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Georgia girl, 5, receives ‘medal of bravery’ for fending off mother’s knife-wielding attacker

A 5-year-old Georgia girl received a “medal of bravery” from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday after jumping on the back of a family member who allegedly was stabbing her mother.

“Ariana’s actions likely saved the life of her mother,” Cherokee County Sheriff Frank Reynolds wrote on social media Thursday afternoon of Ariana Mills, according to the Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News.

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Tyler Wayne Holloway pleaded guilty Thursday to stabbing his stepsister.  (Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office)

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Tyler Wayne Holloway, accused of stabbing his stepsister Carissa Mills in the neck, head and back, pleaded guilty but mentally ill Thursday to aggravated assault charges, the Ledger-News reported.

He fled after the 5-year-old jumped on his back, the report said.

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He could face 31 years in prison with his plea deal, the Ledger-News reported.

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Missouri man says Walmart weapons incident was ‘not a hate-inspired act’: report

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The self-described Second Amendment advocate who authorities say walked into a Walmart store in Missouri last week, wearing body armor and carrying loaded weapons, reportedly admits his timing was bad given the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

But Dmitriy Andreychenko, 20, of Springfield, said he doesn’t regret the alleged actions.

“I just want people to know there was no evil to what I did,”  Andreychenko told Springfield’s KYTV-TV. “This was not a hate-inspired act. This was purely innocent — the timing was just so off. I would never want to hurt anyone.”

“I just want people to know there was no evil to what I did. This was not a hate-inspired act. This was purely innocent — the timing was just so off. I would never want to hurt anyone.”

— Dmitriy Andreychenko, facing charges in Walmart incident

Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson said Andreychenko has been charged with making a terrorist threat in the second degree.

ARMED OFF-DUTY FIREFIGHTER HALTS ARMED SUSPECT AT WALMART STORE IN MISSOURI, POLICE SAY 

Andreychenko was accused of bringing weapons into the Walmart store Aug. 8, prompting a store manager to pull a fire alarm and send customers running. But an armed off-duty firefighter was able to detain Andreychenko until police officers arrived, Springfield police said.

Andreychenko was carrying loaded tactical weapons, according to reports. He was arrested at the scene and taken into custody.

The incident came five days after a mass shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, that resulted in 22 deaths. The next day, another shooter killed nine people in Dayton, Ohio, in an unrelated episode that has heightened discussions about gun control legislation and firearms safety.

“The gun was holstered. I never touched it after putting it on,” Andreychenko said.

Andreychenko told KYTV he called the Walmart store before he showed up with a gun to make sure it was allowed and said he was told he could.

The probable-cause statement quoted Andreychenko as saying he “wanted to know if Walmart honored the Second Amendment.”

Since January 2017, Missouri has not required a permit to carry a firearm, whether openly or concealed, for those age 19 or older, as long as the firearm is not displayed in a threatening manner.

On Aug. 8, Andreychenko had started recording himself with his cellphone while still in the parking lot of the Springfield Walmart. He got the body armor from the trunk of his car before grabbing a shopping cart and walked into the store, the probable cause statement said. No shots were fired.

MISSOURI WALMART THREAT SUSPECT ID’D BY POLICE, MUG SHOT RELEASED

“Missouri protects the right of people to open-carry a firearm, but that does not allow an individual to act in a reckless and criminal manner endangering other citizens,” Patterson said in a statement.

“Missouri protects the right of people to open-carry a firearm, but that does not allow an individual to act in a reckless and criminal manner endangering other citizens.”

— Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson

Patterson said he was thankful nobody was injured at the store, but said a Battlefield police Officer and citizen were injured in a vehicle collision as the officer responded to the Walmart.

Walmart issued a statement Aug. 9 that praised law enforcement for stopping the incident from escalating. It said Andreychenko was no longer welcome in its stores.

The Greene County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office said, “A person commits the crime of making a terrorist threat in the second degree when he recklessly disregards the risk of causing the evacuation of any portion of a building and knowingly communicates an express or implied threat to cause an incident or condition involving danger to life or knowingly causes a false belief or fear that an incident has occurred or that a condition exists involving danger to life.”

