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A homeless man with a lengthy criminal record was behind bars this week after he tried to kidnap a young girl from her mother’s arms at a Venice Beach pizzeria before being tackled by the victim’s uncle, according to police and the family.

The startling crime took place about 7 p.m. on Jan. 4, Los Angeles Police Department officials said.

Evan McLaurin-Nelson, 31, approached a woman who was with her child and told the mother that he knew the girl and needed to “save her,” police said in a written statement.

He then followed the mother until she sat down with her 6-year-old daughter in her lap.

McLaurin-Nelson grabbed for the girl, but was forcefully pushed away by a male family member, according to police and surveillance camera footage of the incident.

“Several seconds later, the suspect attempted to grab the girl again,” according to the statement. “This time, the victim’s family member was able to grab the suspect and throw him to the ground. He wrestled with the suspect for several minutes until LAPD Pacific Division officers responded and took the suspect into custody.”

It took six officers to subdue the man, who appeared to be intoxicated, family members said.

Believing they had stopped a stolen car after a miles-long pursuit, two California sheriff’s deputies tried to arrest a carjacking victim, who died after the encounter in which one deputy appears to slam the man’s skull into a car door and put him in a neck hold as the other deputy twice deployed his Taser. The car belongs to the man and was not stolen. Sonoma County Sheriff Mark Essick handed Blount a notice of termination, and the deputy will remain on administrative leave until the investigation is complete and all appeals have been exhausted.

Police shot rubber pellets and used a K-9 to take a stalking suspect into custody after the end of a chase in Corona. Fontana police said they were called to the 17300 block of Valley Boulevard in Fontana at about midnight Friday regarding a stalking suspect and encountered the man, who led officers on a pursuit when he did not stop his vehicle.

The California Highway Patrol assisted in the chase, deploying spike strips, as the suspect continued on the 10, 67 and 91 freeways, police said. CHP used a PIT maneuver and nearly an hour later, the pursuit ended in Corona near the transition of the 15 and 91 freeways.

Police say the suspect, 31-year-old Julio Vasquez, was uncooperative when the pursuit ended. Corona police shot out the suspect’s side window with rubber pellets and video showed a K-9 jumping inside the vehicle to help apprehend the suspect. Vasquez was taken to a hospital to be treated for minor injuries after being bit by the dog, according to police.

He will be charged with felony stalking and felony evading after police say he violated a restraining order involving his estranged wife by showing up to her work earlier in the day and trying to hit her with his truck. Police were called when Vasquez went to her home before midnight. Additional charges could also be added after he allegedly punched the K-9

A 51-year-old man was sentenced to nine years in prison for brutally assaulting two children in Target store in Lodi, California. The surveillance video of the incident, which took place in August, was released for the time on Wednesday.

In the disturbing footage, the two young boys, whose identities have not been revealed, can be seen playing a video game in the electronics section. Jeff Hardcastle then comes up from behind and hits the 11-year-old.

He also delivered a sucker-punch to a 5-year-old in the face. The intensity of the blow sent the youngster to the floor.

The 11-year-old was then seen rushing to help, pulling the smaller child to safety.

A man was arrested Thursday after security video captured him setting on fire a Hawthorne patrol SUV parked near the police station, officials said.

Elmer Maldonado, a 24-year-old Hawthorne resident, was detained without incident on suspicion of arson, according to police.

Officers first noticed a suspicious person apparently loitering directly in front of the Hawthorne police station through surveillance monitors, according to the Hawthorne Police Department.

The officers then noticed an unoccupied Ford Explorer Police Interceptor nearby, fully engulfed in flames, the Police Department said.

Police detained Maldonaldo, and a review of security footage confirmed that he doused the vehicle with an undetermined accelerant and set it ablaze, officials said.

Los Angeles County firefighters responded to the scene and put out the flames, but the SUV was completely

A Hanford woman accused of murder after delivering a stillborn baby with toxic levels of meth in his system was arrested Wednesday morning, according to Hanford Police.

