacuas, told inves­ti­ga­tors and radio sta­tion Radio W that his son was sit­ting on his right side in a full the­ater when, roughly half an hour into the screen­ing, he heard some­thing whiz past his ear, then the sound of a thud. Turn­ing to his right, he saw his son con­vuls­ing and bleed­ing from the head. He real­ized that his son had been shot.

Accord­ing to bal­lis­tics expert Anselmo Apo­daca, a bul­let passed through the building’s lam­i­nate roof, then through a sus­pended ceil­ing, and trav­eled to the upper right side of the boy’s head.

Hen­drik was rushed to a hos­pi­tal in crit­i­cal condition.

Cuacuas told Radio W that he learned sim­i­lar inci­dents had taken place in the same the­ater in the past. How­ever, he did not pro­vide proof.

The head of Cinepo­lis’ legal depart­ment, Pablo Jimenez, told Foro TV that there was an inci­dent in March, “also dif­fi­cult to explain… in which a per­son received an injury to the foot.” He said he did not know if the injury caused by a gunshot.

Police have closed the the­ater as the inves­ti­ga­tion continues.

Lorax” statue goes missing from Dr. Seuss’ home

"Lorax" statue goes missing from Dr. Seuss' home

Lorax

From there to here, from here to there, things are stolen everywhere.

This time, it’s a 300-pound, three-foot-high bronze statue of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, star of the recent ani­mated film of the same name.

It’s been swiped from the late author’s hill­side estate over­look­ing the Pacific Ocean in San Diego, police said Tues­day. It was reported miss­ing Mon­day morn­ing, said Lt. Andra Brown.

Police are try­ing to ascer­tain if the theft was related to the movie — star­ring the voices of Zac Efron and Tay­lor Swift — that’s still play­ing in theaters.

We don’t know if it’s just a prank because of the recent release of the movie, or if some­one thinks it’s going to be worth a buck or two because it’s a lot of (metal),” Brown said.

We’re just hop­ing that the sus­pects return it,” she added. “The Geisel fam­ily is just ask­ing that it be returned, and they don’t want to pur­sue the mat­ter any fur­ther. Which is not to say the police won’t.”

The statue dis­played the Lorax stand­ing on a tree stump with his arms outstretched.

Prop­erty man­ager Carl Romero told the U-T San Diego news­pa­per Tues­day that he found foot­prints indi­cat­ing the thieves had dragged the statue to an access road and hoisted it over a fence. Although he had seen the statue Sat­ur­day after­noon, Audrey Geisel — Dr. Seuss’ widow — noticed that it was miss­ing Mon­day morning.

Audrey Geisel still lives on the estate in the San Diego com­mu­nity of La Jolla, Cal­i­for­nia. Theodor Geisel, author of The Lorax and other best-selling kids’ books as Dr. Seuss, died in 1991 at 87.

The statue was one of two cast by Geisel’s step­daugh­ter, Lark Grey Dimond-Cate, said Brown. The other was donated to the Dr. Seuss National Memo­r­ial in Spring­field, Mass­a­chu­setts, the author’s hometown.

Evi­dence at the scene indi­cates that the thieves may have rolled the statue down the hill to a neigh­bor­ing prop­erty, then loaded it onto a wait­ing vehi­cle, said Brown.

I want very badly to get our lit­tle Lorax back home where he belongs,” said Dimond-Cate. “Wher­ever he is, he’s scared, lonely and hun­gry. He’s not just a hunk of metal to us. He was a fam­ily pet.”

She hopes that the Lorax’s recently revived fame is the rea­son for the theft. Oth­er­wide, Dimond-Cate said, the Lorax may have been stolen for the bronze.

I hope he hasn’t been taken across the bor­der into Tijuana for scrap,” she said. “Worst-case sce­nario, I’ll get the foundry to cre­ate another one, but he won’t be the same.”

The statue was stolen just before secu­rity cam­eras were installed, and few knew of its loca­tion, said Romero.

Audrey Geisel just wants the Lorax returned and doesn’t feel like pun­ish­ing any­one, Romero added.

You can’t sell it on eBay.”

No charge against officer who shot animator dead

Paul Boyd

Paul Boyd

There will be no charge against a Van­cou­ver police offi­cer who shot ani­ma­tor Paul Boyd, 39, eight times on the street, killing him, on the night of August 13, 2007.

