Man, 60, dies after beating in $1 Christmas Eve mugging

This still image taken from surveillance video provided by NYPD shows suspects in connection to a mugging of a 60-year-old man on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019 in the the Morrisania neighborhood of the Bronx in New York. Juan Fresnada died Friday, Dec. 27, at the Bronx hospital where he was taken in critical condition after the mugging early Tuesday, the New York Police Department said. Officers have released surveillance photos and videos in hopes of pinpointing suspects. (NYPD via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — A 60-year-old man who was kicked and punched while defending his partner during a $1 mugging on Christmas Eve has died.

Juan Fresnada died Friday afternoon at the Bronx hospital where he was taken in critical condition after the mugging early Tuesday, the New York Police Department said Saturday. Officers have released surveillance photos and videos in hopes of pinpointing suspects.

His partner, Byron Caceres, told the Daily News of New York that Fresnada suffered the fatal blows while trying to spare him and urging him to run to safety, which he did.

He “tried to defend me,” Caceres, 29, told the newspaper Wednesday. He said he had been unable to summon help because he doesn’t have a cellphone. No contact information for him could immediately be found Saturday.

Police said the two men were walking in the Morrisania neighborhood of the Bronx around 1:30 a.m. when several muggers approached them and demanded their property. When they refused, they were attacked.

Surveillance video clips released by police show a man grabbing another man’s shirt and swinging him to the ground, then hitting him. Later clips show two other men joining the attacker, one of them grasping a trash can, as the beaten man starts to stand up.

It’s unclear whether he is Fresnada or Caceres, who didn’t need hospitalization.

The muggers took $1 from the men and fled, police said.

Caceres, originally from Honduras, and the Cuban-born Fresnada met through a program for poor gay men in 2015 and lived together in a building in Morrisania, according to the Daily News.

“He’s very calm, and I’m the one who is stressed all the time,” Caceres said Wednesday as Fresnada lay in intensive care.

Caceres says the muggers didn’t say anything to indicate the attack was a hate crime.

A neighbor, Aletha Jacobs, told the Daily News that Fresnada was well known and liked in the area.

“He never bothered nobody,” she said. “He’s a beautiful guy.”

China Is Not In Africa For Charity, But To Control Its Resources

Key point: China is in Africa now not to advance Maoism, but to control its resources, people, and potential.

Africa is on the cusp of a new period in its history, its renaissance. Freed from centuries of colonialism and neo-imperialism, Africa has the opportunity to become a center of economic might to provide prosperity to the continent’s growing population. Yet, at present, Africa unfortunately faces a new danger: Sino-imperialism, the risk of falling under the control of China largely through Chinese economic investment and loans. The People’s Republic of China has long supported African states since the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) came to power in 1949. Under Mao, China’s backed African liberation movements in an effort to advance Maoism and offset Soviet and American influence. In much of Africa today, China is the imperialist power. 

China is in Africa now not to advance Maoism, but to control its resources, people, and potential. From building railways in Kenya and roads in rural Ethiopia to running mines in the Congo, China has drastically changed the African economic landscape in the twentieth century. China lent nearly $125 billion to Africa between 2000 and 2006 and recently pledged $60 billion at the 2018 Forum on China-Africa Co-operation. The Chinese superficially appear to maintain a mutually beneficial relationship with Africa by providing financial and technical assistance to Africa’s pressing developmental needs. Trade between China and Africa has grown from $10 billion in 2000 to $190 billion by 2017. It is estimated that 12 percent of Africa industrial production, or $500 billion annually—nearly half of Africa’s internationally contracted construction market—is carried out by Chinese firms.

Police: Man raped teen boy six times in a week

A Cheviot man was arrested Friday after police said he repeatedly raped a 13-year-old boy.

Dedrick Thurman, 20, is charged with six counts of rape.

Police said Thurman abused the boy six times between Nov. 29 and Dec. 5.

The boy told investigators he was afraid no one would believe him and that Thurman threatened to hurt his family if he told anyone.

Thurman is being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center on a $600,000 bond awaiting trial.

