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Florida man disguised as woman robs bank, steals patrol car, police allege

A man in Florida accused of robbing a bank while disguised as a woman has been arrested after he allegedly stole a police cruiser and led deputies on a two-county chase, investigators said.

Gumersindo Reyes Jr., 51, was wearing a gold dress and a red wig when he entered a Chase Bank in Casselberry, northeast of Orlando, and passed a note to the teller demanding money, Police Chief Larry Krantz told reporters. He allegedly left carrying an undisclosed amount of cash in his backpack.

Reyes drew the attention of a passing Seminole County deputy who saw the suspect ditch his disguise behind a bush, Fox 35 Orlando reported.

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The deputy got out of his patrol car and confronted Reyes, who police said was displaying “bizarre” behavior.

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Reyes was wearing a woman’s gold dress and a red wig when he entered a Chase Bank, police said. (Casselberry Police Department)

After failing to subdue Reyes with a stun gun, the deputy chased him into an apartment complex across the street from the bank, WFTV reported. The deputy reached for his firearm to order Reyes to the ground but Reyes also tried to grab the weapon, setting off a struggle.

Reyes then dashed out of the complex and stole the deputy’s patrol vehicle, police said.

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“There’s nothing that drives me crazier than to see a ‘bad guy,’ or know that a ‘bad guy’ got behind the wheel of one of our patrol vehicles, even for just one moment,” Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma said. “I’m OK that he was in the car, but he was sitting in the wrong seat.”

Reyes led deputies on a wild chase through Seminole and Orange counties before crashing the vehicle into another car in Maitland where they finally arrested him, police said.

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He faced numerous charges including battery on an officer, resisting an officer with violence and robbery with a firearm, according to police records.

Reyes had a criminal history of attempted murder and robbery in Puerto Rico, officials told WFTV.

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Nevada police officer saves American flag from side of Las Vegas highway

The keen eye of a police officer in Nevada helped rescue a wayward version of Old Glory from the shoulder of a busy Las Vegas-area highway.

The Nevada Highway Patrol shared on Facebook a video of the moment that Trooper Jason Buratczuk, an Air Force veteran, pulled over along the northbound lanes of Interstate 15 near Sahara Avenue on Oct. 2, after he spotted the American flag on the side of the road.

“It’s not just a piece of fabric. It’s a symbol of our country,” he told FOX5. “People have bled and died for that.”

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Buratczuk had first spotted the flag in the northbound lanes but kept driving past. He then decided to circle back around to retrieve it.

“I was thinking, ‘How could someone let this fall off their car?'” he told FOX5.

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Nevada Highway Trooper Jason Buratczuk got out along Interstate 15 to retrieve an American flag from the side of the roadway. (Nevada Highway Patrol)

Video released by police shows the officer pulled over to the left side of the roadway and getting out to retrieve the flag as cars zip past.

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The highway patrol said that Buratczuk collected the flag and immediately brought it to a local American Legion Lodge. The American Legion took possession of the flag and will properly retire it in a burning ceremony that is held about every six months.

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Officials are asking drivers who may spot a flag on the side of the road to not retrieve it themselves due to safety concerns, but to contact NHP instead to have a trooper pick it up.

For Buratczuk, whose father, brother, cousins, and grandparents all served in the Armed Forces, the flag represents more than just the fabric its stitched from.

“Maybe we’d be better off if we take a minute and think of what the flag represents, and what it means to people,” he told FOX5.

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Oklahoma boy, 3, wows police with his uniform

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A cute prospective three-year-old police recruit stood tall to meet members of a local police department in Oklahoma City Tuesday and show off his tiny uniform.

Carson impressed local officers from the Edmond Police Department, who were hosting their monthly Coffee with a Cop event, where residents attend to meet law enforcement, ask questions and strengthen community relationships.

The child showed off his uniform to Lt. Paul Phillips who joked, “he outranks me,” after noticing that the toddler had three stars on his jacket.

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Carson then proudly blew his police whistle, as Phillips told him “that’s awesome” and that her “liked his outfit.”

