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CrimeJeff Soyer on 17 Dec 2014 05:32 am

Oh, and only cops should have guns. From Philly.com:

Hours after the 40-year-old mother had obtained the order on Monday, the man she’d feared the most - Stephen Rozniakowski, an enraged Delaware County cop with a history of harassment - grabbed a gun, strapped on a bulletproof vest, kicked down the door to her Glenolden home, ran up the stairs and shot her, authorities said.

“He came up the steps with his gun drawn, and as soon as he saw Mrs. Morrow and her daughter in the hallway, he started repeatedly firing at them in their direction, striking Mrs. Morrow and also hitting her 15-year-old daughter,” Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said yesterday.

Morrow was pronounced dead in the house. Her daughter, Bridget Cruz, was shot in the left bicep. “Bridget fled into her bedroom, while, unfortunately, her mother lie dying in the hallway,” Whelan said.

CrimeJeff Soyer on 12 Dec 2014 03:13 am

This happened in Brazil, but it could have been anywhere. From Emirates247:

A Brazilian man accused of stabbing a woman to death in a Rio suburb has confessed to have murdered 41 people, almost all of them women, “for the fun of it,” police said.

“He wanted to kill women — white women, not black ones. He followed the victims, studying them closely before committing the crimes,” said police commissioner Pedro Henrique Medina from the northern suburb of Nova Iguacu.

The man was identified as Sailson Jose das Gracas, a 26-year-old whom police describe as a psychopath.

A psychopath? What was your first clue, Colonel Mustard?

That’s why I carry a gun.

CrimeJeff Soyer on 03 Dec 2014 05:56 am

This happened in Burien, Washington. Guy drives a minivan into the doors of a sporting goods store. From KTVB TV:

“Looks like he came in one set of the doors and drove across the showroom floor,” said a King County sheriff’s spokesperson.

Police said he stopped at the Big 5’s big gun rack and grabbed a total of about 14 rifles before realizing more than a few people had noticed.

“If you want to commit a burglary and want to use stealth, this is not the way to do it,” said the sheriff’s spokesperson.

SWAT team members arrived to find the man hiding inside the store’s ceiling. A negotiator was also called to the scene, and SW 148th Street was shut down, the area blocked off.

After several hours, the SWAT team stormed in and took the mutant.

CrimeJeff Soyer on 11 Oct 2014 05:26 am

It is completely understandable as to why hunters are prohibited from the forests in several towns, at the moment. With a sharp-shooting survivalist cop killer on the loose, public safety (as well as safety for the officers involved in the manhunt) comes first. Alas, it does come with a price:

…as the manhunt nears the one-month mark, the press has largely moved on and the state has canceled hunting season in seven area townships. Hunters can still track their game elsewhere, but the businesses that depend on sportsmen, from taxidermists to bed-and-breakfast proprietors, are cursing the killer police describe as “pure evil.”

[ . . . ]

Dave Weiss, a hunter who lives in the Monroe County seat of Stroudsburg, understands why the Pennsylvania Game Commission implemented the temporary ban on hunting and trapping. His anger is directed at the man suspected of killing Dickson.

“I’m mad for all of the sportsmen out there,” said Weiss. “And this ban affects a lot of people whose livelihood is dependent on hunting. It hurts the entire economy of the Poconos. It has a ripple effect. That area was built on tourism.”

Area motels, campgrounds, sporting goods stores, restaurants have all been affected by this lunatic. Not to mention, of course, the families, friends, and co-workers of the slain and the injured troopers.

CrimeJeff Soyer on 08 Oct 2014 03:21 am

Although short on details, I’m guessing it was still in the box. From the Greenfield Reporter:

The victim told police he was approached by a young man who asked for a cigarette, then asked about Coleman’s gun and finally pulled a gun from his own waistband and said, “I like your gun. Give it to me.”

The officer says Coleman handed over his gun and the robber left on foot.

CrimeJeff Soyer on 23 Sep 2014 02:16 pm

This happened in Keene, N.H. From WMUR:

Keene police said Joshua Drinnon, 21, broke into the home of a teenager he knows and forced his way into a bedroom. He picked up a safe that was in the room and began to leave the home, but he was confronted by the father of the teen, police said.

Police said Drinnon dropped the safe but then grabbed a pitchfork and threatened to hurt the father. Drinnon then fled and was later arrested by police, investigators said.

Anything stand out about that? Such as, oh, I don’t know…like who keeps a pitchfork in their house? They couldn’t afford a coat rack so they stood a pitchfork up on its handle in the hallway?

Crime and HistoryJeff Soyer on 07 Sep 2014 02:48 am

Using forensic DNA analysis, the notorious serial killer has been unmasked:

Jari used the same extraction method on the semen traces on the shawl, warning that the likelihood of sperm lasting all that time was very slim. He enlisted the help of Dr David Miller, a world expert on the subject, and in 2012 they made another incredible breakthrough when they found surviving cells. They were from the epithelium, a type of tissue which coats organs. In this case, it was likely to have come from the urethra during ejaculation.