Exten­sive inves­ti­ga­tions have led to no evi­dence sug­gest­ing that Const. Lee Chip­per­field used unnec­es­sary or exces­sive force in han­dling the inci­dent, Police Com­plaint Com­mis­sioner Stan Lowe said Monday.

Boyd, an ani­ma­tor with Global Mechanic, died from gun­shot wounds, includ­ing a bul­let to the head. Boyd, who had suf­fered from bipo­lar dis­or­der for two decades and had been severely depressed, allegedly attacked police with a bicy­cle chain. He was shot after a strug­gle with officers.

A direc­tor of Ed, Edd n’ Eddy, he was the ani­ma­tor behind the intro sequence on the series. He was a direc­tor of The Mr. Hell Show, and pro­vided ani­ma­tion for Gary Larson’s Tales From the Far Side and Mucha Lucha!

Boyd had taught first-semester clas­si­cal ani­ma­tion for the computer-generated ani­ma­tion course at the Van­cou­ver Film School. He was also direc­tor of ani­ma­tion and — with Matthew Charde — co-executive pro­ducer of “Eat and Move,” two hand-drawn Flash-animated tele­vi­sion PSAs for the Province of Alberta.

Chip­per­field was one of sev­eral offi­cers who answered a 911 call about a man’s strange behav­ior. He fired sev­eral shots at Boyd.

In 2010, a coroner’s inquest in 2010 heard that Chip­per­field fired the final shot, which hit Boyd’s head — even after his part­ner told him to hold fire and dis­armed the ani­ma­tor. Chip­per­field tes­ti­fied that he thought Boyd remained armed.

Chip­per­field said that said he fired a shot at Boyd’s head when he saw no blood from pre­vi­ous shots and thought that the ani­ma­tor had body armor on.

Boyd’s father has alleged that his son was on his hands and knees when he was shot.

British Colum­bia Civil Lib­er­ties Asso­ci­a­tion exec­u­tive direc­tor David Eby won­ders why it took five years for the case to con­clude. He also queried the use by the Office of the Police Com­plaint Com­mis­sioner of a psy­chol­o­gist who stated in a report that Chipperfield’s emo­tional reac­tion to the events and a restricted focus made him “inat­ten­tion­ally” blind.

Said Eby: “The only result of this five-year-long inves­ti­ga­tion is ever more tor­tured expla­na­tions for an officer’s actions in shoot­ing a dis­armed and badly injured man in the head.”

Muslim pleads guilty over Web “South Park” threat

South Park

South Park

Mus­lim con­vert Jesse Cur­tis Mor­ton pleaded guilty Thurs­day to using a Web site he cre­ated to post threats against South Park cre­ators Matt Stone and Trey Parker.

Jesse Cur­tis Mor­ton, 33, of Brook­lyn, admit­ted in court papers filed with his plea that his Rev­o­lu­tion Mus­lim site was an out­let for al-Qaida pro­pa­ganda. He also acknowl­edged that he used the now-defunct site to make thinly veiled threats against oth­ers whom he con­sid­ered ene­mies of Islam.

Mor­ton also uses the name Younus Abdul­lah Moham­mad. He worked closely with Zachary Adam Chesser, sen­tenced last year to 25 years in prison for the South Park threats and other crimes.

Days after Chesser was arrested in July 2010, and fear­ing that he’d be charged as well, Mor­ton left the United States and took a teach­ing job in Morocco. Arrested last Octo­ber in Morocco, he has been in cus­tody since then, mostly in soli­tary con­fine­ment at the Alexan­dria, Vir­ginia city jail.

Mor­ton posted the first issue of the al-Qaida mag­a­zine Inspire on his site in 2010, post­ing a dis­claimer say­ing it “should not be deemed that we are dis­play­ing any advice or sup­port, mate­r­ial or oth­er­wise, for any insti­tu­tion deemed ille­gal or ter­ror­is­tic by the U.S. gov­ern­ment and its thought police.”

The mag­a­zine included a spe­cific call from al-Qaida cleric Anwar al-Awlaki for the assas­si­na­tion of Seat­tle car­toon­ist Molly Nel­son, who had sug­gested “Every­body Draw Muham­mad Day” fol­low­ing the con­tro­versy over a 2010 South Park episode depict­ing the prophet Muham­mad in a bear cos­tume. Nel­son was forced to go into hid­ing; many Mus­lims con­sider draw­ings of Muham­mad to be offensive.

