In The Mean Time...
PHOENIX, AZ – Police in Phoenix are looking for a man who police say raped and tortured a woman in her apartment throughout the night, even forcing her to drink bleach.
According to police, the attacker entered the 56-year-old victim’s apartment through a back door last Friday, then proceeded to torture and rape her repeatedly throughout the night. He even forced her to drink bleach. The victim told police he smoked meth all night and told her that when he was finished with her, he was going to kill her.
He was never able to follow through with that because a cab driver knocked on the victim’s door the following morning to take her to a scheduled doctor’s appointment. The suspect was taking a shower at the time, allowing the victim to flee the apartment as her attacker ran away. The cab driver then called 911.
“She came out nude, bounded with her arms tied and her mouth gagged — she was unable to speak,” said cab driver Gerardo Reyes. “She was just really scared and startled after what happened to her.…Continue Reading
BROOKLYN, NY — A young boy in Brooklyn died a horrible death on Sunday after he got rolled up into the security gate of an apartment complex.
The boy, 12-year-old Yakim McDaniels, was with two friends playing a game with the gate when the incident occurred. The object of the game is to jump on the gate as it rises and be the last one to jump off.
McDaniels won when he was unable to free his hand and was pulled up into the upper portion of the gate and crushed to death.
“He was screaming and screaming and he got caught up on the top of the gate. From his head to the back of his shoulders went under,” said a witness. “He was like rolled up at the top and he was shaking, like convulsing. He did that for five or 10 minutes and just stopped,” said another.
For 20 minutes McDaniels hung there like a macabre banner until firefighters were able to turn off the gate and attempt to extract McDaniels from the machine.…Continue Reading
Denver, CO - The brothers-sister trio at the center of a nationwide manhunt in August 2011 has been sentenced for their crimes in Colorado. Each had the opportunity to ask for mercy.
Last year, Dylan Stanley-Dougherty, 27, Ryan Dougherty, 22, and Lee Grace, 29, embarked on what authorities have described as a 10-day nationwide crime-spree. They are accused of shooting at a police officer during a car chase in Florida and a bank robbery in Georgia.
The current sentencing concerned their actions after reaching Colorado including 11 rounds being fired from an AK47 out the car window toward pursuing officers. They were reported as traveling over 120 mph before crashing after running over stop sticks.
Defense attorneys for the siblings told the judge they were driven by desperation to help the youngest, Ryan, evade probation and that thier action were the result of a bond created after a childhood filled with tragic loss and abuse.
Dylan – who plead guilty to one charge of first-degree assault – was the first to be sentenced Monday.…Continue Reading
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – A community is reeling after a 14-year-old girl stabbed her 4-year-old cousin to death.
According to reports, Leon “Tater” Thomas III and his 11-year-old sister were at their grandparents, where their 14-year-old cousin also lived, when the stabbing took place.
The kids were in a front room of the two-story apartment while the grandparents were upstairs. Leon’s sister ran upstairs to get them when the older girl’s temper started to get out of control over reasons unknown. When she returned downstairs, she found that her cousin had repeatedly stabbed Leon.
The boy was rushed to the hospital, but would die later that day. The 14-year-old suspect was found shortly afterward walking down the street several blocks away, covered in blood.
She was taken to the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center on a preliminary charge of murder. Her detention hearing is scheduled to take place today, where it will be decided if she should remain detained and when prosecutors can ask that she be transferred to adult court.
The girl as an eight-grader at John Marshall Community High School who neighbors describe as a “sweet, quiet girl.” They say she belonged to the church and participated in youth programs and the choir.…Continue Reading
SAN BERNARDINO, CA – A man in California is paying a very hefty price after he caught on fire while attempting to steal copper wire from a live electric substation.
A man who lives across the street said that he heard a large boom coming from the substation around 2 a.m. Sunday morning, followed by a man’s screams. When he ran over to see what happened, he found a man on fire on the other side of the substation’s fence.
He was unable to open the locked gate, so he ran back home to grab a fire extinguisher in hopes of returning to the man and extinguishing the flames.
“He kept standing and screaming, screaming, screaming. And I couldn’t get in. I had a fire extinguisher. But he wouldn’t come over. But he started to roll.”
The unidentified man was rushed to the hospital suffering from injuries only described as “grave.” Police will only say that the man is in his 20s. Witnesses said he was so badly burned that there was no way for him to be identified.…Continue Reading
According to reports, 27-year-old Lenami Godinez-Avila and her boyfriend David were at Mount Woodside in the Fraser Valley waiting for their turn to fly in tandem with an instructor on a hang-glider. The couple was there after David purchased hang-gliding lessons as part of their anniversary celebrations.
