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North Carolina man accused of setting homeless man on fire is arrested

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A North Carolina man accused of setting a homeless man on fire over the weekend, critically injuring him, was arrested Wednesday, officials said.

Robert Charles Austin, 66, of Asheville, was taken into custody just before 2 a.m. He faces an attempted first-degree murder charge, the Asheville Police Department posted to Facebook.

Investigators said Austin set on fire the 58-year-old homeless man on Sunday near a business in a popular tourist area in Asheville.

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The man suffered severe burns and was hospitalized in critical condition.

It was not clear whether Austin and the man knew each other.

Investigators said it appeared he was doused with an accelerant and then set on fire.

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Police were asking for help finding two potential witnesses to the attack. They were driving a white GMC Sierra pickup truck and a silver Jeep Liberty SUV.

Neither was considered a suspect, police said.

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Pedophiles in prison: The hell that would have awaited Epstein if he’d stayed behind bars

Whether Jeffrey Epstein had languished for years awaiting trial under charges of operating a child sex ring – or been convicted – life behind bars for the disgraced money man would have been a far cry from the private islands and majestic mansions to which he’d grown accustomed.

Rather, it would have been something akin to a living hell.

“Life behind bars for Epstein would not have been safe. Chomos are marked,” a white-collar convict who spent more than five years in the prison system at various levels and locations in the U.S. told Fox News. “The unspoken rule is that if you associate with a snitch or chomo, you are the same as them. Even snitches don’t want to associate with chomos, so they have to look out for each other and clique up.”

“Chomo” is prison slang for a child molester and, inmates and officers often claim, they are at the absolute bottom of the implied prison hierarchy.

“Chomos are definitely bottom, then snitches are targeted after them. Drug dealers, white-collar, common folk,” the former inmate said. “Bureau of Prisons (BOP) talks a good game, but you won’t ever provide a safe haven for a chomo in custody.”

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Woodrow Tripp, a polygraph expert and former criminal investigations specialist at the Georgia Department of Corrections, said Epstein hypothetically would have been given little freedom for two reasons–because he was accused of child sex crimes and because he would have been regarded as a “famous person.” He would have been kept under segregation.

And, in recent years, those found guilty of such crimes have been dealt the ultimate demise behind bars.

Late last month, convicted sex offender David Oseas Ramirez was beaten and drowned in his jail-cell toilet by his cellmate in Florida’s Duval County Jail. This past January, an inmate serving a 40-year sentence for running a global child-pornography ring was slain at a Michigan federal detention center.

Two months earlier, Clinton Don Simpson – who was accused a decade earlier of abusing more than a dozen children in his backyard – was killed at the age of 76 by a fellow prisoner in Texas. In May 2018, an inmate in California jail killed an accused pedophile – telling authorities that it was his “public service.”

In 2015, a former cop in Michigan – convicted of sexually assaulting a nine-year-old girl – was strangled by his cellmate.

“He was trying to justify why he did it and I told him to keep quiet… but he continued to talk about it, try to justify it,” the cellmate testified. “So, I got down and I hit him in his face a few times. When he fell, I wrapped a cord around his neck and I took his life.”

Another high-profile prison homicide was that of former priest John Geoghan, who was strangled and stomped to death by another inmate in a Massachusetts facility in 2003.

That’s merely the tip of the iceberg.

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“Chomos,” or child molesters, are “marked,” a white-collar convict who spent more than five years in the U.S. prison system, told Fox News.

According to the Justice Department statistics, in 2014 – the most recent data available – a total of 3,483 inmates died in state prison, 444 in federal prisons and some 1,053 in local jails. Between 2001 and 2004, 88 percent of the deaths were attributed to natural causes – with suicides, homicides, and accidents making up the bulk of the rest.

However, government data did not distinguish deaths by “commitment offense.”

A 2016 Associated Press report, focused on the California state prison system, highlighted that not only were inmates dying at a rate double the national average, but convicted sex offenders were far more likely to be killed than those convicted of other offenses.

While male sex offenders have comprised roughly 15 percent of the state’s prison population, they accounted for almost 30 percent of homicide victims behind bars.

There has been no sweeping policy regarding whether a sex offender must be placed in protective custody – also referred to as protected segregation – but it’s depended on individual cases and determinations. Targeting is likely to remain an issue.

