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Tuesday
Feb262013

Las Vegas Strip Shooting Suspect Has 'Live Fast, Die Young' Tattoos

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department(LAS VEGAS) -- The fugitive shooting suspect in the Las Vegas strip attack that killed rapper Kenny Clutch in his Maserati and two people in a taxi has the words "Live fast, die young" ominously tattooed on his shoulders.

The tattoo is visible in a new photo released by police of suspect Ammar Harris. "Live fast" is printed on one shoulder and "die young" is on the other. He also has a heart-shaped tattoo below his right eye and an owl tattoo on his neck.

Harris, 26, 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."

"The focus is to find him and we will find him," Las Vegas Metropolitan Officer Jose Hernandez told ABC News Tuesday. "We're leaving nothing unturned."

A nationwide search is on for Harris, with police reaching out to law enforcement agencies across the country.

"We don't have any indication that he's left so we're just conducting this investigation and continuing to provide information to outside agencies," Hernandez said.

Harris' lengthy criminal history includes charges of pandering with the use of force, robbery, sexual assault and kidnapping, according to ABC News' Las Vegas affiliate, KTNV. Authorities are "making tremendous progress," Hernandez said, but most of the details of the investigation remain under wraps since the situation is ongoing.

The verbal altercation between Harris and 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 rapper's expensive sports car careened out of control after he was shot, slamming into several cars, including a taxi. The impact caused the cab to burst into flames, killing the driver, Michael Boldon, and a female passenger identified as Sandra Sutton-Wasmund of Maple Valley, Wash. Witnesses said it looked like the car exploded.

A passenger in the Maserati was hit and sustained only a minor injury to his arm. Clutch died at University Medical Center.

The SUV allegedly driven by Harris was found Saturday in the garage of a gated apartment complex where police believe Harris was living.

"We are confident that Ammar Harris was and is the only shooter on that night," Las Vegas Lt. Ray Steiber said at a news conference. "Right now, we're utilizing any resource we can, and [those resources] can be from California all the way to Maine if we have to."

Authorities emphasized that they will not rest until Harris is found and anyone who may be helping him hide would also be guilty of crimes.

"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 the news conference. "You may think you're being a friend, but keep in mind Ammar Harris is wanted for the murder of three citizens."

Harris is described as 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Las Vegas Metro Police Department's homicide division at (702) 828-3521.

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Saturday
Feb232013

Jessica Ridgeway Murder Suspect Allegedly Confessed on 911 Call

Courtesy Westminster Police Department(DENVER) -- The teenage suspect in the murder and dismemberment of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway will stand trial after a judge ruled there is enough evidence, including an alleged 911 confession, to move forward with the case.

Prosecutors played the 911 recording on Friday at a preliminary hearing for Austin Sigg, 18, in which the teen confessed to murdering the fifth grader and trying to kidnap a female jogger.

"I murdered Jessica Ridgeway, I have proof that I did. I'm giving myself up completely, there will be no resistance whatsoever," Sigg said on the Oct. 23, 2012, recording, according to ABC News Denver affiliate KMGH-TV.

The dispatcher then asked about his criminal history.

"The only other [incident] was Ketner Lake, where a woman was attacked. That was me," Sigg said in the recording.

A lead investigator on the case testified that Mindy Sigg, the teen's mother, told the dispatcher her son had hidden Jessica's remains in a crawl space under the family home, KMGH reported.

Authorities arrested Sigg at his Westminster, Colo., home that evening.

Sigg is charged with murder, kidnapping, sexual assault and robbery in the Ridgeway case.

He faces an attempted kidnapping charge for the May 28, 2012, attack on a 22-year-old female jogger. Police said a man tried to grab her from behind on a trail around Ketner Lake.

The woman said the man tried to put a rag over her mouth that had a chemical smell. She was able to get away and call 911.

A judge ruled Friday that Sigg should be held without bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned March 12.

