Gun explodes in deep fryer at Las Vegas restaurant
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For the record, deep-frying a gun will not keep the police from finding it, especially when it goes off in the middle of a restaurant kitchen. Obdulio Gudiel learned that lesson the hard way this week after he was arrested for attempted robbery with a deadly weapon, which police eventually fished out of the deep fryer of a Las Vegas restaurant.
It all started when two men called police and said Gudiel had approached them with a gun in the parking lot of El Diamante Restaurant and demanded money, according to the Huffington Post,
A restaurant employee told police that a man had approached her and asked her to hold onto his gun when the police showed up, according to the Huffington Post. She turned him down, and he apparently decided that hiding it in the deep fryer would be the next best thing.
The gun went off while the restaurant was being evacuated, but nobody was injured.
Gudiel maintains that it was all a big misunderstanding and that was totally not his gun in the fryer. Gudiel said one of the men who called police was his nephew, who owes him money. He said he tried to collect the money, but did not have a gun.
Sugar Land man 'felt powerful' when allegedly torturing four cats to death, police say
A Sugar Land man who stands accused of four counts of felony cruelty to non-livestock animals after allegedly beating and torturing his four cats to death on separate occasions has said that he &ldquofelt powerful&rdquo when committing the alleged acts.
Graham Reid, 29, from Sugar Land, was arrested by the Fort Bend County District Attorney&rsquos Office on April 28 following a complaint by Reid&rsquos veterinarian that the animals were suffering from &ldquosevere traumatic injury&rdquo inconsistent with Reid&rsquos reports of how they came to be injured.
Reid is facing four third-degree felony charges, including a charge of cruelty to non-livestock animals according to Fort Bend County District Clerk records.
The cats came to the veterinarian in various states of distress over a five-month period.
According to Graham&rsquos warrant, in November of 2020, Reid brought &ldquoCabbage,&rdquo a 1-year-old cat, to the veterinarian, who stated that Cabbage was suffering from a fractured skull, bruised and bloody lungs, pockets of air in the abdomen and chest cavities and cerebral swelling. The cat later died.
Reid told the veterinarian that he accidentally dropped a dumbbell on Cabbage&rsquos head while he was working out.
When questioned by authorities, the warrant states, Reid admitted that he &ldquowould become enraged at the stressors of life&rdquo and he relieved his stress by &ldquostriking Cabbage with a large, heavy metal workout bar.&rdquo
He knew he was hurting the cat, Reid said, but bringing pain to the animal made him &ldquofeel empowered.&rdquo
The second cat, &ldquoParsnip&rdquo was an 8-month-old kitten. On Jan. 25, Reid&rsquos then-girlfriend brought the kitten to a different vet. That veterinarian reported that Parsnip presented similar injuries to Cabbage, the warrant states. Parsnip later died.
Reid&rsquos former girlfriend told the veterinarian that Parsnip was injured when Reid tried to pull him out of a tree in which he was stuck.
Reid would later tell investigators that Parsnip &ldquowould not do what he needed to do,&rdquo which enraged Reid and caused him to throw the cat into a wall, kick him and beat him with the same rod he used on Cabbage.
In March, Reid brought a healthy 4-month-old kitten named &ldquoCarrot&rdquo to the vet for a check up, the warrant says. Unnerved by the previous two dead cats, the veterinarian called to check in on Carrot soon after the initial visit. Reid told the doctor that Carrot had died from feline infectious peritonitis.
When questioned by authorities, Reid admitted that he had beaten the kitten to death after the cat jumped out of his arms.
A fourth cat, &ldquoBroccoli&rdquo a 4-month-old kitten, was never seen by a veterinarian, but when investigators questioned Reid as to whether or not any other animals had died in his care, he stated that Broccoli died two days after Reid brought him home.
According to the warrant, Reid said that Broccoli defecated outside of his litter box. Reid reported that he &ldquoneeded power&rdquo and &ldquolost it,&rdquo so he beat the kitten to death.