Kosminski was 23 when the murders took place, and living with his two brothers and a sister in Greenfield Street, just 200 yards from where the third victim, Elizabeth Stride, was killed. As a key suspect, his life story has long been known, but I also researched his family. Eventually, we tracked down a young woman whose identity I am protecting – a British descendant of Kosminski’s sister, Matilda, who would share his mitochondrial DNA. She provided me with swabs from the inside of her mouth.

Amplifying and sequencing the DNA from the cells found on the shawl took months of painstaking, innovative work. By that point, my excitement had reached fever-pitch. And when the email finally arrived telling me Jari had found a perfect match, I was overwhelmed. Seven years after I bought the shawl, we had nailed Aaron Kosminski.

Read the whole thing.

CrimeJeff Soyer on 22 Jul 2014 02:33 am

Ya’ know…You just can’t make this stuff up:

The first time Nigel Sykes tried to get money from the Seasons Pizza in Newport, he did it with a gun, forcing his way into the business through the back door.

This time, Sykes is trying to get money from the pizzeria by suing the employees who tackled him and wrestled his gun away during the robbery.

Sykes alleges assault in a federal civil complaint claiming the rough treatment was “unnecessary” and that as a result of the injuries he suffered during his attempted hold-up, he is due over $260,000.

Read the whole thing. Apparently Sykes is both a serial robber and a serial litigant.

CrimeJeff Soyer on 07 Jul 2014 04:42 am

Researchers in Washington State studied the lives of people who were admitted to hospitals with firearm injuries. From the Seattle Times:

The study highlighted a strong correlation between firearm-related hospitalizations and poor outcomes after being discharged, including repeated hospitalization, commission of crime and death. A quarter of those hospitalized for a firearm-related injury were arrested for firearm-related crime within the next five years.

Researchers found that those hospitalized with a gun-related injury who had a prior arrest for gun-related or violent crime were 43 times more likely to be slain within the next five years than those without either.

You can read this whole article and not find a clear reference to “gangs.”

CrimeJeff Soyer on 10 Jun 2014 06:11 am

The mutants who killed two police officers, then another person, and then themselves in Las Vegas, had made their plans known:

The duo also told people they planned to commit a mass shooting, said Brandon Moore, a resident of the complex.

“They were handing out white-power propaganda and were talking about doing the next Columbine,” Moore said.

Then why didn’t anyone make an anonymous call to the authorities?

CrimeJeff Soyer on 31 May 2014 11:44 pm

From the NY Daily News:

Cops talked to Elliot Rodger three times before Santa Barbara killing spree, didn’t know he owned guns. Rodger’s weapon ownership was available in law enforcement databases, which apparently were not checked when police investigated his strange behavior. He was armed with three legally purchased handguns and more than 400 rounds of ammo in his May 23 rampage in Isla Vista, Calif.

According to the article, the cops never bothered viewing the online videos posted by Roger — that had worried his mother — before visiting him a third time, just weeks before his rampage.

Gun Control Crowd and CrimeJeff Soyer on 25 May 2014 02:13 am

The mutant’s family is blaming the gun. The father of one of the victims is blaming the NRA. Both support more gun control. Just one thing:

During a May 24 press conference on Elliot Rodger’s shooting spree in California, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said the guns Rodgers possessed “were legally purchased,” which means he went through a background check, and that he used 10-round magazines.

Brown’s exact words:

“Three 9 mm semi-automatic handguns were recovered from the suspect’s vehicle. Two of these were Sig Sauer 226 model handguns and the remaining one was a Glock 34 long slide… We have determined that all three of the weapons were legally purchased from federally licensed firearms dealers and they were all registered to the suspect.”

By the way, limiting magazine capacity doesn’t do anything; cops found 41 loaded 10-round magazines in Rodger’s car.

CrimeJeff Soyer on 14 May 2014 01:30 am

He’s 16-years-old:

Police in the Canadian city of Ottawa said they arrested a 16-year-old male charged with carrying out so-called “swatting” attacks that targeted 30 North American targets.

One of the targets included KrebsOnSecurity reporter Brian Krebs, who was previously on the receiving end of a vicious swatting attack that resulted in a team of police pointing guns at him as he opened the front door of his Virginia home. Krebs said the recent attacks were preceded by taunts from someone controlling the Twitter handle @ProbablyOnion. The last tweet made from that account, made on Thursday, stated: “Still awaiting for the horsies to bash down my door.” The individual didn’t have long to wait. That same day, the 16-year-old was arrested, according to press releases…

More, first-hand, here.

We all know what’s going to happen to this little shit punk; nothing. Slap on the wrist. Canadian style justice unless his victims decide to sue him.