Both got suited up and Godinez-Avila was paired with Jon Orders, an instructor with 16 years experience. She went before David, who was filming the event, but witnesses say that immediately after taking off they could tell something was not right.
Normally when flying with an instructor, you are beside them, strapped into a harness that was hooked to the glider. But in this case, Godinez-Avila was hanging vertically with her feet dangling. She used her upper body to hold on at first, before getting Orders into a bear hug as he tried to wrap his legs around her. Unfortunately, she couldn’t hold on.
“I could see her starting to slip down his body … past the waist, down the legs.…Continue Reading
Arcadia, CA — A San Gabriel Valley Girl Scout troop leader has been charged after police allege she spent more than $2000 of Girl Scout Cookie sales proceeds on a personal spending spree. A Girl Scout co-leader alleges that an additional $4000 in cash from sales is also missing.
According to the Arcadia Police Department, South El Monte/El Monte Troop leader Ana Isabel Juarez, 30, was arrested on April 17 for allegedly using a Girl Scout debit card – intended for troop use – for personal expenses. The purchases were reportedly made from Sept. 2011 through March 2012.
“It was just shocking to see that we became her own personal piggy bank: gas, nails, Nordstroms, Victoria’s Secret,” said troop co-leader Verna de los Reyes.
De los Reyes said about $2,000 is missing from the troop’s accounts, in addition to $4,000 in cash that was raised during the Girl Scout cookie sale. An interview with De los Reyes can be seen here.
“The cash never made it to the bank,” de los Reyes said.…Continue Reading
Joliet, IL - A man was arrested after police say he attempted to sell at stolen laptop at the place of employment of the laptop’s owner.
Demetrius O. Nabors, 18, and an accomplice reportedly entered a Joliet liquor store, United Liquors, offering to sell a laptop computer to the employees. One of the workers recognized the laptop as being similar to one owned by a co-worker who wasn’t scheduled to work that night. That worker gave her co-worker a call.
The co-worker – who was not at home – reportedly returned to her apartment to find that it had been burglarized. She then called Joliet police to report the burglary and to inform them that she knew the location of the perpetrators.
According to reports, before police could respond, one of the men fled. Employees were able to hold Nabors until officers showed up.
The burglary victim was able to identify the laptop as hers. Police said that officers found electronics and videogames inside Nabors’ car that had been taken during the burglary.…Continue Reading
Boulder, CO - According to police, a Colorado youth hockey coach has admitted having online chats where he asked young male teen players to send him nude photos and challenged them to ‘masturbation races’ on Facebook. Police failed to see this as merely an effort to foster competitiveness.
Zachary Meints, 24, was arrested in response to police allegations that Meints had inappropriate online communication with boys as young as 13 when Meints was an assistant coach with the Boulder Hockey Club. Police said that he later moved to the Rocky Mountain RoughRiders youth hockey club where the conduct continued.
According to a Boulder affidavit, police first became aware of Meints after a fellow RoughRiders coach reported to the FBI that he overheard Meints having inappropriate phone chats with young hockey players who weren’t on his team. When Meints colleague asked one of the boys about Meints, the boy reportedly said that Meints would call or text him to talk about hockey, but then shift the conversation to sexual innuendo and ask the boy to send him naked photos of himself on Facebook.…Continue Reading
Louisville, KY - A Louisville man who was part of a work program designed to integrate convicts back into mainstream employment has been charged for allegedly attempting to rape a co-worker at a Kentucky Humane society. The man was in a court room last Wednesday to answer to his charges.
According to a Louisville Metro Police report, Todd Duke, 41, was at the Louisville Humane Society as a volunteer worker through Dismas Charities – having been assigned to LHS since February. Dismas Charities is a not-for-profit company with the stated goal of “providing effective re-entry programs for offenders” – meaning re-entry into the workforce. Duke was living in a Dismas halfway house and performing the state-mandated community service work after a meth conviction.
Last Monday, Duke allegedly locked a female co-worker in a room, kissed the employee by force, and exposed himself to her. Duke then alledgedly grabbed the victim by the hair and tried to force her to perform oral sex on him. The report alleges that Duke continued the attack by trying to take the employee’s pants off in an effort to rape her.…Continue Reading
Duchesne, UT — An unidentified 35-year-old woman is facing charges after police claim she took nekkid photos of her 13-year-old daughter and forwarded them to the girl’s boyfriend because the kid was apparently too stupid to work the camera herself.