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Andreychenko would face up to four years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 if convicted of the felony charge of making a terrorist threat in the second degree, according to the prosecutor’s office.

Fox News’ Bradford Betz and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Intruder shot and killed at Anderson Air Force Base in Guam after stabbing, attacking base security

An intruder was shot and killed at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam on Thursday after crashing a car into barriers there, evading authorities for hours, and later attacking and stabbing a Defense Department Security Forces member while being apprehended, the base said.

The unidentified gate runner was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:52 a.m. local time while being medically treated, Anderson Air Force Base said in a statement on Facebook.

“While apprehending a suspect, our defenders were compelled to use lethal force for their own defense, resulting in the death of the suspect,” 36th Wing Cmdr. Brig. Gen. Gentry Boswell said. “We value the importance of every life and are thankful for the courage our defenders display in the safe conduct of their duties protecting our personnel and families.”

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The suspect had been involved in a high-speed car chase and attempted to flee on foot while evading Guam police on Wednesday night.

The suspect crashed into base barriers at 7:35 p.m. on Wednesday and attempted to escape in the jungle before being located by the security forces team and local police the next morning, the base said.

“At approximately 6:35 a.m. local time, the search for the suspect involved in a high-speed police chase last night with Guam Police Department ended when he was located by a team of security forces members here,” the base said in another statement on Facebook. “The individual crashed into the barriers on Andersen AFB and attempted to flee on foot.”

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Four B-1B Lancers assigned to the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron arrive at Andersen AFB, Guam. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Richard P. Ebensberger)

“During apprehension, the suspect responded aggressively and stabbed a Department of Defense civilian security forces member,” the base reported. “The suspect was subsequently shot by base security during the altercation.”

The base initially reported that the suspect was transported to a civilian hospital.

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“Our top priority is to ensure the safety of Team Andersen, our service members and families,” Boswell said. “We are proud of our partnerships in place and for the swift actions taken by our security forces members in conjunction with local law enforcement.”

The base had been put on lockdown earlier Thursday,  around 4 a.m. local time, as the manhunt continued.

“Andersen AFB is in a base-wide lockdown. All base personnel implement lockdown procedures and immediately take shelter,” the base said in a Facebook post. “Remain indoors and keep all entryways locked. This is not an exercise!”

The base reported that the suspect was spotted on base at 6:35 a.m. local time, and “36th Security Forces Squadron initiated base lockdown procedures and began the search for the suspect” along with the Guam police.

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An investigation into the episode was ongoing.

The 36th Wing has been the host unit at Anderson Air Force Base. The 36th Operations Group, 36th Mission Support Group, 36th Maintenance Group, 36th Medical Group and 36th Contingency Response Group made up the Wing.

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Airmen of the 36th Wing, and Marines of the Aircraft Group 12 from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, work together to store aircraft inside the hangars at Andersen Air Base, Guam. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexnadre Montes)

Its mission statement, according to the Air Force: “To provide a U.S.-based lethal warfighting platform for the employment, deployment, reception, and throughput of air and space forces in the Asia-Pacific region.”

Guam is a U.S. territory in the Western Pacific, located 3,950 miles west of Hawaii. It is east of the Philippines and about 2,000 miles from the South China Sea.

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Philadelphia police shooting suspect has ‘extensive’ criminal history, commissioner says

The man accused of opening fire on Philadelphia police officers, wounding six and triggering an hours-long standoff that stretched into the night, has been arrested at least a dozen times since turning 18 — a rap sheet the city’s top cop described as an “extensive” criminal history.

With his hands in the air and a police light illuminating his every movement, alleged gunman Maurice Hill, 36, surrendered to authorities just after midnight Thursday, exiting the north Philadelphia neighborhood home he’d barricaded himself in.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross, who said he spent hours Wednesday negotiating with Hill over the phone, said the situation that unfolded “could have been far worse.”

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Maurice Hill surrendered to authorities just after midnight after the shooting and hours-long standoff. (Philadelphia Police Department/Bill Trenwith via AP)

“I am surprised he came out because he was indicating to some that he wasn’t going to do that and that he was not going back,” to prison, Ross told reporters early Thursday regarding some of Hill’s alleged statements. “Many of you have found out about his history. It’s very significant. In fact, he told me on the phone, he used the word ‘extensive,’ he had an extensive criminal history and that he knew the system. This is why he was making the outlandish demands he was making.”