Tommy Kilbride, a law enforcement expert and a retiree of a U.S Marshals Service regional fugitive task force, concurred that federal lockup generally has been “a bit safer than most state prisons, but the rule is, pay or he will be a victim.”

“That is,” Kilbride said, “somebody’s sex slave.”

Justin Paperny, co-founder of Prison Professors – offering training and advice to those awaiting sentencing or headed into lockup – surmised that Epstein almost certainly would have gone to a high-security prison if found guilty.

“Sex offenders are vulnerable to attacks in any prison, but especially so in a high-security prison. Regardless of where he would have served his sentence, his notoriety would have resulted in his being targeted for abuse,” he explained. “The danger would have been commensurately greater if he went to a high-security prison. It is likely he would have served his sentence in protective custody.”

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Even so, Francey Hakes, a child protection and national security consultant and former federal prosecutor, pointed out that while Epstein most likely would have been kept with other rapists and sex offenders – if found guilty and not issued a controversial work-release as he got in his 2008 plea deal – he still may have faced the reality that sex offenders sometimes receive “contracts” by other inmates to kill fellow sex offenders.

“It is illegal for (officers) to turn a blind eye to prison violence, but I am sure it happens. The more despicable the violation committed by the prisoner, the easier it is for them to turn a blind eye,” Hakes continued. “General population prisoners see it as a badge of honor to beat, stab, rape or kill sex offenders, especially child sex offenders. They might befriend them and get their trust, then attack.”

However, Zachary Margulis-Ohnuma, a New York-based criminal defense attorney specializing in sex crimes and civil rights violations, said most issues with prison officers have resulted from them being “underpaid, overworked and poorly trained.”

“The issue is more neglect than actual rules that are enforced. Prison is a violent, dangerous, unhealthy place for all inmates,” he asserted. “Epstein was in for a world of hurt in federal custody, most likely for the rest of his life. He would have been pressured to participate in a manipulative form of sex offender treatment, ostracized and villainized and at great risk due to his wealth.”

Another Georgia-based former corrections officer also said that while most sex offenders have arrived at prison with cover stories – often claiming other crimes such as firearms charges, theft or white-collar violations including fraud – an infamous person such as Epstein never would have been afforded such anonymity.

Lenny DePaul, a retired chief inspector/commander at the U.S. Marshals Service in New York and New Jersey, underscored that Epstein may have received somewhat better treatment had he entered a plea and cooperated with U.S. officials. Had he been convicted, “life in prison would have been very tough,” DePaul said.

“Over the years, federal state and local facilities have improved their awareness of these inmates and have taken the necessary precautions to accommodate sentenced child sex offender cases – and authorities do not want any issues. It is difficult to support someone 24/7,” he emphasized. “Things happen in the yard, workout facilities and even in the chow halls that are somewhat uncontrollable.”

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But, just as security, surveillance, and research may have improved in recent times, so too has prisoners’ adaptability.

“Inmates are now more sophisticated than before,” added Alex del Carmen, a professor of criminology and criminal justice at Tarleton State University in Texas. “So, the advances we have made have been offset by the level of sophistication regarding technology.”

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Ohio man charged with kidnapping after woman escapes from freezer with frostbite, police say

An Ohio man faces kidnapping charges after a woman told police she escaped from a freezer at a Cleveland-area home where she may have been held for days, according to police.

The East Cleveland Police Department said Eric Glaze, 41, was arrested Tuesday on charges of kidnapping and attempted murder after the victim escaped from the home earlier in the day. Authorities were first alerted to an issue in the area at 10 a.m. after the woman crashed her car in Cleveland, allegedly as she was making her escape.

East Cleveland Police Capt. Scott Gardner told FOX8 the woman identified Glaze as an acquaintance and said she attended a party at the home on Sunday.

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“She came over here on her own volition and essentially, she was administered some sort of narcotic, according to her,” he told FOX8. “She’s not exactly certain of the events that happened in-between, but she woke up and she was in a freezer that was running.”

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Eric Glaze was charged with kidnapping and attempted murder after a woman said she escaped from a freezer on Tuesday, according to officials. (Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office)

The woman, who was not restrained, said she was able to push open the lid of the freezer and escape Tuesday morning, getting into her car and driving off — before she got into the accident.

