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NYPD cop in coma after struck by chair in nail-salon melee; suspect killed

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A minor arrest in a Brooklyn nail salon spun wildly out of control Friday night — leaving a cop fighting for his life from head injuries after shooting dead a berserk T-shirt vendor who’d struck him in the face with a chair, police said.

The injured officer, a 21-year-veteran of the force whose name was not released, remained in a medically induced coma Friday night, authorities said.

The mayhem began at about 5:40 p.m. when a panhandler walked into the Goldmine nail salon on Mother Gaston Boulevard near Sutter Avenue in Brownsville and began urinating in the shop.

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The NYPD veteran and his rookie partner happened to be passing by in a patrol van, and were waved inside the store by disgusted workers.

But as the two cops arrested the alleged urinator — who also had an open warrant for criminal mischief — a T-shirt peddler from outside the shop burst in and confronted the officers, police said.

The peddler, identified by sources as Kwesi Ashun, 33, of Brooklyn, grabbed a chair during the struggle and swung it into the head of the veteran cop, NYPD Chief of Patrol Rodney Harrison said.

The rookie officer zapped Ashun with a Taser during the melee, but it didn’t slow his attack, police said.

So the veteran cop pulled his gun, firing at Ashun six times and hitting him at least once, in the head, authorities said.

Medics responded and rushed the injured officer to Brookdale Hospital.

Ashun was declared dead at the scene and the rookie officer was brought to Kings County Hospital to be treated for ringing in his ears.

“Once again we had police officers responding to a call for help from the public and was set upon,” Pat Lynch, head of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, fumed in a press conference after the shooting.

“This police officer spent his career in our busiest precincts serving the community. And he was set upon. For no reason!” he added.

Residents of the neighborhood described the shot man as a fixture on the block, an entrepreneur who got by selling T-shirts.

State Assemblywoman Latrice Walker happened to be walking near the shop before the scene unfolded, and was even approached by the vendor for a sale.

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“I interacted with him moments before this took place. He asked me if I would be interested in buying the T-shirts he was selling,” Walker told The Post.

“He was always a peaceful young man,” Walker added of the man who was killed. “He was promoting a business he was trying to kick off.”

Ashun peddled T-shirts he designed and hand-embroidered himself, according to an Instagram page promoting his wares.

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Alabama girl Kamille ‘Cupcake’ McKinney’s cause of death revealed in court warrant

Police have determined that Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney — a 3-year-old girl kidnapped from a birthday party in Birmingham, Ala., whose remains were later found in a dumpster — died by asphyxiation, or suffocation, according to court warrants read by a judge Friday.

Patrick Devone Stallworth, 39, and Derick Irisha Brown, 29, made their first court appearances after the Jefferson County District Attorney charged them each with capital murder on Thursday.

They are accused of snatching the child from an outdoor birthday party on Oct. 12 around 8:30 p.m. at the Tom Brown Village housing community and later dumping her body in a trash bin close to where the suspects lived.

Kamille’s body was found on Oct. 22 after a 10-day search.

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Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney was last seen Saturday in Avondale.(Alabama Law Enforcement Agency)

Birmingham police arrested Stallworth and Brown the day after McKinney went missing and impounded a Toyota SUV after authorities said Stallworth was identified as the man seen in surveillance footage at a nearby store around the time of the child’s abduction.

Police said there is no connection between Stallworth, Brown and McKinney’s family.

Jefferson County Circuit Judge Clyde Jones read both Stallworth and Brown’s capital murder warrants at their initial court appearance on Friday.

Stallworth told the judge: “I don’t understand why I was charged with [the] murder of this child,” when asked if he had any questions about the warrant, according to a local Birmingham news report.

The judge told Stallworth that his lawyer would explain the charges to him and that the state will present evidence against him at a preliminary hearing if he chooses to have one, but Stallworth said he plans to hire his own attorney within the week.

Brown was appointed attorneys from the Jefferson County Public Defender’s Office to represent her in the capital murder case; they were already representing her in an unrelated matter.

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The two are being held without bond at the Jefferson County Jail and could face the death penalty if convicted.

McKinney’s father said his daughter was fondly regarded as Cupcake because “when she came out, she was all cute and red with little brown eyes and I said, ‘That’s my cupcake.’”

