Houston teen charged with 3 counts of murder after deadly car crash gets released on bond

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HOUSTON, TX- According to authorities, a teenage immigrant in Houston who was charged with murder and aggravated assault in a car crash that killed three valet drivers has reportedly made bail.

The 17-year-old, identified as Ahmedal Tayeb Elnouman Modawi, who is originally from Sudan and not a U.S. citizen, has been charged with three counts of murder and one count of aggravated assault with serious bodily injury following an October 1st crash. He has lived with his family in Houston for the past five years.

Modawi made bail over the weekend of October 23rd-24th and is required to wear and ankle monitor while under house arrest until his next court hearing, which is scheduled for December 15th. While out on bail, the alleged murderer will be permitted to attend school and church.

Modawi’s bond was originally set at $350,000, which included $100,000 for each murder count. A judge later reduced that bond to $220,000 – $60,000 for each murder count, plus $40,000 for the aggravated assault.

According to reports, Modawi, who also worked as a valet driver, was allegedly doing doughnuts in a parking lot on the evening of October 1st on a client’s car. A police officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but instead of complying, Modawi took off.

The car them hit three valets, 22-year-old Eric Orduna, 23-year-old Nick Rodriguez, and 18-year-old Fnan Measho before flipping and crashing into a fence. The three men were declared dead at the scene. Modawi and a passenger in his car also sustained injuries from the crash.

Harris County assistant district attorney Sean Teare said in a statement:

“We’re talking about three individuals who were just out here working. They were out here doing their job. They were coming back from parking cars going to get some more cars. We’re going to prosecute this person to the fullest extent because this is completely unacceptable.”

Johntrel Lewis, the customer who owned the vehicle Modawi was driving, had left the car to be parked that night he went into a local sports bar. Lewis said:

“I’m trying to figure out what you were thinking when you jumped in the car.”

Lewis said he came out of the bar to take a picture of the accident when he realized it was his own car. He added:

“I took a picture of it and I’m sending it to my friends like, ‘Bro, somebody’s car is jacked up, they’re going to be mad in the morning.’ That was my car.”

After getting a ride home, he said that he received a call from the police. Lewis said:

“That’s when the detective called me. He was like, ‘Your car was involved in a homicide. It was used in a homicide. It’s totaled. There’s nothing you can do.'”

While out on bond, Modawi, who is still in high school, is not allowed to drive without permission, has a curfew and must surrender his passport. Police have determined that Modawi was not intoxicated during the crash. 

Modawi suffered a broke leg during the deadly crash. His passenger, who was ejected during the crash, remains hospitalized with two broken legs. Prospect Park released the following statement one day after the crash:

“On Friday, October 1, 2021, at approximately 10:30 PM, there was an accident near the premises of Prospect Park South (3100 Fountain View Dr, Houston, TX 77057).

3 members of our contract valet team were fatally struck by a vehicle on Fairdale Rd. The incident is currently being investigation by the Houston Police Department.

We have been in contact with the families of the victims and we ask that you keep the families of the 3 victims in your thoughts and prayers.”

Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers.  And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

For those looking for a quick link to get in the fight and support the cause, click here.

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State trooper – a young dad with four little kids – killed in horrific car crash while rushing to a call

October 25th, 2021

Clayton County, IA – An Iowa State Trooper who was involved in an on-duty crash on October 14th has died.  He was thirty-seven years old.

The Iowa Highway Patrol advised that Trooper Theodore “Ted” Benda was responding to a call to assist a Clayton County Sheriff’s deputy on a call for service.  The trooper was responding to assist the deputy who was out with a person with a warrant.

Benda was traveling on Highway 51 near Postville, IA when the crash occurred.  The Highway Patrol is not releasing any details of the crash as of yet other than Benda’s vehicle was the only one that was involved.

Benda was airlifted to a nearby hospital in La Crosse, Wisconsin for medical treatment.  Sadly, on October 20th, Benda succumbed to the injuries he sustained in the crash.

The Iowa State Patrol along with the Department of Public Safety issued a statement regarding the loss of Benda:

“The men and women of the Iowa State Patrol and Department of Public Safety are heartbroken to announce the loss of one of our own.  Trooper Ted Benda ISP #313. 

