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Teen questioned in college student murder case released

iStock(NEW YORK) -- College student stabbed, killed near elite campusNew York City police arrest juvenile suspect in connection with the murder of Barnard College freshman Tessa Majors.Conrad MacKethan

Police have released a teenager being questioned in connection with the murder of 18-year-old Barnard College student Tessa Majors.

The 14-year-old was with his lawyer during questioning and made no statements, a police source told ABC News. Law enforcement officials declined to charge him at this time, so he was released. This teen is not believed to be the person who stabbed Majors.

Majors, a freshman at the private women's liberal arts college in Upper Manhattan, was attacked by an unknown number of people on Wednesday night when she was walking through Morningside Park near campus, police said. She managed to get herself out of the park and onto a nearby street where a school public safety officer spotted her and called 911, police said. She died soon after at a local hospital, according to the New York City Police Department.

A 13-year-old boy was arrested Friday and charged with murder, robbery and weapons possession, law enforcement sources told ABC News. He made statements incriminating himself and implicating two other individuals, according to the sources.

He is not believed to be the killer of Majors, according to testimony from the arresting officer, but he did allegedly pick up the knife and give it to another teenager.

"The close-knit community at Barnard College is in shock right now. We’ve lost a young woman full of potential in a senseless act of violence. I want every student and every member of faculty to know your city will be with you in the days ahead," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement shortly after the attack. "We will find the perpetrators of this crime and bring them to justice."

Majors was finishing up her first year at Barnard when the attack occurred.

"These past two days have been a time of deep sorrow as we mourn the loss of one of Barnard’s community members, who had only just started the journey here," Sian Leah Beilock, President of Barnard College, said in a statement Friday. "In the months ahead, we will formally honor Tess and celebrate Tess’ life. For now, I urge you to hold Tess and the family in your thoughts and in your hearts. Support each other, lean on each other, and take care of yourselves."

A candlelight vigil in memory of Majors will be held at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Morningside Park in Manhattan.

If you have any information about the murder of Tessa Majors, you can call the NYPD at 800-577-TIPS.

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Police arrest man with homemade license plate drawn with crayon on a paper bag

Indiana State Police Department(STEUBEN COUNTY, Ind.) -- A man with a homemade license plate drawn with crayon on a paper grocery bag was arrested after Indiana State Troopers stopped to lend the stranded motorist a helping hand.

Officers Craig Woodcox and Zarek Finley were driving along the I-80 Toll Road in Steuben County, Indiana, at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoon when they saw a man standing next to a Toyota Corolla on the side of the road tending to a flat tire.

But when the Indiana State Troopers pulled over to help the man, things began to quickly unravel.

The man identified himself as Joshua Lewis-Brown, 20, from Rochester, New York and told the officers that he was unable to change the tire and needed a tow truck. But when Woodcox and Finley were about to oblige his request, they noticed that the license plate was hand-written in crayon on a paper grocery bag.

The police then ran a check on the vehicle using the Vehicle Identification Number rather than the license plate which ended up leading to even more suspicion.

“Woodcox discovered the Toyota had been reported as stolen out of State College, Pennsylvania the day prior. The Troopers’ also found that Brown had never been licensed to operate a motor vehicle in any state, and was currently on probation for Grand Larceny,” the Indiana State Police said in a statement.

Finley then placed Lewis-Brown under arrest and he was subsequently booked into custody and charged with Possession of Stolen Property, a Level 5 Felony, and Operating Without Ever Obtaining a License, a Level C Misdemeanor.

According to the Indiana State Police as reported by authorities in Pennsylvania, it is alleged that the vehicle had been stolen when the owner left it unattended and unlocked with the engine running in order to keep the car warm outside of a local grocery store in Pennsylvania. But when the owner made his quick purchase and left the store he found that his vehicle was missing.

Brown will be held on the Indiana charges, and then will face extradition back to Pennsylvania pending their local charges.