Mor­ton and Chesser worked closely on mak­ing state­ments respond­ing to the South Park con­tro­versy that they thought would be allowed legally, but which would still state a clear threat that would encour­age oth­ers to act vio­lently against Stone and Parker. The state­ments “pre­dicted” that South Park’s cre­ators would have the same fate as Dutch film­maker Theo Van Gogh, mur­dered in 2004 for mak­ing a movie that was deemed insult­ing to Islam. Ear­lier, Chesser posted a photo of Van Gogh’s corpse and the address of Com­edy Cen­tral, which airs South Park — and a sug­ges­tion that read­ers “pay a visit” to Stone and Parker.

He’s acknowl­edged he broke the law, and it’s just for him to face pun­ish­ment,” Morton’s lawyer, James Hund­ley, said after Thursday’s hear­ing. “He admit­ted cross­ing the line, though he was try­ing very hard not to.”

After the South Park affair, Mor­ton and Chesser dis­cussed the fact that “Rev­o­lu­tion Mus­lim” had become the 68th most searched term on Google. They also sought ways to take advan­tage of their expo­sure, an FBI affi­davit said.

In some ways, the South Park threats were prob­a­bly the least sig­nif­i­cant of the things that were hap­pen­ing” with Rev­o­lu­tion Mus­lim, said Assis­tant U.S. Attor­ney Gor­don Kromberg, who pros­e­cuted the case.

A Com­edy Cen­tral spokes­woman declined com­ment Thurs­day on Morton’s guilty plea.

Alleged “Elmer Fudd” bank robber appears in court

Daniel L. Teeples- alledged Elmer Fudd Bandit

Daniel L. Teeples– alledged Elmer Fudd Bandit

Called the “Elmer Fudd” ban­dit due to his rec­og­niz­able hunt­ing garb, an alleged ser­ial Clark County, Wash­ing­ton bank rob­ber made his first appear­ance Mon­day in court.

Police have said that Daniel L. Teeples, 39, was respon­si­ble for Decem­ber and Jan­u­ary rob­beries east of Inter­state 205 in Van­cou­ver, Wash­ing­ton. They gave the rob­ber his nick­name because dur­ing the heists, he always wore plaid shirts and a furry hat with ear flaps, sim­i­lar to the Looney Tunes character.

Supe­rior Court Judge Rich Mel­nick set bail at $200,000 for the defen­dant and his alleged get­away dri­ver, Anne L. Bradley, 31. How­ever, he ordered a sec­ond hear­ing Tues­day to estab­lish what evi­dence there is against both Van­cou­ver defendants.

Teeples is accused of seven rob­beries in east Van­cou­ver over two months. Bradley is alleged to have been an accom­plice to five.

The two “waived” a prob­a­ble cause report. This means that dur­ing their arrest, a police offi­cer didn’t have to write a report describ­ing the evi­dence against the pair.

How­ever, because the charges are so seri­ous, Mel­nick asked Deputy Pros­e­cu­tor Jeff McCarty to explain the alle­ga­tions. McCarty replied that he didn’t have the reports with all the facts of the case.

Spe­cially, the judge wanted to know what evi­dence there was for hold­ing the defen­dants in jail on sus­pi­cion of first-degree rob­bery. “Was there a weapon? Were there (demand) notes?” the judge asked.

McCarty said the case opened up when police caught the two defen­dants Thurs­day evening flee­ing a Bank of Amer­ica branch. Police found money and a money tracker on the pair. Dur­ing an inter­view with inves­ti­ga­tors, they admit­ted to the other rob­beries, McCarty said.

Beside’s Thursday’s holdup, police have impli­cated Teeples in the same branch of the US Bank on Decem­ber 16 and Jan­u­ary 18, a sec­ond branch of the US Bank on both Jan­u­ary 3 and 18, the Key Bank on Decem­ber 27, and the Bank of Amer­ica on Jan­u­ary 13.

Asked again about a weapon, McCarty said that he didn’t know. The judge then ordered the prosecutor’s office to sub­mit a prob­a­ble cause affi­davit by Tuesday.

Last Fri­day, the defen­dants missed their first sched­uled appear­ance because they were too ill from heroin with­drawals, a deputy pros­e­cu­tor said. Another hear­ing is set for this com­ing Fri­day, when the defen­dants are sched­uled to be arraigned.

Teeples and Bradley remain in Clark County Jail. The judge appointed attor­ney George Marl­ton to rep­re­sent Teeples and attor­ney Jef­frey Bar­rar to rep­re­sent Bradley.

