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Missouri woman, 78, accused of killing daughter in hotel in attempted murder-suicide

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A Missouri woman is accused of stabbing her daughter to death on Tuesday in a hotel room before trying to suffocate herself, police said.

Marjorie Theleman, 78, of St. Louis has been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action, according to a St. Louis County police news release sent to Fox News.

Theleman took her daughter out of a nursing home on Tuesday and brought her to a hotel room where she stabbed her with a knife, according to the probable cause statement, which added that Theleman then tried to suffocate herself with a plastic bag, but was not successful.

Theleman left a typed note explaining her actions, according to court documents, which did not provide what was written in the note. She also left a hand-written note telling housekeeping to call the police, the probable cause statement said.

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Police said the victim has been identified as 51-year-old Sharon Theleman, who was handicapped.

Officers were called to the Holiday Inn Express on Bowles Avenue in St. Louis County around 12:30 on Tuesday after the two women did not check out of their hotel room, police said.

When officers arrived, they said, they found the 51-year-old suffering from apparent stab wounds. She was pronounced dead on scene.

The 78-year-old was also found at the hotel suffering from a self-inflicted injury and was transported to a local hospital for life-saving treatment, police said.

She is expected to survive and is currently in police custody, according to investigators.

Police told Fox News Theleman is still in the hospital.

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Her bond has been set at $250,000.

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Florida professor who co-wrote book on organized crime charged with money laundering

A Miami professor who co-authored a book on organized crime is accused of laundering millions in dirty money through his private U.S. bank accounts.

Bruce Bagley, 73, was arrested Monday on federal charges that he laundered corruption proceeds from Venezuela.

The University of Miami Professor appeared in Miami federal court and was freed on $300,000 bail. His attorney, Daniel Forman, told the Miami Herald that they planned to “diligently defend his case.”

Bagley co-authored the 2015 book “Drug Trafficking, Organized Crime and Violence in the Americas Today,” and has testified before Congress and as an expert in court. He was widely regarded by multiple news outlets as the go-to expert on crime in the Americas.

William F. Sweeney Jr., head of the FBI’s New York office, said in a release that Bagley profited by helping others launder the proceeds of their crimes.

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Bruce Bagley is professor of international studies at the University of Miami. 

“About the only lesson to be learned from Professor Bagley today is that involving oneself in public corruption, bribery, and embezzlement schemes is going to lead to an indictment,” Sweeney said.

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U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman in New York said Bagley opened bank accounts specifically to launder money for corrupt foreigners.

“The funds Bagley was allegedly laundering were the proceeds of bribery and corruption, stolen from the citizens of Venezuela,” Berman said.

An indictment unsealed in Manhattan federal court said that from November 2017 through April, Bagley agreed to receive about 14 deposits from bank accounts in Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates totaling $3 million.

According to the indictment, Bagley transferred the majority of the money into the bank accounts of a co-conspirator to conceal the nature, source and ownership of the funds.

Authorities said Bagley kept a 10 percent commission for himself from the money he laundered.

The University of Miami said in a statement that Bagley was placed on administrative leave.

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“As this is a personal matter in an ongoing investigation, the University has no further comment at this time,” the school said.

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Bagley faces conspiracy to commit money laundering and two money laundering charges. If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Kentucky high school students allegedly attacked autistic teen in bathroom, leaving him unconscious in pool of blood, reports say

An autistic teen was found in a pool of blood after he was allegedly beaten and knocked unconscious by several students at a Kentucky high school last Thursday, according to local reports.

Court records say three students followed the victim into a bathroom at Louisville’s Iroquois High School while one stood watch at the door.

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Damon Simmons is facing multiple charges in connection with the alleged beating of an autistic high school student. (Louisville Metro Corrections Department)

The court records say the students “beat the victim with their hands and feet until he was knocked unconscious.”

Another student later found the victim lying on the floor in a pool of blood, Louisville’s WAVE 3 reported.

Emergency responders transferred the victim to an area hospital where he underwent surgery to repair his fractured jaw which had several teeth knocked loose, the sheriff’s deputy said.