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Surveillance videos showing 'heinous' killing of officer Stephen Carr released by Arkansas police

Fayetteville Police(FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.) -- Surveillance videos that captured the "heinous," execution-style killing of a police officer just outside an Arkansas stationhouse have been released by authorities.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office on Friday reluctantly released the preliminary findings from the state's medical examiner's officer and a series of surveillance videos that showed the sequence of events surrounding the killing of Fayetteville Police Officer Stephen Carr earlier this month.

"We have hesitated to release the attached video of what transpired that night due to the heinous and shocking nature of this crime, but in an effort to keep the public informed of exactly what happened that night, we are releasing video of the incident," according to the sheriff office's Facebook post. "Our concern, first and foremost, is for the family of Officer Carr, so prior to sharing any of this information publicly, it was first shared with them."

Carr was sitting inside of a patrol car in the back parking lot of the precinct stationhouse on Dec. 7 when video shows a man behind the police cruiser he was in and opens fire.

Carr was shot 10 times in the head and died at the scene, police said.

The slain officer was 35 years old.

Officers from inside the police stationhouse immeidately responded to the gunfire and pursued the shooter -- whom authorities identified as Landon T. Phillips -- and gave chase with their guns drawn, the video shows.

At some point, Phillips exchanged gunfire with the officers before he was fatally shot, police said.

Phillips had a one full box of ammunition containing 50 rounds and one partial box of ammunition containing 32 rounds, police said.


A preliminary investigation found that Phillips fired 16 shots and reloaded the gun with another clip that had another 17 rounds, police said. It also pointed to a possible motive.

"Searches of the assailant’s social media accounts indicate he was interested in anti-law enforcement groups," according to a statement on the department's Facebook page.

The officers who fatally shot Phillips were placed on paid administrative leave in compliance with department policy until the police chief can review the investigation.

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Sandy Hook shooting: Victims of gun violence commemorate 7th anniversary of massacre

Twitter/@fred_guttenberg(NEWTOWN, Conn.) -- Families of the victims of Sandy Hook commemorated the mass shooting's seventh anniversary on Saturday with a stark reminder to the public: "[It] could happen to a kid you love."

Twenty-six people, including 20 children, were killed on Dec. 14, 2012, when a gunman entered the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and opened fire.

The gunman eventually fatally shot himself.

Marie-Claude Duytschaever, who lost her 6-year-old grandson Noah Pozner in the shooting, penned an emotional but blunt blog post detailing what she said is the painful reality of mass shootings and gun violence.

"I can tell you that had Noah died in his bed, the last seconds of his life wouldn’t have been filled with deafening noises, blood and terror. … That is the reality of gun violence. Not an abstraction. Not a statistic," she wrote.

"What happened to Noah and nineteen other first graders in a peaceful little New England town ten days before Christmas seven years ago could happen to a kid you love," her post read.

Nicole Hockley, whose 6-year-old son Dylan Hockley was killed in the tragedy, detailed how she heard about the shooting seven years ago.

When she was in a class, a call came from a friend, she wrote on Twitter.

"A shooting at our school. She was scared and asked me to go find her son," she wrote. "I collapsed to the floor. Friends picked me up and one drove me to the school."

At Sandy Hook, she found her eldest son, who was 8 at the time, and her friend's son.

"I did not find Dylan," she said.

"Seven years ago started as a normal Friday morning," Hockley said. "And nothing has ever been normal since."

Hockley has since co-founded the Sandy Hook Promise, a non-profit aimed at minimizing gun violence across the country.

Numerous others also spoke out in light of the anniversary, including a father who lost his daughter in the Parkland mass shooting and Gabrielle Giffords, the former congresswoman who was shot in the head in a shooting that left 12 others wounded in Tucson in 2011.

Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter Jaime Guttenberg was killed in the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, wrote that both incidents show "why we must defeat the gun lobby and focus on gun safety."

"Your lives and your safety are worth it," he rote on Twitter.

Giffords said prior to the Newtown shooting, "I thought I’d felt pain and loss without parallel, but Sandy Hook shattered my heart."

Giffords, like Hockley, has also become a gun reform activist.

"They were children. We failed to keep them safe," she wrote. "And so I said enough."