A Celebration of Life ceremony for McKinney is scheduled for Sunday, followed by visitation and burial.

Fox News’ Morgan Phillips contributed to this report. 

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Texas man allegedly rapes dancer at strip club, report says

A Texas man was arrested on Wednesday after he allegedly raped a dancer at a Taylor County strip club after asking for a private dance, a report said.

Police were able to track down Zachary Lee Johnson, 28, after they were given his phone number from another dancer, the Dallas Morning News reported.

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The alleged incident occurred at Cloud 9 in the early morning hours on Wednesday. He is accused to repeatedly raping the woman in one of the club’s rooms, the report said. Police said the woman was eventually able to flee.

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He was charged with one count of sexual assault and released on $30,000 bond, the report said. It is not clear if he has a lawyer.

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Missing Tennessee mother’s body found, 2 men charged with abuse of corpse, investigators say

The body of a Tennessee mother who was reported missing nearly two weeks ago was discovered on Wednesday and two men were charged with abuse of a corpse, investigators announced Thursday.

Carolyn Pope’s body turned up near power lines in Hickman County, Tenn., which is about an hour from Nashville, a news release from the Hickman County Sheriff’s Office said.

A tip led investigators to the 30-year-old mother, WKRN-TV reported, citing Hickman County Sheriff Randal Ward. Her body reportedly was found wrapped in a blanket, under a plastic sheet and debris in a gully near a heavily wooded area.

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Carolyn Pope’s body was found in Hickman County, Tenn., a news release from the sheriff’s office said. (Carolyn Pope/Facebook)

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“You know we were all praying for a miracle, that she was going to come home. You know that we were going to find her, that she was going to be OK. You know everybody was looking for her, everybody missed her. It’s just heartbreaking,” Pope’s sister-in-law Mary Gonzalez said. “She was a good person. It’s a tragedy what happened.”

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Warrants for Christopher Hall, left, and Mitchell Hinderliter were issued, the office added. (Hickman County Sheriff’s Office)

Pope lived in Fairview, about a half-hour from Nashville, with her grandmother and 5-year-old daughter.

Pope’s grandmother filed a missing-person report on October 13, the sheriff’s news release said, adding that she was last seen at a home the day before. Since then, the sheriff’s office and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation conducted several search warrants at different homes, on multiple phones and vehicles.

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Warrants for Mitchell Hinderliter and Christopher Hall, both of whom were in jail on unrelated charges, were written for abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence and false reports, the sheriff’s office added.

It was unclear what possible ties the men may have had to Pope. Her car reportedly was recovered on Hinderliter’s property during the investigation.

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“Her 5-year-old is going to take it really hard. I mean her mom was her superhero, she was her superwoman,” Gonzalez reportedly said. “She would do anything for her. She’s been wondering where she is at, will she ever come home, when she’s going to see her or talk to her and it’s heartbreaking that she has to go through this. It’s heartbreaking that she’s going to grow up not knowing her, you know, only having the memories.”

The investigation was ongoing and more charges connected to Pope’s death were expected after the final report from the medical examiner, the Hickman County Sheriff’s Office said.

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Tim Elmore: College admissions scandal has lessons for parents and students

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“I know I shouldn’t be a helicopter parent … but it just feels right to me.”

Those were the words a mother uttered to me following a parent event. I had just spoken on the damages that over-functioning parenting styles can cause to kids. She had just heard the data on how today’s parents often risk too little, rescue too quickly and rave too easily.

For the record, this new parenting style began decades ago when we decided to negotiate our children’s grades in school; to do our kids’ homework for them over a latte, and to give them trophies just for showing up.

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Over the years, it seems the helicopter parent has become an Apache helicopter.

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As evidence, I submit to you this year’s college admissions scandal – a conspiracy where parents paid bribes to insure their children got into their college of choice. More than 50 people have been charged in the scandal, accused of paying over $25 million between 2011 and 2018. False documents were submitted; SAT scores were adjusted and money was laundered.

Celebrities involved in the scandal include “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli, who have pleaded not guilty. Actress Felicity Huffman pleaded guilty and is currently serving a 14-day jail sentence and was ordered to also perform 250 hours of community service and pay a $30,000 fine.