Sources: 16-Year-Old Karol Sanchez Confesses To Staging Kidnapping That Prompted Amber Alert


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A 16-year-old girl who was apparently kidnapped right in front of her mother staged the whole thing, sources told CBS2.

The apparent kidnapping in the Bronx was staged by Karol Sanchez, who allegedly confessed to it after being reunited with her family Tuesday.

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No charges have been filed at this time, but police are looking for four male accomplices.

The surveillance video would send chills through any parent: Four men snatching a 16-year-old off a Bronx Street.

Karol-Sanchez-1Karol Sanchez is escorted by a police officer after being located following an Amber Alert on Dec. 17, 2019. (credit: Zani Koxha)


Sources say it was all staged Sanchez, who was unhappy, and four accomplices.

Blurry surveillance video showed the scene in the Melrose section of the Bronx near 775 Eagle Avenue at 11:30 p.m. Monday.

The video shows four men in a sedan pull up to Sanchez and her mother, grab the girl and push the mom to the ground.

The NYPD put out an Amber Alert and flooded the neighborhood with missing posters.

At 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sanchez suddenly showed back up at the scene and turned herself into police as stunned people on the street watched.

“We was at the pole over there, looking at her picture, and we walked up the block, she was crossing the street to to the the cop car, and I was like ‘Yo, that’s her right there,’” said Tommy Feliciano.

“She was shaken up. She was bending over, grabbing her knees, and discussing with the police. And that’s when they took her into the parking garage for questioning,” Zani Koxha said.

Sanchez was brought to the 40th Precinct stationhouse, where sources told CBS2 she staged the whole thing with four accomplices. Family issues are apparently at the root of her unhappiness.

The NYPD wants to talk to all involved before deciding who, if anyone, to charge.

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All day, residents had worried about Sanchez, and kept a close eye on their own children. They worried about Sanchez’s mother. Witnesses say she was distraught Monday night after her daughter was driven away.

“She was just screaming ‘My daughter, my daughter, my God, someone please help me.’ She was screaming hysterically. And I was looking, wondering what was going on. She was just screaming in the street,” one witness said.

Sanchez and her family live in Dutchess County but have been visiting relatives in the Bronx.



Black Santa Claus Is A Hit At Mall Of America, But Faces An Online Backlash

Larry Jefferson was the first black Santa Claus at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn.

Larry Jefferson has been putting on a big red suit and perfecting his best ho, ho, ho for nearly 20 years.

The retired Army captain plays Santa at shopping malls, holiday parties and charity benefits. He hit the big time this year when he was handpicked at a Santa convention to appear at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn.

And by all accounts, kids and parents at the mall loved him. But when the story spread online, the negative attacks starting pouring in — because Jefferson is black.

Jefferson says the online negativity didn’t surprise him — “because of the times in which we are living in” — but, he adds, “that backlash was only a small percentage.”

For Santa Larry, as he likes to be called, playing Santa pretty much seems to be his calling in life. “That’s what all my friends are telling me, despite what the mean-spirited Grinch people are saying online,” he tells NPR’s Rachel Martin. “They’re going to get coal … for sure.”

Child witnesses man masturbate on woman Florida Walmart

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (WFLA) – Police are currently searching for a man they say was caught by a child masturbating on a woman in a Walmart toy aisle Friday.

According to Winter Haven police, the male suspect entered the Walmart, located at 355 Cypress Gardens Blvd., around 8:30 p.m. He appeared to be looking for someone, walked around for a bit and then went to the restroom.

Police say he exited the bathroom and headed to the toy section where a woman and a 12-year-old child were looking at toys.

The man paced the aisle for a short time and walked up behind the woman while her back was turned looking at toys on the shelves. According to police, the child, who was in the cart, witnessed the man masturbate onto the back of the woman. When she turned to the child, she noticed the child was distressed.

Police say she asked the child what was the matter and the child told her what the man did. By the time the woman turned to look, the suspect was gone.

Jersey City shooting: Who are the Black Hebrew Israelites?


Law enforcement sources in Jersey City have named the two shooters who killed Jersey City Detective Joseph Seals in the Bay View Cemetery before calmly driving to a kosher supermarket where they murdered three Hasidic Jews. They also wounded two police officers and a fourth Hasidic Jew as well.