Reid posted a $25,000 bond on April 28 and was released from jail. His court date is set for June 14.
Man arrested after 12-year-old boy kidnapped, sexually assaulted and shot in Miamiarticle
MIAMI - A man arrested by police early Tuesday is accused of abducting, sexually assaulting and shooting a 12-year-old boy who had snuck out of his home to walk to a friend&aposs house in South Florida.
A passerby saw the boy wandering along a Miami street before 3 a.m. Saturday and alerted authorities. The boy later told police he had heard a loud bang and was pushed out of a car. He had been shot in the jaw and was temporarily blinded.
"He had lost his sight and he was using his touch trying to find his way around to seek help," Miami-Dade Detective Alvaro Zabaleta told news outlets.
Police said they arrested Aliex Santiesteban, 43, early Tuesday. He&aposs charged with sexual battery with a deadly weapon, kidnapping a child under 13 and attempted murder. Major Brian Rafky of the Miami-Dade police’s Special Victims Bureau said detectives were able to track down the suspect through "good old-fashioned police work and DNA evidence."
The boy is recovering at Jackson Memorial Hospital, police said.
The good Samaritan, whom television stations did not identify by his full name, was recorded on surveillance video escorting the crying boy into a food mart to get help.
"He was screaming, ‘Help, someone, help me, please.’ So I (brought) him to the store where they could call the police," the man told television stations.
Investigators said the boy had placed pillows in his bed to trick his parents into thinking he was sleeping before leaving the house Friday night. He said he walked to a friend&aposs house about 2 milesਊway.
He was on his way home when he was forced into a car, police said. The boy told investigators he tried to get out, but the car&aposs child locks were engaged.
An arrest report said Santiesteban pulled his car onto a roadside swale in the Brownsville neighborhood near Miami and forced the child into the backseat, where he assaulted him. Police said a brief struggle ensued and Santiesteban shot the boy.
Santiesteban denied the accusations, police said. It was not clear whether he has an attorney.
Police urged the community to call authorities if other victims or witnesses recognize Santiesteban from previous crimes.
At a Tuesday news conference, Alfredo Ramirez, the director of the Miami-Dade Police Department, thanked the man who found him and the community for stepping in to help.
"As a father of a 12-year-old myself, this is extremely disturbing and hits you at the soul," Ramirez said. "This child has suffered physical and emotional trauma that will take years to overcome."
After he ended his remarks, Ramirez briefly returned to the podium to lean again into the microphone.
"That’s the face of evil, ladies and gentlemen. Right there," he said as he pointed to the mugshot.
Man shot by Cleveland DEA agent didn’t pull a gun according to report: I-Team
CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) – Charges have been filed against a man shot and wounded by a DEA agent last week on Cleveland’s east side.
Trayvon Johnson, 20, was released from the hospital Monday and was booked into the Cuyahoga County Jail.
He is facing charges of aggravated menacing and carrying a concealed weapon.
He is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.
According to the charging complaint filed in Cleveland Municipal Court, the DEA agent was seated in a parked unmarked white vehicle near East 82 nd and Decker Avenue, when two men got out of a black vehicle and walked toward the agent’s car.
“Trayvon Johnson brandished a firearm by lifting his shirt with his left hand displaying a black and silver firearm which was in his front waistband, as he walked directly towards the white SUV,” the complaint states. “The undercover agent seeing Johnson’s firearm and engagement towards him, felt threatened, exited his vehicle, fired his service weapon and retreated to the rear of his vehicle.”
The complaint further states that Johnson’s firearm, a loaded 9mm Smith and Wesson was located on scene.
Johnson’s family has told FOX 8 that he did not point a weapon at the undercover agent.
“My son just got out the car and all the video will show is him running from him shooting at him and they only gonna get his bullet casing because my son didn’t shoot back,” said the injured suspect’s mother, Diana Johnson.
Ex-Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale knocked to the ground to end standoff, body camera footage shows
FORT LAUDERDALE — A husband who’d been drinking, had weapons, and may have threatened suicide. A wife with cuts and bruises who fled the house. An urgent call to police, who responded with SWAT team members and a forced take-down when the man emerged from the couple’s waterfront estate in Fort Lauderdale.