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After escaping from the home, police said the woman got into an accident in Cleveland. (WJW/FOX8)

“She seems to think that they were, that they had drugged her to the capacity that [they thought] she was dead, is what she was indicating to us, and that they were essentially trying to get rid of her,” Gardner told FOX8.

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The woman, who suffered multiple injuries including severe frostbite, was taken to an area hospital.

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The woman said she went to a party in the home on Sunday, and woke up Tuesday in a freezer, according to police. (WJW/FOX8)

Authorities believe the home may have been operating as a group home, but the city’s building department said it was not registered, Cleveland.com reported.

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Neighbors said a SWAT team arrived at the home to “kick the door in.”

“Why didn’t you just call 911, have the ambulance come and check her out? First, then they would have determined whether she took something, had something, you know what I’m saying, before you just say ‘Oh she’s dead,'” neighbor Pat Phoeson told FOX8.

The incident remains under investigation. Glaze is expected to be arraigned Thursday in East Cleveland Municipal Court, Gardner told Cleveland.com.

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Escaped Georgia inmate wanted in Florida murder case kills himself, police say

An armed, escaped Georgia inmate who was named as the prime suspect in the killing of a Florida man earlier this week turned his gun on himself after officers closed in on him, police said Wednesday.

The Gulf County Sheriff’s Office says Stephen Michael Smith – who was serving a 10-year sentence for robbery when he fled his work detail Aug.15 at the Clayton Transactional Center in Clayton County – was spotted traveling along U.S. Highway 98 in Gulf County late Tuesday night. Officers from the department and the U.S. Marshals Task Force then stopped the vehicle at an intersection to attempt an arrest.

“With the vehicle surrounded by law enforcement, Smith immediately placed a pistol to his head and committed suicide,” the department said in a statement.

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Stephen Michael Smith, 34, is suspected in the killing of a Florida man while being on the run from Georgia authorities after a prison escape.  (Gulf County Sheriff’s Office)

The Gulf County Sheriff’s Office on Monday had identified Smith as the prime suspect in the shooting death of 30-year-old Daniel Lee Upton of Lakeland, Fla.

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Upton was found dead Monday at a home in Port St. Joe on the Florida panhandle.

The Georgia Department of Corrections had issued a lookout for Smith on Tuesday and the U.S. Marshals Service was offering a $10,000 reward for his capture.

Fox News’ Louis Casiano contributed to this report.

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Portland residents, business owners want city officials to ‘fix’ homeless problem

In the summer of 2019, Fox News embarked on an ambitious project to chronicle the toll progressive policies have had on the homeless crisis in four West Coast cities: Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Portland, Ore. In each city, we saw a lack of safety, sanitation and civility. Residents, the homeless and advocates say they’ve lost faith in their elected officials’ ability to solve the issue. Most of the cities have thrown hundreds of millions of dollars at the problem only to watch it get worse. This is what we saw in San Francisco. 

He doesn’t know his name and the layers of dirty clothes he’s wearing hang awkwardly off his body. Disheveled and scruffy, the man, who looks like he could be in his 60s, spends most of the day shuffling around the city. He walks up to a woman holding a styrofoam to-go box, snatches it from her and throws it on the ground, spilling bits of rice, chicken and peas on the sidewalk. He laughs for a second but his mood quickly turns. He spots a city worker with a broom and shouts the N-word at him before demanding he cleans up the mess.

“He’s out of his mind,” the worker told Fox News, with a sigh. “Watch. He’ll do it again. He does it every 15 minutes.”

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A review of arrest data by The Oregonian found that 52 percent of arrests made by Portland Police last year involved a homeless individual. (FOX12)

Like Los Angeles and San Francisco, this smaller city to the north has been struggling with a growing homeless crisis that ranks among the worst in the country. Conditions on the ground have gotten so bad that it’s hardening even the most liberal of bleeding hearts.

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Shannon, who has grown up in the city, works at a bagel shop on the edge of Chinatown and says while she feels for those suffering on the street, sometimes it’s easier to look away.

“I put blinders on a lot,” she told Fox News. “Like tunnel vision. I choose not to acknowledge it.”