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NYPD officers' body cameras shows moments leading up to killing of police officer, suspect

New York City Police Department(NEW YORK) -- The NYPD has released body camera footage from officers involved in a pursuit and deadly shooting that left a fellow officer and a suspect dead.

The video, released Friday, shows police officer Brian Mulkeen and other plainclothes officers on patrol in the Bronx on Sept. 29, 2019. The footage shows him and officer Robert Wichers get out of an unmarked vehicle and approach two suspects.

The officers were patrolling the neighborhood after a shootout there earlier that week, police said.

One of the suspects, Antonio Williams, immediately flees and leads Mulkeen and Wichers on a foot chase, according to Wichers' body camera.

The other suspect, who was not named, did not run and was pat down by officer Brian Mahon who called for back up, his body camera video shows.

Wichers catches up to Williams, shoves him to the ground and struggles with him, the video shows.

"He's reaching! He's f------ reaching! He's reaching!" one of the officers is heard saying, according to Wichers' body camera.

Wichers is seen punching Williams before three more officers arrived on the scene. Wichers separates from Williams and, along with the other officers, opens fire.

In total, there 15 bullets were fired by all six officers, said Kevin Maloney, deputy chief of the Force Investigation Division, who narrated a 13-minute NYPD video detailing the shooting.

Mulkeen was struck by one of his fellow officers' bullets, the NYPD determined. He died at a local hospital.

Williams, who was armed with a pistol, was shot and killed, too, police said. His gun was not fired, the NYPD determined.

The other suspect was detained for a parole violation and later released.

Maloney said investigators from the division the Bronx District Attorney's office will continue to interview witnesses and review more footage as part of the investigation.

"After the investigation is complete, the facts of this case will be presented to the First Deputy Commissioner's use of force review board, where the evidence will be evaluated to determine if the force applied in this case was justified and consistent with department guidelines," he said in the video.

Justin Williams, Antonio Williams' brother, however, said the video didn't appear to show the plainclothes officers identify themselves as police. He said in a press statement released by the family that relatives saw the video and felt "sadness, anger and questions."

"I saw and heard my brother being punched and beaten by officers before he was killed," he said.

He added that the NYPD's "hyper-aggressiveness policing and recklessness murdered my brother Antonio and the officer."

The NYPD did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment Saturday.

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Van with possible connection to Jersey City Jewish deli shooting found

FBI(JERSEY CITY, New Jersey) -- The van that was registered to one of the alleged shooters in the deadly Jersey City attack has been recovered, authorities said Saturday.

The FBI was searching for the white 2001 Ford Van as the agency investigated the shooting at a Jewish deli and cemetery, which left four people dead, as "potential acts of domestic terrorism."

The vehicle was registered to suspected attacker David Anderson, 47, and has a "possible connection" to the shootings, according to the FBI.

Anderson and Francine Graham, 50, were identified as the two suspects who officials said carried out the attack and appeared to have been motivated by "both anti-Semitism and anti-law enforcement."

Both were killed in an hours-long shootout with police on Tuesday.

The incident unfolded at 12:38 p.m. after police received a 911 call from an individual who discovered a body at the Bayview Cemetery, according to New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal.

The victim turned out to be Jersey City police detective Joseph Seals, who apparently went to the cemetery to meet one of the suspects who was an informant for him, sources told ABC News.

After the suspects allegedly killed Seals, they got into a stolen U-Haul van and drove to the Jersey City Kosher Supermarket, arriving at about 12:43 p.m., Grewal said.

The two then opened fire at the store, according to Grewal.

The victims killed at the kosher deli were identified as Mindy Ferencz, 33, the wife of the supermarket owner and mother of five; 24-year-old Moshe Deutsch, a Yeshiva student; and Douglas Miguel Rodriguez, 49, an employee at the store.

Ferencz and Deutsch were buried at cemeteries in Jersey City and Brooklyn, respectively, on Wednesday. Thousands of members of the Jewish Orthodox community attended the burials.

A memorial for Rodriguez will begin on Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Michigan Memorial Funeral Home in Paterson, New Jersey.