Coffee with a Cop takes place on the second Tuesday of every month across Edmond and began in the town in June 2017.

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The initiative was launched in Hawthorne, Calif. in 2011 as a way for officers from the Hawthorne Police Department to establish trust between the community and the police. The program has expanded nationwide and “opens the door for interactions outside of the crisis situations that typically bring law enforcement officers and community members together,” according to the program’s website.

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Robbery suspect beat Texas officer with his baton before being fatally shot

suspected robber was shot and killed at a Texas motel early Tuesday after grabbing a police officer’s baton and beating him with it, authorities said.

Crederick Joseph, 37, of Opelousas, La., was shot dead just after midnight at the Merit Inn and Suites in Beaumont, located 90 miles east of Houston.

Officers were dispatched to the motel after receiving reports of a trespasser, according to a Beaumont Police Department statement.

While en route, officers were told the suspect assaulted a clerk and was attempting to rob the motel.

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A Texas police officer was assaulted by a robbery suspect before shooting him dead at a motel early Tuesday, authorities said. (Google Maps)

The first officer to arrive took Joseph into custody. However, he was able to grab the officer’s baton while he was being handcuffed and began to hit him with it, authorities told KBMT-TV.

The officer, who suffered deep cuts to his face, shot Joseph, Beaumont Police Chief Jimmy Singletary said. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. It’s not clear how many shots were fired or where Joseph was hit.

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The clerk suffered minor injuries. The officer, who has been with the department for 17 months, was placed on administrative while the shooting is being investigated.

Local media outlets reported that Joseph had a long criminal history, including evading arrest.

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Suspicious packages prompt security scene in front of Supreme Court

The U.S. Capitol Police briefly moved protesters away from the front of the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday morning after the discovery of two suspicious packages, but safely cleared the scene as oral arguments began in a high-profile day for the court.

The packages were discovered around 8 a.m. ET and officers closed some streets to traffic in the immediate area around the Supreme Court. Police did not evacuate the court itself, though they did move a large group of protesters from the area in front of the court steps where the court was to hear three cases about discrimination against gay and transgender individuals in the workplace.

The second protest location was not far from the original.

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Police officers watch as protesters demonstrate about a block from the Supreme Court Tuesday morning after a report of suspicious packages moved the event from the Supreme Court steps. Capitol Police later said there was not a threat and the incident was cleared. (Fox News – Tyler Olson)

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“It’s not gonna stop us,” said David Barrows, who held a pro-LGBT rights sign while wearing a “Dump Trump” hat. “But it is too bad we can’t be out front where the action is taking place.”

Barrows, along with other protesters, expressed confidence in the Capitol Police to keep the demonstrations safe, saying they were simply waiting for the scene to clear. He said he stayed because he is concerned the high court might rule to “betray human rights” by upholding precedent that it is not illegal to discriminate against gay and transgender people for employment.

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Barbara Ehardt, an Idaho state representative and former Division I women’s basketball coach, was walking toward the Supreme Court before the scene in front of the building had been cleared. The staunch Republican who has spoken out against the transgender movement in the past said she was slated to speak at another rally.

“It’s simply not fair and right that boys and men can take the place of girls and women in sports,” she said.

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While there were protesters on both sides of the cases being argued Tuesday — Bostock v. Clayton County, Altitude Express, Inc. v. Zarda and R.G. and G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission — those in favor of gay and transgender rights made up a large majority.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram contributed to this report. 

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Minneapolis’ liberal mayor trying to ‘bully’ President Trump out of Minnesota, says head of police union

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The mayor of Minneapolis, a Democrat, is trying to “antagonize” and “bully” President Trump to discourage him from coming to the historically blue state, a police union leader said Tuesday.

Lieutenant Bob Kroll, president of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, said on “Fox & Friends,” that Mayor Jacob Frey is discriminating against Trump ahead of his upcoming rally at the Target Center on Thursday.

Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale accused Frey of “abuse of power” late Monday over a proposed $530,000 security fee to use the arena.