Local law enforcement received a tip that Chelsea Cheyenne Becker, 25, was possibly sighted in the Lemoore area, Lt. Greg Freiner said. Officials located surveillance video showing Becker in the area of the Tachi Palace Casino in Lemoore.

‘The levels of methamphetamine in this baby’s system were such high levels, even for an adult, so we believe that she was using almost the entire time that she was pregnant,’ Detective Sgt. Justin Vallin of the Hanford Police Department told KGPE.

Cops say Becker admitted to using meth during her pregnancy right up until just a few days before giving birth.

San Mateo Police Department released more information regarding an officer-involved shooting that occurred on Saturday, September 28, 2019, at 5:19 P.M. SMPD officers were involved in a shooting in a cul de sac at the end of East Hillsdale Court following a short pursuit. San Mateo Police detectives investigating the criminal activity of the suspects leading up to the critical incident determined both suspects flew to Los Angeles from Philadelphia on the afternoon of September 26, 2019. They then drove to Northern California in a rented white Chevrolet Malibu after stealing a license plate registered to a Honda in Anaheim. Over the course of 48 hours after landing in Los Angeles, leading up to the officer-involved incident, the suspects committed a series of theft-related crimes in at least 11 locations in Southern California and the Bay Area, of which at least 9 were shopping malls and/or retail stores. Information obtained during the investigation indicates the suspects were shoplifting in Daly City on September 27 before spending the night in Walnut Creek. The suspects then stole a paper temporary license plate from a vehicle in Walnut Creek and on September 28 are suspected of committing multiple thefts in San Jose and Palo Alto before arriving at Hillsdale Shopping Center in San Mateo that afternoon.

The suspects were also seen on camera committing numerous thefts there, including the theft of a woman’s wallet and subsequent use of her credit card to purchase gift cards at Macy’s. While the suspects were inside the Hillsdale Shopping Center, an SMPD officer observed the suspects’ rented Chevrolet Malibu illegally parked in a handicapped stall without a placard. The SMPD officer identified the vehicle as suspicious due to it being parked unoccupied with the engine running, having a covered VIN, and a license plate belonging to a Honda out of Anaheim. The officer requested additional officers to help with the investigation just before the suspects returned to their vehicle. The Chevrolet exited Hillsdale Shopping Center as it was being monitored and officers attempted to stop the vehicle. The suspects failed to stop and led officers on a pursuit, during which the occupants threw credit cards out of the vehicle along S El Camino Real at 31stAvenue. During the pursuit, the suspect vehicle hit a parked car on the 400 block of E Hillsdale Boulevard and continued to flee toward E Hillsdale Court. At 5:19 P.M., the suspect vehicle entered a cul de sac as officers closely followed.

Seconds later, the suspect vehicle drove toward an oncoming police vehicle and then reversed toward an officer on foot. The officer on foot discharged his service weapon striking the two occupants in the vehicle. Officers immediately called for paramedics and began rendering medical aid until San Mateo Consolidated Fire Department personnel arrived to take over medical care. The suspects were transported to the hospital and treated for their injuries. The San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office continues to investigate the officer-involved shooting and is the point of contact for media inquiries about the shooting. Following protocol in all officer critical incidents, the involved officer was placed on administrative leave and remains on leave while the District Attorney’s Office conducts its investigation. San Mateo Police Department is also conducting an administrative review of the shooting as it relates to department policy and procedure. This investigation is also ongoing.

The mother of a middle school student in the Oak Park community of Ventura County was arrested last week on allegations she provided alcohol and drugs to local high school students and engaged in sexual activity with them.

Amalia Utz, 47, from Oak Park, was arrested last Wednesday following a week-long investigation into ‘a rumor’ about a woman who had allegedly assaulted a 14-year-old boy back in September.

As part of the probe, the East County Investigations Bureau Major Crimes Sexual Assault Unit conducted interviews and learned of a second alleged victim, also age 14, from Thousand Oaks.