Damon Simmons, 18, has been arrested in connection with the alleged beating, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported. He has been charged with second-degree assault and second-degree criminal mischief. Simmons has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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Court records indicate he is being held at the Louisville Metro Department of Correction on $25,000 bond.

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The other alleged perpetrators, who are juveniles, are facing first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, and second-degree assault – all of which are felonies, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

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Illinois woman convicted of murdering boyfriend’s 8-year-old daughter

A woman in Illinois, accused of killing her boyfriend’s 8-year-old daughter by kicking her so hard in the stomach that it tore her intestine, was convicted of first-degree murder, according to reports.

Cynthia Clay, also known as Cynthia Baker, 41, also was found guilty of aggravated battery, endangering the life of a child, and three counts of domestic battery, WEEK reported.

She will be sentenced on February 3, WGLT reported.

She could face life in prison because the jury found the murder to be heinous and with wanton cruelty.

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Cynthia Clay, also known as Cynthia Baker, 41, accused of killing her boyfriend’s 8-year-old daughter by kicking her so hard in the stomach that it tore her intestine, was convicted of first-degree murder, according to reports. (Normal Police Department)

During the trial, videos were shown of Baker abusing Rica Rountree; one video showed Baker kneeing Rica in the back, then hitting the girl’s head on a wall.

Rica died in January of peritonitis, caused by ruptures of her intestine, forensic pathologist Dr. Scott Denton testified.

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“For most, it’s unthinkable but for Rica, it was normal. In the 407 Stanhope residence, Rica was treated as less than as this defendant’s punching bag and her pain served as entertainment for the entire family,” said Erka Reynolds, McLean County assistant state’s attorney.

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Ohio woman pleads guilty to murdering 3 sons, gets decades in prison

An Ohio woman accused of suffocating her three sons due to jealousy at the attention they received from her husband– who was also her mother’s ex-boyfriend– pleaded guilty Tuesday to the boys’ deaths and received a 37-year prison sentence.

Brittany Pilkington was scheduled for trial next year in Bellefontaine, Ohio but since she pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and murder, she removed the possibility of being sentenced to death.

Pilkington, 27, originally was charged with murder of 4-month-old Niall in 2014, 4-year-old Gavin in April 2015 and 3-month old Noah in August 2015. In a taped confession from the day Noah died, Pilkington said she’d smothered the boys with their own blankets because they received more attention from her then husband Joseph Pilkington than she and the couple’s daughter did.

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Aug. 26, 2015 file photo, Brittany Pilkington, left.

Joe Pilkington had been at work at the time of all three deaths and had come home to find another one of his sons dead.

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Noah died less than a week after he was returned from protective custody on a judge’s order. Authorities didn’t have any evidence of a crime in the deaths of the first two children, and no one could have predicted the remaining son would die, according to prosecutors.

The couple’s 8-year-old daughter Hailey was unharmed and is now being raised by her aunt and uncle, Dave and Judy Grimes.

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The judge threw out the confession as it related to Niall, the first child to pass, as Pilkington has said she accidentally rolled over on the baby and insisted his death was an accident, according to the Columbus Dispatch. In Niall’s death she was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

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FILE -Tuesday, January 8, 2019 file photo, defendant Brittany Pilkington (Joshua A. Bickel/The Columbus Dispatch via AP, File)

Pilkington’sex- husband pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of sexual imposition for having sex with his wife before they were married, when she was underage. Joseph Pilkington had a romantic relationship with Brittany Pilkington’s mother prior to their relationship, and had been living with her as a sort of stepfather for six years. In 2009 when Brittany was 17, Joseph, two decades her senior, impregnated her.

“Brittany has robbed us all of the chance to watch three beautiful boys grow up,” Grimes, Hailey’s caretaker, said. “Can you ever imagine, the last thing you saw in this world was your mother as she smothered you to death?”

One of Pilkington’s attornies Kort Gatterdam said the mother suffered lead poisoning as a child and years of physical and sexual abuse. As a result, a scan identified brain damage.

“Brittany’s brain is broken,” he said Tuesday. “And no one ever helped her.”