The combustible situation — combined with presidential politics of the rapid fall of President Donald Trump’s once high-flying campaign manager, Brad Parscale — unfolded before the nation on Monday through police reports, 911 audio and police dashcam video showing officers knocking a shirtless and barefoot Parscale to the ground outside his home.
Officers recovered 10 firearms from his home — including several pistols, a shotgun and rifle. He was detained for a mental health evaluation under Florida’s Baker Act.
The encounter with police started Sunday afternoon on DeSota Drive, where Parscale, 44, lives with his wife, Candice Parscale. The couple had argued, and Candice Parscale said her husband chambered a round into a pistol during a heated exchange between the two.
It’s unclear what they were arguing about, but she said she fled the house in fear and asked a real estate agent, who was about to show a nearby house, for help. The agent called the cops.
On the phone, Candice Parscale told a 911 dispatcher that she heard a gunshot shortly after exiting her home, and was afraid her husband was going to kill himself. Later, she told an officer she couldn’t be sure if it had been a gunshot, or a car backfiring.
“Oh no, did he do that? Oh my gosh, your arms, both your arms, has he been hurting you?” the real estate agent can be heard asking Candice Parscale as they wait for the police.
She also told officers that Brad Parscale had been “stressed out” over the past two weeks and had made comments about shooting himself.
Candice Parscale also said Brad Parscale drinks and “suffers from PTSD,” and had a collection of guns inside the home, police said.
“While speaking with Candice Parscale I noticed several large sized contusions on both of her arms, her cheek and forehead. When I asked how she received the brusing, Candice Parscale stated Brad Parscale hits her. When asked if he made these markings today, she claimed he did not. I continued to ask if Brad Parscale physically assaulted her in anyway today and she said no, but he did forcibly smack her phone out of her hand when she was attempting to call Brad Parscale’s father,” wrote Detective Steven Smith, misspelling her first name with a second "a" instead of an “i.”
Smith added that “it was evident that Candice Parscale could not safely be left with Brad.”
Officer Timothy Skaggs was the first to arrive at the neighbor’s house, records show. He said he witnessed bruising on Candice Parscale’s arm and face. She told him that the injuries had come from Brad Parscale, though she said she’d gotten them earlier that week.
Skaggs called Brad Parscale over a telephone, and found “Bradley’s speech was slurred as though he was under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and he seemed to be crying.”
As Skaggs makes contact, body camera footage shows Candice Parscale, wearing a bathing suit and wrapped in a towel, visibly relieved that Brad Parscale hadn’t harmed himself. Skaggs then tried to get Brad Parscale to exit the house.
“Can you come outside with no weapons please?” Skaggs said.
Instead, the 6-foot-8-inch-tall man paced and raved, according to the police report.
Police converged on the neighborhood. A SWAT team arrived, along with a hostage negotiator. The standoff lasted about an hour.
But at some point, Fort Lauderdale police officer Christopher Wilson arrived on the scene. In police reports, Wilson describes himself as a “personal friend” of Brad Parscale, and it appears the bond between the two men was enough to convince the visibly agitated former Trump campaign manager to step out of his house.
As he exited, police ordered Brad Parscale — barefoot, shirtless but wearing shorts, and holding a beer — to get on the ground. He didn’t comply, so an officer used a “double-leg takedown” to knock him to the ground while other officers handcuffed him.
As they had him on the pavement, police repeatedly reassured Parscale. “Hey bud. Hey, we’ll well figure it all out, don’t worry about it,” “We’re going to get you off the ground in just a second, OK,” and “you’re OK,” among other reassuring words in the final 46 seconds of the video released by police.
Brad Parscale then was involuntarily committed for psychiatric evaluation under Florida’s Baker Act, a law that allows authorities to detain a person deemed mentally unstable and a danger to themselves or others at a mental health facility for up to 72 hours.
