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Wednesday
Feb272013

Police Search for Alleged Shooters in Las Vegas Strip Shooting

Thinkstock/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- Authorities are searching for Tineesha Lashun Howard, 22, in addition to fugitive Ammar Harris, 26, who is the subject of a nationwide manhunt.

Harris has been named the primary suspect in the Feb. 21 shooting that killed three people. An arrest warrant for Harris has been issued. Police are calling him "absolutely armed and dangerous."

Police believe Howard was in the black Range Rover SUV with Harris when he allegedly opened fire on a Maserati, but have not given any more details on what her alleged involvement might be in relation to the shooting.

Police released three photos of Howard and Harris together. They appear to be in a car in at least two of the undated photos and are smiling and making faces for the camera.

Howard is a Cuban female with green eyes and dark hair who is 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs about 120 pounds, according to cops. She is also known as Yenesis Alfonzo.

An argument between Harris and the rapper Clutch, 27, whose legal name was Kenneth Cherry Jr., originated in the valet area of a Las Vegas hotel, police said.

Police said Harris fired several rounds into the Maserati that was being driven by Cherry as both vehicles continued northbound on glitzy Las Vegas Boulevard. The resulting crash killed Cherry and two passengers.

"To anyone who is aware of his location, or is assisting Ammar Harris in any way, you will be arrested and prosecuted," Las Vegas Metropolitan Captain Chris Jones said at a news conference earlier this week. "You may think you're being a friend, but keep in mind Ammar Harris is wanted for the murder of three citizens."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Las Vegas Metro Police Department's homicide division at (702) 828-3521.

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Thursday
Feb142013

Texas Manhunt Continues for Escaped Convict

Thinkstock/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- A manhunt continues in the metropolitan Dallas-Ft. Worth area for Alberto Morales, an escaped convict from Florida who stabbed a Miami-Dade detective who was transporting him to Nevada with a second law enforcement officer.

Sgt. Patricia Bimonte of the Miami-Dade Police Department told reporters at a press conference in Grapevine, Texas, Wednesday that Morales stabbed the detective with sharpened eyeglasses during a stop at a Walmart Monday night.   

The injured detective was stabbed in the back and the neck.  He remains hospitalized in serious but stable condition.

The two detectives and Morales were originally traveling to Nevada from Miami on a commercial airline, but Morales became disruptive during the flight and airline officials refused to let him back on board after a stopover in Houston.  The detectives rented a car and were on their way to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to meet a third Florida police officer when Morales escaped.

Bimonte says Morales, 42, is a violent sex offender with a “horrible past” who should be considered extremely dangerous.  Bimonte says everything Morales has been arrested for -– from sexual battery to robbery -– has involved a deadly weapon.  He was being transported to Carson City, Nev., to serve time for a sexual battery conviction.

The U.S. Marshals Service is assisting local law enforcement agencies in the search for Morales.

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Saturday
Feb092013

Christopher Dorner: Manhunt in the Mountains for Ex-LAPD Officer

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- More than 100 police officers headed into the San Bernardino Mountains on Saturday searching for suspected cop-killer Christopher Dorner, a former LAPD officer who has vowed "warfare" against the department.

The search was temporarily halted Friday due to blizzard conditions in the area, but after a foot of snow fell overnight, officers were searching hundreds of cabins in the Big Bear Lake on Saturday and were using helicopters with thermal imaging technology to find Dorner.

"We're going to continue searching until we find he either left the mountain or we find him, one or the other," San Bernardino, Calif., County Sheriff John McMahon told reporters.

On Thursday, Dorner's burned pick-up truck was found in the Big Bear area, prompting a lockdown of local schools and the temporary shutdown of the Bear Ski Resort. However, footprints initially thought to be Dorner's were determined to actually be tracks from a cross country skier.

Officials also searched property owned by Dorner's mother in nearby Arrowbear, but they found no sign of Dorner there.

"Unless he is an expert in living in the California mountains in this time of year, he is going to be hurting," said former Navy SEAL Clint Sparks, who now works in tactical training and security. "Cold is a huge stress factor. ... Not everybody is survivor-man."

Police released the last known pictures of Dorner on Friday. The photos were taken two weeks ago from a surveillance camera in Orange County, close to where his first two victims were found.

The 33-year-old former Los Angeles police officer and Navy reservist sparked a region-wide manhunt after allegedly shooting and killing a couple in Irvine, Calif. The woman killed in the shooting was the daughter of former Los Angeles Police Captain Randy Quan, who represented Dorner in disciplinary hearings that ended with Dorner being fired.

Dorner also released an angry "manifesto" that warned of coming violence towards cops and listed extensive grievances with the LAPD.

"Your lack of ethics and conspiring to wrong a just individual are over. Suppressing the truth will lead to deadly consequences for you and your family," Dorner wrote in his manifesto.