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Attorney Tina McFall read a statement on behalf of Pilkington, saying she “loves and misses all of her children and grieves for them every day.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Dead cats found in freezer of unlicensed cat rescue: reports

Two Maryland residents are facing multiple animal cruelty charges after authorities found 74 dead cats and rescued 150 live cats and other animals from their home, according to reports.

Garriott J. Cox, 53, and Pamela Arrington, 51, were indicted on Nov. 4, the Baltimore Sun reported.

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Pamela Arrington, left, and Garriott J. Cox, are suing police to have some of their animals returned.   (Baltimore County Police)

Police found 74 dead cats and rescued 150 live cats and other animals from their home in Middle River – about 10 miles northeast of Baltimore.

Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Peach said officials recovered 76 live cats and 15 dead cats from a shed in an Oct. 9 search. More animals were recovered on Oct. 17 after police obtained a second search warrant.

Some rescued cats have died since they were removed, but Peach was not sure how many.

Cox and Arrington were freed from custody after each posting $50,000 bail.

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They are now suing authorities have some of the animals returned, WJZ reported Monday, citing Baltimore County Police Cpl. Shawn Vinson.

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“We might be in a situation again where we have to go in there again and rescue more animals if they are allowed to go back to them,” Vinson said.

It was unclear whether Cox and Arrington had attorneys who could speak on their behalf.

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Pardoned Green Beret Matt Golsteyn seeks military awards, decorations

Former Green Beret Maj. Matt Golsteyn intends to fight to get back his military awards and decorations that were stripped from him in 2015, his attorney said, days after he was granted clemency by President Trump along with another Army officer convicted of a war crime and a Navy SEAL who was reduced in rank and docked pay.

Golsteyn’s attorney, Phillip Stackhouse, told the Army Times his client will ask the Army to reinstate his Special Forces tab and Silver Star.

“We are asking for reinstatement of everything that was taken from him because that was the president’s intent: to put him back in the position he was prior to the allegations,” Stackhouse said.

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Maj. Mathew Golsteyn, a former Green Beret, was pardoned by President Trump last week for an alleged war crime. Golsteyn is now seeking to have the Army reinstate his Special Forces tab and his Silver Star for valor.  (AP)

Golsteyn was pardoned before he could stand trial next month for the alleged 2010 killing of a suspected Taliban bomb maker in the Helmand province. The pardon does not wipe his military record clean.

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The process to revoke Golsteyn’s awards were administrative, a separate proceeding from the judicial process he faced.

“The Army is conducting a review to determine the administrative actions required to fully implement the presidential orders,” said Lt. Col. Emanuel L. Ortiz, an Army spokesman, to the Times.

The Army investigated the alleged killing a second time after the first probe didn’t find sufficient evidence to bring charges against Golsteyn.

In 2015, documents surfaced that show Golsteyn told CIA interviewers during a polygraph test that he killed an Afghan bomb-maker who allegedly constructed a device that killed two Marines.

Charges were brought against him and he was stripped of his Special Forces tab and Silver Star award for valor. Trump took a personal interest in the case, tweeting last month that the White House was reviewing the matter.

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Mike Nelson, an Army Special Forces lieutenant colonel, tweeted that Trump “can make the choice he made, but the SF Regiment decided long ago Golsteyn wasn’t one of us and stripped his tab.”

“A tab or a trident is not a lifetime guarantee of being in good standing if you fail to maintain the expectations of the force,” Nelson told the Times.

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Clay Martin, a retired Army Special Forces sergeant first class, told the paper that the Army should have waited to see if Golsteyn was convicted before taking his awards.

“I honestly think he would have won at court martial as well,” Martin said. “I think it just shows SF command’s willingness to jump up and do anything to avoid a potential political nightmare — just cast a guy out.”

Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance was released from a military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., prison following his pardon. He served six years of a 19-year sentenced for ordering soldiers to open fire on three Afghan men who were killed.

Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher was restored to Special Warfare Operator First Class after he was found guilty of posing for a photo with a dead Islamic State fighter. He was acquitted of the more serious charges of killing an ISIS captive in Iraq in 2017.