Trooper Benda, 37, was involved in a single-vehicle crash on Thursday, October 14th while in route to assist the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office with a wanted suspect.  He succumbed to his injuries today, October 20, 2021.

“Trooper Bend joined the DCI in 2005, assigned to the Special Enforcement Operations Bureau in Marquette.  He transferred to the State Patrol in 2016, assigned to District 8 in Mason City and most recently working out of the District 10 office in Oelwein. 

He is not only a valuable part of the Department of Public Safety, but was more importantly a loving husband, father, son, and brother.  Trooper Benda leaves behind his wife, Holly, and their four young children along with many family, friends, and colleagues.

“Please keep the Benda family in your thoughts and prayers as they face this unimaginable loss.

Rest in Peace, Trooper Benda…we have your 6 from here.”

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds spoke about the loss of Benda and his sacrifice for his community.  She said:

“I’m deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Iowa State Patrol Trooper Ted Benda. 

Kevin and I join with Iowans in mourning the loss of this dedicated servant and we keep his family, friends and fellow brother and sisters in uniform in our thoughts and prayers as they cope with this devastating loss. 

Tragic events like this are a somber reminder of how precious life is and of the unwavering, selfless sacrifice our brave men and women in law enforcement make every day.”

Benda’s body was placed in a hearse and escorted to Waukon where his body will be laid to rest. 

In true law enforcement tradition, there was a line of police officers that led and followed the hearse on Benda’s final motor ride throughout the state.  A man who noted the funeral escort, Nick Hoppel, tweeted:

“A special moment happened in Osage late this morning as people lined up Main Street to pay respect to fallen Iowa Trooper Ted Benda from the Iowa State Patrol.  He will be escorted home today to Waukon.”

There will be a public visitation set from 4-8 pm on October 26th at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Waukon, Iowa.  The funeral service will be held on the 27th at Waukon High School at 11 am. 

Additionally, a memorial fund has been established to assist Benda’s family during this difficult time.  Those who wish to donate may do so by contacting Freedom Bank in Waukon. 

“Re-Fund the Police”: Law Enforcement Today launches nationwide campaign for Americans to back the blue

Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers.  And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

For those looking for a quick link to get in the fight and support the cause, click here.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – You back the Blue.  You support the police.  You quietly buy an officer a cup of coffee at your local coffeehouse.  You bring homemade cookies to your local police station.  You make it a point to thank an officer when you see one out in public.  

You watch the news, aghast to see crowds of anti-police protesters and rioters committing acts of violence and massive property damage.  You pray daily for the Blue family.

And yet, you may feel quite alone.

Politicians and the mainstream news media would have you think that police support is at an all-time low.

Some of you may have found it necessary to take down your Thin Blue Line flags from your house, or to scrape off the Thin Blue Line sticker from your vehicles, due to the potential for violent retaliation by those who hate the police.

Yes, it is the loudest voices that are the ugliest.  They revile and attack those who back the Blue.  They call, “Defund the Police!” at every turn, fueled by the lie that police officers are racists who are out to kill.

But you are actually in excellent company in your support of the blue family.

According to a Gallup poll, 85% of Americans support law enforcement.  That means supporters of the Thin Blue Line are 285 million strong.

Houston teen charged with 3 counts of murder after deadly car crash gets released on bond
85% of Americans support Law Enforcement

That would be 285 million who, like you, refuse join in the calls to defund the police.

And that means you are in the company of those who have logic and reason on their side.

After all, we at Law Enforcement Today bring you stories daily of exploding crime in police-defunded areas such as Austin, Portland,  New York City, or Los Angeles.

Homicide rates since defunding are up 58% in Atlanta, up 533% in Portland, and up 37% in Philadelphia.

Shootings in post-defunded New York City are up 64%, and they are up 51% in Los Angeles and up 18% in Chicago.

In addition, you have also followed our disturbing and often tragic stories of attacks on police officers in the era of police defunding.

Felonious attacks on police are on the rise, as documented by the FBI’s Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) Data Collection.  

According to LEOKA:

“The 50 law enforcement officers feloniously killed in the first 8 months of 2021 represent a 51.5 percent increase compared to the 33 officers killed during the same period in 2020.”

Houston teen charged with 3 counts of murder after deadly car crash gets released on bond
370 officers gave their lives in the line of duty in 2020

Also thanks to defunding, police departments across the country now lack training, resources, and equipment.  Ironically, calls for additional training in cultural awareness, de-escalation, and use of force often have to go unheeded due to the lack of financial resources.

