Police unable to track GPS location of juvenile who ended up robbing more than two dozen people while on GPS ankle monitor

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CHARLOTTE, NC – According to Channel 9, an 18-year-old has been accused of robbing more than two dozen people across the city while actively wearing a GPS ankle monitor.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) said that they were unable to use the GPS ankle monitor to track and find the suspect, identified as Kaivon Belton. Belton was reportedly being monitored by the Department of Juvenile Justice.

On Tuesday, October 25th, CMPD refused to do an interview with Channel 9. Reporter Dan Matics learned that detectives were trying to work with the Department of Juvenile Justice to track Belton’s ankle monitor. However, they were unsuccessful.

CMPD said they could not access Belton’s ankle monitor due to “red tape” and while out on GPS, Belton was allegedly terrorizing Charlotte’s Hispanic community by robbing several people at gunpoint.

One victim, identified as Jose Vasquez, told Channel 9 that he was shot during an armed robbery attempt outside of his house in late September. He said:

“Then he hit me in the face, and I could not longer react. He pushed me to the front of the house and then the other guy shot me twice.”

Vasquez said that when he withdrew $1,600 from an ATM in late September, he didn’t know at least two young men had watched him and then followed him home. He said:

“I wanted to oppose him and I told them “no money” and he hit me with the handle of the pistol and hit me here [in the face].”

According to detectives, Belton and Cedius Tate, who are now both adults, along with two others went on a monthlong crime spree preying on more than two dozen victims after they left ATMs and cash-checking stores.

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On Monday, October 24th, Tate was arrested. Belton was out on GPS ordered by the juvenile court system while he allegedly committed these crimes. Marcus Philemon, a victim’s advocate with CharMeck Court Watch, said in a statement:

“It’s a public safety crisis at this point. It could have totally been prevented.”

CMPD said that it could only pin his location from the device at the crimes after he was arrested. Additionally, investigators said they had to wait on a search warrant because that information is protected within the juvenile justice system.

Philemon has worked with the CMPD as a victim’s advocate and blames the state’s decision in 2019 to send all suspects under the age of 18, no matter how violent the crime, to juvenile court. He said:

“It tied the hands of law enforcement. It hid information from the public like juvenile record, juvenile activity.”

Belton is accused of stealing thousands of dollars in cash, purses, wallets, and cellphones. Detectives allegedly said that people in the Latino community are sometimes targeted specifically for crime because of an assumption that they carry cash rather than put it in the bank.

As of this writing, Vasquez is still recovering from being shot and has been unable to work. He said, however, that he and his family continue to be strong. He added:

“We Hispanics are here to survive and help our families.”

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Report: 16-year-old accused in triple homicide released on GPS after key evidence suppressed

October 18th, 2022

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The justice system has released an individual suspected of killing two men and a teenager to GPS monitoring after key evidence was reportedly tossed out in the case.

On September 28th, the Marion Superior Court ruled in favor of Caden Smith’s attorneys to suppress evidence that was submitted for the trial.

Smith, who faces several charges including murder and dangers possession of a machine gun, is allegedly connected to the death of three people during the month of October 2021.

His attorney, David Hennessy, argued that the search warrants that the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) detectives applied for were “defective and without probable cause.”

The court agreed that the warrant was defective, ordering all items seized as a result of this warrant must be suppressed. The court deemed that law enforcement violated Smith’s fourth and 14th amendment rights.

The state has asked the court to reconsider the ruling, which was denied. Now, the attorney general’s office is appealing the decision to suppress the evidence.

The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office said that the evidence that was suppressed was key in their case. In a previous report, the office said that the evidence included the alleged murder weapon.

As of this writing, the state has had the case put on hold until the appeal is completed. With the looming appeal decision, Smith was ordered released from custody and to be placed on GPS monitoring.

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Smith was 16-years-old at the time of his arrest. He was arrested in connection with the triple homicide of 22-year-old Michael James, 17-year-old Abdulla Mubarak, and 18-year-old Joseph Thomas.

Their bodies were found in a remote field area in the 4400 block of South Meridian Street near Interstate 465. Smith is being charged as an adult. He was identified as a suspect through his communication with the victims prior to their murders.

According to a probable cause affidavit, more than 50 fired shell casings were found near the body of one of the victims.

The affidavit said that IMPD SWAT was doing surveillance on the home Smith lived in during the investigation. After making announcements, throwing noise flash diversionary devices and shooting a sock round through the bedroom window that belonged to Smith, an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) was used inside the home.

Smith eventually left the bedroom and the UAV followed him through the residence. SWAT officers reportedly attempted to get him to walk out to them and surrender peacefully, but he refused.

After several minutes, he walked down the sidewalk in the director officers directed him, but then turned around and started to head back inside. The affidavit read:

“IMPD SWAT officers acted quickly and deployed a sock round striking Caden. IMPD SWAT also attempted to tase Caden but this had no effect on him.”

As the investigation continued, preliminary results of forensic testing showed bullets recovered from the victims during their autopsies were all identified as having been fired from a gun found in Smith’s bedroom.