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Court documents obtained by FOX29 show Hill’s lengthy criminal history, including a least a dozen arrests since he turned 18.

The 36-year-old has been in and out of prison since 2002 after convictions for such crimes as illegal possession of guns and aggravated assault, according to the documents obtained by FOX29.

In 2013, Hill was convicted of perjury and was sentenced to seven months of probation. Records obtained by FOX29 also showed dozens of serious charges over the years that were later withdrawn in court.

Hill also spent time in federal prison, pleading guilty to federal firearms violations in 2008 after he was caught with a Smith & Wesson .357 and a Taurus PT .45 semiautomatic, according to court records obtained by the Philadelphia Inquirer. Prior felony convictions should have kept him from owning those weapons, and a federal judge sentenced him to four years and seven months in prison, the Inquirer reported.

Hill’s former attorney Shaka Johnson, who represented the 36-year-old in a number of previous cases over the past five years that were mostly of a drug-related nature, told FOX29 he answered the phone at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday and heard Hill on the other end. Johnson said early Thursday that Hill’s first words on the phone were, “I need help.”

“They’re going to kill me. They’re going to kill me,” Johnson recalled Hill saying over the phone.

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A police officer patrols the block near a house as they investigate an active shooting situation, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, in the Nicetown neighborhood of Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke))

Johnson, who is a former SWAT officer, said his former client was concerned about his own safety, but also about the wellbeing of his family — including a newborn daughter. Johnson said the police commissioner gave him 30 minutes to convince his former client to surrender peacefully.

“Mr. Hill and I talked about this. They don’t typically, in scenarios like this, take black defendants into custody.  This is what he and I talked about on the phone,” Johnson told FOX29. “I said, ‘My man, this is looking pretty grave for you. The world is watching. That may be one of the things giving police some pause because the world is watching. Use this time wisely.’”

PHILADELPHIA STANDOFF: POLICE DISPATCH AUDIO REVEALS TENSE MOMENTS DURING HOURS-LONG ORDEAL

The shooting started around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday after officers had entered a home to serve a narcotics warrant. The gunman and police traded shots for hours.

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Philadelphia police stage as they respond to an active shooting situation, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, in the Nicetown neighborhood of Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Six officers were shot, but have been released from hospitals. Two officers had been trapped in the house during the standoff but were safely evacuated. Ross said Thursday morning he does not believe the gunman knew two police officers were trapped upstairs in the home along with three civilians.

In addition to the phone call with the attorney, the city’s top cop said that the tear gas ultimately caused the gunman to come out early Thursday. The gunman was taken to a hospital for evaluation and then placed into custody.

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The shooting caused Temple University to lock down part of its campus, and several children and staff members were trapped for some time in a nearby daycare. Police have not yet announced formal charges against Hill in Wednesday’s shooting.

President Trump, who was briefed on the shooting, tweeted Thursday morning the shooter “should have never been on the streets.”

“He had a long and very dangerous criminal record. Looked like he was having a good time after his capture, and after wounding so many police,” the president said. “Long sentence – must get much tougher on street crime!”

Fox News’ Danielle Wallace and Vandana Rambaran and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Iowa driver leads authorities on chase, claims car she was driving was stolen: police

An Iowa woman allegedly fleeing a traffic stop called authorities to report her car had been stolen — but she had been driving it all along.

Rachel Thornburg, 20, was speeding Tuesday on a highway in Clinton, a city roughly 85 miles east of Cedar Rapids, officials said, and a deputy tried to stop her.

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The driver fled, went through a red light, and led police on a chase, the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

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Rachel Thornburg, 20, allegedly told authorities her car was stolen — but it turns out she was driving it all along. (Clinton County Sheriff’s Office)

During that chase, the sheriff’s office received a call from Thornburg claiming she left her keys in her car, and that it had been stolen. The vehicle, she said, was a 1998 grey Buick Century — the same car the deputy was pursuing.

