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Suspected California porch pirates arrested with 108 packages after flipping car during police chase

Two suspected Northern California porch pirates were found early Monday with 108 packages and envelopes in their car after the vehicle rolled over on the side of a highway while the pair were being pursued by police, authorities said.

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call around 1:50 a.m. reporting a man who was seen possibly taking items out of mailboxes in an area of Durham, a rural community about 80 miles north of Sacramento, the sheriff’s office said Tuesday.

A sergeant then “saw a vehicle traveling north […] that looked similar to the description given of the vehicle involved in the mail theft,” police said.

When authorities went to catch the vehicle, it “had already lost control and had rolled over on the north side of the roadway,” according to the statement.

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Two alleged porch pirates were arrested Tuesday after police found more than 100 items addressed to other people in their car.  (Butte County Sheriff’s Office)

A sergeant had spotted a car matching the description of the suspect vehicle and given chase, but the driver lost control before the officer could catch up, causing the car to flip over, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

The sheriff’s office found “108 packages and envelopes addressed to approximately 56 people and 37 different addresses,” along with “methamphetamine and a wallet containing multiple gift/prepaid type cards and hundreds of dollars in cash,” it said.

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The driver was identified as 41-year-old Jeremy Blumlein of Chico; his passenger was identified as 26-year-old Breanna Maier of Magalia, police said. They were both uninjured.

Both were arrested on charges of identity theft, mail theft and probation violation; Blumlein was also accused of felony reckless evading and possession of a controlled substance, the sheriff’s office said.

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It was not immediately clear whether they had attorneys to speak on their behalf.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Probe into Michigan State’s handling of Larry Nassar is suspended by AG

Michigan’s Attorney General on Tuesday suspended an investigation into Michigan State University’s (MSU) handling of complaints against Larry Nassar, the disgraced former campus sports physician and USA Gymnastics team doctor who is behind bars for sexually assaulting young female athletes.

The nearly two-year probe, which began under state Attorney General Dana Nessel’s predecessor, has resulted in charges against three former school officials.

Investigators say they hope to interview former interim university president and former Michigan governor John Engler, who took over following former president Lou Anna Simon’s resignation, a Nessel spokeswoman said.

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Larry Nassar, former sports doctor who admitted to molesting some of the nation’s top gymnasts, appeared in Eaton County Court in Charlotte, Mich.  (Lansing State Journal via AP)

Earlier this year, Engler’s lawyer and an attorney in Nessel’s office were at odds over his availability to speak with investigators. The attorney general’s office had wanted to talk to Engler about campus changes after the sex-assault scandal involving Nassar, who molested female athletes under the guise of treatment. Engler was interim president for about a year until resigning amid fallout over remarks he made about some victims.

“We appreciate all the time and hard work the Attorney General’s office has put into their investigation over the past two years,” MSU spokeswoman Emily Gerkin Guerrant said Tuesday. “MSU has cooperated fully with the inquiry, including handing over all facts associated with the case.”

Guerrant said the school has been investigated and reviewed by more than a dozen other entities and governments. 

MICHIGAN STATE FINED $4.5M FOR FAILING TO RESPOND TO LARRY NASSAR SEXUAL ASSAULT COMPLAINTS

Though the probe has been paused, Nessel’s investigation continues into unspecified complaints against former U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team coach John Geddert, who owned and operated Twistars, a Lansing-area gym where Nassar offered treatments.

During Nassar’s 2018 sentencings, some victims complained Geddert was physically abusive and indifferent to injuries, and forced them to see Nassar. Geddert has insisted that he had “zero knowledge” of Nassar’s crimes.

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Nassar is effectively serving life in prison for possessing child pornography and sexually assaulting athletes at Michigan State and Twistars. Olympians said he also molested them in Texas and overseas.

