Video: Man pummels suspected child sex predator at Las Vegas courthouse

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A suspect charged with sexually assaulting a minor was thrashed by a man and the violent ambush was all caught on video.

Yousuf Azami – a 59-year-old actor who was born in Afghanistan – was recently charged with kidnapping, lewdness, and sex assault charges.

On Tuesday, Azami made an appearance at Las Vegas Justice Court for a preliminary hearing on the charges.

"For some reason, Azami walked out of the Las Vegas Justice Court courtroom before the hearing," according to KLAS-TV.

Security camera footage shows a man sitting on a bench outside the courtroom. He noticed Azami exit the courtroom and he followed him down the hallway of the courthouse.

After appearing to briefly exchange words, the man then unleashed a powerful right hook that caused Azami to plummet to the floor. While Azami was on the ground, the attacker repeatedly punched the suspected child sex predator.

Video shows bystanders and law enforcement officers immediately rushing to stop the physical attack.

The assailant has been identified as Glenn Cromwell Jr.

Cromwell was taken into custody and charged with battery.

He was released on his own recognizance and is due to appear in court on March 19.

KLAS-TV reported that Cromwell is "connected" to the alleged teen victim. The Mirror claimed that vigilante is the father of the victim.

Azami is accused of sexually assaulting a teen girl said to be age 14 or 15 at the time of the alleged sex crime.

The alleged victim told police that she was walking around looking to "get something to smoke and eat" on Sept. 3, 2023. She claimed to have encountered Azami at a marijuana dispensary parking lot.

Azami allegedly drove the young girl to his apartment.

“Azami was on the couch for a while on his phone and then came to lay with her on the bed,” according to police. “[The teenager] had just started to fall asleep when Azami lay behind her. She stated she felt his pelvis ‘grinding’ against her and he was not wearing any clothes.”

The alleged victim said that she told Azami to stop his sexual advances. Charging documents say the teenager then took a shower, put on clothing belonging to Azami, and ran out of the apartment.

The minor was reportedly near the Mirage Hotel, where "she met a man who was picking up his wife” and informed him that “she had been kidnapped and raped and needed police."

Police officers responded to the Mirage Hotel for a report of child sex abuse.

Azami denied having any sexual contact with the teenager, according to police. He alleged not to know the teenager was underage.

Azami is scheduled to return to court on Feb. 20. He had been released from jail on $5,000 bail.

The court brouhaha took place in the same Las Vegas courthouse where a felon tackled and attacked Clark County District Court Judge Mary Kay Holthus earlier this month. That disturbing attack was also captured on security camera video.

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Drunk man armed with a shotgun walks into a bar, patrons disarm man by smashing him in the face with his own gun: Police

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An intoxicated man armed with a shotgun walked into an Oregon bar around 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, but patrons quickly disarmed the gun-totting individual, authorities say.

According to police, a drunk man wielding a shotgun entered the Skyland Pub in Troutdale, Oregon. Quick-thinking bar patrons allegedly identified the armed man as a possible threat. Two patrons at the Skyland Pub confronted the visibly intoxicated man.

The bar patrons grabbed the man's shotgun and smashed him in the face with his own gun, according to deputies with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. Other bargoers then helped tackle the purported drunk man, while others fled from the drinking establishment. The gunman was held captive until police arrived at the scene. Police recovered the shotgun at the Skyland Pub.

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office arrested 39-year-old Arturo Michel-Apolinar. Deputies said that they didn't know if Michel-Apolinar had violent intentions, but they did observe that he was noticeably drunk.

He was charged with menacing and unlawful use of a weapon, Fox 8 News reported. Michel-Apolinar was released from jail on Friday, according to court records.

Authorities said that none of the patrons were harmed in the takedown, and that only the man with the shotgun suffered injuries. He was taken to a local hospital.