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Suspect in Pensacola naval base shooting wrote 'the countdown has started' 4 months before attack: Report

FBI(PENSACOLA, Fla.) -- New details have emerged in the deadly shooting at a Florida naval base, including a cryptic message that the suspect wrote just months before the attack, according to a federal report obtained by ABC News.

Mohammed Alshamrani, 21, a second lieutenant in the Saudi Air Force who authorities say killed three people and injured eight others after opening fire at the Naval Air Base Pensacola last week, wrote the phrase "the countdown has started" on Sept. 11, 2019 with no further explanation, according to a Joint Intelligence Bulletin released Friday.

The post was written about four months before the Dec. 6 shooting, according to the report.

The bulletin, which was issued by the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, National Counterterrorism Center and the Defense Intelligence Agency, also stated that his social media included references to non-Muslims as "infidels" and defended jihad.

Sources previously told ABC News that investigators determined the shooting was likely a "terror" attack inspired by radical Islamic ideology.

One post contained writings that were consistent with a 2010 statement from American-born cleric Anwar al Awlaki, who was killed in 2011 in a CIA-led drone strike, according to the report.

"I'm against evil, and America as a whole has turned into a nation of evil," the post read, according to the report. "What I see from America is the supporting of Israel which is invasion of Muslim countries, I see invasion of many countries by its troops, I see Guantanamo Bay. I see cruise missiles, cluster bombs and UAV."

The multi-agency report also detailed new information about what happened inside the classroom where the shooting took place.

The attack lasted about 15 minutes, during which time Alshamrani unloaded 180 rounds of his ammo and fired directly at pictures of President Donald Trump and a former president, who was not named, according to the report.

Alshamrani purchased a Glock 9 mm pistol legally by taking advantage of a federal gun law exception that allows foreign nationals to purchase weapons -- which is normally prohibited -- for hunting, authorities have said.

A witness told investigators that during the attack, Alshamrani made statements that were critical of U.S. military actions overseas, according to the report.

Alshamrani, who was in the United States for flight training, was shot and killed by Escambia County Sheriff's deputies at the scene.

The report stresses that federal authorities are not aware of any ongoing specific, credible threats to the public.

The FBI-Jacksonville, the lead investigative agency, said the investigation into the shooting remains active and they are working under the presumption "that this was an act of terrorism."

"Our unified goal remains clear: to determine if the shooter acted alone or if anyone assisted, provided support for, or had knowledge of his attack in advance," according to the FBI's statement.

The victims in the attack were identified as Ensign Joshua Watson, 23; Airman Mohammed Haitham, 19; and Airman Apprentice Cameron Walters, 21.

The Navy posthumously advanced Haitham and Walters to Naval Aircrewman Mechanical 3rd Class on Saturday.

"These sailors exhibited the finest warrior ethos and quick decision-making that undoubtedly saved many lives,” Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly said in a statement. “They took action when it was needed most, with the same skill and professionalism that they’d exhibited throughout their service to our nation."

Haitham and Walters had previously been proclaimed naval aircrewmen after they were awarded their Wings of Gold.

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5-year-old's birthday wish of bedding for children in need extended for the holidays

Courtesy Jackie Sliz(LIBERTYVILLE, Illinois) -- When their birthdays roll around, most children ask for a growing list of presents -- or a pony -- but that wasn't the case for 5-year-old Tyler Sliz.

Tyler asked family and friends to help him donate bedding to children in need through the Sleep in Heavenly Peace organization at his church in Libertyville, Illinois.

Almost two months later, much to his delight, the bedding donations are still coming in.

"At first, I was concerned he would feel disappointment at his birthday party when all he received was bedding, but he surprised me with his giving heart," his mother, Jackie Sliz, told ABC News. "All he truly wanted for his birthday was bedding so that he could carry it to Sleep In Heavenly Peace."

Sleep in Heavenly Peace consists of a group of volunteers who focus on making sure children have a bed to sleep in every night. The volunteers build, assemble and deliver the beds to the families in need in Lake Country and McHenry County in Illinois.

