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Wild robbery, carjacking inside California mall garage caught on video, suspects being sought

Wild robbery, carjacking inside California mall garage caught on video, suspects being sought

A tourist visiting California was robbed and carjacked inside a San Francisco-area shopping mall parking garage Monday in an incident that was caught on video by bystanders. The woman told KGO-TV that she was with a friend who wanted to return a pair of jeans when they parked in the Bay Street mall garage in Emeryville. The Emeryville Police Department said the attack occurred around 2:45 p.m. as the women got out of their vehicle. Video footage captured by someone who appeared to be hiding inside a nearby vehicle shows two suspects struggling with a woman who is screaming for help while on the ground. They appear to take her purse and then steal her car, which was driven by a third suspect, police said. “They were kicking me and punching me,” the unidentified woman told the news outlet. “Two men just ran out and went towards me. It felt so fast like I just closed my eyes and opened it and the car was gone, everything was gone.”It didn’t register in my mind it was a robbery,” she added. She said she thought she initially was being kidnapped. Her friend, who was driving their rental car, kicked one of the attackers and ran away. Emeryville police told the station the garage has been the site of three robberies since May as well as carjackings. A number of armed thefts have also been committed at various stores inside the mall, they said. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPInvestigators said both women sustained minor injuries and were treated by emergency responders. The vehicle was later recovered in Oakland. No arrests have been made. The suspect vehicle appears to be similar to a late 90s to early 2000 dark gray Lexus ES300 with no license plates, investigators said. 

Los Angeles County sheriff will not enforce new mask mandate: ‘Not backed by science’

Los Angeles County sheriff will not enforce new mask mandate: ‘Not backed by science’

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Friday he will not use his department to enforce a mandatory indoor mask requirement set to take effect this weekend amid a spike in COVID-19 cases across the county since its reopening.On Thursday, the county Department of Public Health revived a requirement that masks be worn indoors regardless of vaccination status, a month after California dropped its statewide mask mandate for vaccinated people.”We’re not where we need to be for the millions at risk of infection here in Los Angeles County, and waiting to do something will be too late, given what we’re seeing,” L.A. County Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis said in a virtual briefing with reporters.
Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Friday that he will not enforce an indoor mask requirement and will have deputies, instead, ask for voluntarily compliance. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Los Angeles Rite Aid employee killed while attempting to stop shoplifter, police say

Los Angeles Rite Aid employee killed while attempting to stop shoplifter, police say

An employee at a Los Angeles Rite Aid was killed Wednesday while attempting to stop a shoplifter from leaving the store, police said, as a series of brazen retail thefts have gone viral in recent months across the country. The employee, identified by the Los Angeles Police Department as a man in his 20s, confronted the gunman and another suspect around 8:45 p.m. at a Rite Aid location in the Glassell Park neighborhood. The suspects were trying to exit the store with stolen items at the time and one of them opened fire, the LAPD told Fox News. SAN FRANCISCO WALGREENS: VIDEO SHOWS MAN FILL GARBAGE BAG WITH ITEMS, TAKES OFF
A Rite Aid employee in Los Angeles was shot and killed Wednesday while trying to stop a shoplifter from exiting the store, police said. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Embattled Rochester, New York mayor and husband hit with weapons, child endangerment charges

Embattled Rochester, New York mayor and husband hit with weapons, child endangerment charges

Embattled Rochester, New York, Mayor Lovely Warren and her husband are facing weapons and child endangerment charges related to unsecured firearms in her home in connection with a search of the property in May, prosecutors said Friday. An indictment unsealed by the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office said Warren and Timothy Granison face criminal possession of a firearm, which is a Class E felony, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and two counts of failure to lock or secure firearms in a dwelling.The May 19 search of the home by the state police was related to Granison, 42, who also faces federal charges related to an alleged drug trafficking conspiracy. Authorities found a rifle and pistol were found inside the home, where the couple’s 10-year-old daughter was left alone, resulting in the charges, District Attorney Sandra Doorley said. 
In this Sept. 3, 2020 file photo, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren speaks to the media during a news conference in Rochester, N.Y. Warren and her husband, Timothy Granison, were charged with weapons and child endangerment charges related to a search of their home in May, prosecutors said Friday. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus, File)