It is unclear if or when the investigation into MSU will resume.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Jewish-Israeli student files complaint alleging anti-Semitism at Columbia University

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A JewishIsraeli student at Columbia University has filed “the first legal action since [President] Trump’s Executive Order that asserts a university is in violation of Title VI for discrimination against Jews,” his lawyer told Fox News on Tuesday.

In the complaint, Jonathan Karten, a senior at Columbia University, alleges he was subjected to anti-Semitism on campus. It was filed last Tuesday, about one week after President Trump signed an executive order targeting anti-Semitism on college campuses.

The order broadens the federal government’s definition of anti-Semitism to include the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition, which can include criticism of Israel, and instructed it to be used in enforcing laws against discrimination on college campuses under Title VI.

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Under the order, the Department of Education could withhold funding from schools that it finds in violation of Title VI.

“We drafted and filed a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), which is, to my knowledge, the first action of its kind since Trump’s executive order,” attorney Brooke Goldstein, who is representing Karten, told Fox News.

ISRAELI STUDENT SUBJECTED TO FOUL-MOUTHED ANTI-SEMITIC TIRADE ON NEW YORK SUBWAY

Goldstein, who is also the executive director of The Lawfare Project — a Jewish civil rights advocacy group that provides legal assistance to members of the Jewish community who have been targeted because of their faith — said she hopes an investigation is launched into the university.

She said Karten, 23, “has been ridiculed and embarrassed because of his religion and his national identity” on campus by members of the group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) — and even professors. Goldstein said Karten was called “a Zionist pig” and other names by members of SJP.

National Students for Justice in Palestine and Columbia University’s SJP chapter did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

PRO-PALESTINIAN COLLEGE GROUP IS ‘MAIN DRIVER OF JEW-HATRED ON CAMPUS,’ STUDY SUGGESTS

The redacted complaint obtained by Fox News outlined examples of alleged anti-Semitism, including by a professor at the university.

The complaint said that in April of this year, Karten was involved in an event for the Columbia chapter of Students Supporting Israel and while he was talking with other students at the event, “a Columbia professor of Arabic literature … approached the table, interrupted the conversation, pointed at Jonathan and yelled, ‘Don’t believe a word he is saying. He is Mossad.’” Mossad is the national intelligence agency of Israel.

“Jonathan felt ridiculed and embarrassed due to someone in authority publicly targeting him, accusing him of being a spy for a foreign government because of his religion and national identity,” the complaint said.

EDUCATION DEPT. PROBING ALLEGED ANTI-SEMITISM AT NYU

Goldstein said “the final straw” for Karten was an alleged incident that took place on Nov. 8 involving Columbia University modern Arab politics and intellectual history professor, who was identified in the complaint as Joseph Massad.

The complaint said that while Massad gave a speech at the annual conference of the Jerusalem Fund and Palestine Center, he stated, in part: “The Oslo Accords inaugurated this process of liquidating the Palestinian national struggle while the ‘Deal of the Century‘ [Trump’s Mideast peace plan] plans and hopes to conclude it … The only thing standing in its way is the ongoing Palestinian resistance to Israeli settler colonialism and racism that continues inside Israel and Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza; the ongoing Marches of Return in Gaza; and the armed resistance of the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades to Israeli invasions in Gaza.”

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY AND BARNARD COLLEGE ‘HOTBED FOR HATE,’ REPORT DOCUMENTING ‘SYSTEMIC ANTI-SEMITISM’ AT THE SCHOOLS SAYS

“The Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades is the military wing of Hamas, which is a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization [FTO],” the complaint said, adding: “Izz al-Din al-Qassam has killed more than 650 civilians. It is also directly responsible for the kidnapping and brutal murder of Jonathan’s uncle, Sharone Edri.”

“However, according to Professor Massad, this group’s killing of innocent Israeli citizens, like Jonathan’s uncle and countless others, is justified due to Israel’s ‘settler colonialism,'” the complaint said. “He also implied that these acts of terror help prevent ‘the liquidation of the Palestinian national struggle.'”