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The scandal is a case study of the leadership style too many parents of Generation Z children have embraced. These parents have decided to play a more intrusive role in the lives and futures of their children. While most parents may not stoop to illegal activity, they’ve felt the need to prepare the path for the child instead of the child for the path.

I began wondering how this kind of leadership style has impacted our kids.

Our non-profit, Growing Leaders, and the Harris Poll surveyed more than 2,000 adults across America, from a variety of demographics to find out how they felt about Generation Z, the youngest population growing up today.

What we discovered confirmed my hunch. Some 66 percent of American adults have a negative emotion first when they think of kids today.

In other words, the first thing we feel is pessimism, not optimism. Before belief we feel frustration. Before hope we feel fear for them. And 64 percent of us do not believe today’s kids will be ready for adulthood in time.

This fear narrative drives us to be intrusive, especially when we feel our kid won’t be able to negotiate life for themselves. It even leads some parents to cheat to get their kids into college. And it’s had a negative net effect on how teenagers approach life.

As I reviewed how we got here, I discovered the research from Dr. Julian Rotter in 1954. Rotter created a scale to determine whether students were developing an “external locus of control” or an “internal locus of control.” Simply defined, here is the difference:

Internal Locus of Control – People who believe that they are responsible and in control of their own success.

External Locus of Control – People who believe that fate or external forces somehow determine their success.

After nine years of study, Rotter’s conclusions were that students with an “internal locus” became far more successful in life, taking better care of their health, careers and families. It makes sense. They believe they’re responsible for the outcomes.

As I reviewed the last five decades, I saw a steady rise in “external locus of control” among students.

Since 2002, U.S. kids have experienced a steep rise in this “external locus.” More of them feel their lives are out of their control.

Dr. Peter Gray, of Boston College, writes: “In fact, the shift has been so great that the average young person in 2002 was more External than were 80% of young people in the 1960s. The rise in Externality on Rotter’s scale over the 42-year period showed the same linear trend as did the rise in depression and anxiety.”

Reflect for a moment. In “Generation Z Unfiltered,” I pose the question: How do you suppose feeling “out of control of my life” affects a teen? Don’t you feel a little more anxious when someone else is in control of your life?

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When kids enter their teenage years, their brains are developing significantly, desiring to take more risks; they naturally yearn for more autonomy and responsibility. It’s how we all get ready for healthy adulthood.

When we don’t equip our children to take on that independence, life gets unhealthy. We must begin to offer our kids a greater sense of ownership by believing in them and their ability to achieve on their own.

When Felicity Huffman was sentenced for her part in the college admissions scandal, she said she felt ashamed and embarrassed. Yet, in an interview she confessed that her sentencing wasn’t the worst part of the ordeal.

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Huffman said the worst part was facing her daughter, who said with tears in her eyes: “Why didn’t you believe in me? Why didn’t you think I could do it on my own?”

May we never have a teen say those words to any of us.

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Officer-involved shooting reported at El Paso Walmart

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Authorities in El Paso, Texas, late Wednesday responded to reports of a shooting at a Walmart on the city’s outskirts, according to local media.

KVIA reported that at least one person was injured. A viewer told KFOX14 that police at the Montana Avenue store are not letting individuals into or out of the store.

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Last August, a gunman opened fire at a Walmart in the city, killing 22 and injuring about two dozen. Police have said Patrick Crusius of Dallas confessed to the Aug. 3 shooting and that he targeted Mexicans. He pleaded not guilty earlier this month.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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College admissions scandal: Marketing CEO gets 3 weeks for cheating on son’s ACT exam

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BOSTON — A California marketing executive and author was sentenced Wednesday to three weeks in prison for paying $50,000 to cheat on her son’s college entrance exam.

Jane Buckingham, 51, was sentenced in Boston’s federal court after pleading guilty in May to a single count of fraud and conspiracy. She is the 11th parent to be sentenced in a college admissions bribery scheme that ensnared dozens of wealthy parents.

The Los Angeles resident admitted to paying $50,000 to a sham charity operated by admissions consultant William “Rick” Singer, who then bribed a test proctor to take the ACT exam on behalf of her son at a Houston, Texas, testing site in 2018. Singer has pleaded guilty to his role in the scheme.