Tyler and his family belong to the group's chapter at St. Joseph's. Tyler also attends preschool at St. Joseph's Catholic School.

Because Tyler couldn't help build the beds -- he has to wait till he's 12 -- he wanted to contribute in another way. So, he had his mom record a video to send to his birthday party guests, requesting that they bring bedding, pillows and sheets instead of gifts to the festivities on Oct. 26.
 
On Oct. 23, the day he turned 5, Tyler began collecting the donated items.

"Even when two guests chose to give him money, he, in turn, decided to buy more bedding with it," Sliz told ABC News.

Four days later, with the help of his grandparents, Tyler had his first bed built. He donated all of his birthday gifts -- 30 pieces of bedding that he'd received from party guests.

"People tend to be surprised that he chooses collecting bedding instead of gifts for himself. Many are inspired to ask their friends and family for bedding," Sliz said. "[They say,] 'If a 5-year-old can do it, so can I.'"

Tyler was a "special bed builder" with the group in October, Sleep in Heavenly Peace said in a statement to ABC News.

"Four generations of his family were there on [Oct. 27] making sure No Kid Sleeps on The Floor in His Town," the statement said. "This young man sure knows what's important and has a great heart!"

Tyler's collection of bedding continues to grow as people donate. He hopes to continue collecting throughout the holiday season and receive at least 100 pieces of bedding.

When he was asked how much bedding he wanted to collect, he said: "As many as my house can hold!"

Sliz said the Libertyville chapter had celebrated its first anniversary on Nov. 23. In that year, the chapter built and donated 300 beds, she said.

"I want to get more bedding so kids don’t have to sleep on the floor," he told ABC News. "I hope Santa brings all the kids bedding and presents."

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Storm system moves along Mid-Atlantic coast as 2nd storm impacts West

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A coastal storm system is moving along the Mid-Atlantic coastline this morning, bringing several weather hazards on all sides of the system from the Gulf Coast through New England.

Strong storms from the Florida panhandle through parts of the Carolinas will fizzle out as we continue through Saturday morning with several tornado warnings issued for parts of central and northern Florida.

Heavy rain and downpours are impacting states from the Midwest through portions of New England, bringing the threat for flooding, mainly in the Northeast.

Alerts are in place across 10 states this morning from Delaware to Maine. Flooding will be a concern through the weekend especially along coastal areas and in New England areas where partially frozen ground will make it difficult for water to drain.

Winter weather advisories are posted for portions of the Eastern Great Lakes as lake effect snow bands are expected to set up through the weekend with 6 or more inches of localized snow expected in some areas.

Wind gusts topping 40 mph are expected through Saturday and into Sunday for coastal Cape Cod and The Islands.

By Saturday evening, the center of the system moves into New England, with most of the heavy rain pushing offshore. We’ll see heavy rain continue into Upstate New York, east of the freezing line.

Further west, an icy mix may occur along the freezing line with snow expected further west in an area stretching from Western Pennsylvania north through New York state.

By Sunday morning, the storm moves offshore with lake effect snow bands setting up for the Eastern Great Lakes and portions of interior New England. Windy conditions develop through Saturday and into Sunday for much of the Northeast, with gusts between 25-35 mph expected.

After the storm leaves the area Sunday evening, we are expecting rain totals of a few inches, with higher amounts along the New England coastline.

For snow, 3-6 inches can be expected in typical lake effect zones, with some localized amounts topping 6 inches as we head through Sunday night.

In the meantime, a second storm system is impacting the western states this morning with heavy mountain snow occurring in the Rockies and High Plains.

Weather alerts are in effect this morning for 9 states across the Western U.S. This system will continue to bring heavy mountain snow across portions of the Rockies, especially in Colorado where 1-3 feet of snow is expected in high elevations through the weekend.

There is also a high avalanche risk in effect for portions of the Colorado Rockies through the weekend.

By Sunday afternoon, this system moves into the Central Plains, bringing the threat for snow and ice on the northern side of the system, and rain/storms developing on the eastern side of the system.