In a statement sent Fox News, Karten called the alleged comments made by Massad a “wake-up call.”

“I am not proud to say that over the past several years studying at Columbia, I have learned to become far too comfortable with [the] anti-Israel sentiment, anti-Israel bias that often bleeds into anti-Semitism, a bias that has become all too normalized,” Karten said.

COLUMBIA PROFESSOR UNDER FIRE FOR BLAMING ISRAEL FOR EVERY PROBLEM ‘IN THE WORLD’

“However, last month when I read that Professor Joseph Massad endorsed the Izz el-Din al-Qassam terrorist brigade with impunity, the very same brigade that kidnapped and murdered my dear uncle Sharone Edri Z”L [of blessed memory], as well as countless other citizens, I understood that I could not remain silent anymore while my campus became a breeding ground for lies and escalating discrimination,” he said.

Massad did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

ELITE NEW YORK SCHOOL IS ROCKED BY ANTI-SEMITISM AFTER SWASTIKAS DAUBED ON WALLS

Goldstein told Fox News that “Jewish students have submitted multiple complaints to the administration, which details the treatment [on campus], and there has been no response.”

“First there was no response and then they were given the runaround, told to go from one administrator to another,” Goldstein said, adding that the executive vice president of the Office of University Life then allegedly told students “that nothing can be done, and the university has continually refused to take action against SJP even though they isolate and target Jewish and Israeli students.”

She said Karten filed a complaint with Columbia University’s Department of Public Safety last year “after he and his friends were repeatedly called murderers at a BDS [Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions] referendum at the school.”

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“To our knowledge, nothing was done with the complaint, it was just ignored, which is completely outrageous and unacceptable,” Goldstein added.

Columbia University did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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‘F–k off!’: New Yorkers react to being named ‘rudest city in America’

Can you believe these shmucks?!

Americans think New Yorkers are the biggest jerks in the country, according to a new survey — released just days before Christmas, no less.

The slap-in-the-face Business Insider study found 34.3 percent of the knuckleheads who responded believe Big Apple residents are the rudest in the U.S.

But many locals were too polite to respond to the diss Monday.

“F–k off!” one man told a Post reporter on 125th Street in Harlem when asked his opinion of the study.

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Crowds of New Yorkers and visitors cross the street in Times Square. (FILE) 

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Others thoughtfully questioned the methodology.

“Screw those people. Half the people probably haven’t been here!” said Carmen, 52, of The Bronx.

The study surveyed 2,000 adults online about the rudest city in the country. New York finished first going away.

Los Angeles came in a distant second with 19.7 percent.

Residents of Washington, DC, were rated the third-surliest, followed by Chicago, Boston, Detroit, Buffalo, Baltimore, Philadelphia and San Francisco.

Big Apple denizens, who spend life jammed against 9 million of their neighbors, are occasionally known to be short on patience with slow-walking tourists.

But visitors have long seen locals as the real problem.

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The New York City subway. (FILE) 

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When John Adams visited the city in 1774, he wrote in his diary: “With all the opulence and splendor of this city, there is very little good breeding to be found.”

“I have not seen one real gentleman, one well-bred man, since I came to town,” he continued, per a 2011 New York Times report.

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US veteran finds note in mailbox saying his beloved dog was shot dead because she didn’t have a leash on

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A U.S. veteran’s search for his beloved dog came to an end earlier this month after he found an anonymous note in his mailbox saying the pup had been shot dead after being caught on someone’s property without a leash.

Chad Stricker, of Pearl River County, Miss., spent days searching for his 10-month-old wolfdog named Nymeria when he found the typed note, along with her collar, in his mailbox. He shared a picture of the note and collar on Facebook in a now-viral post.

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“I’m sorry to inform you that your dog was shot and killed Saturday night while digging through my garbage,” the note said. “It did not suffer and I did not take pleasure in killing it. There is a county leash law which you should abide by so that I do not have to kill any more of your pets.”

Stricker, whose social media page says he served in the Army, was heartbroken.