Another irony is that the push to do away with less-lethal options such as Tasers and tear gas will simply lead to more fatal police shootings.

These alarming stories and statistics indicate beyond a doubt that defunding the police is absolutely the wrong move for this great country.  You know this, yet you and 285 million other voices are all too often silenced by social pressures as well as physical threats of violence.  

You are even told, “Silence is violence,” when it comes to refusing to stand against law enforcement.

Your voice matters, and you need to be heard.

As Law Enforcement Today National Spokesman Kyle Reyes points out:

“Americans have stood by in disbelief as this ‘defund the police’ movement has spread across America and ravaged our communities.  

“We’ve watched our cities burn, our officers be attacked and violence skyrocket.  

“It’s time to come out of the twilight zone.  It’s time to fight back.”

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Law Enforcement Today, the nation’s largest police-owned media outlet, has developed a way to make your voice heard and oppose those who would seek to remove funding from those who protect and serve.

It’s called the “Re-Fund the Police” campaign.

Reyes explains:

“We wanted to make the “Re-fund the Police” campaign something that everyone- whether you can spare $1 or $1 million – can be a part of.

“People will donate to politicians all day long in hopes that person will get elected and possibly make a difference.

“We are asking for people to come forward and support those who make a difference and save lives every single day.”

Through your generous donations, Law Enforcement today will direct a media and advertising blitz to rally other Americans who, like you, are done with attacks on law enforcement, both physical and financial.  

Here’s what the funds go towards:

  1. We’ve assembled a “strike team” of researchers and reporters who will delve deeply into the devastating impact that defunding the police has on communities and families.  They’re going after not just the “leaders” in Congress who are pushing to defund the police… but they’re exposing everyone from the local politicians and city councils who are behind it.  They’re also tracing the money of exactly who is funding this “defund the police” movement.
  2.  We will focus on publicizing all the negative effects of defunding police while expressing support for our brothers and sisters in blue.  The advertising blitz will be a show of support for police officers all across America.
 

In addition, we will be sending a team of reporters into our communities to share positive stories of law enforcement, stories which are consistently ignored by the mainstream media.

As a thank-you for your generosity in standing strong for the blue family, we are offering access codes for Law Enforcement Today’s Wounded Officer documentary and Border Crisis documentary.  In addition, we offer additional perks such as stickers and Thin Blue Line face masks or yard signs.

Donors are also able to honor or memorialize a member of the blue family.

For those who cannot afford to contribute, we invite you to be a part of a nationwide chain of prayer warriors.  

You can join our prayer chain along with other supporters who are willing to pray for our brothers and sisters in blue.  

Houston teen charged with 3 counts of murder after deadly car crash gets released on bond
We support those who protect and serve.

Also, when you sign up for our newsletter, we will keep you informed on how we are continuing to back the Blue, and bring you the stories the mainstream media will not touch.

Now to small businesses who are sick and tired of watching our cities burn as the “defund the police” movement spreads.

For business donors, we are pleased to offer a unique opportunity to make a difference in police departments across the country.

Reyes explains:

“We wanted to make sure small businesses could get in the fight, so we are rolling out the ‘adopt a police department’ program.”

Your business donation will be used to cover stories in the community of your choice, and expose those who are attempting to defund the police.  Those stories, if you choose, will also include a thank you to your business and a link back to your business website.  

In addition, your generous business donation will go toward advertising campaigns that highlight the negative effects of demonizing and defunding the police.

Houston teen charged with 3 counts of murder after deadly car crash gets released on bond
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This will give you the opportunity to show to millions of Americans that, unlike “woke” anti-police organizations, you support and appreciate law enforcement.

Reyes points out:

“Corporate America rallied around the Black Lives Matter movement, donating hundreds of millions of dollars to a campaign that brought widespread looting and destruction in our cities.  

“This is an opportunity for businesses to show America that law and order and keeping people safe still means something to them.”

Please join your voice with Law Enforcement Today in this campaign to support all those who protect and serve us.

We invite you to visit the Re-Fund the Police website for further information.

If you have questions, or you want to start your own fundraising team, feel free to email us at [email protected]

It’s time to get in the fight.

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