Weird News 6/5/16
Weird News of the week.
A 19-year-old Wisconsin man was booked for first-degree assault for reportedly threatening to cut a woman if she didn’t have sex with him.
According to the Sheboygan Press, Anthony J. Zingale allegedly made the threats during a house party, and police were called to the residence by the victim’s husband. Zingale is said to have immediately put his hands behind his back when cops approached him.
The woman said Zingale cornered her in the bathroom, put a knife to her neck and demanded sex. She managed to convince him to go into the bedroom, which allowed her to escape and find help.
Zingale, who was supposedly drunk at the time – he’s underage, but claimed his mother was at the party with him – gave police a different account. He claimed that the woman was in the room when he went to use the bathroom and although he felt uncomfortable, he dropped his pants to do his business. That’s when he says that the woman snatched the knife from him.
In addition to first-degree assault, the 19-year-old was charged with carrying a concealed weapon. He faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison if convicted.
That probably explains the tears.
It’s a call that Massachusetts 911 call center operators probably weren’t expecting. As the post on the Quincy Police Department’s Facebook page put it: “Every day we answer numerous 911 calls. Often times, these calls are from individuals who are in need of immediate assistance. Sometimes, it’s a simple misdial. Then there’s Robert’s 9-1-1 call. Robert is a six year old resident of Quincy….”
On May 28, Robert, also known as Robbie Richardson, was sitting in a car being driven by his father, when the dad allegedly ran a red light. Little Robbie was so outraged by his father’s flagrant disregard for the rules of the road, that he decided to report him to the police. It’s unclear if Robert has his own cellphone or snagged his dad’s, but once his six-year-old fingers dialed 911, he told the emergency operator, “Um, daddy went past a red light.”
Robert not only told the dispatcher about what his father did, but he also made it easy for the police to find them by describing the vehicle. “He has a black truck,” Robert said. “It was in the brand new car, my mommy’s car.” Something tells us Robert has a favorite parent.
Toward the end of the 1:13 call, the dispatcher asked Robbie to speak with his father. As Robbie passed the phone to his dad, he played dumb, telling him, “Somebody just called.”
Initially somehow clueless to the fact that Robbie had tattled, Robbie’s dad was quick to apologize for, and then chuckle at his son’s actions. No arrests were made for the call or for running the light, serving as a reminder that while crime doesn’t pay, having a cute kid can pay off. As for Robbie? Cleary the kid has a future in law enforcement.
Johnathan Cruz, 19, of Indianapolis, has been charged with killing three people over the course of four days in a murder spree reportedly inspired by the horror flick “The Purge.” This week, the face-tattooed teen, who has been jailed since May 16 on other charges, was hit with three counts of murder for the alleged killing spree that began on May 12. His inspiration, prosecutors say, was the horror franchise, which imagines a world where one day a year all crime, including murder, is legal. (The third installment of the movie will be released in July.)
According to the Chicago Tribune, Cruz, who is also a father of a three-month-old baby, left a trail of evidence behind him, including a text message sent only 10 days before the rampage that read, “I purge every night now.” Deputy Prosecutor Denise Robinson told the publication that investigators even have cell phone video of one alleged murder.
The victims, according to reports, were all random and do not appear to be connected in any way to Cruz. On May 12, Billy Boyd and Jay Higginbotham were murdered, and then three days later, Jose Ruiz was killed. Cruz is also accused of robbing a man during the alleged crime spree.
Ricki Cline, the mother of Cruz’s infant daughter, told the Chicago Tribune that those who blame Cruz for the murders are “trying to protect themselves,” as the paper put it, and claims the idea that he went on a killing spree inspired by a movie is “irrelevant and … pointless.”
Meanwhile, his current girlfriend, Angela Barner, also claims cops have the wrong man. “They’re making him out to be some type of crazy, violent person and he’s not,” she said. “Yeah, he had issues, but he wasn’t that violent.”
Cruz is being represented by a public defender and has entered a preliminary plea of not guilty. Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said he would consider the death penalty in this case.
Brandon James Edwards is behind bars after a weekend argument turned physical at Punta Gorda’s Redneck Mud Park. According to the Palm Beach Post, Edwards, 24, allegedly ran over Trey Hill and Sabrina Tischner while the two were in a tent at the park.
According to reports, Edwards got into an argument with Randal Jones over an ice chest that broke when it fell off of a vehicle that was parked near Jones’ campsite. Edwards eventually left the scene with a friend identified as Robert Dodge. According to Dodge, when they left, Edwards was making comments about going to get his ATV and running over the group’s campsite. Dodge was unable to talk him out of it, and Edwards left on his vehicle.
Back at Jones’ campsite, Hill and Tischner were in a tent when they heard the engine of an ATV approaching. Before they realized it was coming at them, the ATV ran roughshod over them and their tent. Somehow not seriously injured, Hill and Tischner managed to get out of the mangled tent, and told police they saw Edwards sitting on his ATV just outside the tent. Hill said that Edwards just remarked, “Oh, I did not know you were in there.”
Police quickly arrived and arrested Edwards. He has been charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. At last check, he remains in the custody of the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office.