Records show officers recovered 10 guns from inside the household, “including three long guns.”
Under the state “red flag” law, enacted after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre, law enforcement can ask a court for a so-called risk protection order to seize weapons from people who are dangerous to themselves or others
Parscale, who bought several Fort Lauderdale residences in 2018 and 2019 and relocated from Texas, is a complex figure in the Trump world.
He was in charge of digital operations for the 2016 campaign, where he worked closely with Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and was elevated to campaign manager for the 2020 re-election.
He used the position to become a celebrity among Trump supporters, something highly unusual for a campaign manager, a job that in more orthodox campaigns isn’t nearly so prominent. He’d become a popular figure at the president’s rallies and was a celebrity speaker at Republican gatherings.
Delivering one of the warm-up speeches just before Thanksgiving last year at a Trump rally at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Parscale assured the crowd that the president’s opponents wouldn’t be able to succeed in what he claimed were their objectives. Well before the rally began, when some people in the crowd spotted Parscale walking by, they started applauding, cheering and calling out his name.
“They are not going to take our guns,” he said. “They are not going to take our health care and give you socialized medicine. They are not going to flood our country with a bunch of illegal immigrants.”
As Biden continued leading Trump in the polls over the spring and summer, Parscale fell out of favor with Trump.
Parscale hyped a late-June Trump rally in Tulsa, Okla., with the campaign proclaiming 1 million people requested tickets and 100,000 would show up. The event was a bust, with only about 6,200 people showing up, embarrassing the president and angering Kushner and his wife, the president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump.
Meanwhile, Parscale was gaining attention for the campaign’s heavy spending and the lavish lifestyle he enjoyed while his companies benefited from Trump campaign money.
An ad in May from the anti-Trump Lincoln Project highlighted Parscale’s “$2.4 million waterfront house in Fort Lauderdale, two Florida condos worth almost $1 million each. He even has his very own yacht, a gorgeous Ferrari, a sleek Range Rover.” The Lincoln Project bought ad time on Fox News in Washington, D.C., — to ensure Trump would see the spot and it would get under his skin.
The immediate reactions to the news about Parscale Sunday evening from the presidential campaigns in the polarized election year were strikingly different.
The Biden campaign’s “war room,” which provides the campaign’s quick responses to developments, reacted with sympathy for Parscale, posting on Twitter that, “This field is tough. It takes its toll on people in unfathomable ways. Regardless of the differences we have in our beliefs, we at the Biden War Room hope that Brad Parscale is safe, is with his family, and gets everything that he needs to get better.”
The Trump campaign, in a statement professing concern for Parscale, used the incident to attack Trump’s opponents. “Brad Parscale is a member of our family and we all love him. We are ready to support him and his family in any way possible. The disgusting, personal attacks from Democrats and disgruntled RINOs have gone too far, and they should be ashamed of themselves for what they’ve done to this man and his family,” Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh said in a statement Sunday night.
The Twitterverse was filled with hot takes Sunday night and Monday theorizing about what supposedly was the real story behind what happened.
Many people, including people with large followings, suggested a possible juxtaposition between the timing of what happened with Parscale and publication of a New York Times investigation revealing Trump paid almost no federal income taxes for most of two decades.
(Fort Lauderdale police reported the call about the Parscale incident a little after 3:30 p.m. The Times published its findings about 5 p.m.)
Others speculated it meant Parscale knew the Times investigation was just the beginning.
Amy Siskind, an activist and author with 482,000 followers, tweeted an article about the incident with Parscale at his home. “Wonder if something else is about to come out,” she wrote.
Don Winslow, a prizewinning bestselling novelist, told his 457,000 followers that Parscale “isn’t in a psych ward because of the current @nytimes story. He’s in a psych ward because he knows the next two stories that are coming. Save this tweet.”
Writer Amee Vanderpool told her 318,000 followers that “Brad Parscale was only insulated from investigations into his financial dealings when he was with Trump. Now that he’s been cast out, we will likely see more and this could be impacting his current mental state.”