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Monday
Feb182013

Christian Mingle Date Rape Victims Sought by California Cops

Obtained by ABC News(LA MESA, Calif.) -- A suspected rapist accused of sexually assaulting a woman he met on ChristianMingle.com may have used the dating site to prey on women while he traveled across the country, California police said on Monday.

Sean Patrick Banks, 37, a former Navy sailor, used a fake name to contact a woman whom he allegedly raped in November, cops in La Mesa, Calif., said. Investigators believe that he used additional aliases to contact other women on the popular website, and police hope that if there are additional victims they will recognize Banks.

Banks lives in Del Mar, Calif., and is currently unemployed but previously "travelled frequently around various spots in the U.S." for work, widening the search for potential victims from Southern California to across the country, said La Mesa Police spokesman Lt. Matt Nicholass.

"We're looking to see if there are any other victims," Nicholass told ABC News. "We're trying to locate other victims who recognize him by his face, because they may not know his real name is Sean."

Cops accuse Banks of posing on the site as "Rylan Butterwood" and "Rylan Harbough."

His alleged use of fake names complicated police efforts to track him down after a La Mesa woman accused him of rape at her home in November on their first face-to-face date.

"La Mesa police tried to identify him for a couple of months," Nicholass said, adding that a break in the case came after ChristianMingle.com turned over computer records that helped cops identify Banks.

Banks was charged with two counts of rape and pleaded not guilty. He posted bond of $500,000 and was released. Calls to several numbers associated with Banks were not returned. Authorities did not know if he had obtained an attorney.

"We continue to assist the La Mesa police department with its investigation in every way possible. The safety and security of our members is extremely important to us," ChristianMingle.com said in a statement through spokeswoman Arielle Schechtman. "In addition to having experts manually review all profile content and photos, we have developed several proprietary, automated tools to ensure the highest possible level of safety and privacy for our communities."

 

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Tuesday
Nov272012

Jessica Ridgeway Murder Suspect Eats Alone, Plays Sudoku

Westminster Police Dept(GOLDEN, Colo.) -- The teenage suspect accused of murdering and dismembering 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway was called “intelligent and mature” by his jail supervisors and deemed fit to be held at an adult jail facility in Colorado.

Austin Sigg, 17, is accused of killing Ridgeway while she was on her way to school on Oct. 5.  The fifth-grader’s body was found dismembered in a park days later.

Sigg is also accused of attempted abduction of a female jogger in a May 2012 incident in a park in Arapahoe County, Colo., where he lives. He has been held in isolation at a juvenile facility since his arrest in October.

On Tuesday, his jail supervisor, a security guard, and the supervisor of the Jefferson County adult jail all testified that because Sigg has demonstrated he is intelligent and mature, and has had no problems at the the juvenile facility, he could be safely transferred to the adult prison.

The witnesses testified that Sigg eats his meals alone and spends his time playing Sudoku.

Sigg’s attorney, a public defender, argued that because of Sigg’s small stature and the fact that other inmates could “potentially scream and yell at the child, Austin Sigg” should be kept in the juvenile facility. Judge Stephen Munsinger ruled that Sigg, who turns 18 in January, should be transferred.

Sigg, who appeared in court in a bright green jail jumpsuit, will be tried as an adult. The defense waived its right to fight for him to be tried as a juvenile in the first week after his arrest.

Nine members of Ridgeway’s family showed up for the hearing, many of them wearing the color purple,  Ridgeway’s favorite color, which they have worn at each of the hearings since Sigg’s arrest.

They showed little emotion during the two-hour hearing, but were upbeat and even making jokes with their victims’ advocate and among themselves.  At one point, they exchanged notes and chuckled.

Five members of Sigg’s family were also in the courtroom, including his mother. Neither Sigg nor his family showed any emotion during the hearing.

A trial date has not yet been set.