“I put blinders on a lot. Like tunnel vision. I choose not to acknowledge it.”

— Shannon, Portland resident 

Portland’s metropolitan area has swollen to 2.4 million people, a far cry in both size and culture from the rough-and-tumble, river-port boomtown settled by 19th Century lumberjacks and longshoremen. In recent decades, Portland’s embrace of progressive politics and hipster crunchiness has earned it praise, as well as gentle mockery as the Pacific Northwest’s capital of ‘wokeness’ on the TV series Portlandia. In recent weeks, Portland has seen the dark side of political activism, hosting a pair of violent face-offs between Antifa and far-right groups.

Now, rampant homelessness threatens to define Portland, much as it has other West Coast cities where critics say decades of liberal policies, rising housing costs and a generous safety net have created a social problem that can no longer be ignored.

On any given night, thousands of people can be found sleeping on the city’s streets. The latest count, released in August, shows that in 2019 more people were sleeping outside in Multnomah County than at any time in the last decade. Of the 2,037 unsheltered people, nearly 80 percent reported having one or more disabilities.

Rachel Solotaroff, president and CEO of the nonprofit Central City Concerns, says the drivers of homelessness in Portland can be broken into two factors.

“The absence of affordable housing, the absence of meaningful wage jobs, structural racism and bias, interaction with the criminal justice system,” she told Portland Monthly. “Then there’s individual experience, things like serious mental illness, substance use disorder, history of trauma, interaction with the foster care system as a child and low income or poverty. Homelessness is the intersection of those factors.”

As the number of homeless has grown, the calls for solutions have intensified. Some residents Fox News spoke to feel as though officials are letting them down and doing a disservice to those who need the most help. They complain the city’s response to the crisis has been costly, fragmented and ineffective. They say Portland’s policies don’t adequately address mental illness and say officials are kidding themselves if they think they can find an easy fix.

“How safe is it to have mentally ill homeless people walking around on the streets?” resident Naomi Oliver asked Fox News. “Is it better to throw them in jail? Isn’t that what they are doing now?”

“How safe is it to have mentally ill homeless people walking around on the streets? 

— Naomi Oliver, Portland resident 

According to a June report from Disability Rights Oregon, Portland hospitals have been using trespassing laws to remove homeless people, the mentally ill or both. The report analyzed police data on trespass arrests from the summer of 2017 through the summer of 2018 at six Portland hospitals and found when someone is asked to leave a hospital and they don’t, they can be taken to jail. The problem, some say, is that hospitals are calling the cops on homeless people because they don’t want to deal with them.

The state has also come under fire in recent years for moving mentally ill patients out of intense treatment centers and into less restrictive care. Progressives have long argued that civil liberties should come first and locking up someone for too long strips them of their basic rights. Critics say moving them out of treatment too soon or without proper follow-up can trigger a backslide which not only puts them in danger of harming themselves, but others as well.

Whether they are mentally ill, addicted to drugs or have fallen on hard times, the number of homeless on the streets of Portland is taking a toll on how residents and visitors view their safety and businesses run their operations.

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Businesses in Portland are beginning to consider pulling out of the city due to the homeless population. (FOX12)

Michael Kirby, manager of the quirky gift shop Boys Fort, estimates his store has taken a 15 percent hit in sales.

“I have had people literally running into my store saying ‘I do not feel safe’ and that’s the thing that flipped my switch,” he told Fox News. “Portland needs to fix this.”

Earlier this year, Kirby said a homeless drug addict “shot up” outside his store.

“He had a needle in his arm and was passed out,” he said. “What could we do? We literally cannot do anything as business owners.”

Kirby said calls to officials haven’t led to many improvements.

“I think the city, state and county need to work together as a cohesive group,” he said. “Right now, it’s oil and water and they don’t mix.”

Dana Highfill, owner of Float North, a flotation therapy center in northeast Portland, told Fox News her store has been vandalized in the past year. There have also been multiple occasions where she’s had to clean up human feces and pick up dirty needles. Like Kirby, Highfill says the situation is getting worse and hurting sales.

“It’s definitely an enormous problem,” she said. “It’s a terrible thing for someone from out of town to see. It’s not a good face for the city.”