Utz, whose son is enrolled in Medea Creek Middle School in Oak Pak, is suspected of engaging in sexual acts with the two 14-year-olds and performing oral sex on a minor.

Oak Park Unified School District Superintendent Dr Tony Knight confirmed Utz’s arrest in a letter sent to parents last week, reported the station KCAL.

Utz was taken into custody after someone anonymously reported her alleged activities involving underage boys to the school district.

The FBI have identified Samuel Little as America’s most prolific serial killer after he confessed to murdering 93 women.

The FBI considers a 79-year-old California inmate to be the deadliest serial killer in U.S. history.

Samuel Little, who has been behind bars since 2012, told investigators in 2018 that he was responsible for about 90 killings nationwide between 1970 and 2005.

In a news release on Sunday, the FBI announced that federal crime analysts believe all of his confessions are credible, and officials say they have been able to verify 50 confessions so far.

Investigators also provided new information and details about five cases in Florida, Arkansas, Kentucky, Nevada, and Louisiana.

A California mother has admitted to having sex with two of her teenage daughters’ friends, who were schoolboys aged 14 and 15 at the time.

In 2017, Blain was charged with 21 counts related to the sexual abuse of two boys. Among the counts are oral copulation, sexual intercourse and showing pornography to a child.

According to prosecutors, the abuse began in September 2017 against a 15-year-old boy. Then, during the first week of October 2017, detectives believe Blain began molesting a 14-year-old boy.

She could receive up to four years in prison after pleading guilty to 21 felony offenses in California last Tuesday.

Prosecutors say the abuse began in September 2017 against a 15-year-old boy before she began molesting a 14-year-old boy in the first week of October 2017.

One of the victims said they had sex with the predator three times, the last time on October 5, 2017, but stopped the sordid meetings because of feelings of guilt towards Lytle’s husband.

Lytle used to pick up the victims in her car from parks and even from the boys’ own homes after she asked one of the victims to sneak out at night.

She took the victim back to her house and sexually abused him, before dropping him back at his home at around 5am.

The sexual abuse was reportedly uncovered when one of the victims’ parents found nudes on the boy’s phone that Lytle had sent to him.

The woman blamed her behavior on low self-esteem and the death of her sister, which she said had left her feeling depressed.

Records show that Lytle’s husband filed divorce paperwork within days of her arrest. She now reportedly goes by the surname Blain.

A California man has been arrested after video surfaced of him allegedly kidnapping his estranged girlfriend and dragging her down the street by her hair. The footage, which was recorded on a neighbor’s Ring doorbell camera, was taken just before midnight Monday in the town of Arcadia. In the video, the frantic woman pounds on the neighbor’s door begging for help when a man appears and drags her by the hair. The woman screams for her life as she is taken away.

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A 28-year-old woman was sentenced to life in prison for a DUI crash that killed two people and left another seriously injured.

On August 9, 28-year-old Cheyenne Wyllie pleaded no contest to two counts of second-degree murder against 69-year-old Angelita Espinosa and 10-year-old Jamie Espinosa, as well as felony driving under the influence causing injury with the special allegation of causing great bodily injury against George Espinosa, Jamie’s father.

In the evening of March 26, 2016, the Tualre County District Attorney’s Office says Wylie ran a stop sign and slammed into a minivan driven by the Espinosa family. The family was visiting Tulare County from Las Vegas at the time.

Angelita and Jamie were killed in the crash and George suffered major injuries requiring multiple and extensive surgeries.

The DA says Wylie was determined to be driving with a .21% BAC.

Investigation showed Wylie had spent the evening drinking at a downtown Visalia restaurant and at a friend’s house.

Cellular phone forensics showed that Wyllie sent text messages to friends and family detailing her inebriation and her intention to drive, despite return text messages telling her not to.