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Tuesday
Nov062012

Rape Suspect Left Name, Phone Number for Victim

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A suspect in two violent Washington, D.C., attacks was arrested after he left his name and phone number for his second victim, officials said.

Demarco Myles, 19, is accused of raping a Howard University student in her dorm room on Nov. 2, then pinning the victim to her bed with his leg and writing down his name and phone number.

“He stated something to the effect of, ‘Since you don’t know me, here’s my number b—–,’” according to court documents.

The victim told Myles she did not need his number, the documents said, so he took a marker and crossed it out.

Police arrived at the scene and were able to trace the number to a residence belonging to Myles’ mother.

When he was brought in for questioning, Myles admitted he stabbed a woman on Oct. 26 after barging into her home, but claimed he only wanted to take her belongings, according to the court documents.

Myles said he did not mean to kill anyone and asked if the victim, who suffered multiple stab wounds but survived, had died, the court documents said.

The 19-year-old maintained, according to the documents, that the alleged incident at Howard University was “consensual.”

A statement on the university’s website said a mass email alert was sent out to students immediately after the assault.

“The safety of our campus community is paramount; we have consistently enhanced security and will take additional steps to bolster security in residence halls on a 24-hour basis,” the statement said.

Cathy Lanier, chief of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia, said detectives worked “around the clock since the first assault” in order to make the arrest.

“Had we not located him, it is our belief that he would have continued to attack women,” she said.

A message left with Myles’ public defender, Liyah Brown, was not immediately returned.

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Tuesday
Oct302012

Teenage Suspect in Ridgeway Murder Charged with 17 Counts

Courtesy Westminster Police Department(DENVER) -- The 17-year-old who allegedly confessed to the murder of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway was formally charged as an adult Tuesday in Jefferson County, Colo., court.

Austin Sigg was charged with 17 counts. Eleven of the charges were related to Ridgeway's disappearance and subsequent death, including first-degree murder with deliberation, felony murder, second-degree kidnapping, sexual assault on a child, and robbery.

The other six charges pertained to Sigg's attempted abduction of a 22-year-old jogger in May 2012, and included attempted first-degree murder, sexual assault with criminal intent and second-degree kidnapping.

If he's convicted, Sigg faces a minimum of 40 years in jail before he can be considered for parole.

Sigg entered the courtroom Tuesday morning wearing a green jumpsuit; his wrists and ankles were shackled together. While he was alert during the hearing, he did not speak or appear to ask questions of his attorneys.

ABC affiliate KMGH reports that eight members of Ridgeway's family were in the courtroom for the arraignment, all dressed in the 10-year-old's favorite color, purple. Sarah Ridgeway, Jessica's mother, wore a white T-shirt decorated with eagle wings carrying a purple ribbon. The shirt bore the phrase "Justice for Jessica."

When the sexual assault charge was read, Sarah Ridgeway put her head down.

On the opposite side of the courtroom, Sigg's parents sat a few rows behind their son, keeping his younger brother between them. At one point Mindy Sigg rubbed her ex-husband's back. Rob Sigg appeared to mutter several prayers to himself before and throughout hearing.

At the end of the hearing, Sigg's mother, father and younger brother all sat with their heads down.

Sigg's attorneys have filed a request to get the case back into the juvenile system. If the reverse transfer is approved, Sigg would not be tried as an adult.

The next hearing in the trial is scheduled for Nov. 27.

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Thursday
Oct252012

Jessica Ridgeway Murder Suspect Confessed to Mother, Sources Say

Courtesy Westminster Police Department(WESTMINSTER, Colo.) -- The 17-year-old boy arrested in connection to the abduction, murder and dismemberment of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway confessed to his mother, who then called police in Colorado so her son could turn himself in, sources said.

Austin Reed Sigg was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of two counts of first-degree murder, one count of second-degree kidnapping and two counts of criminal attempts.

The charges against Sigg are for Ridgeway's death and for the alleged attempted abduction of a jogger in May 2012.