Los Angeles County deputies, inmates hospitalized after altercation inside jail dorm

Los Angeles County deputies, inmates hospitalized after altercation inside jail dorm

Six Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies and two jail inmates were hospitalized Thursday following a fight inside a jail Thursday that resulted in a heavy law enforcement response to the facility. Deputies at the Pitchess Detention Center-North County Correctional Facility in Castaic, just north of Los Angeles, were conducting security checks inside a dorm around 3:05 p.m. when one deputy was assaulted by an inmate, the Sheriff’s Department told Fox News. As the altercation escalated, multiple inmates joined the fight before additional deputies responded. After issuing commands to stop, pepper spray was used to de-escalate the situation, authorities said in a news release. 
Several deputies and inmates were injured Thursday during an altercation at the Pitchess Detention Center’s North Facility in Castaic, Calif., authorities said. 
(Google Maps / Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department )Around 20 to 25 inmates were exposed to the chemical. Seven deputies and a custody assistant were injured. Six deputies, the custody assistant and two inmates were taken to hospitals with non-life threatening injuries and the facility was locked down. No specifics on the type of injuries sustained were disclosed. Fox News has reached out multiple times to the Los Angeles County Fire Department but had not heard back. Officials at the jail declined to comment.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe north facility is one of four jails that make up the Peter J. Pitchess Detention Center.

Teens in Central Park rob woman at knifepoint, footage captures chase, police say

Teens in Central Park rob woman at knifepoint, footage captures chase, police say

Police body camera footage shows a New York City police officer chasing two teenage boys who allegedly robbed a woman at knifepoint moments earlier Wednesday night. Officers responded to the Great Lawn in Central Park just before 11 p.m. when someone called to report a robbery in progress, the New York Police Department said. A 45-year-old woman said two males approached her with a knife and demanded money. When she told them she didn’t have any cash on her, they demanded her property, police said. She tossed her iPhone on the ground and the suspects –ages 14 and 15 – allegedly took it and fled. As officers were in the park, they radioed a description of the teens. During a search of the area, they found them and a foot chase ensued. They were eventually taken into police custody. The officers found a knife on one of the teens but the woman’s cellphone was not recovered. They have been charged with robbery. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe NYPD’s Central Park Precinct, which covers the area where the alleged crime occurred, has reported eight robberies this year as of Sunday, compared to three in the same time frame last year. 

California man found with 'Cop Killer' bullets, racist manifesto, police say

California man found with 'Cop Killer' bullets, racist manifesto, police say

A California man was found last week with multiple firearms, drugs, and pipe bomb materials, bullets with “Cop Killer” inscribed on them and a manifesto saying he wanted to “wipe out” Black, Hispanic and Jewish people, authorities said Thursday. Wesley Charles Martines, 32, of Los Gatos, was found by Campbell police on July 9 prowling outside a business when he was taken into custody. He was ordered jailed Tuesday on a $300,000 bond, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office said. 
Wesley Martines was found will multiple illegal weapons in his truck, authorities said. 
(Campbell Police Department )A business owner called the police around midnight after seeing a man on security video footage walking around East Sunny Oaks Avenue and looking into cars and a storage shed. When officers arrived, they stopped Martines, who was driving a truck. 
Wesley Martines, 32, of Los Gatos, was allegedly found with an arsenal, including bullets inscribed with “Cop Killer” and a journal with racist and anti-Semitic writings. 
(Campbell Police Department )Inside the vehicle, they found a Glock 9 mm. handgun and two AR-style rifles, which are illegal in California, prosecutors said. Also found was ammunition inscribed with “Cop Killer,” “A Good Start” and “To a widow from the Grim Reaper,” authorities said. Martines also allegedly had body armor, heroin, methamphetamine and a pipe bomb filled with pellets but no explosive material inside. 
Officers found body armor and other weapons inside Wesley Martines’ truck along with a journal with racist writing, prosecutors said. 
(Campbell Police Department )CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPA journal allegedly belonging to him had racist and anti-Semitic writings and warned of a plan to go to a sporting goods store, dress up as an employee and tie everyone up inside. The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad assisted authorities. Campbell police obtained a gun violence restraining order to seize the weapons. 

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