“The word ‘closure’ is a difficult word to use in a tragic case like this. Just because the court process has ended doesn’t mean the Espinosa family will be made whole again. Cheyenne Wyllie took what can never be given back,” said District Attorney Tim Ward. “What is readily apparent is the outpouring of love and support from friends, family, and this community for the Espinosa family. I ask that Angelita and Jamie’s memories be honored this way: if you truly love and care for others, never drive under the influence. Please call someone, use rideshare, or just don’t get behind the wheel. These cases are entirely preventable. Please be safe on the road.”

Under current California law, the DA says Wyllie must serve 19 years and 4 months in prison before she is eligible for a parole hearing.

“We will honor the victims by never forgetting this tragedy. The Office of the District Attorney will appear at any potential parole hearing and argue against the possibility of early release,” continued District Attorney Ward.

The case was investigated by the California Highway Patrol and the TCDA Bureau of Investigations.

Recently, a father was beyond shocked after watching footage from his NEST home security camera. Jason Cooper, from Playa Vista hired a man to repair his floors but was horrified when he witnessed the man in his young daughters room, rummaging through their dirty laundry hamper. Cooper, the father of a 3 year old and 5 year old daughter said he was beyond outraged when he witnessed the footage from the nanny cam. The man can be seen closing the blinds in the room after making several trips to the dirty laundry hamper and at one point appears to sniff the child’s underwear. The man is later seen stuffing the underwear into his pockets before leaving the home. The family has already contacted police and filed a report and are awaiting the results of their investigation.

A San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy narrowly escaped serious injuries during a deputy-involved shooting in Victorville, which was captured on dramatic video that shows the suspect aiming gunfire at the deputy as she tried to get away. The shooting occurred just before 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday in front of homes in the 13000 block of Cabazon Court, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Cellphone video shows the deputy in a physical altercation with the suspect. During the scuffle, two shots can be heard going off, then the deputy is seen getting off the ground and running away from the suspect. The suspect also stands up armed with a gun, begins walking toward her, and fires at the deputy at least twice. It’s unclear if the gun was taken from the deputy during the altercation or if he already had it. “That’s when a whole army of police came around the corner,” said a man who witnessed the episode, “came into this cul-de-sac right here and opened fire on the suspect.”

The suspect was taken to the hospital in an unknown condition, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. The deputy was injured but was not shot; she is expected to be O.K. According to a sheriff’s spokeswoman Jodi Miller, a “very upset female” called 911 shortly before 8:30 a.m. and pleaded for help, asking authorities to remove her son from her home. Neighbors said a female deputy arrived at the scene first and tried to arrest the suspect, but the confrontation turned violent.

After the suspect shot at the deputy, witness Fany Contreras said, he held the gun with both hands, extended his arms in front of his body and again pointed the firearm at her. “She was so lucky,” Contreras said. “She was lucky this time.” Meanwhile, there was a second deputy-involved shooting about 6 miles away near Heatherdale Road. Sheriff’s officials said the two were unrelated.

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Los Angeles police are investigating on Monday after an irate woman was caught on camera over the weekend ramming her car repeatedly into another vehicle in a parking lot near a taco truck in Hollywood.

The incident occurred around 2 a.m. Sunday on the corner of Western and Lexington avenues. A group of people ordered food from a taco truck on the corner and put their plates on the hood of a black Ford Mustang, one of the car’s passengers told KTLA on Monday.

The car was parked in a crowded lot, and a couple of vehicles were blocked in, according to the man, who asked to remain anonymous.

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The mother and step-father of a 15-year-old girl are in jail after allegedly assaulting and kidnapping the teenage boy they found in their daughter’s bedroom. Police are saying it was a hate crime.

According to San Bruno Police the 15-year-old’s biological dad Luisandor Suarez, her mom Haydee Arguello and step-dad Wilfredo Amaya physically abused a 17-year-old African American boy for 30 minutes and threaten to kill him with a deadly weapon.

The three suspects were booked into the San Mateo County Jail facing multiple felony charges related to committing a hate crime, kidnapping, and assault with a deadly weapon and criminal threats.