Sigg will appear in Jefferson County Court later Thursday morning for his initial appearance.  The district attorney says he plans on charging Sigg as an adult.

Investigators scoured the Westminster, Colo., home overnight where Sigg lives with his mother.  FBI agents combed the backyard for clues and towed away his car.

"He was always egotistical, but I never thought he would go this far," Austin Cassie, who has known Sigg since elementary school, said.  "I mean, he wasn't ever that violent of a person.  He was more bark than bite."

Sigg is a student at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colo., according to his arrest report, where classmates said he was studying mortuary science.  He took second place in a high school competition involving crime-scene investigations.

"It's not uncommon for people who abduct women to be fascinated by crime and crime detection, whether it be crime-scene investigation or medical examination or autopsy," former FBI agent and ABC News consultant Brad Garrett said.

Authorities are also studying a 2009 YouTube video briefly showing a boy who resembles Sigg wearing a small cross.  It appears similar to the one police say they found at the crime scene in an Arvada, Colo., park, miles from where Ridgeway was abducted.

Ridgeway vanished on Oct. 5 when she left for school.  Her body was found five days later in Arvada.  Sigg lives less than a mile from her home and about a half a mile from her school.

Sigg also lives close to a reservoir where he allegedly attempted to abduct a 22-year-old female jogger on May 28.  Police said a man tried to grab her from behind on a trail around Ketner Lake.  The woman said the man tried to put a rag over her mouth that had a chemical smell.  She was able to get away and call 911.

Authorities said on Tuesday there was a "definitive link" between Ridgeway's case and the attempted abduction of a jogger.

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Monday
Oct152012

Cops Search Sea for Missing UNH Student, Believed Strangled

Comstock/Thinkstock(PORTSMOUTH, N.H.) -- A New Hampshire martial arts instructor was held without bail Monday, accused of strangling or suffocating college sophomore Elizabeth Marriott, whose body remains missing, and which authorities believe was dumped at sea.

Seth Mazzaglia, 29, of Dover, N.H., appeared in court via video conference Monday to be charged with second degree murder.

"You caused the death of Elizabeth Marriott," Judge Stephen Morrison read in a description of the case. "The circumstances that manifested in an extreme indifference to human life by strangling her and/or suffocating her."

Marriott, a 19-year-old marine biology major at the University of New Hampshire, was last heard from Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Her body has yet to be discovered and authorities have not yet disclosed how they know the cause of death.

Authorities said Marriott knew Mazzaglia and believed her body had been deposited in the murky, choppy waters near Pierce Island, N.H.

"Marine patrol continues to search the waters, specifically looking at Lookout Point at Peirce Island. Given the eddies and current, there have been many challenges. The search may last several more days. They have not exhausted that search," Associate Attorney General Jane Young told reporters following Monday's hearing.

Young said investigators were using sonar and underwater cameras as well as cadaver dogs to search the water and along the coast.

"I can tell you [Marriott and Mazzaglia] were familiar with one another and this was not a random incident," she said.

Mazzaglia did not enter a plea, and is next expected in court on Oct. 29 for a probable cause hearing.

"She was a very good student with a pleasant personality," Anthony Hanna, Marriott's uncle told ABC News, soon after her disappearance.

"She volunteered at the aquarium and wanted to be a marine biologist. She's a sweet kid and a very pretty girl with a lot of enthusiasm and was excited about earning her degree," said Hanna, with whom she lived while she was attending school.

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Wednesday
Oct102012

Suspect in Youth Soccer Coach's Murder Flees to Mexico

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A man suspected of murdering and mutilating a New York youth soccer coach has fled the country, according to police.

Michael Jones, 25, was stabbed numerous times in the chest, ear and neck in an attack that left blood on the sidewalk. He was left to die around 4:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Authorities were reportedly close to making an arrest when suspect Orlando Orea, 32, managed to leave the country, according to ABC News' New York station WABC.