Vanderpool linked to an article she wrote in August on Substack about the $910,000 a Parscale company received from the pro-Trump super PAC America First Action. It’s illegal for super PACs to coordinate with campaigns, and her August article said the arrangement “should draw legal scrutiny.”
Aside from speculation on Twitter, there has been scrutiny of the Trump campaign and its spending under Parscale. A complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission in July by the Campaign Legal Center said the Trump campaign and related committees “disguised nearly $170 million of campaign spending by laundering the funds” through firms headed by Parscale, improperly disguising payments to the ultimate recipients, including the president’s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, and Donald Trump Jr.'s girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle.
The current level of Parscale’s involvement in the campaign is unclear. The Washington Post reported that Parscale had been in the campaign office in Arlington, Va., in recent weeks. The Post reported that “Parscale had told others that he was upset by his demotion and attacks from people who were questioning his behavior as campaign manager. But he had spoken to officials in recent days, aides said, and remained involved in the campaign.”
Some other people were more supportive. “Sending my prayers to Brad Parscale and his family. We love you, Brad!” wrote Ryan Fournier, co-chairman of a pro-Trump group affiliated with the conservative group Turning Point, to his 1 million followers.
“We love you Brad and are praying for you. Get some rest and come back stronger than ever!” one woman wrote on Twitter. Another said, “Hope you feel better, we need your brilliance! Prayers for you.”
Houston police arrest 10 suspects in wave of armed robberies targeting affluent victims
A law enforcement crackdown on a pattern of armed robberies targeting affluent communities in Houston has so far netted 10 arrests, police announced Friday.
Police arrested 10 suspects earlier this month in connection with a number of robberies in Houston's Midwest, southwest and Galleria districts that appear to fit the same pattern, said Chief Troy Finner during a news conference. Authorities will charge some of the suspects in federal court and others in county courts. Many of the suspects were gang members with violent records, Finner said.
"When I was appointed last month, I said one of my No. 1 priorities was going to be to go after violent criminals, our trigger pullers, " Finner said. "And this is what we&rsquore doing. We have arrested 10 suspects who have been out terrorizing our community."
Special Agent in Charge Fred Milanowski said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is assisting police with investigations.
&ldquoWe will do everything we can at the federal level to take shooters off the streets, to take armed robbers off the streets, and to try to get these violent criminals in custody before somebody really gets hurt or gets killed in these robberies," Milanowski said.
During the news conference, officials played a surveillance video showing two men armed with guns lunging from a car and robbing a victim who tries to escape through the revolving door at a business. Police did not provide the location of the robbery but said the suspects remain at large.
The suspects typically troll parking lots looking for people driving luxury and exotic cars, wearing expensive jewelry or visiting high-end shops and restaurants, police said.
Investigators in January began to notice a trend in these types of robberies, sometimes called "jugging."
Houstonians should remain vigilant and call police if they believe someone is following them home from a shop or restaurant, Finner said.
A man who police say went into an Atlanta grocery store carrying a rifle and was later found to have six guns and body armor will remain in jail.
Rico Marley, 22, waived his first court appearance Thursday and will be held in the Fulton County Jail without bond, authorities said.
No one was injured in the incident, which unfolded around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Publix in Atlantic Station, a popular outdoor shopping mall in the city. A witness told local ABC affiliate WSB-TV that he saw a man with what he described as an AR-15 rifle in the bathroom and "the weapon was leaned up in the stall of the bathroom, and it was not in a case."
Officers were waiting for Marley when he came out of the restroom, police said. It was not clear where the other guns were found or if he was wearing the body armor, but the Atlanta Police Department said he "had a total of six firearms in his possession" at the time of his arrest.
It is not clear why he had so many weapons inside the store.
Police released a photo of the firearms recovered, including two long guns and four handguns.
Marley's arrest occurred just two days after a gunman killed 10 people at a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado. The suspect in those killings is in custody and has been charged.
Last week, a gunman killed eight people in shootings that targeted a massage parlor and two spas in and near Atlanta. The suspect in those shootings is also in custody and has been charged.