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Bar patrons disarm man with shotgun in Troutdale

'Let go of my kid!' Couple attempts to abduct a child, but armed mother immediately puts the kibosh on kidnapping

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The latest "good guy with a gun" story comes out of Iowa, but it is actually a "good gal with a gun" story. A couple attempted to abduct a child, but an armed mother immediately put the kibosh on the kidnapping attempt.

Michael Ernest Ross, 43, and Laurie Lynn Potter, 57, repeatedly walked in front of the entrance to the Hubbell Tower Apartments in Des Moines on Jan. 5. Shay Lindberg – the manager at the Hubbell Tower Apartments – noticed the duo and confronted the couple about lurking around the front door of the building. At the time, Lindberg had her young son by her side.

Suddenly, one of the suspects attempted to snatch the child. A struggle ensued. However, the mother was packing heat. The couple fled the kidnapping attempt after seeing that the woman was armed.

Lindberg then called Will Hunter of Per Mar Security Services. Lindberg described the menacing pair, and Hunter identified the couple after about three sentences. They trailed the couple and called the police to inform them of the abduction attempt.

Sergeant Paul Parizek of the Des Moines Police Department told KDSM-TV, "To have that security guard there in that spot at that moment was probably the most critical piece to this because he was able to keep an eye on both of these people as they made their way through the skywalk, down to a restaurant and onto a bus."

Potter and Ross were arrested and charged with felony child stealing on Jan. 5, according to Polk County Jail records. Potter was already on probation and charged with two counts of violating her probation.

Parizek credited the prevention of the kidnapping crime and arrests to the legal gun owner.

"It certainly looks like the big turning point here, the pivotal piece to keeping her child safe was the fact that she was lawfully armed with a handgun, and she produced it and told them 'let go of my kid,'" Parizek explained.

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Video: Knife-wielding criminal threatens shoppers at South Carolina Walmart until veteran unleashes ferocious comeuppance

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A viral video shows a military veteran unleashing a world of hurt on a knife-wielding man who was threatening shoppers and employees at a South Carolina Walmart.

Last Wednesday, an unstable man was threatening shoppers inside a Walmart store in Columbia. Customers were taken aback by a man brandishing a knife and yelling at everyone in the store. One woman recorded video of the unnerving incident.

An individual calmly approached the troubled individual in an attempt to quash the potentially dangerous situation. The unhinged person screamed at the peacemaker and began swinging the pocket knife around. The man attempted to snatch the knife from the hostile individual, but failed to take away the weapon. This angered the man even more so, and he swiped the knife at the other man's face.

Demario Davis was shopping at the Walmart with his son when he heard the commotion.

"I was at the checkout when my son noticed the guy walk in with the knife open," Davis said, according to the New York Post. "He then proceeded to the service desk waving the knife at a few female employees."

The man allegedly screamed, "When the cops get here, I’m going to start cutting you all up."

"As I'm walking towards the area where the gentleman waving the knife is terrorizing other customers and employees," Davis said he saw the armed man attempt to cut the other man, prompting home to spring into action.

Davis told Fox News, "Another customer tried to subdue the gentleman waving the knife, but the guy tried to cut him in the face. That's when my military training kicked in, and I casually walked over to the object not only to take him down but also protect myself in case I failed, but with my great military training, I was able to neutralize the threat until law enforcement arrived."

Davis grabbed a stanchion, swung the weighted pole over his head, and bludgeoned the knife-wielding man in the back. The ferocious comeuppance caused the man to crash to the ground and drop the weapon. Another customer rushed over to confiscate the knife. Customers held the man on the ground until police arrived at the crime scene.

Video shows the suspect on the ground as he was being arrested by two deputies from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. The man attempted to resist arrest, but officers quickly handcuffed the suspect.

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department said the man was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

A woman is heard on the video saying that the man threatened to stab people because he wanted $20.

Davis explained, "My first instinct was to neutralize the situation, so I just casually walked over and waited until I had an opportunity to get him, and I got 'em, I guess."

He added, "I'm a community person, so if I see something in the community that’s not right, with all the violence and things and attacks going on, gun violence, you know, you want your people in the community to step up as well."