“These family members ultimately restrain the victim using a rope. Held him against his will, assaulted him multiple times and even threatened to kill him,” said Lieutenant Ryan Johansen with San Bruno Police Department.

According to San Bruno police, the crime took place on Thursday around 2:30 AM. At 12:38 PM the victim arrived at the San Bruno Police Department and reported the crime.

The 15-year-old’s oldest sister says her parents thought the boy was an intruder and acted in self-defense.

“They were so scared because they found someone in the closet. They jumped because everyone was sleeping and this guy started kicking my step-father and trying to kill him,” said Belkys Gomez.

Katherine Gomez was in the house during the incident and said she came out of her room when she heard the commotion.

“He punched her and then my step-dad, of course, is not going to let anyone hit his wife. They tried to stop him and he was acting very violent so they grabbed a rope to try to tie him down and ask him why he was at the house,” said Katherine.

According to San Bruno Police the three suspects used racial slurs against the victim while he was tied up.

“The victim reported that throughout this attack the suspected yelled at him using multiple racial slurs. He believed his race to be a motivating factor in the attack,” said Lieutenant Ryan Johansen.

We asked the sister who was in the house:

Luz: “Did they hurt him?

Katherine: “No they didn’t”

When we asked about the racial accusations Gomez responded, “It’s not true at all”

Jorge Flores lives several houses down from the where the incident took place and said he heard the screams.

“A boy screaming? What was he screaming? Like AHHHH in pain like that,” said Flores.

On Friday morning the three suspects were arrested for charges related to committing a hate crime, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon and criminal threats.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Angel Reinosa fabricated a claim that he was shot Wednesday afternoon while standing in the parking lot of the Lancaster Sheriff’s station, department officials announced Saturday night.

Reinosa confessed to detectives during a follow up interview Saturday, was relieved of duty and will likely face criminal charges

A man in California arrested in the death of his wife earlier this month reportedly told sheriff’s detectives he beat her with a concrete block while claiming it was protecting her from a group of “brutal, powerful” people who had infected him with mayonnaise.

Nathaniel Robertson, 46, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of first-degree murder in the killing of his 57-year-old wife, Lidia. Robertson was arrested on July 12 after his wife found dead with blunt force trauma injuries and blood was discovered splattered at the entrance to their home.

In court documents, sheriff’s deputies said the 57-year-old was discovered the previous day with “major head trauma,” surrounded by a large pool of blood with a large concrete block next to her.

After his arrest, Robertson told deputies he beat his wife with the concrete block at least four times and killed her in order to keep her from a group of people to “give her compassion and mercy, “I didn’t want it to be a painful thing,” Robertson told investigators. “I didn’t want to hit her a bunch of times, I wanted to end it, I didn’t want her suffering.”

Robert claims he was infected by mayonnaise that a group he only referred to as “they” put into his leg. The police report said that Robertson claimed the mayonnaise was releasing information to him from the Revolutionary War.

Robertson is currently being held at the Lerdo Justice Facility in Bakersfield on $1 million bail, according to jail records. He is scheduled to appear in court July 31 for a pre-preliminary hearing.

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Two men in California exposed one of the largest cases of fraud in the history of the state. Bill Reynolds and Mark Sersansie discovered doctors were being paid to perform what some say were unnecessary spinal fusion surgeries. The scam involved doctors allegedly implanting counterfeit hardware into hundreds of patients. “Whistleblower” host Alex Ferrer joins “CBS This Morning” to preview: “The Billion Dollar Back Surgery Scam: Patients in Pain and Peril,” airing Friday, June 21 at 8/7c on CBS.

An unarmed Black man was shot and killed by sheriff’s deputies in South Los Angeles and now his family is threatening to sue; and there has been outrage on social media — including emotional pleas from rapper The Game to the city’s mayor. Witnesses report hearing over 30 shots fired. Speculation about the exact number of times Twyman was shot has surfaced in dozens of social media posts in the days since.