Smith faces charges including murder, robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, possession of a machine gun, dangerous possession of a firearm, possession of meth, possession of marijuana, and resisting law enforcement.

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‘He raped children’: Serial child rapist of little girls set to be released from prison thanks to ‘legal loophole’

October 11th, 2022

PORTLAND, OR – Richard Gillmore was convicted of raping a 13-year-old girl in 1987. He was sentenced to 30 to 60 years. He confessed to 9 other rapes of underage girls, but he was only convicted for one case, thanks to a legal loophole called “statute of limitations.

Gillmore, also known as the “jogger rapist,” is set to be released from prison in December.

According to Fox News, he got the nickname because he would scout victims while jogging past their homes.

At least two of his victims are unsettled.

And they are justified in their fear and frustration. Gillmore confessed to raping multiple girls in the 70s and 80s.

His victim in the attack that led to his conviction, Tiffany Edens, addressed his release, after she was notified by Oregon’s Victim Information and Notification Service.

She received that heads up via voicemail.

“I have been slowly processing the reality of it all,” Edens wrote on social media.

She was thirteen when Gillmore raped her. He broke into her family’s home in Troutdale.

Danielle Tudor, who claims to be one of the other 9 victims, said she was raped by Gillmore in 1979.

She was also a teenager. She has been extremely vocal in her opposition to his freedom.

“If he had been able to have been charged for all the rapes he committed, he’d never be getting out,” Tudor said. 

Adding insult to injury, the state has labeled Gillmore as a sex offender at the lowest risk of reoffending.  While he will be required to register as a sex offender, the designation allows him to move into a neighborhood and the state, county and city have no requirement to notify those living near him that he is a sex offender.

Many of his victims are irate at the classification. Tudor for one said she doesn’t understand why the state mad ethe decision it did.

“He was designated as a dangerous offender at trial,” Tudor said.

It seems as though Gillmore has been catching breaks since he was sentenced.

The judge issued an original sentence of at least 30 years, but no more than 60. A year into that conviction, the Oregon parole board cut that sentence in half.

During a two-hour hearing in 2012, board member Jeremiah Stromberg asked Gillmore:

Do you deserve to be paroled?”

The convicted rapists responded through tears.

“No sir. I’ve taken so much from so many people, and I got what I got, and I probably don’t deserve to be paroled.”

Even in 2012, one of the board members voted to grant parole.

Now, he is being paroled a full year before he would have been released for serving his full sentence.

He isn’t being turned loose completely. After being transferred from the Two Rivers Correctional Facility in Umatilla to the minimum-security Columbia River unit to help him prepare for his release, Gillmore will be under supervision until 2034. Should he violate his parole terms in any way, he will go right back to prison.

That is of little consolation to his victims.

Colleen Kelly, another of Gillmore’s victims said after the 2012 hearing:

“It’s not fair if he gets out and we still have to live in fear.” 

While Edens was not present at that most recent hearing, her words from Gillmore’s sentencing nearly 40 years ago were reiterated by Multnomah County prosecutor Russ Ratto.

“I have no freedom,” Ratto read to the parole board. “I feel like I have no control over my life. If there is even the smallest possibility that he could do this horrible thing to someone else, then he should never be able to be in society again. That’s all.”

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Convicted rapist gets released from prison, then gets arrested on charges of – yup, you guessed it – rape

CHARLOTTE, NC – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police received a call around 4 am last Thursday. The call stated that a someone was attempting to gain entry to a Daybreak Drive apartment, but they were unsuccessful in that attempt.

Several hours later, they were called again by a person in a different building at that same complex.

The woman on the call said that the man gained access through a window. She told police that he sexually assaulted her. Police say that the woman and the suspect did not know one another.

Police have arrested 28-year-old Robert McFadden, charging him with two counts of first-degree forcible rape, two counts of first-degree sex offense, two counts of first-degree burglary, one count of larceny after breaking and entering, four counts of first-degree kidnapping, four counts of assault on a female, three counts of communicating threats, one count of interfering with emergency communication, and one count of parole violation.

McFadden had just been released from prison after being convicted of sexually assaulting an 83-year-old woman at the Mayfield Memorial Apartment complex.

According to WSOC, that is the same complex where his most recent victim also lived. She is a 63-year-old woman. She was transported to a local hospital for treatment and evaluation.

The victim that made the first 911 call at 4am said, “I think he’s severely demented.”

Christalline Gainey-Lymon told police she was sleeping when McFadden tried to gain entry to her residence, with the sounds of the attempted break-in waking her up.

“So, I got up on my knees and pulled the curtain back to look at the fan and I (saw) this screen being removed while being pulled away from the frame,” Gainey-Lymon told the Charlotte TV station. “And then I saw this black arm, and I’m, like, ‘Get away from my window.'”

Gainey-Lymon also told WBTV that she believes a more thorough investigation and response from the CMPD could have stopped the subsequent crime from happening.

She claimed that it took at least 20 minutes for police to respond to her early morning call and that they did very little once they arrived.

