Weird News 7/31/16
Weird news of the week.
These are the crime stories making headlines today, July 29, 2016 …
- The NYPD said they arrested a member of the Hells Angels motorcycle club after he allegedly chased a man away from their East Village clubhouse with a baseball bat and a gun. The report said 28-year-old Jose Brito was allegedly waving a gun, but cops haven’t found that weapon yet. [NY Daily News]
- A 21-year-old suspect, Travis Vartorella, pulled a three-foot sword on his former roommate in a fight over pizza rolls. The guy was reportedly collecting his personal items from the home they’d shared when he went for the frozen rolls. A dispute over the ownership of the tasty snacks ensued, and the cops were called. Officers also found a six-foot samurai sword and a machete on the premises. Vartorella is also a registered sex offender. [Smoking Gun]
- A 23-year-old man is facing charges after police say he allegedly threw a Batarang at them. In case you’re wondering what a “Batarang” is, it’s a bat-shaped boomerang normally used by Batman. No word on where the suspect got one of these. He is also accused of allegedly threatening a bouncer with a spear. [NBC]
- A Florida couple is under arrest after police say they were involved in a bizarre incident involving a machete, ghosts, and the drug molly. Deputies said they found 26-year-old Megan Silva running down the street. She reportedly said she was high on molly and being followed by her partner who believed he was chasing ghosts out of their house with a machete. Two children, 6 and 8, were also inside the home at the time of the incident, but were unharmed. [WFLA]
- A homeless man, George Pugh, turned in 18-year-old Hunter Lee Taylor for making threats against the cops. Pugh was allegedly smoking marijuana in Manhattan’s Port Authority Bus Terminal with Hunter when the suspect “motioned” toward a Port Authority officer and said, “I’d like to off that guy.” The homeless tipster said at first he didn’t believe the teen, that was, until he saw that he had a gun. [NY Post]
- A Florida man was arrested because of his Krispy Kreme donut? The 64-year-old said he was handcuffed, arrested, booked (and even stripped searched) because of the tasty treat. The motorist, who was pulled over for speeding, claims that every other week he treats himself to a donut. The little pieces of glaze that fell of the donut looked like crystal meth to the cops, so they arrested him. A test reportedly came back “several weeks” later, clearing the guy of any wrongdoing. [Orlando Sentinel]
- A terrible case in Scotland has uncovered nearly 500 children as innocent victims of sex abuse. Authorities took down 77 suspects and charged them with rape, sharing indecent images of children, and many other crimes. Police say they found around 30 million photos. Some of the victims were as young as three. [Daily Mail]
- A mother who admitted to loving her boyfriend more than her child was convicted of the baby’s death. The “drug-taking” boyfriend, 27-year-old Hardeep Hunjan, is convicted of killing the 13-month-old by beating him to death. The child’s mother was not found guilty of killing the child, but is convicted of causing or allowing the death of a child. [Telegraph]
- A suspect has been arrested for the theft of almost 1,000 Venus Flytrap plants. Authorities in North Carolina say 23-year-old Paul Simmons, Jr., will serve up to 17 months behind bars after poaching the plants from a public game lands. The carnivorous plants are protected and only grow in the U.S. in wetlands in southeast North Carolina and northeast South Carolina, according to the report. [Fox News]
A manhunt is on Indianapolis to find a suspect, 28-year-old Maurice Nelson, accused of kidnapping, raping, and seriously assaulting a woman. The victim, 23, was rescued after a neighbor reportedly heard her screams from a basement dungeon. When police arrived at the house, they not only had to force open the front door, but also had to cut through a padlock.
The woman was found completely nude, shackled, and handcuffed with a chain hanging around her neck. “There was another chain from her neck restraint to a pole, and yet another attacking the restraints on her ankles to a floor bolt,” the Indianapolis Star said. The woman’s hair was missing, and she claims Nelson pulled it out with his hands and cut it with scissors because he didn’t like it, the report adds.
The victim and Nelson reportedly met on July 10, on a phone chat line. She told authorities he was insistent on hanging out at his place, telling her he wasn’t comfortable joining her at hotel she was staying at. He said they could “chill,” and offered her some money.
Authorities said the woman told police she had sex with Nelson, but then things got out of control after he allegedly sprayed her with pepper spray and then forced her into his basement dungeon. The woman said Nelson hit her with a baton he called “Timmy Turner.” He also allegedly raped her at least four times over four days.
She described Nelson talking into a police radio and reported that he claimed to be a cop. The victim also told authorities that Nelson said he planned to keep her there for years and that they would have children together, although he planned to kill the girls, just keeping the boys. Court documents report that Nelson told the victim that he planned on kidnapping more women and chaining them in the basement with her. Nelson threatened the woman with his two pit bulls, warning her that if she tried to escape that he would turn them on her.
Somehow, while the woman was tied up, she she managed to get the duct tape off her lips and scream. This may have been what ultimately saved her life. She also explained that she’d been able to sharpen a piece of metal, hoping for the opportunity to either stab Nelson or to pick open her handcuffs.
Neighbors told the Indianapolis Star that Nelson had only been living in the home for a month, and mostly kept to himself. The victim described a large red tattoo on the middle of Nelson’s chest that says “Prince,” another of a woman wearing a dress, and a cross on his arm. As described in the Daily Mail, Nelson is Black, five foot nine, about 200 pounds, and has “short, balding hair.”
Nelson has not yet been located, and there are no clues as to where he could be, despite having been the target of a search for two weeks. If you have any idea where he could be, please call 911 or contact Indianapolis Police directly.