Thornburg allegedly drove into neighboring Scott County, where police tried and failed to use Stop Sticks — a device used to deflate tires. Iowa State Patrol, however, had better luck with the device, and was able to stop the pursuit less than an hour later.

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Authorities took the driver into custody and identified her as the caller who reported her own car missing while leading police on a multi-county chase.

Thornburg was charged with eluding, driving with a suspended license, reckless driving, and speeding.

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Philadelphia standoff: Police dispatch audio reveals tense moments during hours-long ordeal

Dramatic audio from police dispatchers reveals how two officers became trapped and six others were wounded as gunfire rang out during an hours-long standoff that turned one residential Philadelphia neighborhood upside down Wednesday.

Several officers with the Narcotics Strike Force were serving a warrant at the multifamily home — in connection with what may have been a drug-related offense — when things “went awry almost immediately,” and the shooter opened fire, police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr. said.

“We’ve got several shot officers. We’ve got an officer down. They’re still getting shot – shots fired,” a female dispatcher said shortly after the gunfire began around 4:30 p.m.

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“We’ve got several shot officers. We’ve got an officer down. They’re still getting shot – shots fired.” 

— Philadelphia police dispatcher

Several officers had entered the home and made their way to the rear of the property when a gunman, armed with an AK-47 rifle and several pistols, began to open fire. Some officers jumped out of windows to escape the barrage of bullets but two officers were trapped inside on the second floor.

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Officers gather for crowd control near a massive police presence set up outside a house as they investigate an active shooting situation, in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. (Associated Press)

“I got an officer shot at this location in the leg!” one officer yelled to a police dispatcher.  “They’re saying the shooter is in the kitchen. We’ve got an officer down. Radio: I want Erie Avenue shut down – right now,” another dispatcher said, Philadelphia’s FOX 29 reported.

“I got an officer shot at this location in the leg! They’re saying the shooter is in the kitchen. We’ve got an officer down.”

— Police officer calling in to dispatcher

Dozens of officers responded in patrol cars. Six officers total were wounded in the gunfire and were rushed to local hospitals where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries and later released. Police blocked off the streets around the scene. At least two other officers were treated for non-life-threatening injuries related to automobile accidents that resulted in the commotion to get to the scene.

Two officers barricaded

While most officers made it out of the home initially, two officers were barricaded in separate rooms on the second floor as the gunman on the first floor shot through the ceiling and outside widows at officers below.

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“Be advised. We’re still pinned down inside this location,” one of the officers said over radio around 5 p.m. “The male is inside the kitchen shooting upward and forward to the opposition of the police.”

“Be advised. We’re still pinned down inside this location. The male is inside the kitchen shooting upward and forward to the opposition of the police.”

— Officer heard on police radio

One officer was trapped in a back bedroom with a male and a female hostage. Another officer was trapped in a bathroom with a male hostage. The hostages had already been handcuffed by police at the time the shooting began.

“How you doing inside?” a police commander asked an officer inside, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. “I got full ammo, ready to go,” the officer radioed back.

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Authorities stand outside a house as they investigate an active shooting situation, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, in the Nicetown neighborhood of Philadelphia. (Associated Press)

SWAT and hostage negotiators were called in. The two officers and three hostages managed to escape without being harmed with the help of the SWAT team around 10 p.m. as the standoff continued. Police eventually rescued four more women who were trapped on the second floor amid the gunfire.

Daycare center on lockdown

Hundreds of rounds of gunfire could be heard throughout the afternoon. A nearby daycare was placed under lockdown until law enforcement could evacuate 58 children and adults from the building, the Inquirer reported.

“We had to stay calm and collected, and get the children calm,” one daycare worker said.  “I’m just happy I got my daughter,” Shere Calhoun said as she caressed her 8-year-old’s head. “I didn’t want her to be a victim.”

“We had to stay calm and collected, and get the children calm. … I’m just happy I got my daughter. … I didn’t want her to be a victim.”

— Shere Calhoun, parent of 8-year-old

Police called in two city buses to hold the children whose parents had not arrived yet as the shootout continued blocks away. Temple University also placed its health and science campus, which includes the hospital, on lockdown.

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“Calm down, calm down,” an officer yelled as a parent ran down the block. “The kids are safe.”

