HOUSTON, TX –A man in Houston, Texas decided that it would be a good idea to commit an armed robbery, with a bb gun. The ploy may have worked, had he not walked into the wrong store, and the employee beat him with a fire extinguisher.
In yet another scene which should have been from the former television series, America’s Dumbest Criminals, Jacoby Silas walked into the 13100 block of South Post Oak Road and attempted the ‘armed’ robbery.
Silas allegedly placed the bb gun to the back of a person’s head just before 6am. At some point during the robbery, people working in the store figured out that it was a fake gun and boy did they let Silas have it.
The owners tackled Silas while a woman in the store locked the front door preventing any chance of escape. According to police, that’s the moment that the store owners/victims decided to continue fighting back, with a fire extinguisher.
It is unknown how badly Silas was injured, however, he was taken to the hospital for a medical evaluation. That could have been because of the beating he took from the fire extinguisher or because he allegedly told police that he was high on crystal methamphetamine at the time of the robbery.
Silas was taken into custody and charged with aggravated robbery, since, it does not matter if the gun was real or not at the time of the robbery or the attempt of one. What matters is if the victim believes that the weapon was real, in this case, they did, until they realized it was not.
A group of at least three criminals thought they were smart as the allegedly committed at least thirty residential burglaries.
Throughout their crime spree, the criminals thought they would get away with hundreds of thousands of dollars, guns, and other stolen items. Although, if they would have had a little intelligence, they would have at least had a shot at getting away with the crimes, if they were not wearing GPS monitors.
The multi-agency investigation, ran by the Florida Attorney General’s Office, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, Hollywood Police and Margate Police Departments, joined forces to solve the series of crimes.
As probable cause was developed, three arrest and search warrants were authored and approved by a judge.
Officers from the agencies involved had to execute all warrants simultaneously, probably out of concern that by doing one at a time would afford the criminals a chance to escape or destroy evidence.
Police said that the three criminals, Zion Odain Denvor Hall, Tyrek Davontae Williams, and Tremaine Raekwon Hill, were all arrested for the burglary string.
Their arrest did not stem from some brilliant police investigation, (not a slight to the officers), but rather the tracking of the court ordered GPS monitors they were wearing while out on pretrial release.
Officer Christina Lata, a spokesman for the Hollywood Police Department said the alleged criminals had “committed these crimes while already on pretrial release for previous crimes and while wearing court-ordered GPS ankle monitors.”
Police said that the trio is “believed to be a part of a criminal organization committing burglaries, armed burglaries, fraud, gun thefts, and other criminal acts throughout South Florida.”
Officers were able to follow the alleged criminals via historical GPS records which placed them at each of the crime scenes. It was probably the easiest case to crack since the GPS placed them where each house was burglarized as well as where they went afterward to get rid of the stolen property.
Police were able to recover over $150,000 dollars in cash, firearms, cellphones, iPads, jewelry, designer handbags, ammunition, fraudulent credit and debit cards, blank checks, and a stolen vehicle.
Regarding the credit and debit cards, they were most likely termed as fraudulent because they had someone else’s personal identifiable information imprinted on the credit card, but the name of the suspect printed on the front.
This is a method used by identity thieves after they have hacked a victim’s personal information. The criminal imprints someone’s bank information and creates a credit card with their name on it.
That way they can use the credit card with the stolen information without raising suspicions while really charging a victim’s account instead of theirs.
The men who were arrested on August 14th were charged as follows:
Hall is charged with 35 counts of burglary, grand theft, and racketeering.
Williams is charged with 25 counts of burglary, grand theft and racketeering.
Hill is facing 19 counts of burglary, grand theft, and racketeering.
According to Hollywood Police, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody said:
“This organized burglary ring stole thousands of dollars’ worth of guns, jewelry and electronics from dozens of Florida homes.
They must have thought they were pretty smart, but clearly, they couldn’t outsmart our Statewide Prosecutors and the great police detectives who were able to use the suspects’ own GPS tracking devices to place them at the scenes of many of these burglaries.
This is another shining example of great police work removing criminals from society so they can no longer wreak havoc on the lives of law-abiding citizens.”