“It’s disparate treatment,” Kroll said. “They have not charged nearly that much for other events…”

A campaign press release states: “The radical leftist mayor of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey, is abusing the power of his office and attempt to extort President Trump’s re-election campaign by conjuring a phony and outlandish bill for security in an effort to block a scheduled Keep America Great rally.”

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The dispute came after Frey and Police Chief Medaria Arradondo announced the implementation of a new rule barring off-duty officers from appearing in a uniform at political rallies or events. Officers will still be assigned as security.

The new rule quickly drew the ire of members of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, which sees the timing as a direct jab at the president, who is determined to flip the state’s 10 electoral votes to the GOP.

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Chief Arradondo pushed back at the notion that the move was political in a news conference last week, saying that the department is “not showing favor or bias toward a particular political party or candidate,” and that the step has been under consideration for a year after local constituents protested officers in uniform endorsing local and state politicians.

“I don’t want the Minneapolis Police Department to be politicized at all,” said Arradondo.

The police union has responded by creating red “Cops for Trump” shirts for the officers and others to wear, selling online for $20.

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“In compliance with policy, we don’t want any issue,” Kroll noted. “So, we just thought you know what we’ll turn the place into a sea of red with the shirts we designed. And, they’re available and we can’t keep them on the shelves. They’ve been selling out as fast as they come in!”

Kroll pointed out that, under previous administrations, officers in Minneapolis were ordered to stand behind presidents, calling out local politicians as “very left.”

Fox News’ Vandana Rambaran contributed to this report.

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Machete-wielding California man shot, killed by deputies

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Los Angeles County investigators on Monday said deputies shot and killed a man who was advancing towards them with a machete after holding the weapon to a woman’s throat.

The shooting unfolded in Whittier – about 20 miles east of Los Angles – after a caller reported a man banging and screaming on a neighbor’s door while holding the knife, according to the sheriff’s department.

Responding deputies said they found the suspect inside the home. Family members identified him as 37-year-old Antonio “Tonito” Vasquez, who they said had a history of mental illness.

A mental evaluation team with the sheriff’s department initially spoke with the suspect and determined he was no longer a threat, Fox 11 reported. Deputies and the mental health team determined he had committed no crime and left the scene.

However, police received another 911 call 30 minutes later. The caller reportedly told cops that Vasquez said he wanted officers to shoot him.

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Responding deputies found the suspect in the garage, holding the knife to a woman’s throat, Fox 11 reported. He allegedly advanced towards them and they ordered him to drop the weapon, the station added. LASD said three of the four deputies opened fire. Vasquez was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sheriff’s Lt. Derrick Alfred told KABC “there was no time at that point for a mental evaluation team. Action had to be taken.”

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The three deputies were placed on administrative leave, pending an investigation. Neither the deputies nor the woman was injured in the incident.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.  

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Atlanta nightclub shooting leaves 2 critical, car sprayed with bullets, police say

Two people are in critical condition following a triple shooting outside a southeast Atlanta club, local media reports.

Three people were shot outside The Chill Spot, located at 1945 Moreland Avenue and described as a dance and nightclub on its Facebook page. All of the victims were taken to a local area hospital, with the third currently in stable condition, according to police.

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Two people are in critical condition following a triple shooting at The Chill Spot, an Atlanta dance and nightclub on Sunday morning, local media reports. (Google Earth)

Police say the shooting stemmed from an altercation inside the club that eventually spilled out into the parking lot, where shots were reportedly fired into two vehicles outside.

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Windows were shattered and one of the vehicles was described as having at least five bullet holes, according to WSBTV reporter, Lauren Pozen.

The outlet recorded video of one of the cars, a silver Nissan, being towed away following the incident on Sunday morning.

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The club is located across the street from the Starlight Drive-In, a historic drive-in theatre celebrating its 70th anniversary this year.

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Police are investigating the crime scene and no motive has been determined.

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Atlanta nightclub shooting leaves 2 critical, car sprayed with bullets, police say

Two people are in critical condition following a triple shooting outside a southeast Atlanta club, local media reports.