“It’s a terrible thing for someone from out of town to see. It’s not a good face for the city.”

— Dana Highfill, owner of Float North

Highfill said she has called the cops numerous times to complain.

“I work really hard and I see people sleeping on the side of the street and it’s extremely frustrating to see and I want something to be done right away,” she said. “But I see the other side of it, too. What is the most effective way to handle the issue? These are people and I feel like they should be treated as such.”

Part of Portland’s problem is that elected officials and experts don’t see eye to eye. The city’s cops, too, have been struggling to define their role as well as how to handle hundreds of complaints.

“The Police Bureau currently does not collect sufficient data to effectively analyze its officers’ interactions with people experiencing homelessness,” an independent report released in July stated.

One thing is for sure — the rise in homelessness dominated the 2018 state and local election cycle. Candidates squared off on camping regulations, street cleanups, sit-lie ordinances and whether to use jails as shelters.

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In the past three years, voters in Portland have approved two affordable housing bonds and committed to adding more shelter beds. One of the bond measures would build between 2,400 and 4,000 units of affordable housing in Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties for $652.8 million.

Though promising, the moves are by no means a slam dunk. The best residents say they can hope for is trying to prevent the situation from getting worse.

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California gang members laugh in court while receiving life sentences for attempted murder of cop: report

Two California gang members, convicted of attempted murder in the 2015 shooting of a police officer, smiled and laughed as a judge handed them life sentences on Monday, according to a report.

Jamie Caudillo and Steven Rincon were on trial for shooting at former Merced Police Officer Ryan Rasmussen during a routine traffic stop in Merced, Calif., on Feb. 28, 2015.

Caudillo, the passenger, reportedly fired at Rasmussen, while the driver, Rincon, sped off. Caudillo reportedly hit Rasmussen’s bulletproof vest and his hand. Fellow officers fired at Caudillo, hitting him at least once, the Merced Sun-Star reported.

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Jaime Caudillo, left, and Steven Rincon, were both charged with attempted murder of a police officer, according to a report. (Merced County Sheriff’s Office)

A manhunt involving multiple law enforcement agencies lasted for 10 hours before Caudillo and Rincon were found and arrested.

In May, Caudillo was found guilty of shooting Rasmussen, and Rincon of being the getaway driver, the Merced Sun-Star reported. Both were charged with attempted murder, the report said.

Rasmussen, who lost his right pinky finger in the encounter and was forced to retire from police service, said Caudillo “stripped me of my career.”

Merced County Judge Carol Ash said neither gang member appeared to express remorse during the trial.

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“I pray that they ask God for forgiveness,” said Rasmussen’s mother, Judith, as Rincon reportedly laughed and shook his head.

Caudillo was sentenced to 50 years and eight months to life in prison, while Rincon received 80 years to life in prison, the Sun-Star reported.

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Rincon, a third strike offender, already was facing charges for a jailhouse murder, according to court records.

The men’s attorney said they would be appealing their sentences and convictions.

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Detroit girl, 9, killed by dogs, owner in custody: police

The owner of three dogs is in custody after they viciously attacked and killed a 9-year-old girl who had been playing in an alley near her home in Detroit, police said on Tuesday.

Emma Hernandez was riding her bike Monday afternoon when the three dogs – described as pit bulls or pit bull mixes – escaped from a yard and attacked her, police told Fox 2.

She died at a hospital and the dog’s owner was arrested. No charges have been filed.

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The family of a 9-year-old girl who was killed by three dogs on Monday has set up a GoFundMe page to help with funeral expenses. 

“I tried my best. I tried CPR. I tried helping her. I did everything I could in my power,” Emma’s father, Armando Hernandez, told WWJ-AM on Tuesday. “She was gone when I reached her.”

Deborah Golden, a neighbor who tried to help Emma, told WXYZ-TV she heard the girl screaming and “was aware something bad had happened.”

“I seen the little girl flat in her back with the bite marks and part of her neck hanging off,” Golden said. “I started CPR and I had the dad grab the neck and hold it.”

I’m really heartbroken right now. I can’t explain it. Just, every time I close my eyes, man, I see my baby girl.

— Armando Hernandez

A bystander shot and killed one of the dogs while a medical crew tried to save the girl. The other dogs were captured. Neighbors threw bricks at the dogs to try to stop the attack, police said.

