BETHESDA, MD – Three 16-year-old DC kids were driving in a BMW SUV when they were spotted by Bethesda police, who recognized the BMW from the description from an attempted robbery a week earlier. The officer began to surveil the vehicle.
At some point in his following the suspects, the SUV slammed on its brakes, causing the officer to swerve to avoid hitting them.
The tailing officer said that he heard gunshots as the vehicle drove around him. Someone in the vehicle fired another shot. The surveillance turned into a full pursuit at that point. The officer’s car took at least two of the four shots. The officer was uninjured in the attack.
He radioed for assistance.
“Give me the air. They’re firing at us. Shots fired,” the undercover officer said before asking a unit to put stop sticks near MD-355 and I-495. “I want a helicopter in the air. Get me PG air.”
According to Shore News Network, this all started around 1:20 am on Thursday, June 30th.
During the pursuit, the suspects lost control of the BMW and wrecked it in the vicinity of I-495 and Connecticut Avenue. Two of them were immediately taken into custody, while the third tried to flee. He was apprehended a short time later with the assistance of Montgomery County Police K9 units and the Prince George County Police helicopter.
Police say that the teens were arrested and charged with attempted murder of a police officer.
It is likely they will face additional charges.
STORY: Three DC teens tried breaking into a $2 million Bethesda home, got caught in the act, fled in a stolen SUV, and fired at a police vehicle before crashing down a ravine, MoCo Police shared Thursday.
All three suspects are 16yo and reside in DC.https://t.co/sjUJtSZYos
— Kevin Lewis (@KevinLewis7News) July 1, 2022
Authorities released the names of the boys, indicating that they will be tried as adults.
They were identified as Maynor Josue Bonilla-Flores, Jason Benitez-Umanzor and Brad Roca, all 16 and from Washington, DC.
Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy confirmed that the young men will be processed through the adult courts.
“They are charged as adults because under the law in Maryland, if you are of a certain age, i.e., 16, and you’re charged with [attempted] first-degree murder, the statute says you shall be charged as an adult.”
Montgomery County Police Chief Marcus Jones address the situation at a press conference late Thursday afternoon, according to ABC 7.
“The fact that these three suspects are all juveniles is simply disturbing. One of [the bullets] actually entered into the passenger’s compartment and actually struck the headrest of the passenger seat. So, it showed you how close in proximity it came to striking the actual officer.”
Jones also pointed out that his officers never returned fire.
One of the suspects was erroneously released but was arrested again a short time later. All three are being held with no bond.
MoCo Police shared photos of bullet holes in the unmarked police vehicle.
“One of them actually entered… the passenger's compartment and… struck the headrest of the passenger seat. So, it showed you how close in proximity it came to striking the actual officer." – Chief Jones pic.twitter.com/8uCSi4lxAB
— Kevin Lewis (@KevinLewis7News) July 1, 2022
During a press conference, Chief Jones was asked if the recent spate of burglaries, like the ones these suspects are alleged to have committed, was a result of COVID-19.
“I will suggest, from my perspective, that I don’t think it’s COVID,” Jones responded. “So, there’s a lot of reasons and I think we need to dig deeper into the root cause of why people are doing what they’re doing and we’re working really hard to do that.”
Police: Group of teens harassed elderly man, then shot and killed him because they “thought it was fun”
HOUSTON, TX – A group of teenagers allegedly harassed and shot an elderly man to death Monday in Houston because they thought it was fun, said police.
According to police, four teenagers saw the elderly man walking with his cane and a suitcase. The teenagers started harassing the man for what they saw as fun. The elderly man swung his cane, trying to get the teenagers to go away.
Two teenage girls tried to convince the other two boys to stop and leave. As the four were leaving, one of the boys stopped, turned around and shot at the victim.https://t.co/df1w3Z35Ye
— KOMO News (@komonews) May 11, 2022
Two teenage girls in the group allegedly attempted to persuade the two teenage boys to leave. When the four departed, one of the boys turned back and shot the man. The teens then ran away.
Police are searching for the suspect involved in the shooting and say that they might be able to identify the teen responsible.
An elderly man was shot to death by a group of teenagers harassing him for fun late Monday night, police say.https://t.co/2loEtsDtYI
— News 5 WCYB (@news5wcyb) May 11, 2022
The elderly man was taken to the hospital, where he died from a gunshot wound to the chest.
Houston Police said they are not sure of the motive at this time but are reviewing footage from the area.
Authorities are requesting that anyone with information call Crime Stoppers (713) 521-4600 with details regarding the suspects.