The Gathering of the Juggalos festival, held this year in Licking County, Ohio, yielded six arrests total, four less than in 2015. The annual Juggalo festival, which wrapped on Sunday, features a number of bands, including Insane Clown Posse, performing over a five-day period. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the festival and Juggalo culture, here is an infomercial that will tell you everything you could possibly ever want to know:
Four of the six arrested concertgoers were charged on Monday with various offenses, including 20-year-old Jessica Reyes and her 38-year-old boyfriend, Malik Ahmad (above), who had the brilliant idea to grab a microphone and loudly advertise that he had cocaine for sale, according to the Licking County Sheriff’s Office.
Along with advertising that he had drugs to sell, police reportedly witnessed Ahmad actually making a drug transaction, and found hard evidence, including a bag that was reportedly used to store the drugs. Reyes, his girlfriend, took off running, but she was caught, and authorities reportedly found her in possession of cocaine, heroin, and drug paraphernalia.
The Newark Advocate said 31-year-old Kimmy V. Gable is also facing drug charges after he was seen holding a sign advertising the drugs he had for sale, including ketamine, marijuana, and cocaine. Authorities also allegedly witnessed Gable do a hand-to-hand transaction before they swooped in and arrested him.
An undercover cop also arrested 29-year-old Jordan Black after he sold an undercover cop a ballon not filled with helium, but nitrous oxide.
All four suspects highlighted in this article are facing a variety of different charges ranging from tampering with evidence to trafficking cocaine.
There are so many crime headlines out of Florida today, July 26, 2016, that the state warrants its own special edition of our Daily Crime Blotter!
- The Lake County Sheriff’s Office said they arrested Fritz John Walter, Jr. (above), 25, after he stopped at a pizza restaurant on his way to rehab – to allegedly ask for crack cocaine. Not only did employees say no, but they also called the cops. Police found Walter drinking alcohol wrapped in a paper bag, with the goal of being drunk when he was readmitted to rehab. [Palm Beach Post]
- A Florida man who is accused of telling an officer, “I will beat every cop’s ass!”after allegedly resisting arrest, has a unique alias (to say the least). Jeffrey Forrest Poole isn’t just known by his birth name, but the 37-year-old gave cops some names he’s used in the past including, “Dickface Johnson.” You can read the actual criminal complaint here. [Huffington Post]
- Four adults in Polk County, Florida, are accused of taking discipline of children to another level after cops say they allegedly used a stun gun on them. The suspects are two couples living together, ranging in age from 22 to 33. The report said if the male kids couldn’t do the required amount of push-ups, the gun would be used on the child. The victims are aged 7 to 13, and not only had bruises, but burn marks on them as well. [Click Orlando]
- Police in Broward County say they arrested a white man driving a truck decorated with a Confederate flag after he allegedly struck a Black couple in a parking spot. The suspect, 38-year-old Donald Lee Hicks, reportedly wanted to park in the area, but the couple was standing in between the lines to save the space. Hicks allegedly yelled at them to move, but they refused. Hicks reportedly replied, “F— you, n——, don’t you see what’s on the front of my truck?” Hicks is facing two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. [Local 10]
- A woman in Florida is accused of lighting her boyfriend on fire after he wouldn’t give her any drugs. The Volusia County Sheriff’s office said 41-year-old Annie Arper, who is homeless, is now in their custody after she allegedly doused her partner’s shorts with lighter fluid before setting him on fire. [NBC Miami]
- A son is accused of head-butting his own mother after she brought him dinner from Chick-Fil-A, which apparently wasn’t his first choice. The incident took place at the home they shared in the Oak Crest Manufactured Home Community in Largo. Although the suspect, 30, was arrested, he was released after a hearing. A judge told him not to have any contact with his mom. [Smoking Gun]
- You may have seen him on Cutthroat Kitchen, but now this Food Network star is accused of cutting corners with his taxes. Brian Cartenuto, a reported two-time winner of the show, is facing charges after the government said he did not pay sales taxes while owning a Tallahassee restaurant. The business closed earlier this year after a kitchen fire. [WPTV]
- A Florida man is accused of child neglect after authorities say he dragged his own children, ages six and eight, into the woods in the middle of the night. The incident occurred after 35-year-old George Denty said he was having hallucinations because he was high on meth. Denty reportedly admitted to police he was seeing people and he thought those individuals were trying to hurt him. The children were reportedly not wearing any shoes and both suffered from scratches to various parts of their bodies. [WPTV]
Two Florida paramedics are in hot water for allegedly having a “selfie war” which involved taking photos with patients while they were unconscious.
Twenty-four-year-old Kayla Renee Dubois (pictured left) and 33-year-old Christopher Wimmer (pictured right) were arrested following a two-month investigation, which was launched after three EMS employees made the startling allegations. Dubois faces two felony charges of interception and disclosure of oral communications, while Wimmer was charged with seven counts of the same charge and misdemeanor battery stemming from one incident where he held open a patient’s eyelid, CNN reports.
“Many patients were intubated, sedated, or otherwise unconscious at the time,” a post on Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley’s Facebook page reads. “The defendants exchanged texts challenging each other to produce more selfies and to ‘step up’ their game.”
Investigators claimed the pair would snap the photos while inside ambulances. So far, authorities have identified 41 patients involved in the breach, ranging in age from 24 to 86. According to WJHG, five of the victims were homeless, two patients died, and three appeared to have consented to the photos. In one photo, Wimmer reportedly posed an elderly woman so that her breasts were exposed.
“Some of the data was shared by phone with other EMS and non-EMS personnel, however, the investigator says overall a very small number of EMS personnel were sent the images and videos by the defendants,” deputies said, according to WFLA.
On May 20, a week after the investigation started, Dubois was fired and Wimmer resigned. All personal cell phones have been banned from ambulances in light of the controversy. Okaloosa County Administrator John Hofstad said: “There’s 130 personnel in EMS and 125 of those have done an outstanding job.”