Marley's next court hearing has not been scheduled, authorities said. He faces 11 charges, including five counts of criminal attempt to commit a felony and six counts of possession of firearm or knife during commission of or attempt to commit certain felonies, according to jail records.
Armed man triggers standoff with HPD SWAT team after making threats
The Houston police SWAT team on Sunday apprehended an armed man who threatened his wife in the 2500 block of Charles Street, authorities said.
The Houston police SWAT team on Sunday apprehended an armed man who threatened his wife in the 2500 block of Charles Street, authorities said.
A man with a history of mental illness was arrested Sunday after he made threats that triggered a standoff with the Houston police SWAT team, according to authorities.
The man, who has not been identified, faces a felony charge of aggravated assault of a family member.
Police encountered the man around 12:30 p.m. in the 2500 block of Charles Road in the Eastex area. There, officers spoke to the man&rsquos wife, who said he was agitated after getting into an argument with her and a neighbor earlier in the day. The man had possession of a pistol and a rifle inside the home and told the woman she could not leave, according to Houston police SWAT Commander Megan Howard.
&ldquo(He said) something to the effect of, &lsquoI will kill everyone and I will kill myself,&rsquo&rdquo Howard said.
The woman managed to escape with at least one other family member and a child. Patrol officers could not get the man to come out, so they requested help from the SWAT team, Howard said.
The man exited the home at least twice during the encounter &ndash once with what appeared to be a pistol concealed in his hoodie and later with no visible weapon. The second time he walked outside, canines were sent to subdue the man. He tried to drag the dogs back inside with him, Howard said.
&ldquoOur greatest fear was that he was going retrieve one of those weapons that we knew he had earlier in the day,&rdquo she said.
He was eventually taken into custody outside and sent to a local hospital for an evaluation. Howard said he had a documented history of mental illness.
How Do You Make Fried Artichoke Hearts?
Set out three shallow dishes with flour, eggs, and bread crumbs, this is a standard breading station used for many things like fritters, crispy mashed potato cakes and everyone&rsquos favorite chicken nuggets.
Dip the artichoke hearts into the flour, then the egg and then lastly, the bread crumbs.
If you want you can even make these Fried Artichoke Hearts with Garlic Aioli ahead of time, freeze them and then bake right before you need them.
When you&rsquore artichokes are all breaded up, drop them into your hot oil in small batches so the oil doesn&rsquot cool down too much.
Fry the artichokes for about 3-4 minutes until they&rsquore golden brown, then drain on a paper towel lined plate.
As soon as they come out of the oil, season them with salt and make the garlic aioli. An Aioli is basically a flavored mayonnaise, in this case a garlic ailoi so we&rsquore using a lot of fresh garlic.
The creamy, garlic flavored sauce is a perfect combination with these crispy fried artichoke hearts. Other dipping options could be a simple marinara sauce and even our famous Awesome Sauce!
Man charged with murder for shooting during botched drug deal, cops say
A Cobb County man is accused of killing a man during a meeting to buy prescription drugs, according to Smyrna police.
Kristion Taylor White, 21, drove to the Wyndcliff Apartments on Cobb Parkway around 5:30 p.m. Thursday after arranging to buy pain medication, his arrest warrant states.
During the transaction, White is accused of firing three shots, killing Anthony Aguilar of Roswell, according to police. Aguilar had instructed White to get inside his car and began driving through the parking lot, despite White saying he wanted to get out, the arrest warrant states.
Aguilar was found dead inside a Nissan Versa, Sgt. Louis Defense with Smyrna police said.
After the shooting, White returned to his home and gave his gun to his roommate, the arrest warrant states.
“Said accused then stated that he charged his phone at the residence and then called 911 to speak to a police officer about the shooting,” White’s warrant states.
Smyrna officers located the gun at White’s home. After being interviewed by officers, White was charged with murder and drug possession, Defense said.
White was booked into the Cobb jail, where he was being held without bond Friday, records showed.