Police said four teenagers were walking along the sidewalk and saw the victim walking with his cane and suitcase. Police say that the teenagers started harassing the man, possibly just for fun. https://t.co/amuAMYibXO
— Local 12/WKRC-TV (@Local12) May 11, 2022
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NEW ORLEANS, LA – 73-year-old Linda Frickey was simply leaving work at an agency where she sold life insurance. Four teens car-jacked her at gunpoint.
Surveillance footage shows the teenagers, passing by her vehicle several times, appearing to wait for vehicles to stop passing by. The approached her car, opened the doors and one of the individuals pulled the elderly woman from the vehicle.
He can be seen stomping and punching towards the ground, presumably at Frickey.
They jumped in the vehicle and drove away.
The owner became tangled and was dragged for more than a block before breaking free of the moving car. Her arm was severed and separated from her body.
According to WDSU, multiple people tried to get the driver to stop.
“I got out of my vehicle screaming, ‘Stop, stop. You are dragging someone.’ He took off with the vehicle, still dragging her. Reckless. No care for human beings at all,” said Todd Ecker.
Family members spoke about the incident.
“She was coming out of her office building putting something in her car,” Frickey’s sister-in-law, Kathy Richard said. “She got tangled in her seatbelt because they did not give her time to get out. It is disgusting. You have a 73-year-old woman just at her job. Putting things in the car. They dragged her. No forethought. Dismembered her. Why? She was just a good person.”
Orleans Parish District Attorney Jason Williams issued a statement in regard to the carjacking and the woman’s death, which said in part:
“What occurred to 73-year-old Linda Frickey was heinous and unthinkable. I can’t help but think of my own mother and other elders in our community.
While we will allow the NOPD to complete a thorough investigation, any and all persons that the evidence shows participated in the murder of this elder will be prosecuted to the absolute fullest extent of the law.”
Part of that evidence was surveillance footage from around the neighborhood where the theft and murder took place.
Through that video, witnesses at the scene, and tip to Crime Stoppers, police were able to issue descriptions of the individuals.
NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said that they now have all four in custody.
The suspects are a 17-year-old boy, a 16-year-old girl and two additional girls, both 15.
The parents of one of the 15-year-olds called police to turn their daughter in. The mother of the male suspect also turned him in. When police located him, they also found the 16-year-old female.
The other 15-year-old was located on Tuesday just before the police held their update briefing with local media.
Each of the teens is now facing second-degree murder charges. Ferguson said that he would like to see the teens tried as adults, but the DA has not indicated of he will do so.
At least two of the suspects had prior arrests, but Ferguson would not say what those arrests were for, mentioning only that they were not related to crimes they allegedly carried out this past Monday.
Ferguson thanked the parents who turned their children, saying “I commend these parents for doing the right thing. Absolutely we need more parenting like that.”
Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued a statement via social media.
“Yesterday, our city witnessed a shocking and horrific act of violence,” the mayor said. “It was startling beyond belief, and I absolutely condemn this senseless and unimaginable tragedy in the strongest possible way.
I send my heartfelt condolences to the family of the victim, and my gratitude to the NOPD and Chief Shaun Ferguson for the quick and efficient work in apprehending the four suspects in less than 24 hours. I thank them for their diligence and professionalism in making our city safer.
But it does not end with our police force. It takes all of us coming together to address the issues we face, and I am confident that by working together, we can make New Orleans a safer and prosperous city for all of us.”
Law Enforcement Today will follow this story and provide updates as they become available.
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Police: 12-year-old and two teens arrested for beating a man to death during a carjacking in police-defunded city
PHILADELPHIA, PA – Police have arrested three people for allegedly brutally beating an elderly man to death during a carjacking in Philadelphia.
The suspects who were arrested range in age from 12 to 18 years old.
The Philadelphia Police Department announced the latest arrest of a 12-year-old for his alleged involvement in the carjacking and beating death of 70-year-old Chung Yan Chin on February 3rd.
The 12-year-old, who was not identified, is the third person arrested for the brutal crime.
The other two teenagers who the Philadelphia Police Department alleges are involved are 18-year-old John Nusslein and 16-year-old Qiyam Muhammad. Nusslein was arrested in January while there is an arrest warrant for Muhammad.
Currently, Nusslein and the unnamed suspect have been charged as adults for murder, robbery, conspiracy, and weapons violations for their alleged involvement in Chin’s murder.
They also may face additional criminal charges for evidence tampering after removing the registered license plate from the vehicle in attempts to conceal it was stolen.
Both suspects are currently being held without bail pending future court dates.
Nusslein’s next court appearance is in April.
As of now, there have been no reports that police have been able to locate Muhammad and take him into custody for his alleged involvement.