Remarked Mel­nick, a for­mer deputy pros­e­cu­tor: “This is a mess.”

WA powice awwest suspected Elmer Fudd bank wobber

Elmer Fudd bank wobber

Elmer Fudd bank wobber

The sus­pected “Elmer Fudd” rob­ber was nabbed by a team of police Thurs­day night just after he ran from a bank to a get­away car in Van­cou­ver, Washington.

When offi­cers stopped in the park­ing lot, a man iden­ti­fied as Daniel L. Teeples, 39, was taken into cus­tody and accused of seven counts of first-degree rob­bery, said Van­cou­ver Police Depart­ment spokes­woman Kim Kapp. The dri­ver, iden­ti­fied as 31-year-old Anne Louise Bradley, 31, was charged with five counts of first-degree rob­bery, Kapp said.

Both were housed in the Clark County Jail.

The robber’s nick­name came from the cloth­ing that he habit­u­ally wore in each heist. Inves­ti­ga­tors said that they were look­ing for Elmer Fudd dur­ing their two-month probe. “We’ve been work­ing on this for some time,” Kapp said.

It’s com­mon in rob­beries to give the rob­ber a name. In this case, the name fit,” she added.

The Bank of Amer­ica had reported a rob­bery at about 5:30 p.m.

Through the inves­ti­ga­tion we were able to set up sur­veil­lance. We were right there,” said Kapp.

The inves­ti­ga­tion began last Decem­ber, grow­ing stronger when sev­eral Van­cou­ver banks were robbed through Jan­u­ary, Kapp said.

Detec­tives from the department’s Major Crimes Unit and offi­cers from the Neigh­bor­hood Response Team joined forces, she said: “They were there right after the bank was robbed.”

She added that after a man robbed a teller, he ran from the bank on foot with an uniden­ti­fied amount of money and entered the wait­ing vehicle.

Teeples will remain in jail, as he’s cur­rently too ill to make the court date.

It’s okay to say gang suspect looked like a Smurf

Smurf

Smurf (Not the actual one)

A rob­bery sus­pect may be feel­ing blue after an appeals court said Tues­day that a Yakima County, Wash­ing­ton judge could allow tes­ti­mony that he was dressed like a Smurf.

Ernesto Ruiz Cer­vantes, 21, is cur­rently serv­ing eight years in prison for attack­ing another youth in Wap­ato in a 2009 robbery.

The vic­tim tes­ti­fied that he was rid­ing his bike home just after mid­night on New Year’s Day when a car roared up behind him, caus­ing him to crash.

A young man he knew as “Smurf” jumped out the vehi­cle and, hold­ing a knife, demanded, “What do you bang?”

The unnamed vic­tim denied being in a gang. He tes­ti­fied that “Smurf” robbed him of his iPod and other pos­ses­sions and punched him in the head. Cer­vantes was pros­e­cuted after the vic­tim later iden­ti­fied him as “Smurf.”

Besides being iden­ti­fied with the car­toon Smurfs, blue is widely asso­ci­ated with Sureo gang members.

Cer­vantes com­plained in his appeal that tes­ti­mony about his nick­name and blue cloth­ing was prej­u­di­cial. Supe­rior Court Judge Michael McCarthy allowed it, thus, he lamented, con­sti­tuted an abuse of discretion.

Usu­ally, gang affil­i­a­tion would be pro­tected free speech, but might not be it it went to motive, said the Divi­sion III Court of Appeals in Spokane.

Pros­e­cu­tors used the tes­ti­mony about Cer­vantes being called “Smurf” only to estab­lish the iden­tity of the rob­ber, the court added.

The vic­tim and the police alike knew Cer­vantes as “Smurf.” He seems to dress like one as well, with blue shoes and a blue belt. Mush­rooms sim­i­lar to those in Smurfs engraved on his belt buckle.

The fact that the defen­dant was also dressed in Smurf attire when arrested fur­ther estab­lished the iden­tity of the rob­ber,” appeals court Judge Kevin Korsmo wrote.

The evi­dence was admis­si­ble and highly pro­ba­tive. The prej­u­di­cial impact was com­par­a­tively slight,” he added.

Guy displays his acorns at “Chipmunks” screening

Edward L. Brown

Edward L. Brown

David Seville can’t blame AAAALVINNN! for show­ing off last Thurs­day at a sub­ur­ban Chicago movie multiplex.