On Thursday Dorner is believed to have opened fire on two officers, killing one.

"He has a great deal of training and experience in using both offensive and defensive tactics," said Justin Gombos, who served with Dorner in the military.

Dorner is believed to be heavily armed, possibly with a powerful .50 caliber rifle that can pierce bullet-proof vests. His knowledge of police tactics has law enforcement officials "deeply concerned" according to ABC News sources.

"If someone's got background in law enforcement, they've trained in tactics, they're going to have the knowledge and ability to predict our actions more than somebody that hasn't," Mike Parker, a captain with the L.A. County Sheriff's Department told ABCNews.com affiliate KABC-TV.

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Friday
Feb082013

Police Search Door-to-Door for Suspected Cop Killer Christopher Dorner

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- More than 100 police officers were going door-to-door and searching for new tracks in the snow in the hopes of catching suspected cop killer Christopher Dorner overnight in Big Bear Lake, Calif., before he strikes again as laid out in his online manifesto.

Police held a news conference late Thursday, alerting the residents near Big Bear Lake that Dorner was still on the loose after finding his truck burning around 12:45 p.m. local time.

San Bernardino County Sheriff's spokeswoman Cindy Bachman said the authorities can't say for certain he's not in the area.  More than half of the 400 homes in the area have been searched by police, who are traveling in two-man teams.  Bachman urged people in the area to not answer the door, unless you know the person or it's law enforcement in uniform.

After discovering Dorner's burning truck near a Bear Mountain ski resort, police discovered tracks in the snow leading away from the vehicle.  The truck has been taken to the San Bernardino County Sheriffs' crime lab.

Bachman would not comment on Dorner's motive for leaving the car or its contents, citing the ongoing investigation.  Police are not aware of Dorner having any ties to others in the area.

She added that the search in the area would continue as long as the weather cooperates.  However, a snowstorm was forecast for the area.  About three choppers were being used overnight, but weather conditions were deteriorating, according to Bachman.

Dorner, a former Los Angeles police officer and Navy reservist, is suspected of killing one police officer and injuring another Thursday morning in Riverside, Calif.  He was also accused of killing two civilians on Sunday.  And he allegedly released an angry "manifesto" airing grievances against police and warning of coming violence toward cops.

In the manifesto Dorner published online, he threatened at least 12 people by name, along with their families.

"Your lack of ethics and conspiring to wrong a just individual are over.  Suppressing the truth will leave to deadly consequences for you and your family," Dorner wrote in his manifesto.

One passage from the manifesto read, "I will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniform whether on or off duty."

"I never had the opportunity to have a family of my own," it read.  "I'm terminating yours."

Hours after the extensive manhunt dragged police to Big Bear Lake, CNN's Anderson Cooper said Dorner had sent him a package at his New York office that arrived on Feb. 1, though Cooper said he never knew about the package until Thursday.  It contained a DVD of court testimony, with a Post-It note signed by Dorner claiming, "I never lied!  Here is my vindication."

It also contained a keepsake coin bearing the name of former Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton that came wrapped in duct tape, Cooper said.  The duct tape bore the note, "Thanks, but no thanks Will Bratton."

Bratton told Cooper on his program, Anderson Cooper 360, that he believed he gave Dorner the coin as he was headed overseas for the Navy -- Bratton's practice when officers got deployed abroad.  Though a picture has surfaced of Bratton, in uniform, and Dorner, in fatigues, shaking hands, Bratton told Cooper he didn't recall Dorner or the meeting.

Police say Dorner began his killing spree over the weekend, when a popular assistant women's college basketball coach, Monica Quan, and her fiancé, Keith Lawrence, were found dead in their car in Irvine, Calif., on Sunday.

Police identified Dorner as a suspect in the double murder late Wednesday night after discovering the online manifesto allegedly written by the suspect.

"Of particular interest at this point in the investigation is a multi-page manifesto in which the suspect has implicated himself in the slayings," Irvine police Chief David L. Maggard said at a news conference Wednesday.

Police claim Dorner bore a grudge against Quan's father, retired LAPD Capt. Randy Quan, for his firing from the department.

Dorner was with the department from 2005 until 2008, when he was fired for making false statements.

Randy Quan, who became a lawyer in retirement, represented Dorner in front of the Board of Rights, a tribunal that ruled against Dorner at the time of his dismissal.

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Thursday
Feb072013

Former LAPD Cop Sought in Shootings of Three Cops, Two Slayings

Comstock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Police in Southern California say they suspect that a fired cop is connected to the shootings -- one fatal -- of three police officers Thursday morning, as well as the weekend slayings of an assistant women's college basketball coach and her fiancé in what cops believe are acts of revenge against the LAPD, as suggested in the suspect's online manifesto.