The two shooters whose names were reported to be David Anderson and Francine Graham by various media but were not confirmed by police, however, were killed by Jersey City police officers.

There was a great deal of confusion on Tuesday about their genders with police initially reporting them to be a male and female, then two males. During Wednesday’s news conference, Public Safety Director James Shea refused to confirm the names and/or genders of the suspects and deferred all questions to the Attorney General’s Office, saying the investigation was now being handled at that level; he referred to both as “individuals.”

Multiple media reported Wednesday that Anderson was a former member of the Black Hebrew Israelite movement, whose members believe they are descendants of the ancient Israelites. Officials said there were anti-police and anti-Semitic posts online linked to Anderson’s social media page; investigators are checking to see if they were written by Anderson himself.

3 Chassidic Jews Dead in Deliberate Anti-Semitic Attack on Jersey City Kosher Market

Leah Minda Ferencz, 33, who owned the JC Kosher Supermarket at 223 Martin Luther King Drive, a customer, Moshe Deutsch, 24, and a store worker, Miguel Douglas, 49, were all gunned down Tuesday afternoon. The two police officers who were wounded in the shootout were walking a patrol beat a block away when they heard the gunfire; they saved many lives by immediately racing to engage the attackers.


Reports of a third suspect have not been confirmed and were eventually dropped.

Investigators found a brief and “rambling, manifesto-style” note inside the van driven by Anderson and Graham, according to a report by The New York Times, which quoted a law enforcement official and a second official familiar with the case.

In addition, a live pipe bomb was also found inside the vehicle, the law enforcement official said.

Few details were available about Graham, but New York News 4quoted a neighbor who said she was a former home health aide in Manhattan who met Anderson after “she got hurt at work and quit; he says Graham turned into a ‘dark person’ after they met.” The neighbor added that Graham moved away a year ago; the city told the news outlet the mortgage was assumed by the bank in November 2018.

At a morning news conference on Wednesday, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, Police Chief Michael Kelly and other city officials said examination of the CCTV footage clarifies the shooters unquestionably targeted the JC Kosher Supermarket in their attack. The store serves a budding Hasidic Jewish community of about 100 families who moved to the area from the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, where housing availability has become scarce and pricey.

“In the footage, the shooters were seen slowly driving a stolen U-Haul van down the street and then parking the van in front of the store, Fulop said. “We do feel comfortable that it was a targeted attack on the Jewish kosher deli … We could see the van moving through Jersey City streets slowly,” he added.

Shea was more blunt.

“On the video, they park the van, they exit the van with the long guns in their hands and immediately begin firing toward the location that we lost three of our citizens in yesterday,” the Public Safety director pointed out. “There were multiple other people on the streets, so there were many other targets available to them that they bypassed, to attack that place. So it was clearly — that was their target, and they intended to harm people inside.”

The police chief had already told reporters on Tuesday in the hours after the attack that officers were met with “high-powered rifle fire” when engaging the suspects. The exchange of gunfire went on for more than an hour.

“Let me just say that there were two officers on a walking post one block south and when they heard the gunshots they responded immediately,” the mayor said. “From what we could tell in the CCTV cameras, had they not responded and had they not been there in that location more than likely more people would have died.”

The reason the perpetrators likely stayed inside the kosher market rather than moving on to the synagogue next door, or into the yeshiva upstairs, the mayor said, had to do with the fact that police had already moved in and had begun to engage them.


Police: Father Left Son on Side of Road Because He Might Be Gay

Evenaud Julmeus, 30, is charged with three counts of negligent child abuse without bodily harm. (Haines City Police Department)

HAINES CITY, Fla. — A father who police say left his juvenile son on the side of the road because he suspects his son is gay is due in court Tuesday. 

  • Police affidavit: Man found son watching “male porn”
  • Evenaud Julmeus said police would find son a new home

The incident occurred Sunday, Haines City Police say in an affidavit.

The boy, whose age was redacted, was dropped off in front of the closed police department with a small duffel bag with several pieces of clothing, according to police. The boy had no food, water, or money with him.