Police say that their investigation is far from over as they work to identify more suspects in this crime spree. They say that additional arrests may be coming in the near future.
Chicago: Police arrest ten-time convicted felon in brutal robbery and assault of elderly woman
CHICAGO, IL – An update in the investigation of an attack and robbery of an 85-year-old woman has resulted in an arrested, according to police. The 45-year-old year old suspect in custody is said to have already made his initial appeared in court on August 29th.
Chicago Police arrested Tony Davis on August 28th after the suspect was initially stopped for what was cited as a CTA violation, according to reports.
While details have not surfaced as to what led police to allege he was the suspect involved in the August 25th attack against an elderly woman, video of the incident likely helped bring about a positive ID.
The 85-year-old victim was brutally robbed on August 25th as she was entering her condo’s rear entryway. With Davis being the man alleged to have violently taken the woman down to the ground during the robbery, he has been since been charged with aggravated battery and robbery.
According to prosecutors, she was returning to her Michigan Avenue condo after making a trip to a nearby UPS Store.
That’s when Davis walked up behind her and violently pulled on her purse’s shoulder strap.
He’s a large man. State records show he stands 6’1” tall and weighs 240 pounds.
His attack sent the woman flying to the ground with enough force to knock her unconscious. Once she was out, he continued to yank on her purse until the strap broke, video shows.
Doctors at Northwestern Memorial Hospital had to use multiple staples to close a cut on the back of the woman’s head.
Officers spotted him after the attack as he slept on a bus stop near State and Illinois streets in River North.
After searching his home, they said they found a distinctive red hat and shoes that the attacker wore.
Davis has quite the history of arrests, according to CPD records. He’s reportedly had at least 11 different arrests prior to the latest charges levied against him.
Prior arrests include multiple instances of retail theft, multiple instances of criminal trespassing, aggravated battery, disorderly conduct, and possession of drug paraphernalia among other charges.
Davis was paroled in February, and now Judge Arthur Willis has ordered him held without bail.
Here’s our original report on the case, accompanied by the disturbing footage of the attack.
CHICAGO, IL – An unsettling video has surfaced from Chicago, showcasing an 85-year-old woman getting mugged outside her home. As if gang-related violence and shootings weren’t enough to worry about in the Windy City, now add crimes against the elderly to the list of things to worry about.
The disturbing crime occurred on August 25 at around 10:30 a.m., right outside the victim’s parking garage entrance to her condominium at 158 E. Grand Ave.
As the elderly woman was making her way through the entryway, the suspect snuck up behind her and yanked her violently to the ground while trying to snatch her purse.
The video shows the victim fall to the ground, striking her head on the pavement. It shows her lying there motionless for a moment, and then begin to move her hand.
Witnesses nearby say that the suspect in the video was accompanied by two other people.
The condition of the elderly victim is unknown as of this time, but she was reportedly taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital after the attack.
As for the suspect, police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the man behind the violent mugging.
He appears to be a black male, wearing a red baseball cap, white shoes, white-striped black track pants, and a gray and black windbreaker at the time of the crime.
Anyone with information on the suspect’s identity or whereabouts is asked to please call Area Three detectives at (312) 744-8263.
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Chicago is experiencing crime unlike other cities in the country it seems.
During the ongoing violent crime spree that has overtaken the city of Chicago, a 14-year-old girl was reportedly stabbed to death and a 15-year-old girl was stabbed near the eye on Aug. 26.
— CBS Chicago (@cbschicago) August 27, 2020
According to Chicago Police, the incident occurred just before 9 p.m. on South Parnell Avenue. Three girls were involved in some type of dispute with five other people, possibly stemming from some type of social media argument.
During the altercation, a female in the larger group began stabbing two girls with a knife, and a 38-year-old woman was hit in the head with a bottle.
The 14-year-old girl was stabbed in her chest and stomach area and was rushed to the University of Chicago Medical Center. She was pronounced deceased after arrival.
The second girl who was stabbed, a 15-year-old, received wounds under her eye and was transported to St Bernard Hospital. Police say that she is listed in good medical condition.
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