Video: Three suspects arrested following ambush of Orlando officers in broad daylight

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ORLANDO, FL – According to reports, three suspects have been arrested in connection with an ambush of Orlando Police officers that was caught on bodycam earlier in September.

The shooting incident occurred in broad daylight, with the Orlando Police chief noting that he was “puzzled” over the ambush as there was nothing that seemed to have provoked the shooting.

On September 21st at approximately 1:00 p.m., officers in a patrol unit in the area of Jacobs Place and S. Lakeland Avenue were pulling over to the sidewalk to make contact with a trio of males, identified as 22-year-old Jameon Brown, 19-year-old Michael Collins and 17-year-old Travis Weston.

Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolón stated that without provocation and before contact could even be made with the three subjects, the officers came under fire while still inside the unit.

Bodycam footage from the incident shows the officer in the passenger side saying, “watch out” and then the gunfire starts ringing out.

The suspects fled on foot, and both of the officers exit the vehicle, with one of the officers retrieving a rifle from the squad car. However, footage shows that no additional shots were fired during the incident once the officer retrieved the rifle.

After the initial incident, Weston was reportedly discovered with a wounded leg and was taken to an area hospital before being officially booked. Brown was also reportedly apprehended the same day a short time later, having sustained an unspecified injury to his arm.

Police caught up with Collins on September 22nd, with investigators saying they located the suspect near Camping World Stadium.

Chief Rolón is relieved that none of his officers were hurt or killed during the exchanged gunfire, but expressed confusion as to what prompted the rapid escalation of events:

“We are very fortunate not to be speaking about an officer-involved shooting where we may have lost one of our officers in this incident. We’re kind of puzzled as to how this happened. Again, the officers simply pulled up, as they tried to make contact, before they could get out of their car, there are shots that went into that vehicle that they were in.”

Officials did not disclose what the officers involved were attempting to make contact with the suspects for prior to the shooting.

All three of the suspects have since been charged with attempted first-degree murder on a law enforcement officer with a firearm and aggravated assault with a firearm.

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Suspect accused of harassing bagel shop customers in police-defunded NYC hits employee with brick

(Originally published September 23rd, 2021)

NEW YORK CITY, NY – Police in New York City are searching for a suspect known to be a local panhandler that was caught on camera throwing a brick at a 63-year-old bagel shop employee after the victim asked the suspect to stop harassing customer.

The incident occurred shortly before 8:00 a.m. on September 15th outside of the Kossar’s Bagels, where video captured outside of the shop showed the initial confrontation between the panhandler and the victim.

According to the store manager, the suspect has hung around outside of the shop on previous occasions asking for money, and the manager has even extended kindness in previous instances by giving the man some free bagels.

However, during the September 15th incident, the suspect was reportedly harassing customers for money, which led to the bagel shop’s maintenance worker stepping outside and telling the suspect to leave.

Surveillance video shows the suspect at first wielding a chair over his head, threatening to bash the victim with it. The suspect then ditches the chair and opts to punch the 63-year-old man in his face – knocking the victim on the ground.

The attack then moved to the street, where the victim can be seen trying to defend himself with a stick. The suspect then grabs a brick and throws it at the victim’s face. Authorities say that the victim was later treated for injuries to his nose following the attack.

Carrie Miller, a local who frequents the bagel shop, is familiar with the suspect, saying she’s seen him posted up outside of the shop and panhandling:

“He sits there and from the chair he asks people to give him money. I was wondering about the owners and why they weren’t doing something about it.”

Another local resident, Nancy Crampton, says she feels like there has ben an uptick in these sorts of crimes taking place across the city:

“As someone who lives here, I feel like there is an escalation of these type of events across the city since the pandemic.”

Police are actively searching for the suspect, warning locals to not approach the man if they see him as he could lash out violently with little warning. Instead, if spotted, police are urging the public to call police immediately.

Anyone with information about the incident or the suspect’s whereabouts is urged to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-8477 or for Spanish, 1-888-577-4782. Tips can also be sent to the NYPDTips Twitter account or submitted online at NYPDCrimeStoppers.com.

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Subway employee suspended for defending herself against armed robber, pistol-whipping him with his gun

(Originally published September 14th, 2021)

ROCKFORD, IL – An employee of the sandwich chain Subway was reportedly suspended from her job after store security footage of her fending off an armed robber who tried taking her purse while she was at work earlier in September went viral.

Araceli Sotelo was at work on September 5th at approximately 10:30 a.m. when she was confronted by an armed male suspect who went behind the counter in an effort to rob the victim.

Video shared online shows Sotelo and the suspect get into a physical struggle after she was heard screaming “stop” and “he’s trying to rob me.”

During the physical struggle that makes its way into the lobby of the restaurant, the suspect drops his firearm – which Sotelo is able to quickly retrieve before the suspect could.

The suspect can be seen holding onto the victim’s purse while she has control of the gun, and Sotelo then cracks the suspect upside his head with the weapon. Reportedly, the struggle continued from there outside of the store and security cameras purview.

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The Rockford Scanner was the first news outlet to report the attempted robbery and share a copy of the video, which Sotelo shared a copy of that video to her personal Tik Tok account.

Sotelo’s mother, Sylvia Oviedo, shared an update via a GoFundMe account on September 8th, writing that her daughter was suspended after defending herself against the armed robber:

“My name is Sylvia Oviedo and over the weekend my daughter was robbed while working (alone) and she fought him off and he only took HER purse. Nothing from the store was stolen.

Her manager has now suspended her from work leaving her without a job after she heroically defended the store. My daughter now has a broken phone, no ID, no debit card and no purse and he (the manager) [refuses] to compensate her for any of it.”

Speaking to the local Fox outlet WTVO, Sotelo recounted the harrowing experience:

“He kind of just showed me his gun, and I was like freaking out like, ‘woah you can’t do that please leave, I won’t call the police.’”

“[He said] ‘give me all the money’ and I said ‘I do not have any money, like, I do not have any money.’ That is all I had and he was just like, ‘give me everything before I hurt you.’”

She explained how she used her weight and leverage to overpower the suspect, which she said after getting his gun, he tried offering her purse back in exchange for his weapon and clothes:

“He dropped it trying to hold onto my purse, and I end up pulling his sweatshirt off him and I was like ‘show your face, show your face, you are on camera.’ and he was like ‘here you can have your purse back just give me back my stuff.’

He wanted me to give him back his gun and his clothes.’ I just hit him on the head with it, that is what he was doing to me.”

Sotelo says it was after the footage was leaked online that her manager suspended her, reportedly telling her that the suspension will remain in effect until all traces of the store security footage have been wiped from the internet:

“I get a call yesterday it was like, ‘if every one of these videos are not taken offline you will be suspended,’ and then I texted them and I’m like ‘how long am I suspended for?’ They said till everything is removed online. I have no ability to do that.”

“They did not want anyone to know, they wanted to be private that it happened to me and that I fought back, but I think they did that because they do not want corporate to know.”

The robbery victim thinks that her manager is trying to conceal what happened to her that day:

“They did not want anyone to know, they wanted to be private that it happened to me and that I fought back, but I think they did that because they do not want corporate to know.”

A spokesperson for Subway didn’t confirm if Sotelo was suspended or not, highlighting that Subway locations are independently operated by franchise owners:

“We are deeply concerned about the recent incident at a franchised location in Rockford, Illinois. The restaurant owner and management are fully cooperating with the police investigation, and we request patience until that process is complete.”

“Every restaurant is independently owned and operated. We are in contact with the franchisee to better understand the situation and assist as needed.”

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