Law enforcement tried to communicate with the suspect both over loudspeaker and on the phone to difuse the situation. The suspect’s girlfriend facilitated communication during the first call. A second three-way call transpired with the suspect, his attorney and police to urge the suspect he would not be hurt if he surrendered. After almost an eight-hour-long ordeal, the suspect surrendered to authorities just after midnight Thursday, exiting the residence with his hands in the air and with a police light shining on him, surrounded by a cloud of tear gas.

The Philadelphia Police Department didn’t officially released the name of the suspect, but unnamed police sources told the Inquirer that he was Maurice Hill, 36, of Philadelphia. Hill has a long criminal record, including several gun-related convictions and has been arrested for attempted murder and resisting arrest, the newspaper reported, citing court records.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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NYC sanitation worker used license plates found in trash to avoid $17G in fines, investigators say

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A New York City sanitation worker was arrested Wednesday for allegedly putting license plates he found in the trash on his car to avoid paying more than $17,000 in fines.

Jason Rivera, 45, of Staten Island, incurred the penalties for parking and traffic violations as well as unpaid E-Z Pass tolls, authorities said. He faces a charge of grand larceny, the New York Daily News reported.

A criminal complaint said Rivera found the plates in 2016 and gave them to a friend, who then returned them to Rivera a year later, the city Department of Investigation concluded.

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“These types of crimes undermine the government’s ability to do its job and maintain a standard of safety on the roads,” said DOI Commissioner Magaret Garnett. “These offenses are particularly egregious when committed by a city employee who used his job as a means to commit a crime.”

Prosecutors say that Rivera racked up 72 parking and traffic violations totaling $5,500, as well as $1,793.50 in unpaid tolls and $10,600 in unpaid fees, the New York Post reported.

The plates were not registered to his vehicle, or any vehicle, the paper reported, making it difficult to determine who was responsible for the fines. The department began an inquiry after receiving a complaint from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

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An investigator confronted Rivera about the pocketed plates and said he confessed to using them.

“Misusing New York State license plates, ignoring traffic and parking violations and failing to pay tolls are crimes that will result in arrest and prosecution,” Garnett said.

Rivera is expected back in court on Oct. 10.

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Kentucky mother arrested after children found in cockroach-infested home, eating Pop-Tarts for meals: police

A Kentucky mother was arrested last week after police discovered her three young children living in a cockroach-infested home, authorities said.

The mother, Sarah Herald, 27, faces three counts of endangering the welfare of a minor and three counts of second-degree criminal abuse, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

Police responded to the home in Georgetown – about 70 miles east of Louisville – on Saturday after a neighbor reported seeing three “filthy” children who’d been playing outside unsupervised for a long period of time, an arrest citation said.

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Sarah Herald reportedly told police she’d tried using spray to address the bugs, “but it’s not working, obviously.” (Scott County Detention Center)

An officer saw three stained mattresses full of cockroaches and bedbugs – both dead and alive – outside the home. The officer said a foul odor emanating from the home could be smelled outside, Lexington’s Fox 56 reported.

The children – ages 2, 4, and 5 – were found inside the home “rolling in copious amounts of trash, dirt, discarded food and crawling cockroaches,” the arrest citation said. Police said the children were barefoot and “extremely dirty,” including dirty fingernails and toenails, the Herald-Leader reported.

The officer saw trash, cockroaches, dead insects, and insect feces throughout the hours, the arrest citation said. Bedbugs were also found on the children’s mattress, according to police. In the kitchen, police found a pile of garbage with cockroaches crawling over it, court documents said.

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Herald reportedly told an officer she’d tried used spray for the cockroaches, “but it’s not working, obviously.” She also told police her children were eating Pop-Tarts for meals because the food in the fridge – which police said was moldy and expired – was not safe for them to eat, court documents said.

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Child Protective Services removed the children from the home and placed them with their paternal grandmother, the arrest citation said.

Herald was arrested and placed in the Scott County Detention Center. She was formally arraigned on Tuesday.

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Fresno cops interrupt music video shoot, arrest 16-year-old over stolen handgun

The recording of a music video in Fresno, Calif. was cut short Tuesday evening after police arrested a teen allegedly armed with a stolen .40-caliber handgun.