“He observed the portion of the screen being ripped away from the frame and I said ‘will you please take fingerprints?’ and Officer Stevens told me, ‘we don’t take fingerprints on screens.'” 

“They didn’t try to ride through to look and see if anything else was going on, they didn’t try to find the suspect. They just left,” Gainey-Lymon continued.

She also said that the complex manager told her that surveillance video showed McFadden leaving her window and hiding behind another building while police conducted their search of the area, before proceeding to the second victim’s window.

A CMPD spokesperson told the CBS affiliate:

“Two officers responded to the 4 am call and evaluated the scene including the attempted point of entry. The officers circulated the area in attempt to locate possible suspects.”

McFadden, who now has a lifetime registration as a sex offender is still being held in the Mecklenburg County jail.

A public records search revealed that his bond was set at $1.125 million. It also confirmed all twenty of the charges against him.

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Man arrested in connection with Washington state homicide was released early after violent assault on jail deputies

SEQUIM, WA- Once again, the apparent failure of our criminal justice system has cost someone their life. According to the Peninsula Daily News in Washington, police officers in the town of Sequim were investigating a homicide after receiving a check welfare call.

Responding officers found a woman in the home who was deceased. It was then when officers discovered the suspect involved in the homicide lived in the residence, a press release said.

On Thursday, police made a routine traffic stop in Sequim at approximately 4:31 a.m. A sheriff’s deputy from the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office arrived to assist the officer at about 4:37 a.m., according to Capt. Randy Plumb of the Bremerton Police Department, which is leading the investigation.

At some point during the traffic stop, the Sequim officer fired his duty weapon, Plumb said in a press release. The stop “rapidly escalated and became physical, which then led to gunshot,” according to City of Sequim attorney Kristina Nelson-Gross in a press release.

The suspect was transported to a local hospital for evaluation, and was subsequently released to police custody, Nelson-Gross said. An officer was shot during the exchange of gunfire, however, was not seriously injured. He was treated and released at a local hospital.

The suspect was identified as Bret Allen Kenney, 34, who was arrested on charges of investigation of first-degree assault of a police officer, disarming a law enforcement officer, and DUI drugs, charges levied by the Port Angeles Police Department. Kenney is a suspect in the homicide.

Now, let’s rewind the “way back” machine to 2017, when two corrections officers at the Snohomish County jail in Everett were savagely beaten inside the facility, with one officer being beaten unconscious and suffering broken bones. A second officer was punched repeatedly and struck with his own electronic stun gun, as reported at the time by the HeraldNet.

One other corrections officer, who came to the aid of the other two, was also assaulted by the inmate.

What was the inmate’s name? Bret Allen Kenney. At the time, Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Adam Cornell wrote in court papers that Kenney had “savagely attacked” the officers, also noting that he continued to punch the two officers even as they were down on the ground.

Kenney was charged with two counts of second-degree assault and one count of third-degree assault in connection with the incident. The charge of second-degree assault, had he been convicted, would have carried with it a life sentence without parole under Washington’s persistent offenders’ law.

This was (obviously) not Kenney’s first offense, having been arrested regarding a 2009 robbery and another robbery in 2011. He had received a five year bid for that case, while also racking up two non-strike convictions the previous year.

According to authorities, the assault inside the jail took place at around 1:00 a.m. when Kenney was allowed outside of his cell to walk around the module. Kenney was pacing , however slowed down according to Cornell. When the deputy stopped to look at his watch, Kenney attacked him without being provoked, and “sucker punched him square in the face.”

After the deputy fell to the ground, Kenney continued to pummel him. He initially walked away, however returned and continued the assault when the deputy tried to get up.

“He again brutally attacked him with his fists and continued to do so even after it appeared that (the deputy) was not moving,” Cornell wrote.

That officer suffered injuries which included a broken nose along with other injuries.

When the second deputy came to his co-worker’s aid, Kenney accosted him on the stairs and started punching him, eventually getting him to the ground and continually punching him as he lay on the floor. During the struggle, Kenney grabbed the officer’s stun gun and clocked him with it.

In the Sequim case, Capt. Mike Davis of the Bremerton Police Department would not confirm or deny if anyone was shot in that incident, and refused to identify either the suspect or the officer who was injured.

Nelson-Gross told reporters that in the case of any officer-involved significant use of force, it is required that an independent investigative team take over the investigation.

“Once the Sequim Police Department were notified this incident met those parameters, the Kitsap Critical Incident Response Team Commander was notified,” Nelson-Gross said.

In the 2017 assault on the jail deputies, Kenney was sentenced last November to over six years in prison, HeraldNet wrote. As is typical, a change in Washington State Law made one of the previous robbery convictions ineligible to be counted toward the state’s three strikes law, which removed the possibility of life without parole.

In another clear failure of the criminal justice system, Kenney was released from jail after serving only two months to a community custody program. Laughably, prior to being sentenced for the Snohomish County incident, Kenney wrote the judge claiming he’d “learned a valuable lesson.”

Clearly.

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