Three people were shot outside The Chill Spot, located at 1945 Moreland Avenue and described as a dance and nightclub on its Facebook page. All of the victims were taken to a local area hospital, with the third currently in stable condition, according to police.

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Two people are in critical condition following a triple shooting at The Chill Spot, an Atlanta dance and nightclub on Sunday morning, local media reports. (Google Earth)

Police say the shooting stemmed from an altercation inside the club that eventually spilled out into the parking lot, where shots were reportedly fired into two vehicles outside.

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Windows were shattered and one of the vehicles was described as having at least five bullet holes, according to WSBTV reporter, Lauren Pozen.

The outlet recorded video of one of the cars, a silver Nissan, being towed away following the incident on Sunday morning.

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The club is located across the street from the Starlight Drive-In, a historic drive-in theatre celebrating its 70th anniversary this year.

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Police are investigating the crime scene and no motive has been determined.

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Former Georgia cop who fatally shot unarmed fleeing man acquitted of manslaughter

A since-fired Georgia police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man fleeing after a confrontation was found not guilty Saturday of voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter.

However, Zecheriah Presley was convicted of violating his oath of office by shooting Tony Green, 33, in Camden County last year. Presley was fired from the Kingsland Police Department as a result of the incident and indicted by a grand jury after Green was found to be unarmed.

Presley was ordered to be jailed pending sentencing Oct. 18. He faces a prison term of one to five years. He could have faced up to 20 years in prison if convicted of manslaughter.

News4Jax reported that the trial judge ordered deliberations to continue with an alternate juror earlier Saturday after the only black member of the panel fell ill.

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Though Presley’s body camera recorded the ordeal, darkness and something covering the camera lens left the jury without a clear video of the shooting and the moments leading up to it.

Presley said he followed Green’s car on the night of June 20, 2018, because he believed Green was driving on a suspended license. Dash camera video showed Green drive off the side of the road, open the car door and run. He returned to the vehicle briefly to grab an object, then fled again.

Presley chased Green on foot down a dark street, before a short struggle that was not seen on video. The recording picked up the electrified clicking sound from Presley’s Taser, followed by eight gunshots.

Presley told another officer who arrived on the scene that Green had been on top of him, trying to grab his taser. “And then I was going for my gun, and he started taking off. And I fired,” Presley said on the video. “I thought he was going to kill me,” he added, according to First Coast News.

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An autopsy found Green had been struck by bullets eight times. He’d had small amounts of alcohol, marijuana, cocaine and a tranquilizer in his system.

On the witness stand Wednesday, Presley added new details to his account. He said he opened fire only after Green turned back to face him and extended an arm, making Presley believe he had a gun. Investigators found Green was carrying a cell phone.

“Tony Green was not shot because of misdemeanor offenses,” said defense attorney Adrienne Browning in her closing argument Thursday. “He was shot because of bad decision after bad decision until the threat was overwhelming and Zech feared for his life.”

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“He made a fatal mistake and it was a mistake that cost a man his life,” prosecutor Rocky Bridges said of Presley in his closing argument. “You don’t have to like Tony Green. … He ran from the police, not a good decision. But he was not armed. He did not turn on officer Presley. He did not deserve to die.”

Prosecutors said Presley had 474 days from the shooting to the beginning of the trial to craft his story in compliance with the law. “If he really thought he grabbed a weapon, if he really thought that’s what happened, you get on the radio and call for backup. You don’t run and chase after an individual with your Taser drawn,” Bridges told the jury, according to News4Jax. “He had the opportunity to say, ‘I thought I saw a gun. He pointed the gun at me. He turned on me.’ You didn’t hear that.”

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“My son was murdered,” Green’s father, Wayne Anderson, told News4Jax after the verdict was read. “The man that murdered my son gets to go home to his sons … and can only possibly serve one to five for murder.

“This ought to serve notice to a lot of our young black men and black men, period, that you can run up and down the football field, you can run on down the courts, you can hit baseballs, you can do it,” Anderson said. “But at the end of the day, when [they] see you, they see a black man.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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