The carjacking occurred on December 2nd of 2021 around 7 pm on the 3000 block of Teesdale Street when the trio allegedly approached Chin as he was trying to get into his car.
The trio allegedly knocked Chin to the ground and began to savagely beat and kick him in the face before they stole the keys to his car and fled.
Police, who did not find Chin for several hours after the brutal beating, were transported to a nearby hospital in critical condition and diagnosed with several facial fractures as well as an injury to his brain. Sadly, Chin succumbed to his injuries on December 21st.
Amy Ford, who lives near where the violent crime occurred, said:
“Justice [in this case] has to be done. It is just not fair. It is sickening. It is terrible. It is too close to home. It is like one block over.”
The arrests come as the Philadelphia Police Department has reported they have been able to arrest at least 12 carjacking suspects through the week of February 17th. Police reported that several of those arrested were teenagers and young adults who were armed with illegal guns.
Ben Naish, a spokesman for the Philadelphia Police Department spoke to CBS about the arrests the agency has made:
“Investigators are working diligently to ensure the evidence is there to support the cases and keep the violent offenders off the street.”
Naish then spoke specifically of two men who had been arrested for several cases over two days in the northeast portion of the city. Jamie Maneely, 21 years old, and Cameron Styles, 20 years old, were arrested on February 11th after they crashed a stolen car on Evans Street. Naish said:
“They were subsequently connected to and arrested for a carjacking that occurred just the day before, early in the morning at the Forest Hill train station on Bayberry Road in the far northeast.”
In addition to the carjacking charges, Maneely was also charged with a robbery that occurred at the Lukoil gas station on Roosevelt Boulevard on February 10th. Naish reported that when the pair was arrested, a ghost or privately made gun was recovered. He said:
“Officers recovered a 9mm ghost gun, or privately made firearm.”
Grandfather -a military veteran – murdered in carjacking in police-defunded Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Police Department reported that the victim, identified as 60-year-old George Briscella, had been visiting his mother’s residence in the 2100 block of Afton Street around 8 pm.
That’s when he began walking to his 2020 Toyota Rav4, which was parked in a driveway. As he neared his vehicle, three unknown suspects approached him and began firing.
Police say three shots were fired from the suspects who appeared to have some type of rifle. Briscella was struck in his abdomen as the suspects entered into his vehicle and fled the scene.
Briscella was transported to the Jefferson-Torresdale Hospital for medical treatment. Despite all lifesaving efforts, Briscella succumbed to his wounds.
Video surveillance captured Briscella walking towards his vehicle before he was approached by the three suspects. However, the actual shooting was not captured on video.
Kelly Rule of @KellyRuleTV posted on Twitter:
“DEADLY CARJACKING: @PhillyPolice say surveillance vid does not show shooting but records audio of 3 gunshots. Police say Briscella was struck once. Video shows RAV4 speeding towards Large Street. It had temporary PA tag #51467PD.”
Tony Briscella, the victim’s son, noted his disgust that his father was gunned down in such a manner. He said:
“[the suspects had a] Total disregard for human life, a great human life. This didn’t need to happen in a city that we all grew up in and loved, and it continues to deteriorate.”
Matt Corbin, a friend of Briscella, spoke to CBS about his friend being murdered. He said:
“George fought back. He’s a fighter, one of the strongest dudes.”
Corbin then reflected on the violent crime in the city and the need, according to him, for everyone to be armed to protect themselves. He said:
“Everybody’s gotta start packing their guns and fighting back. I got mine on me now and I wasn’t carrying mine for the longest time but now I am. Nobody’s gonna get my car.”
Philadelphia Police Captain Jason Smith reported on the murder and believed that it was nothing more than a target of opportunity. He said:
“We know in the 12th District it looked like they were specifically targeting certain vehicles – the Toyota Highlander, for instance…It appears to have been a crime of opportunity.”
Billy Padden, a friend of Briscella, spoke about his friend and Marine Corps vet:
“George was just an all-around stand-up guy. You couldn’t help but smile when he was in the room.”
Padden then added that although this type of violent crime gets reported on in Philadelphia often, it hits hard when it hits this close to home. He said:
“You read about this stuff and you see it on the news and you see it in other neighborhoods and you say, ‘Oh wow.’ But when it happens close to home it hits hard and when it happens to one of your own it’s a different feeling…We’re all in shock, we’re in disbelief but we are going to stay together and pray him through this, pray his family through this.”
According to CBS News, the Philadelphia Police Department has reported there have been almost 160 carjackings throughout the city so far in 2022.
The Philadelphia Police Department is asking anyone with any information to contact them so that they can identify and hold responsible those that were involved in this murder.
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