The boyfriend, a 30-year-old man from Oregon, reportedly sent the teen a cellphone and requested that she send him nude photos of herself. And while most teen girls I know can work a cellphone in their sleep, this one was apparently confused with all the buttons and stuff. Enter Mother of the Year….
In what can only be an effort to win “cool points” with the teen, mom snapped about three photos of the kid in her birthday suit and forwarded them to the aging pervert in Oregon, police said.
During questioning, mom admitted that she was fully aware of the relationship between her daughter and the older man, and was also aware that her daughter intended to send him nude pics. She was promptly charged with three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony.…Continue Reading
Tecumseh, MI - Occasionally, we here at D’D are asked to set aside our laser sharp Ivy League-caliber analysis of human psychosocial behavior to focus on 100% real and true crime fightin’. This is one of those times…
Police are asking for civic-minded citizens to help them locate a man who was recorded on video surveillance cameras checking out at a Michigan grocery store with his johnson fully out of his zipper. The surveillance cameras – clearly equipped with the latest macro-zoom and digital enhancement features – recorded the man during his brazen display to an unwitting checkout worker.
Police say that at 2:07 p.m. Wednesday at Busch’s Valu-land in Tecumseh, Michigan, the man pictured was purchasing items. As the clerk scanned the suspect’s groceries, she noticed his jeans were unzipped and his genitals ‘fully exposed.’ The clerk told police the man stood very close to the checkout counter, but – cleverly – far enough back so she could see his man parts over the edge of the counter. As the man walked away, she observed him zipping his pants back up in a clear admission that this was no mistake!…Continue Reading
San Francisco, CA – It’s almost like the plot of a horror movie. A 25-year-old infectious disease worker left work Friday only to die the next day after being infected with the contagious bacteria he had been working with.
The man worked at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center where, over the last few months, he had been working with a rare Neisseria meningitidis bacterial strain that causes septicemia and meningitis — both of which are nasty ways to go if left untreated.
Meningitis can lead to fever, headache, neck stiffness, coma and then death. By comparison, you would pray for this over septicemia, which is what investigators believe killed the man. Septicimia is inflammation of the bloodstream that causes bleeding into the skin and organs. A person unlucky enough to be afflicted with this blood poisoning can die very quickly from septic shock or ARDS.
Fellow employees described the man as competent and fully capable of handling the bacteria he was working with and the chief of the VA Hospital’s infectious diseases division said if the man had been working with the bacteria, he would have been wearing protective clothing from behind a protective safety cabinet or hood.…Continue Reading
CULPEPER, VA – The other day we had a commenter in one of our dog stories relay a story of someone shooting a dog after it had tried to attack a baby. It was a real hit with our resident animal lovers.
Coincidentally, we now have another story involving a dog who bit a baby, and an owner who shot it immediately afterwards. (*puts popcorn in microwave*)
An infant in Virginia hasn’t even been breathing air for a month when the family’s Jack Russell terrier decided to use the 20-day-old as a chew toy. The dog had gotten into the child’s bassinet while the mother took a nap.
Luckily the baby’s father returned home as the attack was in progress, but the dog had already bitten off the infant’s ear. The child was rushed to the hospital to treat multiple bite wounds to the buttocks and to have the ear sewn back on. The infant is currently in stable condition.
Lillian Leo, who raises and sells Jack Russell terriers, says she will not sell the dogs to families with small children.…Continue Reading
Iowa City, IA – Despite what others may say, I derive no pleasure from kicking someone when they’re down. Sometimes, as in this case, I choose to feature certain individuals purely as a public service announcement.
Sort of like Crazy Ralph, but instead of warning people away from cursed campgrounds, I’m warning them of the dangers of certain drugs. All in the hopes I can keep one person from getting busted using them in a pharmacy bathroom with their 4-year-old child present.
That’s exactly what happened to 30-year-old Tiffany Lewis the other day inside a Iowa City pharmacy. A witnesses told police that Lewis requested syringes before disappearing inside the pharmacy bathroom with her toddler for several minutes.
When she came back out, she was obviously under the influence of something and asked where she could dispose of used needles.
When police arrived on the scene and tried to question Lewis, she attempted to conceal a Crown Royal bag behind her back that was found to contain a metal spoon blackened with residue, a used needle and a substance believed to be heroin.…Continue Reading
Corbin, KY - A Kentucky woman was hospitalized in serious condition after an acquaintance reportedly stabbed her six times in a heated roadside dispute over a bra. Virginia L. Frye (pictured), 30, was arrested after Erica Canada – believed to be in her 20s – was brought to a hospital with stab wounds.