Former police officer Christopher Jordan Dorner, 33, has been publically named as a suspect in the killings of Monica Quan, 28, and her 27-year-old fiancé, Keith Lawrence, Irvine police Chief David L. Maggard said at a news conference Wednesday night.

"We are considering him armed and dangerous," Lt. Julia Engen of the Irvine Police Department said.

Police say Dorner shot at four officers in two incidents overnight, hitting three of them: one in Corona, Calif., and two in Riverside, Calif.

Sgt. Rudy Lopez of the LAPD said two LAPD officers were in Corona and were heading out on special detail to check on one of the individuals named in Dorner's manifesto.  Dorner allegedly grazed one of them but missed the other.

The Riverside Police Department said two of its officers were shot before one of them died, ABC News affiliate KABC-TV reported.  The extent of the other's injuries is unclear.

Police suspected a connection to Dorner.

"They were on routine patrol stopped at a stop light when they were ambushed," Lt. Guy Toussant of the Riverside police department said.

Police around Southern California are wearing tactical gear, including helmets and guns across their chests.  The light-up signs along California highways show the license plate number of Dorner's car, and say to call 911 if it is seen.  The problem, police say, is that they believe Dorner is switching license plates on his car, a 2005 charcoal gray Nissan Titan pickup truck.

Lawrence was found slumped behind the wheel of his white Kia in the parking lot of their upscale apartment complex on Sunday and Quan was in the passenger seat.

"Of particular interest at this point in the investigation is a multi-page manifesto in which the suspect has implicated himself in the slayings," Maggard said.

Police said Dorner's manifesto included threats against members of the LAPD.  Police say they are taking extra measures to ensure the safety of officers and their families.

The document, allegedly posted on an Internet message board this week, blames Quan's father, retired LAPD Capt. Randy Quan, for his firing from the department in 2008.

One passage from the manifesto reads, "I will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniform whether on or off duty."

"I never had the opportunity to have a family of my own," Dorner allegedly writes.  "I'm terminating yours."

Police say Dorner is 6 feet tall and weighs 270 pounds.  He has black hair and brown eyes.

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Tuesday
Dec042012

Manhunt for NYC Subway Pusher Who Threw Victim in Front of Train

New York Police Department(NEW YORK) -- Police in New York City are searching for a suspect who hurled a man onto a subway track, where a train struck and killed him.

Ki-Suck Han, 58, of Queens, N.Y., was thrown onto the tracks Monday afternoon just after 12:30 p.m. from a crowded train platform at the 49th Street and Seventh Avenue station in midtown Manhattan, according to police.

Witnesses told cops that Han tried to climb back on to the subway platform, but was hit by an oncoming train before he could scramble to safety as other bystanders watched in horror.

"I just heard people yelling.  The train came to an abrupt stop about three-quarters into the station and that's when I heard a man was hit by a train," Patrick Gomez told ABC News affiliate WABC-TV.

A freelance photographer for the New York Post was on the platform and said he ran towards the train flashing his camera hoping to alert the train to stop in time, but the train caught Han against the shoulder deep platform wall.

The photographer, R. Umar Abbasi, caught an eerie photo of Han with his head and hands above the platform and staring at the oncoming train.

The suspect could be heard arguing with the victim just moments before he allegedly shoved Han onto the tracks, according to surveillance video released by police.  The suspect is heard telling the victim to stand in line "and wait for the R train."

Other witnesses told police that the suspect was mumbling to himself shortly before the altercation took place on the crowded platform, according to WABC.  Police told WABC that the suspect could be mentally disturbed.

The suspect fled from the scene and police set up a command post outside the train station Monday night searching nearby surveillance cameras to try and get a clear image of the suspect, reports WABC.

Police say the subway suspect is black, 5-feet-10 to 6-feet tall and weighs about 200 pounds.  He has dreadlocks and was last seen wearing a gray t-shirt, a dark jacket and a cap.

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Thursday
Nov082012

Urgent Hunt for Armed Serial Bank Robber

Thinkstock/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- An assault rifle-wielding serial bank robber suspected of shooting a police officer in February and hitting banks from California to Washington has struck again in Idaho, the FBI said Thursday.

The “AK-47 Bandit” is considered armed and dangerous. He is suspected of robbing a Chino, Calif., bank in February, opening fire on police and wounding a cop as he fled. The wounded officer was hospitalized but is expected to survive.

The FBI says the bandit later hit banks in Vacaville and Sacramento Calif., before committing another robbery in North Bend, Wash.

The latest holdup occurred Wednesday in Rexburg, Idaho. The suspect used his rifle to order employees and customers of the East Idaho Credit Union into a vault, the FBI said. He then stole an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing in a dark blue sedan with tinted windows and red and blue license plates.

The suspect is described as a male 5’10″ tall, wearing a mask, black gloves and a black coat with a hood.

