LAS VEGAS, NV – A 33-year-old suspect is now facing a murder charge after allegedly punching a retired Connecticut state trooper, which resulted in the former law enforcement officer passing away from the attack.
Thomas Driscoll’s life ended with one punch. He fell backwards hitting the ground and less than one hour later he was pronounced dead. https://t.co/FfQhqKrRkk
— CBS 42 (@CBS_42) March 2, 2021
According to officials, 57-year-old retired Connecticut State Trooper Thomas Driscoll was accompanied by a female companion while making their way across a pedestrian bridge that connects Ballys and the Cromwell at approximately 4:30 a.m. on February 28th.
When walking across the bridge, the two had reportedly passed by 33-year-old Brandon Leath – which Leath was said to have made some sort of comment toward the two while passing by.
Driscoll and his companion continued toward an escalator and made their way down it, where Leath was said to have rushed down the stairs nearby and positioned himself in a “fighting stance” and confronted Driscoll and his companion.
Leath allegedly punched Driscoll, causing the victim to fall backwards. Police say that Driscoll was motionless after falling, and he was transported to Sunrise Medical Hospital where he was pronounced deceased one hour later.
Police were said to have later apprehended the suspect near the Mirage Hotel.
When interviewed by investigators about the fatal incident, officials allege that Leath recollected what transpired before and after the alleged physical confrontation with Driscoll, but “offered no explanation of the incident.”
Leath had made his initial appearance in court on March 1st after being charged with murder, where bail was reportedly denied by the judge.
Two individuals who reportedly were familiar with Leath had spoken to news outlet KVVU about Leath, claiming that he was a, “ticking time bomb,” regarding his alleged tendencies to act out erratically.
Leath was also said to have been out on bond from a previous felony arrest prior to the incident from February 28th, according to reports.
This is a developing investigation.
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In other cases involving alleged unprovoked attacks, a female suspect is wanted in New York City after allegedly striking a toddler in the face numerous times while on the subway.
And what’s all the more troubling about the case was that not a single bystander was said to have intervened to help the mother and her child who were being terrorized by the suspect.
We at Law Enforcement Today shared that report earlier in February.
Here’s that previous report.
NEW YORK CITY, NY – A 21-year-old mother says that when a female panhandler launched an attack on her 2-year-old child, with the attacker punching her child in the face, not a single bystander on the subway intervened to help the mother and her child.
— New York Post (@nypost) February 23, 2021
The incident occurred on February 20th while the 21-year-old mother was with her 2-year-old on the northbound C train at Frederick Douglass Boulevard and West 116th Street in Manhattan.
While on the train, the woman (who wanted to keep her identity confidential) stated that her young boy was sleeping on her lap while a panhandler aboard the train was asking riders for money.
At one point, said panhandler had gotten too close for comfort, and the 21-year-old mother had asked the female panhandler to respect social distancing guidelines.
Looking back at the interaction, the mother recalled what she’d said to the panhandler:
“Ma’am, can you please stay 6 feet away? Please back off.”
This sort of a request is rather common in the era of COVID-19, but the 21-year-old mother stated that this request sent the female panhandler into a fit of rage.
The female panhandler allegedly stepped on the 21-year-old’s foot, and then started to punch her toddler in the face several times.
All the while, this mother was pleading for bystanders to help her – and not a single one came to her aid:
“And I was just asking people like, ‘yo can y’all please get my baby, please get him’, like, and nobody tried to stop, like, she was standing there!”
When speaking with the New York Post about the incident, the mother claimed that “every seat” was filled on the train at the time:
“There was a lot of people. Every seat was occupied.”
Once the train had reached the station, the attacker reportedly fled the scene. Police have yet to identify the female panhandler allegedly behind the assault on the toddler.
The mother of the child had taken her boy to Mount Sinai-Saint Luke’s Hospital after the attack, where the doctor had informed the mother that her son could suffer from seizures due to the injuries sustained from the attack.
If there was a greater police presence aboard the subway trains, the mother feels as though these sorts of incidents would occur less frequently:
“You see everything on the train station. It’s so mind-blowing, y’all understand. Cause, it’s like, where is the police?”
Earlier in February, there were reports that the NYPD was working to have an additional 644 police officers working within the subway systems to quell the violent crime that has been ongoing in recent months.
The subway system is getting extra security. The #NYPD announced Tuesday it will be adding even more cops to the transit beat then previously announced — 144 to be exact. @JohnBDias reports. https://t.co/BpXR3hHVjE
— CBS New York (@CBSNewYork) February 16, 2021
Still, MTA Chairman Pat Foye thinks that even 644 officers working the subway systems is too small of a number, and would prefer to see an additional 1,000 officers working the subway stations:
“We feel strongly about the request to provide a safe and secure environment.”
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