“They were not stopping,” Edward Cruz, who said he hurled a brick after hearing screams, told The Detroit News. “I had to step in.”

Hernandez said the dogs lived at a house behind his, and he had argued with the neighbor about them last week. Hernandez said the dogs weren’t properly restrained and the fence was too flimsy.

“I knew the dogs were there. I knew the neighbor,” he said. “We had an argument about it just last week and he just didn’t take care of his dogs properly. He could have prevented this.”

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Hernandez said he kept replaying the tragedy and felt “empty.”

“I’m really heartbroken right now. I can’t explain it,” he said. “Just, every time I close my eyes, man, I see my baby girl.”

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Animal Control took possession of the remaining dogs, WXYZ reported.

City officials said the dogs will likely be euthanized. Prosecutors are now determining what charges, if any, their owner may face.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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New York man, accused of raping woman, 74, removed from court after flipping table: report

A New York man accused of raping a 74-year-old woman was thrown out of court Monday after he picked up the table at which his defense team was sitting and launched it in the direction of prosecutors, capping a series of outbursts that disrupted the jury selection proceedings.

Shamik King, 30, was removed from the Syracuse courtroom at around 11:30 a.m. after he hurled a wooden table at the prosecution team’s table, sending splinters flying, according to The Post-Standard. 

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King, who’s accused of raping an elderly woman on Aug. 19, 2018 at the Skyline Apartments, is charged with rape, burglary and assault and was in court as part of jury selection in the case.

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According to The Post-Standard, King had several outbursts during the proceedings and was warned several times by County Court Judge Stephen Dougherty that, if he continued, he would be removed from court and that the trial would continue without him.

And that’s exactly what happened after Monday’s incident. King was removed from court, the damaged tables were placed back in their respective areas, and the jury selection process resumed.

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King was set to appear in court Tuesday for opening statements but it was not immediately clear if he was present.

If convicted, he could face up to 25 years in prison.

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Mysterious French modeling agent, accused Epstein ‘procurer’ whereabouts unknown as probe continues

Criminal charges against Jeffrey Epstein are set to be tossed after the disgraced financier’s shocking suicide behind bars earlier this month, but far from closing up shop, investigators worldwide are now switching the focus of the underage sex trafficking probe to hone in on Epstein’s friends and enablers — including a 72-year-old French modeling agent and scout.

Jean-Luc Brunel – whose whereabouts are unknown – has long denied his involvement with any wrongdoing stemming from his relationship with Epstein. But Brunel’s denials have been met with some skepticism, as Epstein accusers have previously alleged Brunel’s “scouting” entailed procuring underage models for Epstein to abuse.

“Jean-Luc-Brunel’s alleged predatory behavior has long been a cause for concern within the fashion industry, but the problem is not just one bad actor,” Sara Ziff, executive director of the advocacy group The Model Alliance, which has been pushing for fair treatment, equal opportunity, and sustainable practices in all facets of the fashion arena, told Fox News. “Issues of sexual abuse of models and sex trafficking under the guise of modeling work are well known in the fashion industry.”

While Brunel may be able to avoid the reach of U.S. law enforcement, the Paris prosecutor’s office is said to be cooperating with its American counterparts amid calls for a separate examination of Brunel’s questionable history in the fashion world. It is not yet clear if Brunel will come under formal investigation in his homeland.

“The United States only has jurisdiction over crimes that have a clear nexus to the United States. If charges are filed against Brunel, he may avoid extradition if the alleged crimes are not criminal where he resides,” California-based criminal defense attorney Troy Slaten said. “A good example of this is Roman Polanski who avoided extradition because France did not consider the conduct criminal.”

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Epstein owned a luxurious apartment on Avenue Foch in Paris — as did Brunel. After a flight from Paris to New York, Epstein had just stepped off his private plane when the FBI apprehended him July 6 and charged him with operating a sex trafficking ring involving minors.

After curating a decades-long reputation as a playboy with a penchant for wheeling and dealing in the Parisian fashion world starting at the Karin Models agency in 1976, Brunel went on to work with model agency maven Eileen Ford in the 1980s. Although multiple young women in a 1988 CBS News “60 Minutes” segment accused Brunel of sexually assaulting young models – prompting Ford to sever ties – authorities took no further action.