By Monday morning, a long line of heavy rain and stormy weather will set up from Arkansas through West Virginia. A bit further north, we’ll see some additional wintry weather impact southern Pennsylvanian and perhaps parts of New Jersey as the storm continues to track northeast through the beginning of the work week.

Finally, a dangerous swell in the Pacific is impacting parts of the West Coast this morning with wave heights and breakers over 20 feet high expected through early Sunday morning.

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New Orleans city government hit with cyberattack

City of New Orleans(NEW ORLEANS) -- The computer network that handles governmental operations for the city of New Orleans was shut down Friday by a cyberattack, city officials say.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell signed a declaration of emergency for the city after a ransomware attack was detected by staffers at city hall Friday morning.

The perpetrators of the attack, who had not been identified, made no demands in conjunction with the attack, Cantrell said at a Friday afternoon press conference.

Among those services taken offline was the city's website at nolo.gov.
 
911 service and computer-aided dispatch have not been affected by the attack, said New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Shaun Ferguson.

"The only difference between now and what we were doing yesterday is that we're now documenting our reports manually," he said. "Other than that, services remain the same, response times remain the same."

Officials were working with cybersecurity experts from the Louisiana State Police, FBI, Louisiana National Guard, and United States Secret Service to perform a forensic and technical cyber-investigation into the attack, the mayor said.

Cantrell said that, to her knowledge, no city information was compromised in the incident. The attack was similar to a recent cyberattack that occurred on the state level, she said.

Suspicious activity in the form of phishing emails and other malware was initially detected at around 5 a.m. Friday, with increased activity detected at around 8 a.m., officials said. Officials determined between 11-11:30 a.m. that the attack had compromised the network, at which point city hall employees were instructed over the building's public address system to shut down and unplug their computers.

No city employee had reported clicking on malware to precipitate the attack, officials said, although authorities were still investigating how the attack occurred.

Collin Arnold, the city's director of homeland security, said that the city was well-prepared for this kind of incident, as a result of recent hurricane disasters.

"We can operate without internet, without the city network," he said. "It makes it obviously more difficult, but from a public safety standpoint ... we've trained to do that, because of hurricane season."

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Starbucks apologizes after 2 sheriff's deputies say servers ignored them

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Starbucks is in the spotlight again for alleged mistreatment of law enforcement officers.

The Riverside County, California, sheriff’s department claims that two of its deputies were refused service at a Starbucks location on Thursday night.

Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco tweeted late Friday, “The anti police culture repeatedly displayed by Starbucks employees must end.”

The incident comes two weeks after an Oklahoma police officer’s Starbucks order had the name “Pig" printed on one of the cups. Starbucks fired the worker it says put the offensive word on the cup, and apologized to law enforcement.

"This language is offensive to all law enforcement and is not representative of the deep appreciation we have for police officers who work tirelessly to keep our communities safe," the company said in a statement following the incident.

When contacted about Thursday night's incident in Riverside County, a Starbucks representative told ABC News that the two California deputies were in uniform when they visited the Starbucks at around 11 p.m., and were ignored by workers for about five minutes.

“There is simply no excuse for how the two deputies were ignored,” said Starbucks spokesperson Reggie Borges. “We’re deeply sorry for that.”

The company contends the deputies were not refused service, but that employees were simply not attentive. Starbucks is launching an investigation into the incident to better understand if the deputies were intentionally ignored by the employees.

While the investigation is underway, the employees who were on duty are not being scheduled to work. Starbucks leadership will travel to the location to fully understand what unfolded, company representatives said.

Starbucks officials also said they have reached out to Sheriff Bianco to apologize.

“We really want to connect with the two deputies, apologize directly, and hear their stories,” explained Borges. “We take full responsibility for any intentional or unintentional disrespect to law enforcement.”

Starbucks says it is a violation of policy to not serve a customer for such a long period of time.

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Cowboys assist in the arrest of an alleged carjacking suspect in Las Vegas

Cayden Cox(LAS VEGAS) -- A Las Vegas “cowboy arrest” caught on video is going viral after the footage captured the moment several cowboys on horses yelled and threatened to lasso a man who was suspected of a carjacking.