“I was sick to my stomach,” he told the Biloxi Sun Herald. “To think that someone killed her while we had been out looking for her, for digging in the garbage … An animal is not worth more than your trash or the time to make a phone call?”

Nymeria’s large yellow collar had an attached tag that showed her photo and description of her personality, along with Stricker’s address and phone number, the paper reported. Stricker described Nymeria as “one of the sweetest dogs anywhere around and very loving” in his post.

However, he told the paper that there was nothing he or police could do because Nymeria had been off her leash while on another person’s property.

The leash law in Pearl River County requires all animals to be fenced in or restrained on a leash, or otherwise be considered a public nuisance, according to the outlet.

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Shooting a so-called “nuisance animal” isn’t uncommon, Elizabeth Treadaway, the shelter manager Pearl River County SPCA, told the paper.

“Unfortunately we see that a lot,” Treadaway said. “This dog lost its life over an invisible line it can’t see. As soon as an animal goes onto someone else’s property, that leash law goes into effect. But just because it’s law, doesn’t make it right what this person did.”

Stricker wrote a lengthy note of his own to the anonymous “coward” who claimed to have shot the dog.

“It’s sad to think I have a neighbor of your moral character living so close to me that would do this,” it read in part. “Do I hate you, no, I pity the person you are and those who have to tolerate you.”

Stricker said Nymeria’s body wasn’t returned to him. He asked to be told where the body was or for it to be left on his driveway so he could give his beloved dog a proper burial.

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“I pray one day you come to realize what you have done and teach those in your household to be better,” he wrote.

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US veteran finds note in mailbox saying his beloved dog was shot dead because she didn’t have a leash on

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A U.S. veteran’s search for his beloved dog came to an end earlier this month after he found an anonymous note in his mailbox saying the pup had been shot dead after being caught on someone’s property without a leash.

Chad Stricker, of Pearl River County, Miss., spent days searching for his 10-month-old wolfdog named Nymeria when he found the typed note, along with her collar, in his mailbox. He shared a picture of the note and collar on Facebook in a now-viral post.

CONAN, THE ISIS RAID DOG, LEADS LIST OF MOST HEROIC DOGS OF 2019

“I’m sorry to inform you that your dog was shot and killed Saturday night while digging through my garbage,” the note said. “It did not suffer and I did not take pleasure in killing it. There is a county leash law which you should abide by so that I do not have to kill any more of your pets.”

Stricker, whose social media page says he served in the Army, was heartbroken.

“I was sick to my stomach,” he told the Biloxi Sun Herald. “To think that someone killed her while we had been out looking for her, for digging in the garbage … An animal is not worth more than your trash or the time to make a phone call?”

Nymeria’s large yellow collar had an attached tag that showed her photo and description of her personality, along with Stricker’s address and phone number, the paper reported. Stricker described Nymeria as “one of the sweetest dogs anywhere around and very loving” in his post.

However, he told the paper that there was nothing he or police could do because Nymeria had been off her leash while on another person’s property.

The leash law in Pearl River County requires all animals to be fenced in or restrained on a leash, or otherwise be considered a public nuisance, according to the outlet.

KANSAS DOG THAT LIVED AT SHELTER FOR MORE THAN 400 DAYS FINALLY GETS ADOPTED AFTER HUMAN MOVES IN

Shooting a so-called “nuisance animal” isn’t uncommon, Elizabeth Treadaway, the shelter manager Pearl River County SPCA, told the paper.

“Unfortunately we see that a lot,” Treadaway said. “This dog lost its life over an invisible line it can’t see. As soon as an animal goes onto someone else’s property, that leash law goes into effect. But just because it’s law, doesn’t make it right what this person did.”

Stricker wrote a lengthy note of his own to the anonymous “coward” who claimed to have shot the dog.

“It’s sad to think I have a neighbor of your moral character living so close to me that would do this,” it read in part. “Do I hate you, no, I pity the person you are and those who have to tolerate you.”