Buckingham gave her son a practice test at home and led him to believe he was taking the real test on his own, authorities said. Her lawyers said the measure was intended to protect him from learning about the scheme.

It landed her son a 35 out of 36 on the ACT, placing him in the 99th percentile nationally. Buckingham aimed to get her son into the University of Southern California, prosecutors said. It’s unclear whether he enrolled at the school.

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Prosecutors recommended six months in prison and a $40,000 fine, saying Buckingham was “more deeply engaged in the mechanics of the fraud than many of the other parents” in the case. By having a proctor take the test on her son’s behalf, they said, she deprived him “of even the opportunity to get any of the answers right on his own.”

Buckingham is CEO of the Los Angeles marketing firm Trendera and has authored several books, including “The Modern Girl’s Guide to Life.” She apologized in a letter to the court, saying she is ashamed and has “absolutely no excuse.”

“My family and my children have been lucky to have so many advantages that other families and children do not,” she wrote. “And yet I committed a crime so that my son could have another advantage, an unfair and illegal one. It was a terrible thing to do.”

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More than 50 people have been charged in the admissions scheme, which involves wealthy and famous parents accused of paying bribes to rig their children’s test scores or to get them admitted to elite universities as recruited athletes.

A total of 19 parents have pleaded guilty, including four who reversed earlier pleas of not guilty this week. Another 15 are contesting the charges. Trials are expected to begin in 2020.

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Man charged in shooting death of 2-year-old girl in Philadelphia, another man in custody: police

A man has been charged in connection with the shooting death of a 2-year-old girl in Philadelphia, police said Wednesday, adding that a second suspect is in also now in custody.

Police have identified the suspect as Freddie Perez Jr. and said he was arrested on Tuesday in Chester, Pa.

Perez, 30, has been charged with nine counts of attempted murder and two of conspiracy to commit murder, Fox 29 reported, adding that police have not identified Perez as the gunman, but said he was involved in the shooting.

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The Philadelphia district attorney did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

Philadelphia police told Fox News on Wednesday that a second male suspect is in custody on unrelated charges and has not yet been formally charged, and therefore, has not yet been identified.

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Investigators said 2-year-old Nikolette Rivera was shot once in the back of the head on Sunday and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said the shooting happened around 3:30 p.m. in a home on Water Street in Kensington, near Philly.

Rivera’s mother, 24, was holding her daughter at the time of the shooting and was rushed to an area hospital with a gunshot wound to her left arm and a graze wound to the head, according to police. She was listed in stable condition.

Police said a 33-year-old man, who was cleaning the carpets inside the home, was shot in the abdomen and rushed by police to the hospital in critical but stable condition. Police told Fox News they are both expected to survive.

Police said Rivera’s mother and her 46-year mother were inside the home having the carpets cleaned and were watching several small children when shots were fired through the front door and front windows, striking all three victims. Detectives found six rifle casings in the street directly in front of the house, according to police, adding that investigators are also looking at a possible connection to a shooting that took place nearby eight minutes before the homicide. Police said in that shooting, two men opened fire on a black SUV using an assault rifle and a handgun.

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Investigators said they believe Rivera’s father may have been the target in the shooting that killed his daughter, Fox 29 reported.

Police said the investigation is ongoing.

Dozens gathered to remember Rivera Monday night, the television station reported.

“She was awesome. She was great. She was a star. She was a superstar,” her great-aunt Amelia Pagan reportedly said.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney responded to the weekend violence in the city after two separate shootings that left Rivera dead and an 11-month-old boy in the hospital.

“Outraged, disgusted, and heartbroken by the violence this weekend that claimed the life of an innocent 2-year-old and left another infant fighting for his life,” Kenney tweeted. “My prayers are with their families and communities during this tragic time. Philadelphians should not live in fear of violence that could take away a child’s life. But for too many, this is a sad reality. With the unabated flow of illegal guns and drugs, we must do whatever we can locally to address violence and help residents.”

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Following the weekend’s bursts of violence, Coulter reportedly said that in her 30-year law enforcement career, she had not seen two separate shootings in less than 24 hours involving children so young.