The ordeal began when the Las Vegas Metro Police Department spotted a reportedly stolen car and attempted to stop it, according to ABC station KTNV in Las Vegas. The three people in the stolen car bolted out to escape but were met with the ropers on their horses.

"I noticed a helicopter flying in a circle right about us and then that’s when I saw all the cop cars hauling, but I started kind of looking around and sure as heck I saw a guy running through the stalls and I yelled, ‘There he is!’ Cayden Cox, a cowboy and professional cattle roper, told ABC News. “So I turned my horse around and ran as fast as I could over there and about 30 other cowboys followed me.”

“Right when I got to him, the guy just gave up and held his hands up and he was looking around, and right when I wanted to rope him, another cowboy on foot ran up behind him and tackled him,” he said.

The cowboys stayed on the suspect until police arrived to arrest him, and the two others involved in the carjacking, KTNV reported. Las Vegas police told the station that it took all three people into custody.

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Victim's remains still inside Hard Rock Hotel 2 months after partial collapse

iStock(NEW ORLEANS) -- Two months after the Hard Rock Hotel partially collapsed, the family of one of the victims whose body remains trapped inside is still looking for closure.

Quinnyon Wimberly, 36, died in the collapse of the under-construction hotel in downtown New Orleans on Oct. 12. He was one of three construction workers who were killed.

Though crews initially hoped to recover his body, they have since changed course and told the family they would have to demolish the building with Wimberly's body inside.

The plans for the demolition are not expected to begin until some months into 2020, the city's Fire Department Superintendent Tim McConnel told reporters Thursday, according to ABC New Orleans affiliate WGNO.

"It's a wound that won't heal," Wimberly's brother, Frank Wimberly, told ABC News in a telephone interview Friday. "Two months, to step back in front of that building, it brings it all back."

He said his family hasn't been given a definitive date as to when the demolition is expected to happen, but was told that rescue workers would try to remove the debris and concrete that collapsed on Wimberly so they can extract the body from the building in one piece.

Crews are expected to begin stabilizing the structure next week in hopes that they can safely recover the bodies after the demolition and obtain evidence to help determine the cause of the collapse, according to WGNO.

The official cause of the collapse is unknown, but numerous lawsuits have been filed against the construction companies involved for alleged negligence.

The New Orleans mayor's office did not respond to ABC News for comment regarding the demolition timeline.

However, in a previous statement, Mayor LaToya Cantrell said that her "focus and priority remains recovery of the remains, and securing closure for the victim’s families -- with whom she has been in close contact. Our public safety team continues working with engineers to evaluate the next steps on the site."

For Quinnyon Wimberly's family, though, they remain cautiously optimistic about whatever those next steps are.

"I guess I have to see it to believe it," his brother said of the city's hope to bring his brother out in one piece. "We've had so many setbacks."

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Why Texas woman lied to police about her alleged cop killer son for days: 'Because I am a mom'

Harris County Sheriff(HOUSTON) -- A Houston mother was held on $50,000 bond Friday for allegedly lying for days about her son's whereabouts after he fled the scene of a fatal hit-and-run that killed a veteran sergeant, authorities said.

Tiffany Henderson was arrested and charged by Harris County prosecutors on Thursday with hindering apprehension after telling investigators that she did not know where her son, Tavores Dewayne Henderson, was located.

When investigators asked the 37-year-old mother why she continued to "lie" to them, she responded: "Because I am a mom," according to the criminal complaint.

Her boyfriend, 33-year-old Geoffrey Wheeler, was also charged with hindering prosecution.

During a traffic stop on Tuesday evening on the 2000 block of San Sebastian Court, Nassau Bay Sgt. Kalia Sullivan and another officer attempted to arrest the 21-year-old who had an active warrant for allegedly assaulting a family member in February. Tavores Dewayne Henderson managed to break away from the two officers, get behind the wheel of his car and allegedly run over Sullivan.

Sullivan was taken to a nearby hospital where she died from her injuries. The 16-year veteran was 43.