Stricker said Nymeria’s body wasn’t returned to him. He asked to be told where the body was or for it to be left on his driveway so he could give his beloved dog a proper burial.

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“I pray one day you come to realize what you have done and teach those in your household to be better,” he wrote.

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NORAD to track Santa for 64th year – with a little help from Big Tech

Depending on which country they’re from, the kids may ask about Father Christmas, Papa Noel, Saint Nick or Santa Claus.

But they all want to know one thing: where in the world the jolly old man and his sleigh full of gifts are on Christmas Eve.

For the 64th time, a wildly popular program run by the U.S. and Canadian militaries is providing real-time updates on Santa’s progress to millions around the globe.

And this year, the North American Aerospace Defense Command is offering even more high-tech ways for children and parents to follow along.

Operation NORAD Tracks Santa has evolved from a misdirected telephone call in 1955, to a trailer parked outside the command’s former lair deep inside Cheyenne Mountain, to NORAD ’s modern-day headquarters at Colorado’s Peterson Air Force Base.

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Monitors are illuminated in the NORAD Tracks Santa center at Peterson Air Force Base, Monday, Dec. 23, 2019, in Colorado Springs, Colo. More than 1,500 volunteers will answer an estimated 140,000 telephone calls from childfren and their parents who will be checking on the whereabouts of Santa Clau on Christmas Eve.  (AP)

Along the way, the tens of thousands of telephone calls fielded by NORAD volunteers each year have been augmented by an explosion of technology that lets millions track St. Nick’s journey from the North Pole to the Pacific and Asia, from Europe to the Americas.

This year’s portals include Alexa, OnStar, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and 3-D apps developed for mobile devices by Cesium, a Philadelphia-based IT and defense contractor. The apps integrate geospatial and satellite-positioning technology with high-resolution graphics that display the actual positions of the stars, sun and moon and the shadows they cast at any point in Santa’s journey.

It takes a village of dozens of tech firms — including Google, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard and Bing Maps — to deliver the immersive effect for global Santa trackers, with some 15 million visits to the website alone last year.

And it takes a village of 1,500 volunteers to field emails and the 140,000 or so telephone calls to 1-877-HI-NORAD (1-877-446-6723). They staff phone banks equipped with monitors inside a building at Peterson, which offers a view of snow-capped Pikes Peak to the west.

More volunteers and firms donate food, water and coffee to those on Santa Watch.

“Hi Santa Trackers! Lots of kids are waiting to ask you about Santa,” a sign reads.

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A decorated tree stands in the NORAD Tracks Santa Center at Peterson Air Force Base, Monday, Dec. 23, 2019, in Colorado Springs, Colo.  (AP)

Volunteers are equipped with an Operations Center Playbook that helps ensure each and every caller can go to sleep happy and satisfied on Christmas Eve.

Longtime Santa trackers are familiar with the NORAD-Santa story.

In 1955, Air Force Col. Harry Shoup — the commander on duty one night at NORAD’s predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command — fielded a call from a child who dialed a misprinted telephone number in a newspaper department store ad, thinking she was calling Santa.

A fast-thinking Shoup quickly assured his caller that he was. And a tradition was born.

Today, most early calls come from Japan and Europe. The volume soars in the U.S. and Canada, said program manager Preston Schlachter. United Kingdom callers ask about Father Christmas. Those in France generally seek Papa Noel’s whereabouts.

For team members, once “Big Red” — Santa’s code name — is airborne, Schlachter said, “it’s off to the races.”

“I’ve never had a block of time move so quickly,” he said.

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Pictures: Christmas in FOX Square brings holiday cheer

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People stop to have their picture taken in front of the Christmas tree in FOX Square in New York City.

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Iowa driver accused of striking teen with vehicle now linked to previous similar incident, police say

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The Iowa woman who allegedly ran down a 14-year-old pedestrian Dec. 9 because she thought the girl was “a Mexican,” has now been linked to an incident one hour earlier in which a 12-year-old black youth was struck in a similar fashion, according to a report.