CrimeJeff Soyer on 02 May 2014 11:35 pm

Most mug shots look like … mug shots. This guy seems positively joyous at his arrest:

Story here.

CrimeJeff Soyer on 28 Apr 2014 12:47 am

The Boston Globe has a tiresome article about how drug dealers (generally of heroin) travel to Vermont and trade drugs for guns. Naturally, the problem must be the cheap supply of heroin in Massachusetts. Oh, sorry, I mean the cheap and easy supply of guns in Vermont. From the Boston Globe:

The intersection of guns and drugs is spawning a wide range of related crimes, Mostyn said. Firearms are being stolen in Vermont and then exchanged for some of the more than $2 million in heroin and other opiates that flood Vermont every week, officials said. And addicts desperate for a daily fix are stealing from their families and strangers to pay for it.

[ . . . ]

A task force of local police, ATF agents, and State Police has been assembled in Western Massachusetts to combat problems posed by guns and drugs. John Rosenthal, cofounder of the Newton-based Stop Handgun Violence, said the task force’s work would be helped by national, mandatory background checks on all gun sales.

That’s right, John, those drug addicts will steal a gun and then waltz over to the nearest police station for a background check.

CrimeJeff Soyer on 23 Apr 2014 06:01 am

From Tennessee:

A teenager had a loaded handgun hidden in her vagina when she was arrested for driving with a suspended licence, police say.

Dallas J. Archer, was being searched when a female correction officer detected ‘an unknown item in her crotch’, according to a police report.

The gun had been reported as stolen a year ago. However, happiness is NOT a warm gun, according to the original owner:

Its 70-year-old owner, John Souther, told The Smoking Gun he would like the ‘little fellow returned’, but added the weapon would require ‘a bath in bleach’.

CrimeJeff Soyer on 16 Apr 2014 11:15 am

From Policeone.com:

The number of shootings in New York City has increased during the past several weeks after months of declines, with several shootings a day keeping police busy, particularly in Brooklyn, the latest NYPD statistics show.

But … But … NYC has tough gun laws and NY State has the ‘SAFE Act’ … so how can that be?

The NYC Police Department blames it on increased gang activity of late. So, uh, I guess that means that gang members and other criminals don’t seem to be obeying all these gun control laws.

CrimeJeff Soyer on 16 Apr 2014 02:26 am

Because, you know, the Krispy Kreme was still serving:

Houston police are looking for two men who broke into a firearms store and stole guns and rifles.

Detectives believe it happened between 1 and 2 am at Collectors Firearms in the 3300 block of Fondren. Police say once inside the store, the thieves were like “kids in a candy store.” They ripped off an undisclosed number of guns and rifles, plus ammunition.

Detectives say the two men did trigger a burglar alarm on the building. But police were not dispatched immediately. Police would not say why, saying that is currently part of the investigation. They were not called to the scene until 7:20am.

They do have surveillance video, but really; it’s a gun store getting robbed, not a garden nursery; a little more urgency would have been nice.

CrimeJeff Soyer on 14 Apr 2014 12:35 am

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

Nahshon Shelton didn’t want to pay the 22-cent tax on his $1.79 two-liter of Pepsi on Saturday afternoon, Chicago Police said.

So he allegedly pulled a blue-steel Intratec .22-caliber submachine gun out of his Gucci satchel inside the convenience store in the 4000 block of West Madison Street where they tried to make him pay it — and he threatened to kill everyone there, a prosecutor said.

This “is my neighborhood, I’m tax exempt!” he would later allegedly tell the cops. “Man, you know what, I’ll keep it real. I had to put them in their place.”

A Gucci satchel? Must be a member of that one-percent crowd that doesn’t want to pay their fair share in taxes.

CrimeJeff Soyer on 09 Apr 2014 02:38 am

I’m all for concealed carry and, yes, I do believe it brings crime levels down. But, too many are making too much of a three-month dip in Chicago’s violent crime rate. AWR Hawkins is one of them:

Police began accepting applications for CCHs in January, and CBS Chicago reported that the permits began to be mailed to approved applicants in February.

At the same time, Chicago’s ABC 7 reports that “the first three months of 2014 saw 6 fewer murders than the same time frame in 2013… and 55 fewer murders than 2012.”

So… the same time period in 2013 saw a significant drop in murders from the previous year (2012), but no one had a CCW permit in 2013. Yet, here’s the headline of Hawkin’s story: Chicago Has Concealed Carry, Lowest Murder Rate in 56 Years

Hawkins and others are implying that the new ability of law abiding Chicago residents to conceal-carry is the reason. While the future might bear that out, I believe that two months worth of data is insufficient for such a claim. It could be a factor, but may I suggest that the weather played a part? Chicago has just suffered one of the coldest and snowiest Winters on record. Even thugs know enough to come in out of the “Polar Vortex” as it were. Just sayin’….

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