Davis said sometimes citizens have to become vigilantes because "the cops can't do it all by themselves."

Davis revealed, "I have received so many heartfelt comments and compliments from civilians and veterans all over for my brave act and quick response."

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Watch a California family unleash a paintball barrage to thwart thieves from stealing catalytic converters from cars in their driveway

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A blitzkrieg of paintballs pelted catalytic converter criminals who were caught red-handed. A family unleashed a paintball attack on unsuspecting thieves who were attempting to steal catalytic converters from vehicles in the driveway of a California home.

In broad daylight, two men attempted to steal catalytic converters from two trucks parked in the driveway of a home in Turlock, California. Around 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 4, two men tried to steal the catalytic converter from a 2000 Ford Excursion, according to Turlock Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Mike Parmley.

A car alarm sounded momentarily, but the men go back underneath the vehicle after the noise stops.

Family members caught wind of the attempted theft and thwarted the thieves by unleashing a paintball barrage.

Surveillance camera footage shows two men underneath the SUV attempting to remove the catalytic converter. Suddenly, the popping sound of paintball guns shooting the apparent thieves erupts from the home's garage.

The suspected thieves scurried from the driveway as they are pelted with paintballs.

Two shirtless and shoeless men hunt down the suspected thieves with their paintball guns. The alleged catalytic converter thieves fled to a red car that was driven by a third suspect.

"A frustrated resident of the home is captured on home surveillance shooting the two male suspects, multiple times, with a paintball gun," Parmley told KXTV.

The family told the Turlock Police Department that this was the seventh time that catalytic converters were attempted to be stolen from their vehicles. Three of the attempts have caused damage to their cars.

Unlike law enforcement in Florida which encourages residents to defend their property, the police in California advise against it.

"Despite having the right to defend your own property, these types of actions could be very unsafe. Upon confronting individuals committing crimes, their actions are often unpredictable and could lead to intervening citizens becoming victims of an assault or more serious crime," Parmley said.

Anyone with information on the suspects are encouraged to contact Turlock Police Department officer Greg Roton at (209) 668-6536.

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Catalytic converter theft has skyrocketed in recent years.

According to a report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), there were 1,298 catalytic converter theft claims in 2018, followed by 3,389 claims in 2019, and a whopping 14,433 claims in 2020 – a 325% jump.

Catalytic converters contain precious metals that can be hawked for significant money.

"It's platinum, palladium, and rhodium. You have platinum for around $800 or $900 dollars an ounce. You have palladium for around $2,200 an ounce. You have rhodium that's $18 to $20,000 an ounce," scrap shop owner Dennis Laviage of C&D Scrap Metal told KTRK-TV in April.

Since 2019 through the first three months of 2022, the top five vehicles targeted for catalytic converter theft are:

  1. 1985-2021 Ford F-Series
  2. 1989-2020 Honda Accord
  3. 2007-17 Jeep Patriot
  4. 1990-2022 Ford Econoline
  5. 1999-2021 Chevrolet Silverado

VIDEO: Father of murdered 3-year-old boy wallops man accused of killing his son during court hearing

The father of a purportedly slain 3-year-old boy went on a revenge-fueled attack on his son's accused killer in the middle of a court hearing.

Desean Brown is accused of murdering 29-year-old Nyteisha Lattimore and her 3-year-old son Nylo. Prosecutors believe Brown stabbed Lattimore to death on Dec. 5, 2020, in an apartment in Walnut Hills, Ohio.

Lattimore was found along the banks of the Ohio River on Dec. 12, 2020. Nylo's stroller was also found in the Ohio River, but the 3-year-old boy has yet to be found. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters said Nylo's blood was found on a Paw Patrol blanket that was recovered near his mother's body.

WCPO-TV reported on a possible motive in the heinous crime, "Kimberly Kelley, a detective for the Cincinnati Police Department told the judge it appears Nyteisha was pregnant with Desean Brown's child but then had a miscarriage. She said Brown was very upset and thought that Nyteisha killed his baby, so he was going to do something to her baby, Nylo."