An officer dispatched to the location said the boy was very upset and crying. According to the report, the boy told the officer that his father, 30-year-old Evenaud Julmeus, thinks he is gay because his father found him “watching male pornography on his cell phone.”

The victim advised that his father told him to pack a bag and that he was taking him to the police department where they would find him a new home. 

According to the report, Julmeus made his son get out of the vehicle while sitting in a turn lane on U.S. Highway 27 before driving off.  The boy did not have a phone to contact anyone, and his father hadn’t tried to contact law enforcement to advise them of the situation.

A bystander who saw what happened contacted the police department, authorities said. 

The mother of the boy went to go look for her son after learning what happened. Julmeus had fled the home before police arrived, they said, leaving two children alone at the home with no supervision. 

Julmeus has been charged with three counts of negligent child abuse without bodily harm. 

Seasonal UPS employee accused of going back to steal packages after dropping them off

MIAMI (WSVN) – A seasonal worker for UPS has been arrested after he was accused of returning to steal packages that he had helped drop off.

Police arrested 18-year-old Emmanuel Lamont Reggin Jr. Tuesday and charged him with third-degree grand theft, which is a felony.

According to police, Reggin was a seasonal employee for UPS and would help the full-time driver unload packages at various locations.

Police said on Monday that Reggin helped unload 5,500 packages at a company near 190th Street and Fifth Avenue in Northeast Miami-Dade.

While unloading the truck, police said surveillance video showed Reggin grabbing several packages containing two Kindles, an iPad and a Surface Pro tablet and placing them in and under dumpsters at the business when his coworker was not looking.

Detectives said after stashing the items, Reggin came back later in the evening after he had clocked out and picked them up.

Police said Reggin repeated the process the following day when he returned to help unload more packages at the business. This time, he placed two boxes under the dumpster. The boxes contained a laptop and two PlayStation 4s.

However, the business manager was alerted to the boxes under the dumpsters and checked surveillance cameras where he saw Reggin committing the act.

Reggin was taken into custody and police said the stolen items were found at his home.

UPS has since released a statement on the 18-year-old’s arrest that read in part, “UPS is working with law enforcement, and the person in question is no longer employed by the company.”

Reggin’s uncle and sister were in court while he made his first appearance on Wednesday.

“At 18, you got a chance to work, and then you go and allegedly do something pretty stupid stealing the packages,” Judge Mindy Glazer said. “I don’t know if that’s the path in life you want to take, but I would think not. I would think you would want to stay out of trouble, get a good job and have a nice life. Good luck to you, sir.”

If convicted, Reggin could face up to five years in prison.

Reggin has since bonded out of the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center. He did not answer questions as he left the jail.

Romaine lettuce tainted by fecal bacteria sickens more than 100 people

Romaine lettuce from California’s Salinas Valley has sickened more than 100 people in 23 states. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

Tainted romaine lettuce from California’s Salinas Valley has been linked to 102 illnesses in 23 states, health authorities reported Wednesday.

The tally, including a case reported as recently as Nov. 18, more than doubles the magnitude of an ongoing outbreak linked to E. coli bacteria generally found in animals.

Consumers should check whether their lettuce is labeled with a place of origin, and throw it out if it came from the Salinas Valley, the Food and Drug Administration advised. Unlabeled romaine should be discarded as a precaution, the agency said.

No lettuce from other regions or from indoor facilities has been linked to the outbreak, the FDA said. The season in Salinas is winding down, and harvest is moving south to the desert region around Yuma, Ariz., and California’s Imperial Valley.

Salinas Valley romaine was first implicated last month through illnesses traced to salads packed by a New Jersey food company, which voluntarily recalled about 75,233 pounds of salad products, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

The outbreak is the second announced by the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this year. In late October, those agencies belatedly announced that 23 people in 12 states had been sickened by fecal bacteria traced to romaine lettuce between July and early September.

Last year, a series of outbreaks linked to California romaine lettuce sickened more than 250 people.

The culprit in all of those outbreaks was identified as a strain of E. coli known as 0157:H7 that produces a potent toxin that causes symptoms ranging from diarrhea and vomiting to kidney failure. The bacteria is commonly found among stockyard animals such as cows.