Brunel went on to purchase the Karin Models agency from its original owner and set about building a global network of affiliate agencies and launching big names – he touted – from Sharon Stone to Monica Bellucci to Angie Everhart. He progressed to helping with the launch of global modeling powerhouse Next Model Management and stayed on as a partner until 1995 when he established Karin Models in New York and Miami.

A book released by Michael Gross that year entitled “Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women” also shed light on alleged abuse by Brunel, with another agent characterizing him as “a danger” — but to no further avail.

At some point soon thereafter, the French model man got acquainted with the American money man.

In 2005, Brunel’s Karin Models agency was re-branded MC2 Model Management, billing itself as a “boutique agency” with an alleged $1 million investment from Epstein. Around that same time, the FBI opened an investigation into Epstein’s predatory behaviors.

According to 2011 court filings based on accusers’ testimonies, Brunel was one of Epstein’s “closest pals” and he left disturbing voice messages for the repudiated financier. In one voicemail he allegedly indicated that he had a “non-blonde Russian teacher,” adding that was “2 x 8 years old” and that Epstein could have her first. The wording subsequently raised the question, in the lawsuit, if the girl allegedly being procured was just 8 years old or 16 years old, or if there were two 8-year-olds.

Court documents also alleged that Brunel at times had used Epstein’s Manhattan condos to “house young models.”

“Epstein and Brunel brought underage girls from all over the world, promising them modeling contracts,” the suit claimed. “Epstein and Brunel would then obtain a visa for these girls, they would charge the underage girls rent, presumably to live as underage prostitutes in the condos.”

Flight logs showed that Brunel traveled on Epstein’s private planes at least 25 times between 1998 and 2005. Visitor logs showed the model manager also visited his friend some 67 times while Epstein was serving a brief sentence in a Florida county jail as part of a controversial 2008 plea deal over charges of soliciting a minor.

In a deposition nine years ago, Epstein’s Palm Beach butler asserted that Brunel stayed at his home three times in the seven months Epstein was on house arrest.

Meanwhile, Brunel’s business continued blossoming. In 2012, MC2 boasted that Brunel would essentially be stepping away from the day-to-day dealings of running a company to focus instead on being a “consultant and scout” for the company.

His relationship with Epstein ruptured just a few years later.

In January 2015, Brunel and MC2 sued for damages that he claimed resulted from “notoriety and bad publicity generated by criminal charges that had been brought against Epstein involving allegations of unlawful sexual contact with a minor.” Brunel asserted that the “false stories” linking him to Epstein caused a “tremendous loss of business.”

In the now ominous “Black Book” of Epstein’s esteemed personal contacts, as published by Gawker soon after the lawsuit was filed, Brunel was labeled as the president of Karin Models, indicating the two knew each other for a significant swath of time — and conjuring up red flags as to how and why the model scout was so close to the convicted sex offender.

It was unclear if Brunel and Epstein maintained any contact following the 2015 lawsuit, which was thrown out after Epstein was said not to have been served correctly while on a private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Brunel’s agency also came under fire in a 2016 class-action suit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, in which nine models accused MC2 – along with other top firms – of exploiting their naivety and limited understanding of the largely unregulated industry. One Miami-based model, Marcelle Almonte, alleged that in 2005 MC2 offered her a spot in a “model apartment” for $1,850 — which turned out to be crammed with eight other girls, some relegated to sleeping on the floor.

As each of the aspiring hopefuls was said to be forking out the same rent bill, MC2 was accused of pocketing $16,650: a far cry from the $2,900 value of the other two-bedroom apartments in the same building.

MC2 has continued to operate as a mid-sized agency based in Manhattan, with offices in Miami and Tel Aviv.

Neither representatives for MC2 nor an attorney for Brunel responded to requests for comment.

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With the renewed spotlight on Epstein, all links between his connections and big brands have proven problematic.

For one, famed lingerie giant Victoria’s Secret has been thrust into the not-so-angelic limelight since Epstein’s arrest last month. The CEO of the lingerie giant’s parent company, L Brands, claimed that he completely cut connections with Epstein some 12 years ago and that the money manager misappropriated his own funds at the time – but CEO and founder Les Wexner was said not to have reported the alleged theft to law enforcement.