Officers responded to a 911 call reporting a group drinking alcohol, flashing gang signs and shooting the video, police said.

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Fresno police on Tuesday obtained a .40 caliber handgun and 12 .40 caliber cartridges during an arrest.  (Fresno Police Department)

A 16-year-old who matched the caller’s description allegedly was carrying a gun magazine loaded with 12 .40-caliber cartridges, the Fresno Bee reported, citing a police spokesman. The teen allegedly told officers he had hidden a handgun inside his pants.

The gun was a Smith & Wesson model SD 40 VE semi-automatic handgun, which police later determined was stolen five years ago in Cathedral City, Fresno’s KSEE-TV reported.

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The teen allegedly told officers he was an active member of the Fresno-based gang “College Street Bulldogs.”

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He was arrested on multiple firearm-related charges and booked into the Fresno County Juvenile Hall, according to the paper. His identity was not released.

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‘Orgy Island’ to airplanes, Epstein’s assets are up for grabs

While many questions remain about disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein‘s worth – how he made his money, and what happens to his assets with his death – details are emerging about his assets, and where the alleged underage sex-trafficking operation took place.

Epstein, 66, died early Saturday in what officials have called an apparent suicide. Foremost among the assets he’s left behind are two private islands in the Caribbean.

The first is the 75-acre Little St. James, which Epstein bought 21 years ago for just under $8 million. Located in the U.S. Virgin Islands and comprising five buildings and some 70 employees, Epstein gave the periphery of the stone home its own facelift after moving in – razing the natural greenery and installing palm trees that sway in the breeze alongside two American flags.

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A view of Little St. James Island, in the U. S. Virgin Islands, a property owned by Jeffrey Epstein. (AP, File)

On Tuesday, the quiet property – lawyers list it as now worth $63.8 million – could be glimpsed in drone video footage showing the FBI and NYPD raiding the home and seizing computers.

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According to permit records obtained by NBC News, while his high-powered lawyers in Florida were at work on a plea deal over charges around a decade ago, Epstein was seeking to have the interiors embellished with the likes of a Japanese bathhouse and a movie theater.

In 2016 – some eight years after he entered into the sweetheart plea deal with limited jail time and registered as a sex offender – Epstein upgraded with a second island, this one adding 165 acres at a cost of $18 million. Despite a stop-work order having been issued by the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources late last year for illegal construction, per the New York Post, work went on throughout this year.

Think amphitheaters and underwater offices, along with an odd blue-and-white-striped temple with a golden dome. Some reports asserted it was a music studio, while others allude to more sinister intent. Its value: $22.5 million.

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Little St. James Island, one of the properties of financier Jeffrey Epstein, seen in an aerial view near Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. (REUTERS/Marco Bello, File)

While Epstein is said to have referred to his parcels of paradise as extensions of his own identity – “Little St. Jeff’ and “Big St. Jeff” – the islands have in recent years been tagged with less-flattering and more ominous Internet monikers: “Orgy Island,” “Pedophile Island” and “Island of Sin,” to name a few.

But his property portfolio extended far beyond his personal parcels in the sea.

The financier also owned a luxe Beaux Arts mansion on Manhattan’s Upper East Side – worth $56 million – and a 10,000-acre property in New Mexico he dubbed the “Zorro Ranch,” previously owned by former Gov. Bruce King, with its own airport hangar, a stunning 27,000 square-foot pink-hued mansion and a price tag of $17.2 million.

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Zorro Ranch, one of the properties of financier Jeffrey Epstein, seen in an aerial view near Stanley, N.M. (REUTERS/Drone Base, File)

In addition, there’s the El Brillo Way abode in Palm Beach, Fla., reportedly brimming with massage tables, nude photographs and an assortment of toys valued at $12.4 million. Then, too, there’s the Avenue Foch, Paris, apartment in he shadow of the Arc de Triomphe, listed at $8.7 million.

Epstein had been returning from his Parisian digs to New York when the FBI arrested him on July 6 at a New Jersey airport, charging him wth the sex trafficking of minors.