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Maine owl gets lift in state trooper’s patrol car after rescue

It was a tough night for one large owl but a hoot for a Maine state trooper, according to a report.

A car apparently struck the owl in Manchester, outside Augusta, Friday night, leaving it in a disoriented state in the middle of a busy road.

That’s where a trooper on patrol, Sam Tlumac, found it, WTHR-TV reported Tuesday.

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An owl rode shotgun with a Maine state trooper after getting rescued from the middle of the road. (Maine State Police)

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“He took the subject to the Manchester Fire Department,” a post on the Maine State Police Facebook page read, referring to the trooper and the bird.

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Trooper Sam Tlumac and the owl he spotted while on patrol. (Maine State Police)

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Police posted a photo of the owl riding shotgun in Trooper Tlumac’s car.

“Tlumac had to bring a person to jail (unrelated to the owl) and upon his return he checked on the owl, and it seemed much better,” the post said. “He brought the bird outside. It took flight into nearby trees.”

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The owl appeared disoriented in the middle of a busy road when the state trooper found it. (Maine State Police)

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Comments on the Maine State Police Facebook page included one pointing out that the owl made out better than the person who went to jail.

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Missing sailboat with 3 people from Maine found safe after sparking massive search, crew to continue journey

Three people on board a 40-foot sailboat that was reported missing over the weekend off the coast of Maine and sparked a massive search established communications with the U.S. Coast Guard on Monday and are continuing on their journey, officials said.

The U.S. Coast Guard had been searching since Saturday for Charlotte Kirby, Nathaniel Davis and Wilfredo Lombardo, who were aboard the 40-foot sailboat named Dove. The boat was last known to be about 20 miles south of Mount Desert Island, where the famed Acadia National Park and seaside hamlet town of Bar Harbor are located.

The Coast Guard said that dispatchers on the mainland received a 911 call at about 3 a.m. from passengers on the boat that warned they were in distress. By Monday afternoon, the Coast Guard said on Twitter that they established communications with the boat and confirmed those on board were not in distress.

“With outstanding coordination and cooperation with the families, we were able to confirm their loved ones are not in distress and are continuing their journey south,” said Cmdr. Kelly Denning, search and rescue mission coordinator with the First Coast Guard District.

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After the call was placed over the weekend, the Coast Guard said that rescue crews from Station Southwest Harbor, Air Station Cape Cod, and the Canadian Coast Guard responded to the area to assist.

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Officials were searching for three days for three people who were on the 40-foot sailboat named Dove that reported trouble about 20 miles south of Mount Desert Island, Maine. (Twitter/USCGNortheast)

By Sunday, rescue aircrews had searched 2,700 square nautical miles for the boat with an HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane from Air Station Cape Cod.

The Coast Guard had shared photos on Twitter of Charlotte Kirby and Nathaniel Davis as part of the search efforts.

But on Monday, Coast Guard Operations Unit Controller Chris Berry told the Portland Press Herald that one of the boaters made cellphone contact with a family member.

“They found themselves,” Berry said. “They started answering their phone. One of them called or texted their parents in reply to their parents’ texts and said they were fine, were off Montauk, and were continuing their trip south.”

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Officials initially said that someone in the phone call asked for help, but Coast Guard spokeswoman Petty Officer Nicole Groll told the Press Herald on Monday that no one actually said the word “help” before the call cut out.

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The Coast Guard had said three people were on board the 40-foot sailboat named Dove. (Twitter/USCGNortheast)

The sailboat’s home port is John Williams Boat Company on Mount Desert Island, and the ship departed from the Somes Sound before the call was made. On Saturday, the area where rescuers were searching saw 5-foot seas with 20-knot winds, according to the Coast Guard. The air temperature hovered around 34 degrees, with a water temperature of 52 degrees.

Officials have not said what triggered the phone call to 911. Wilfredo Lombardo’s mother, Anita Lombardo, told the newspaper her son was friends with Davis and they were headed for Florida, adding that the last few days have left then “a mess.”

Lombardo’s stepfather, Sam Holland, said they were “breathing again” but also felt some anger over whatever happened out at sea over the past few days.

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“Now I’m mad. Now I want some answers,” he told the Press Herald. “I want to know what the hell happened.”