Deters said, “In all my years as a prosecutor, I have never seen such a cold-blooded act committed against an innocent woman and her 3-year-old baby."

Brown is charged with two counts of murder, one count each of felonious assault, gross abuse of a corpse, and tampering with evidence. If he is found guilty, Brown faces the death penalty.

During a hearing on Thursday, the boy's father attacked the suspected murderer.

Antonio Hughes viciously walloped Brown in the courtroom attack. Hughes managed to land several forceful punches on the head of Hughes before he was tackled to the ground by police officers.

Despite being handcuffed, Hughes continued to try to attack his son's suspected killer. Four police officers struggled to restrain the furious father. Hughes was taken to the ground yet again by police, and was eventually escorted out of the courtroom.

Judge Megan Shanahan charged Hughes with contempt of court and ordered him to serve seven days in the Hamilton County Justice Center.

Brown's next court date is Aug. 29.

Father punches son's accused killer in Ohio court

Alabama churchgoer in his 70s hailed as a hero for bludgeoning, apprehending gunman in deadly church shooting

There was a deadly shooting at an Alabama church on Thursday, but it could have been even more bloody if it was not for the heroics of an elder churchgoer.

A man attended a "Boomers Potluck" dinner gathering at the St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in the Birmingham suburb of Vestavia Hills around 6 p.m. on Thursday, according to police. The man – who had attended services at the church in the past – allegedly introduced himself to other churchgoers as "Mr. Smith."

The man sat at a table by himself, according to Rev. Doug Carpenter – who was a pastor at St. Stephen's for 30 years before retiring in 2005. Church members reportedly invited the man to sit at their table and offered him a plate of food, but he declined.

Soon after, the man pulled out a handgun and opened fire.

During the church shooting, the gunman killed 84-year-old Walter Rainey, 75-year-old Sarah Yeager, and an unnamed 84-year-old woman, according to a statement issued by the Vestavia Hills Police Department on Friday.

However, the carnage could have been far worse if not for the bravery of one parishioner. An unidentified churchgoer in his 70s at the potluck dinner purportedly incapacitated the church shooter by bludgeoning him and then apprehending the armed man.

"He hit him with a folding chair, wrestling him to the ground, took the gun from him and hit him in the head with his own gun," Carpenter said, according to Fox News.

The churchgoer held the shooter down until law enforcement arrived at the crime scene.

Capt. Shane Ware of the Vestavia Hills Police Department said the brave churchgoer was "extremely critical in saving lives."

"The person that subdued the suspect, in my opinion, was a hero," Ware proclaimed.

District Attorney Danny Carr later identified the suspect as Robert Findlay Smith, CBS News reported. Smith, 70, was arrested and charged with capital murder, according to the Jefferson County District Attorney's office.

Smith's mugshot released by the Jefferson County Jail shows the suspect with a large black eye, as well as injuries to his nose and forehead.

Smith's motivation for the church shooting is unclear at this time.

Carpenter said the shooting "doesn't make sense," and asked, "Why would a guy who’s been around for a while suddenly decide he would go to a supper and kill somebody?"

Carpenter said of Smith, "He was kind of distant and very much a loner."

The Rev. Rebecca Bridges – the associate rector at St. Stephen's – held an online prayer service on the church's Facebook page on Friday morning. Bridges prayed for the victims, the church members, and the shooter.

"We pray that you will work in that person's heart," Bridges said. "And we pray that you will help us to forgive."

Ex-MMA fighter choked out wanted felon who violently attacked police officer

A wanted felon violently attacked a police officer last week in Portage, Indiana. The wanted man may have gotten away from law enforcement if it wasn't for a former MMA fighter volunteering his particular set of skills to incapacitate the felon.

William Cassoday, 39, was on his way with his wife to visit his mother on Monday afternoon to show her their new car. While driving, he noticed a Porter County Sheriff’s Office patrolman being punched in the face and he immediately pulled over to help the brutalized cop.