In the earlier incident, Nicole Marie Poole Franklin, 42, is accused of hitting the 12-year-old black boy with her Jeep Cherokee SUV as he walked on a sidewalk within an apartment complex property in Des Moines, the Des Moines Register reported.

Franklin faces new charges of attempted murder in connection with the previously undisclosed case, the Des Moines police said. Witnesses to that incident told police Franklin’s SUV accelerated prior to hitting the unidentified boy and caused minor injuries, the newspaper reported.

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In the initial incident for which Franklin was charged, the driver is accused of striking the girl with her vehicle in Clive, Iowa, and fleeing without rendering assistance, police said. The girl suffered multiple injuries and required hospitalization, the report said.

Detectives charged Franklin after identifying her Thursday as the hit-and-run driver and interviewing her at a local jail where she was being held in an unrelated case, Clive Police Chief Michael Venema said in a news release.

Police used video surveillance footage to tie that hit and run to Franklin’s SUV, Sgt. Paul Parizek of the Des Moines police wrote in an email.

Franklin was charged with attempted murder, Venema said.

Additional charges Franklin faced involved an incident where she allegedly assaulted a Des Moines convenience store clerk with racist remarks.

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About an hour after Miranda was struck by Franklin’s vehicle, West Des Moines police were summoned to a gas station where Franklin allegedly stole merchandise and referred to employees and customers by racial and ethnic slurs, the newspaper reported.

Kevin Reed, 53, told the Des Moines Register on Friday he was checking out at the gas station when he saw Franklin throwing potato chips, destroying merchandise and referring to people by racial and ethnic slurs.

On Sunday, West Des Moines police said Franklin would face a felony hate crime charge — assault in violation of individual rights — for the incident, on top of her previous charges of theft and public intoxication.

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Latino organizations including the League of United Latin American Citizens have called for Franklin to be charged with a hate crime, though authorities have not yet taken that step, the Register reported.

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California veteran shoots robbery suspect who pistol-whipped him at market

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A U.S. Air Force veteran working as a clerk in a northern California market shot and killed a robbery suspect Sunday after the perp clocked him in the head with his gun, according to reports.

Surveillance video captured the moment two armed, masked robbery suspects stormed Kam’s Market in Bay Point, Calif., located in the San Francisco Bay area around 11 p.m. The footage shows one suspect approach Mark Kasbrowicz behind the register and hit him in the head with his gun, knocking him to the ground. As the suspect loaded cash into his bag, Kasbrowicz managed to get up and grab the store’s gun out of a drawer.

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“I don’t know if it was fear and adrenaline kicked in together, but I tried to protect myself a little. He forced me onto the ground, he held me down,” Kasbrowicz told San Francisco’s KGO-TV. He said his co-worker was being held at gunpoint by the second suspect off-camera during the struggle.

The situation escalated when the masked man noticed Kasbrowicz was armed. He began to beat Kasbrowicz until one of the guns went off, causing him to flee the store. That’s when Kasbrowicz fired at him.

“I just looked around, and he was running, and just by instinct, I let go a shot,” Kasprowicz told San Francisco Bay Area’s KNTV.”I managed to squeeze off one round, and apparently after the fact I found out that I actually hit him.”

The suspect who attacked Kasbrowicz collapsed in the parking lot and died from the gunshot wound, reports said. The second suspect managed to run out of the store and escape. Kasbrowicz received 17 staples in the head after the incident. Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office said Kasprowicz acted in self-defense and is continuing to search for the second man who fled the scene.

“Sure he is deceased now but then again I’m lucky to be alive, I am lucky my co-worker is alive,” Kasbrowicz said of the man he killed. “I was certainly in shock when I saw the video. I didn’t know how serious it was until I actually saw it.”

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Kasprowicz spent two decades in private security after he served in the Air Force.

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