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On court documents, Epstein listed his official residence as the Virgin Islands – possibly to avoid routine check-ins with officials in New York and Florida, given his status as a registered sex offender, as established by his 2008 plea deal. A year earlier, Epstein pleaded guilty to two counts of soliciting prostitution from a minor. He subsequently spent just over a year behind bars, with provisions to leave for work, and avoided federal sex-trafficking charges.

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Jeffrey Epstein’s home in Manhattan, seen last month. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson, File)

Court filings from his lawyers showed that the convicted sex offender – often dubbed a billionaire – listed assets to the tune of little more than half that. In the weeks prior to his death, Epstein was documented as having $56.5 million in cash; more than $112 million in equities, $195 million in hedge funds and private equity; and a fixed income of $14.3 million, in addition to his properties.

There was no mention on the court documents of two Gulfstream jets he was said to have owned, or of the 200-seat Boeing 727-200, which earned the nickname “Lolita Express” – in reference to the famed Vladimir Nabokov novel about a middle-aged professor who seduces and sexually assaults a 12-year-old girl.

What fate awaits the Epstein empire of things?

While federal prosecutors had endeavored to seize the assets after his arrest as part of the criminal probe, that’s now over; the criminal proceeding cannot be leveled against the deceased.

“The federal government can’t likely take anything from him because he wasn’t convicted of a crime and can’t be tried now that he’s dead. He enjoys the presumption of innocence forever because he can’t defend himself in a criminal trial,” criminal defense attorney Troy Slaten said. “He is most certainly, however, subject to civil actions aimed squarely at slicing up the assets in his estate.”

Indeed, the civil suits will now look to Epstein’s estate. Already, a decade ago, more than a dozen women reached undisclosed settlements against him in Florida.

But the renewed endeavor to claim his riches is likely to be fraught with complications and could drag on for many years, legal experts have said. It remained unclear whether he left a will, and the only known relatives of Epstein – who never married and had no known children – were his New York-based brother, Mark, a niece and a nephew.

“The personal representative and/or executor is in a tricky position in light of the various creditors and plaintiffs who have a financial interest in the estate. The individual handling the estate could face personal liability if he/she doesn’t manage the estate properly,” explained Doug Richards, of the Denver-based law firm Richards Carrington.

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Jeffrey Epstein’s waterfront Palm Beach home at the end of an ungated, palm tree-lined street. (Emily Michot/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images, File)

Several legal experts also underscored that the estate could run into monetary woes of its own; depending on how the civil litigation plays out.

“Depending on the outcome, the plaintiffs will have legal rights to portions of the estate,” California attorney Arash Hashemi speculated. “It is always a possibility … they would have to pay off debts and taxes first.”

Moreover, given Epstein’s global presence, it’s not yet clear how many others good he possessed that haven’t yet been documented.

“Usually high-net-worth individuals, like Epstein, have complicated estate plans to avoid things like probable and estate taxes and gift taxes,” Slaten explained. “The administrators of the Epstein estate are now on notice that there are likely many civil suits pending, so it will be interesting to see if they feel they are obligated to not dispose of assets pursuant to the terms of the trust (assuming there is one) until ordered by a court.”

“Give his entire estate to his victims. It’s the only justice they can get. And they deserve it,” Lisa Bloom, the high-profile attorney who is representing a number of Epstein accusers, tweeted this week. “And on behalf of the Epstein victims I represent, I intend to fight for it.”

There’s also a website that surfaced this week – EpsteinHeirs.com

“If you believe you may have given birth to a child fathered by the late JEFFREY EPSTEIN who recently committed suicide, or that he may have been your biological father, please contact us immediately, without delay!!” a notice on the site read.

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Operated by Morse Genealogical Services, the firm claimed to be using court-qualified experts and appointed investigators to “locate missing heirs and persons” – and it came as little surprise to legal experts.

“It’s really a race to the courthouse at this point. Whoever gets a judgment first will be first in line to take from the assets. (But) the most equitable way to divide the estate is on a pro-rata basis depending on the size of any civil awards,” Slaten added. “And there are likely to be many, many civil actions. Some will be meritorious and some will not.

“I have faith in the judicial system to separate the wheat from the chaff.”

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