Unfortunately for the felon, Cassoday is an ex-MMA fighter and a Brazilian jiu-jitsu trainer.

Cassoday – who is working on getting his black belt and has been training on and off for 13 years – took down the felon with ease.

"I’m 280 pounds - this guy was probably half my size," Cassoday said.

Cassoday came up from behind and put his arm around the felon's neck, then used his other arm to tighten the grip in a rear-naked choke.

“He couldn’t do anything because I was squeezing on his neck and then he kinda felt like he went limp for a second and so I loosen[ed] it up,” Cassoday told WMAQ-TV.

Cassoday pinned the man within 15 seconds, and the police officer recovered to handcuff the suspect.

The Porter County Sheriff's Office identified the suspect as 37-year-old Christopher Delgado.

Porter County Sheriff’s Office patrolman Jamison Smith noticed Delgado walking down the street and stopped him for an outstanding warrant for auto theft. Delgado allegedly attacked Smith during the confrontation.

Delgado was arrested and charged with battery, resisting arrest, and providing false information to police.

Patrolman Smith suffered swelling above his right eye from a punch, but is reportedly "going to be OK," according to officials.

While being pinned to the ground, Delgado allegedly told Cassoday that he should be a cop. Cassoday replied, "It's not something I would be interested in. They don't get enough credit for what they do."

Cassoday's wife – Marisa McDaniel – said, "Not a lot of people would have done that. He was very courageous. He didn’t have to think twice, he did what he had to do."

Law enforcement officials said they "cannot thank Mr. William Cassoday enough for his courageous actions."

“Putting his own safety aside, he ran into harm’s way, assisting Officer Smith in taking a felon into custody,” said Porter County Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Benjamin McFalls said, according to the Lake Geneva Regional News.

“Mr. Cassoday willingly jumped into a fight, in which our officer was being violently attacked,” McFalls added. “Mr. Cassoday exemplified what it means to be a resident of Porter County. We will be honoring him in the near future."

Video: Priest ditches wedding in his car to mow down thief who robbed church

A priest in Brazil is accused of purposely running over a man suspected of stealing clothing from a church. Upon finding out about the robbery, the priest bolted out of a wedding that he had officiated.

Father Gustavo Trindade dos Santos, 37, was officiating a wedding on Saturday in the southeastern Brazilian state of São Paulo, according to the Daily Mail.

The bride revealed her experience with the priest to Brazilian news outlet Metropoles, "I didn't know him, but he was super attentive – he laughed, he joked with us before and during the ceremony."

"He told me to stay calm, that I was supposed to breathe, that everything was going to be all right," said Tatiane de Fátima.

The priest officiated the wedding, but during the reception, he found out about a man suspected of stealing three hooded sweatshirts and a t-shirt from the São Sebastião Church's parish house. Instead of taking his own advice of staying calm, the priest reportedly got in his white sedan and chased after the suspected thief.

Security camera video allegedly shows the moment that the priest mows down the man with his vehicle. The car is seen reversing and then speeding away. Trindade reportedly ran over 40-year-old Angelo Nogueira on the sidewalk.

Nogueira survived the car attack, and is recovering at a hospital.

Brazilian police charged the priest with attempted murder. The priest was reportedly on the run for two days before turning himself into authorities.

The church has already cut ties with the priest for the violent vigilante justice.

The leadership at the church released a statement.

“Fr. Gustavo is deeply dismayed and sorry for the tragic outcome, and calls on all the faithful to pray for the life of Mr. Angelo Nogueira, who is recovering in the ICU of Santa Casa in the city," the statement reads, according to Brazilian news site O Antagonista. "Even he who guides his community by the Word of God and through the priesthood is not free from errors and sins."

The bride found out about the hit-and-run by the priest when police showed up at the church to investigate the crime during her wedding celebration.

The bride noted that she had a memorable wedding, "Whether you like it or not, this will end up marking the history of my wedding day. There's no way around it."

(WARNING: Graphic video)

Padre atropela ladrão que tinha roubado a paróquia