The melee reportedly began when Frye asked the victim to return a bra that she had left at Canada’s home.
“I called [Canada] to ask her about the bra and that’s when she said, ‘I have a problem with you,’” said Frye.
Not able to let that go by, the women met shortly after alongside a Kentucky highway. Investigators say both women had weapons – Canada armed with a lug wrench and Frye armed with a kitchen knife.
“They were screaming ‘bash her head in, kill her, kill her,’ and I had no choice but to defend myself,” said Frye. An interview with the clearly hyperactive Frye can be viewed here.
Whitley County Sheriff’s Deputy Shawn Jackson was dispatched to the scene at approximately 8:15 p.m.…Continue Reading
According to witnesses, Michael Sadler had just cashed a check at the Asher One stop convenience store Thursday, when 14-year-old Michael “Lil Flip” Stanley rode by on his bike and jacked his wallet before pedaling down the street.
Incensed, Sadler hopped into his mini-van and gave chase, jumping the curb and tearing through several yards before finally mowing the kid down in a vacant lot.
Once the kid was immobilized, Sadler reportedly dragged him out from underneath the van and began beating the holy hell out of him. One witness told police Sadler even tore the kid’s clothing off in an attempt to find the wallet.
“He ran over him than pulled him out from under the van and started beating him up and choking him. That’s what I saw.” said witness Dewayne Turner. ”He [Stanley] is well loved; you know kids are going to be kids.…Continue Reading
Clearwater, FL — Officials with a Florida Humane Society are presumably reviewing policies on workplace fraternization after an ex-employee – and boyfriend of current HS medical director – was charged with having sex with a dog.
Eric Antunes, 29, was arrested after police reportedly found child pornography and evidence of his own act of bestiality in his possession.
Clearwater police began investigating Antunes after getting a tip that he possessed child pornography. A search of the computer yielded nine explicit photos and one explicit video depicting children, detectives said. According to police, he has admitted to downloading and viewing the child pornography on his home computer. A check of Antunes’ cell phone then revealed “several images of bestiality” involving Antunes and his girlfriend’s dog, police said. Ruh-roh.
The situation is a bit unique because, as it turns out, Antunes was a past employee of the Pinellas Humane Society and the girlfriend is the current medical director. Clearwater Public Communications Director Joelle Castelli said police do not have evidence that the girlfriend was aware of the fact Antunes was taking photos of himself engaged in sex acts with her pit-bull mix.…Continue Reading
Hinckley, MN - A Minnesota woman was left to re-evaluate a past relationship after her ex-boyfriend was arrested in conjunction with a failed effort to kidnap her chained up as a sex-slave. Hmmm… Yep. Ending it was probably the right thing…
Jesse Michael Ericson, 45, was charged in District Court on Tuesday after police accused him of contracting with an undercover law enforcement officer to kidnap his ex-girlfriend and hold her as a sex slave.
According to the Pine County Sheriff’s Office, an investigation began after informants told the East Central Drug and Violent Offender Task Force that Ericson was seeking someone to murder an ex-girlfriend. Task force agents arranged a meeting between Ericson and an undercover officer posing as a hit man.
The criminal complaint describes two meetings where Ericson providing detailed information on the woman – including a picture of her, a diagram of her home and information on her movements. Ericson reportedly told the agent he would receive approximately $150,000 for the hit.
“The defendant then wavered between having her killed and keeping her chained up and using her as a sex slave,” the complaint said.…Continue Reading
Boca Raton, FL - A Florida mother and father called police after seeing surveillance video showing their son robbing two elderly women boarding a bus. One of the women, who is 96 years old, suffered two broken ribs when her wheelchair fell during the incident.
In video recorded on April 12, a man identified as Adam Bardisa, 19, approaches the women – who are sisters – outside of a Publix store as they are waiting for a ramp to lower on a Palm Tran bus. The man then grabs a purse of one of the women, knocking them both to the ground before fleeing on his razor scooter.
Bystanders reportedly ran after Bardisa as he wheeled his scooter across the parking lot and jumped into a gold-colored car. Police said that he had gotten away with $1,200, a gold watch and a gold bracelet. The women gave a description to detectives.
Palm Tran released several different angles of video from the bus. Bardisa is also seen in in-store video watching the elderly women at the service counter purchase $620 of money orders.…Continue Reading