Orea also goes by Orlando Gutierrez and Orlando Estevas.

When authorities discovered Orea's name on Tuesday afternoon, they immediately put him on a no-fly list, but it was too late. He had gone to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and paid cash for a last minute Aero Mexico flight, according to WABC.

Jones was in his fifth season as a soccer coach for the Red Bulls' youth training program. He is originally from Liverpool, England. Police do not believe robbery was the motive since Jones' wallet and phone were found at the scene.

Detectives are looking into whether the killing may have been a case of mistaken identity. They are investigating whether there was a dispute at a bar in the area before the killing that did not involve Jones, according to WABC.

The suspect may have been in a dispute over a woman, ran out of the bar, saw Jones and possibly mistook him for the person involved in the argument.

Surveillance footage shows Jones walking near his attacker before the stabbing, but it is hard to tell if the two were having a conversation or exchanged any words.

The video 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' family lives in England and was shocked to hear about his death.

"It's unbelievable. It's like you feel it hasn't happened and you're going to wake up and it's all a dream and you can wind the clock back so we're not in this situation," Jones' father Perry Jones told the BBC. "But, obviously, we are and that's not going to change."

Jones had followed his passion for soccer to the U.S. and his father said Jones loved his New York lifestyle and was hoping to get a visa and build his life here.

Loved ones are gathering Wednesday in Westchester, N.Y. for a memorial service for Jones.

"He's a great guy," roommate and fellow coach Karl Hogan told WABC. "[An] honest guy and very passionate about his job and worked very hard, always thought about the kids."

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Wednesday
Jun202012

Georgia Man Accused of Shooting Wife Had Double Life 

ABC News(ATLANTA) -- In the days after Adina Parson was shot eight times outside her Sandy Springs, Ga., apartment complex, her husband Michael was by her side, ever the concerned husband.

But in the hours he wasn't spending with his wife, he was living with his fiancé in a motel room near the hospital, communicating with prepaid cellphones, according to a warrant obtained by ABC News' Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV.

Michael Parson, 42, is charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery, possession of a firearm while committing a felony, and giving false statements after the April 20 shooting of his 42-year-old wife, Adina Parson.

When Parson arrived at the scene and was told what happened to his wife, he told police he had been at the VA Hospital receiving cancer treatment, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

That lie was the beginning of an elaborate tapestry that police began to unravel, exposing Parson's alleged double life and leading to his arrest.

Parson's fiancé, who was identified as "Rachel," told police she and Parson had set an October wedding date.  Rachel said she was misled and was told that Adina was her fiancé's aunt, according to the warrant.

Ying Amat, Parson's ex-wife, told ABC News she remained close to Michael and Adina Parson.  She said she had never heard of Rachel and knew of no strains in the Parsons' marriage.

"I don't even know this woman.  My children don't know her," Amat told ABC News.  Amat has a 17-year-old son with Parson and a child from another relationship, who she said the Parsons treated as their own.

"This is not the Michael I knew.  He was a good man, good dad," she said.  "[And] if there was anybody we could depend on, Adina was always there."

But Amat said "all of the evidence" is hard to ignore.

Phone records placed Parson at the scene of the crime around the time Adina Parson was shot.

Police began to conduct surveillance on Parson and interviewed a friend, who later admitted he had been asked to pose as Parson in the emergency room at the VA hospital in Decatur.

"[He] did not know about all the lies that M. Parson had been living by and felt used by M. Parson," the warrant said, according to WSB-TV.

A used firearm target, shell casings and ammunition were found after police executed a search warrant on Parson's apartment and garage.

A warrant was issued on May 4 for Parson's arrest, around the time police believe he fled the state.

Authorities caught up with Parson on May 5 near El Paso, Texas, after they traced him using financial records, according to the warrant.  He is being held at Fulton County Jail in Atlanta.

Adina Parson is expected to pull through, Amat said.

"She was doing good, making progress last I heard," she said.  "We really miss her."

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