The FBI is offering a $50,000 reward for information that leads to the AK-47 Bandit. The East Idaho Credit Union is kicking in another $20,000.

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Monday
Oct082012

Manhunt in Red Bulls Youth Soccer Coach's Mutilation and Murder

ABC News / NYPD(NEW YORK) -- Police are searching for a man wanted for the grisly murder and mutilation of a New York youth soccer coach.

Surveillance video that shows the man authorities believe stabbed Michael Jones numerous times in the chest and neck and cut off his ear before leaving him to die on a sidewalk was released by the New York Police Department.

Jones, 25, was in his fifth season as a soccer coach for the Red Bulls' youth training program. He was stabbed around 4:30 a.m. on Sunday and the killer is still on the loose.

Police do not believe robbery was the motive since Jones' wallet and phone were found at the scene, according to ABC News' New York station WABC.

Jones was reportedly seen talking to his attacker moments before the attack, but it is unclear if the two knew each other.

The surveillance footage shows a man walking away from the scene with long, dark hair in a ponytail. Police estimate he is between 25 and 30 years old.

Jones moved to New York from Liverpool, England, about five years ago to coach soccer for the Red Bulls.

"He was a fantastic coach who loved soccer and a terrific friend for many of us," the team said in a statement. "This is truly a sad day for our soccer community and we will do our utmost to help authorities in their investigation of this case. Our thoughts and prayers are with Michael's family at this time."

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Friday
Oct052012

Bathtub Bride’s Suspected Killer on the Run, Maserati Found

Comstock/Thinkstock(BURBANK, Ill.) -- The manhunt for a Chicago man suspected of killing his wife on their wedding night and leaving her in a blood-soaked bathtub may be headed to Mexico.

Burbank, Ill., police have been on the trail of Humberto “Betito” Jimenez since they found his newlywed bride, Estrella Carrera, dead in her bathtub, still wearing her wedding dress, on May 13.

The couple had married in a civil ceremony and then headed to dinner and a nightclub with friends, according to police.

Jimenez had then taken off in a black Maserati that police had not been able to find.

Last week, a Drug Enforcement Agency-led sweep of suspected criminals in the Chicago area yielded the Maserati, which had blood stains and other evidence inside, according to Burbank police Capt. Joseph Ford.

The DEA was arresting two of Jimenez’s brothers in connection with drug offenses during the sweep, Ford said.

“We’ve been working with the feds due to the parallel of cases since our victim was murdered,” Ford said. “We became aware of this drug investigation when our case broke, and  we kept in communique with them, sharing information back and forth, and when they were ready to do this round-up we wanted to be part of it.”

The fact that the 2006 black Maserati was at the brothers’ house was “a bonus,” he said.

Ford said that the police are now “dotting their i’s and crossing their t’s” in building a case against Jimenez. The Burbank police believe it’s possible that he is in Mexico, but now that federal agents are involved they are hoping to find him wherever he is.

“We’re still following leads, but there is a very good likelihood that he’s there and feels safe there,” Ford said. "We have feet on the ground there, especially in Duragno, and the feds are on this case.

“We hope to put handcuffs on him,” he said.

Two of Jimenez’s brothers have drug-related rap sheets, including drug trafficking convictions.

“Obviously, he’s getting assistance from some family members,” Ford told the Chicago Tribune. “We’re sort of tying their hands here in the Chicagoland area now. There’s pressure on the family.”

The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to Jimenez’s arrest.

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Monday
Jun112012

Auburn University Shooting: Manhunt Continues for Suspect

Auburn Police Division(AUBURN, Ala.) -- Police are searching Monday morning for a 22-year-old Alabama man who they believe shot six people, killing three of them, at an off-campus party near Auburn University on Saturday.

Auburn, Ala., Police Chief Tommy Dawson said he signed three warrants charging Desmonte Leonard with capital murder.  He warned that Leonard should be considered "armed and extremely dangerous."  Police are urging Leonard to turn himself in.

Dawson said on Sunday that he hoped to make an arrest at the end of the day.  Leonard was last seen on foot, and police believe he is still in Montgomery County.

Two former Auburn football players, Ladarious Phillips and Ed Christian, and another man identified as Demario Pitts died in the shooting.

Auburn football player Eric Mack, Xavier Moss and John Robertson were wounded, Dawson said.  Robertson was undergoing surgery for a gunshot wound to the head and "fighting for his life," Dawson said.

All six victims were younger than 21.

"This is a trying time, not only university students and athletes, but it's young people.  It's six young people that have been shot.  As you can tell, the community is shaken by this and grieving today," Dawson said, later saying that he was "sickened" by the tragedy.

The police chief said the only connection between the university football team and the shooting was that the players happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"Sometimes, the young men get a bad rap, I feel like, but they are the victims today," Dawson said.  "Them being football players really has nothing to do with this.  They're victims of a shooting."

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