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California prosecutor accused of using daughter, 13, to bait sex predator placed on leave

A prosecutor in California accused of using his 13-year-old daughter to bait another man back to the spot where she claimed he molested her has been placed on leave, and an internal review has been launched.

The San Jose Police Department announced on Thursday that Ali Mohammad Lajmiri, 76, of San Jose, was arrested and charged with lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 and false imprisonment in connection with the incidents on the Los Alamitos Trail in Almaden Valley.

The sexual assault investigation began Oct. 8, a day after the victim told her doctor that she had been sexually assaulted. In the ensuing police investigation, the 13-year-old gave accounts of three instances between August and October in which the same man approached her while she was walking her dog on the trail and touched her sexually.

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According to police reports, the father of the 13-year-old girl is a Santa Clara County prosecutor, and he brought the girl back to the trail as authorities were investigating her claims. He recorded video of her interacting with the man that was later handed over to police, the Mercury News reported on Sunday, citing police reports and sources familiar with the case. The prosecutor dad allegedly wanted the accused man’s alleged incriminating actions caught on video

The day after the prosecutor gave the recordings to police, Lajmiri was arrested.

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In this Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019 photo, released by San Jose Police Department shows suspect Ali Mohammad Lajmiri, 76, of San Jose, Calif., who was arrested Tuesday, on suspicion of molesting a 13-year-old girl. (San Jose Police Department )

In the police reports obtained by the Mercury News, the prosecutor told police he and the girl had arranged for her to walk back and forth on the trail, while the two of them stayed in touch with cellphones and earbuds.

“He stated that they had already done this several times,” San Jose Detective Sgt. Sean Pierce wrote in the police report on the case. “He directed (the victim) to let (the suspect) touch her if she encountered him, but if it was the breast or between the legs to move away. He instructed (the victim) to let (the suspect) identify and make the contact and if she cannot handle things she should move away. He instructed (the victim) to walk back and forth on the designated route and don’t interact with anyone for very long.”

Multiple sources confirmed the prosecutor’s identity to the Mercury News, which did not name him to protect the identity of the underage sexual assault victim.

The state Attorney General’s office has since taken over the prosecution of the molestation case because of the conflicts of interest involved. Such conflicts already existed because of the prosecutor’s relationship to the victim, which then became more pronounced when he attempted to obtain evidence against the suspect.

In a letter sent out to staff on Monday obtained by KGO-TV, Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen told staffers that prosecutors “must never forget that our own behavior — inside and outside of the courtroom — matters.”

“The choices we make in our professional and personal lives need to be in harmony with the protocols, laws, and ethics of our criminal justice system,” Rosen said in the memo.

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Law enforcement sources told the Mercury News on Monday that the state Attorney General’s office is examining filing child endangerment charges against the prosecutor, who has been placed on paid leave after an internal review of his actions was launched by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.

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The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office has launched an internal review of a prosecutor after he allegedly used his 13-year-old daughter as bait to lure a suspected sex predator, Ali Mohammad Lajmiri, (seen left), into performing incrimination actions on her that he caught on video. (San Jose Police Department )

Public defender Molly O’Neal, whose office is representing the defendant, told the newspaper the prosecutor’s conduct was something she has never seen in 30 years working in her office, saying the “what-ifs in this situation are horrifying.”

“I have never seen a prosecutor exercise such outlandish bad judgment,” O’Neal told the Mercury News. “If you work in the criminal justice system, you know full well that people may act in ways that are unexpected. So you shouldn’t ever involve you or your family in a vigilante fashion when you are not trained to respond to any scenario that might unfold.”

San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia declined to comment specifically on the case and the prosecutor’s involvement but generally advised against citizens taking the law into their own hands.

“As a father, I understand how emotional it can be when your child is the victim of a crime. But we have to remember that the safety of the child comes first,” Garcia said, “and channel that frustration in a positive way to assist the investigation and not hinder it.”

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Lajmiri, who told authorities he suffers from Alzheimer’s, is being held in the Santa Clara County jail on $3 million bail. He is scheduled to return to court Jan. 29.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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