Moreover, three of the models on the MC2 roster – Bloomberg noted – scored a coveted spot in the annual Victoria’s Secret runway show in 2015, and returned to audition in 2017 and 2018. L Brands in recent weeks hired an external law firm to look into the relationship between its founder and Epstein.

Earlier this month, more than one hundred prominent models and industry leaders endorsed an open letter to Victoria’s Secret CEO John Mehas, expressing their concern “for the safety and wellbeing of the models and young women who aspire to model for Victoria’s Secret,” underscoring the Wexner-Epstein “headlines” and urging the conglomerate to adopt the legally binding RESPECT Program – developed by Ziff’s Model Alliance – to protect against sexual harassment and abuse.

The letter was signed not only by former Victoria’s Secret Angel Doutzen Kroes, but also by supermodels Christy Turlington and Milla Jovovich — both of whose careers Brunel consistently claimed he launched in large part.

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Christy Turlington, seen here in December 2018, signed the letter to Victoria’s Secret CEO John Mehas. (Roy Rochlin/WireImage, File)

Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Sears, Kohl’s, Target and Macy’s also were listed as clients of Brunel, having hired his agency’s talents to differing capacities in recent years.

Bloomberg reported that in 2014 a Nordstrom executive even issued “full and unqualified support” to Brunel in a support letter for his 0-1 visa application, a visa granted by the U.S. State Department to “individuals who possess extraordinary abilities or achievement recognition.”

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As far as Ziff is concerned, the ongoing Epstein fallout should serve as something of a wakeup call.

“How many more victims do we have to have before the fashion industry is willing to provide basic safety and fair treatment on the job to the talent – mostly young women and girls – who help market their clothes? Change is entirely possible and within reach,” she added. “The fashion industry can and must do better.”

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Texas man allegedly tied boy, 6, to garage door using dog leash, hit him in the legs with hammer handle: police

A Texas man was arrested on child abuse charges after he allegedly used a dog leash to tie a 6-year-old to a garage door and hit the child with a hammer, resulting in visible “contusions” to his legs, police said.

Ronnie Shane Winans, 25, was arrested on suspicion of injuring a child with intent to commit bodily injury last week after a days-long investigation by the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office found that he repeatedly abused a family relative over an undetermined period of time, the San Angelo Standard-Times reported.

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According to an affidavit obtained by the paper, police went to a residence on August 8 after receiving a report about child abuse in the home. A woman claimed that she noticed her son had visible bruises on both legs but the boy wouldn’t say how he got them.

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Ronnie Shane Winans, 25, was arrested on suspicion of injuring a child with intent to commit bodily injury last week after a days-long investigation by the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office found that he repeatedly abused a family relative over an undetermined period of time. (Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office)

The responding officer took a look at the marks and noticed several linear bruises that were “consistent with blunt force trauma,” court documents revealed.

During his observations, the victim reportedly told the deputy that a male relative “tied him to a door with a dog leash.”

The following day, a second witness spoke to investigators and alleged that the boy was tied to a garage door by the waist while a man, later identified as Winans, went to the store. Winans told police in a subsequent interview that he did tie the boy to a leash but only “in an attempt to keep him from leaving the corner,” the Standard-Times reported.

He claimed the leash “was not tight.”

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But a court affidavit stated that the boy told police the leash was so tight he “could not breathe.” It reportedly left a temporary mark on the victim’s waist. A witness told police that the boy was tied up for “maybe 15 minutes.”

Other reports of abuse surfaced during the police investigation. The boy claimed that clothes hangers and bottles were thrown at him but he declined to say why, telling authorities only “I was just asleep … and things happen.”

A witness told police that she also witnessed Winans allegedly hit the child on his legs using the handle of a hammer, according to the affidavit.

A search of the home turned up both a leash and a hammer that matched the descriptions of the objects allegedly used to harm the child, with one officer noting that the handle of the hammer “was consistent with the size and shape of the contusions” on the boy’s legs.

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It was not immediately clear what the relationship between Winans and the victim was, but court documents obtained by the Standard-Times quote the boy referring to the suspect as “Daddy.”

If convicted, Winans could face up to 10 years in prison.

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