Instead, a 34-year-old man has been charged after he allegedly made an all-over appear­ance in front of kids watch­ing Alvin and the Chip­munks: Chip­wrecked.

Police in North River­side, Illi­nois were sent to North River­side Park Mall’s Clas­sic Cin­ema upon hear­ing of a man inside the the­ater in the alto­gether. Two offi­cers, who were patrolling inside the mall, responded within a minute.

When they arrived at The­ater No. 2, said police, they spot­ted Edward L. Brown, 34, sit­ting in his birth­day suit in the front row watch­ing the 4 p.m. screening.

Brown, a Chicago res­i­dent, walked in front of the audi­ence totally naked about 30 min­utes after the movie started, a wit­ness told police. He turned to face the crowd and stretched his hands (and pos­si­bly some other bod­ily parts). He went back to his seat after dis­play­ing his assets to 96 movie­go­ers, includ­ing many chil­dren, police said.

Police stated that they imme­di­ately began to usher patrons out, They then ordered Brown to put on some clothes. Brown was arrested with­out fur­ther inci­dent and escorted out the fire entrance.

The the­ater man­ager halted the Chip­munks flick and issued refunds or vouch­ers to another show.

Police reported that Brown told offi­cers that an unknown female had let him inside the the­ater for free. She allegedly told him to be seated in the front row, doff his rai­ment and wait for her so that they could have sex, smoke crack and do heroin.

How­ever, North River­side Police Chief Anthony Gar­vey said he couldn’t con­firm details of that. Brown’s state­ments to police were made after he was given his Miranda warn­ing, and North River­side police pol­icy bars the release of such statements.

Brown was charged with three felony counts of sex­ual exploita­tion of chil­dren, aged 4, 6 and 6; one mis­de­meanor count of sex­ual exploita­tion of a minor aged 14; and one mis­de­meanor count of dis­or­derly conduct.

At a May­brook cour­t­house hear­ing, a Cook County judge set Brown’s bail at $100,000. Brown remains in jail.

He next faces the pub­lic next Mon­day in the May­brook courthouse.

Rooby-Roo robber on the roose in St. Petersburg

Scooby Doo robbery

Scooby Doo robbery

Instead of help­ing that quar­tet of kids fight vil­lains, Scooby-Doo has joined the wrong side of the law in St. Peters­burg, Florida.

Detec­tives say that a sus­pect wear­ing a dis­tinc­tive brown Scooby-Doo ski mask robbed the Farm Store at 5511 Dr. MLK Street North on Decem­ber 9. They hope that some­one may rec­og­nize the mask and pro­vide infor­ma­tion on the suspect’s identity.

At about 3:22 p.m., the sus­pect entered the store and pointed a black semi-automatic hand­gun at the clerk, who allowed the sus­pect to take an unspec­i­fied amount of cash from the reg­is­ter. No sus­pect vehi­cle was seen.

The video doesn’t pro­vide a clear view of the suspect’s face, but does show him dis­guised as the famed quasi-Great Dane.

The sus­pect is described as a black male from 18 to 25 years old, 5’8″ to 5’10″ tall, 160 to 180 pounds, wear­ing a black short sleeve shirt over a white long sleeve shirt, beige knee-length shorts and black sneak­ers with white trim. He also wore gloves with a white design on the back and may have been wear­ing white ear buds for an MP3 player dur­ing the robbery.

Any­one with infor­ma­tion is asked to call the St. Peters­burg Police Depart­ment at (727) 893‑7780 or use the Tip Line at (727) 892‑5000.

A sur­veil­lance video of the rob­bery has been released by the police depart­ment at www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1PLiWLYLAM.

San Bernardino police seek help identifying toon

Cartoon Snippet

Car­toon Snippet

Inves­ti­ga­tors for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Depart­ment are seek­ing pub­lic assis­tance in iden­ti­fy­ing the car­toon shown on this TV screen, or the net­work or sta­tion “bug” on the bot­tom right.

Sheriff’s inves­ti­ga­tors want to iden­tify the car­toon, which appar­ently depicts an Asian male.

There are six dif­fer­ent col­ors to the sym­bol. Clock­wise from the bot­tom seg­ment, they are white, green, red, blue, orange and yellow.

Detec­tives are not ask­ing for help iden­ti­fy­ing the TV make or model.

Any­one with infor­ma­tion is asked to con­tact Detec­tive Tyson Niles by call­ing (909) 387‑3622 or email­ing tniles(at)sbcsd.org.