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Florida inmate charged with feeding pet iguanas to alligator at sheriff’s zoo

A Florida inmate has been arrested for feeding pet iguanas to an alligator at the sheriff’s zoo — next to the jail — after fellow inmates ratted him out, investigators said.

Jason Aaron Gibson, a 40-year-old suspected car thief, was one of the select inmates given the “privilege” of working outside at the petting zoo on Stock Island, officials at the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office told the Miami Herald.

Two other inmates who worked at the farm were left “distraught” and “heartbroken” after witnessing Gibson toss iguanas to a six-foot alligator named Irwin multiple times, officials said.

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Gibson allegedly confessed to tossing Mojo and a smaller iguana to the six-foot gator. (Monroe County Sheriff’s Office)

“I was so proud of them for stepping forward,” Jeanne Selander, a civilian jail employee running the farm, told the Herald. “They just couldn’t accept that. They really cared. I’m so sad they had to witness it.”

The death of “Mojo,” a large iguana who had lived at the farm for over a decade, hit staff members at the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm particularly hard.

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“He was more of a pet,” Selander said. “I’m still in disbelief. Thirteen years I’ve been doing this and I’ve never had anyone do anything to the animals.”

Irwin the gator, which reportedly was fed dead rats once a week, ate at least one smaller iguana but didn’t eat Mojo because it was “too big,” Selander said. The gator reportedly held Mojo underwater for 30 minutes and left its carcass in the habitat.

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Irwin the gator didn’t eat Mojo because the iguana was “too big,” staff said. (Monroe County Sheriff’s Office)

“Occasionally an iguana falls in and that’s the circle of life,” she told the Herald. “You don’t physically catch one and feed it. That is so cruel.”

Gibson was arrested Monday he admitted to the deeds, claiming the iguanas were a “nuisance” that “terrorize the other animals” at the farm, according to an arrest report obtained by the paper.

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He was charged with two counts of felony animal cruelty causing death, pain and suffering. He had been awaiting trial since June on a charge of grand theft auto.

The petting zoo opened in 1994 and has housed more than 150 animals, according to the Herald. The farm has been open to the public for free twice a month and has held special holiday events.

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Tennessee teen wearing ankle monitor admitted to shooting, sexual assault of Nashville rideshare drivers: police

A Tennessee teenager faces several charges after a violent crime spree Friday night that included the shooting of a female rideshare driver and the sexual assault of another, police announced on Wednesday.

Reginald Williams, Jr., 17, who was wearing an ankle monitor under the supervision of the Department of Children’s Services during the alleged crime spree involving rideshare drivers, admitted to his involvement, according to a Metropolitan Nashville Police Department news release.

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Police said a female Lyft driver responded around 9:15 p.m. on Friday to the Opry Mills Mall in Nashville, Tenn. to pick up three young men who, according to WKRN-TV, used a stolen phone to request the ride. The woman then drove them to a location about twenty minutes away and that is where she was robbed and sexually assaulted at gunpoint, investigators said.

Police said about an hour and a half later officers responded to a Nashville supermarket where a man reported that he was approached by a man with a gun on a street about five minutes away and was forced to drive to the grocery store to withdraw money from an ATM inside the store. When the victim came back outside, the suspect was gone.

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Police said the gunman then used the stolen phone to order a ride back to the street where he had come from, where he attempted to rob the female Lyft driver. The driver told officers that he grabbed her by the throat and put a gun to her head, according to the news release. She said she reached for her pepper spray and began spraying the gunman who fired his gun. Police said she was shot in the arm and foot and her injuries were reportedly not life-threatening.

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Reginald Williams, Jr., 17, who was wearing an ankle monitor under the supervision of the Department of Children’s Services during an alleged crime spree involving rideshare drivers, admitted to his involvement, according to a Metropolitan Nashville Police Department news release. (Metropolitan Nashville Police Department)

Investigators said the gunman took off and requested another rideshare. He then allegedly robbed the driver of his minivan, which, police said, has still not been found.

Williams, of Nashville, has been charged in Juvenile Court with attempted criminal homicide, aggravated robbery, carjacking and evading arrest. Police said charges related to the robbery and sexual assault are pending.

Investigators said they are still working to identify two other suspects.

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A spokesperson for Lyft did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment regarding the arrest.

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