Meanwhile, the alleged fugitive contacted his mother and Wheeler, who picked him up and drove him more than 30 miles away to The Sterling Inn hotel in West Houston, Texas, to hide out, according to the criminal complaint.

Investigators went to Tiffany Henderson's home early Wednesday morning, where she denied knowing where he was or who he is, prosecutors said at a press conference on Thursday.

Police said the mother and Wheeler were seen on surveillance video leaving the hotel.

The manhunt increased on Wednesday as a "Blue Alert" was issued, and the reward money for information leading to his arrest was raised to $20,000.

Tiffany Henderson gave her condolences to Sullivan's family and her concern that her son would get killed or hurt by police during an interview with ABC station KTRK in Houston on Thursday.

"At this moment, I just want to get my son to safety and all precautions to be followed," said Henderson, who gave an anecdote about a conversation with an unidentified "guy" that was aware of her son's whereabouts. "I want my son to turn himself in."

Police the received a tip that Tavores Dewayne Henderson was in a house on the 4200 block of Heritage Trail Drive in Houston.

As law enforcement surrounded the house, "(Tiffany Henderson) informed officers that she wanted the opportunity to tell her son, Tavores Henderson, to surrender. (Tiffany Henderson) was allowed to speak to Tavores Henderson and he responded by surrendering himself," according to the criminal complaint.

The alleged cop killer was taken into custody Thursday afternoon "without incident," police said.

The mother, who has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 2001, was held on a $50,000 bond at a preliminary court appearance Friday morning, according to court records.

Wheeler, who is the alleged getaway driver, told investigators that he lied to "because I was scared," according to the criminal complaint. He posted a $10,000 bond, according to court records.

Both mom and Wheeler are expected back in court on Dec. 16.

Before a judge saw Henderson for the underlying case that escalated the traffic stop to an attempted arrest, officers restrained his wrist behind his back Sullivan's handcuffs. The alleged cop killer was held on $150,000 for the assault charge and is expected back in court on Saturday for the upgraded capital murder charge, according to court records.

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Police arrest juvenile suspect in fatal stabbing of Barnard College student: Sources

TheaDesign/iStock(NEW YORK) -- New York City police have arrested a 13-year-old boy in connection with the fatal stabbing of a Barnard College student, according to three law enforcement sources.

The sources told ABC News that the juvenile suspect is facing charges of murder, robbery and weapons possession after he allegedly made statements linking himself to Wednesday's killing of Tessa Rane Majors, an 18-year-old freshman at the private women's liberal arts college which sits just outside Morningside Park in Upper Manhattan, alongside Columbia University.

Detectives believe there may have been as many as three people involved in the incident, the sources said.

Majors was walking through the park near campus on Wednesday evening when she was accosted by an unknown number of people and stabbed multiple times during a struggle. Majors managed to get herself out of the park and onto a nearby street, where she was spotted by a school public safety officer who called 911. She died soon after at a local hospital, according to the New York City Police Department.

Majors' family said they have "lost a very special, very talented and very well-loved young woman."

"Tess shone bright in this world, and our hearts will never be the same," the family told ABC News in a statement Thursday.

Majors was finishing up her first year at Barnard College, with final exams set to begin Friday. The school's president, Sian Leah Beilock, said that Majors was wounded "during an armed robbery" that occurred off campus in the park.

"This is an unthinkable tragedy that has shaken us to our core," Beilock said in a statement.

Investigators continued combing Morningside Park for evidence on Thursday. The New York City Police Department's chief of detectives, Rodney Harrison, told reporters that a knife was recovered from the crime scene but it's unclear whether the weapon was used in the stabbing.

Several people have been let go after being questioned by police, Harrison said.

Police are increasing patrols near the park and the neighboring college campuses in the wake of Majors' death, according to Harrison.

Hundreds of people gathered at Barnard College to mourn Majors at a vigil Thursday night. Students, faculty and other community members placed flowers, candles and notes at a makeshift memorial on campus.

“The idea that a college freshman at Barnard was murdered in cold blood is absolutely, not only painful to me as a parent, it’s terrifying to think that that could happen anywhere,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press conference Thursday. “It’s an unacceptable reality.”

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