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Four charged with murder of rapper Pop Smoke – NBC News

Four people, including two juveniles, were charged Monday with murder in the February killing of Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke during a robbery in Los Angeles, prosecutors said.

Corey Walker, 19, and Keandre Rodgers, 18, were the only two named by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

They are charged with murder with the special circumstance allegation that the murder occurred during the commission of a robbery and a burglary, which makes them eligible for the death penalty, the district attorney’s office said in a statement. A decision on whether to seek it will be made at a later date, the office said.

Two others, ages 17 and 15, have also been charged with one count of murder and robbery, according to the office, but were not identified.

Pop Smoke, 20, whose legal name is Bashar Barakah Jackson, was killed in the Hollywood Hills short-term rental home where he was staying on the morning of Feb. 19, police have said.

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The LAPD on Thursday announced that five people had been arrested in connection with Brooklyn rapper’s shooting, including the four who have since been charged.

The fifth person whose arrest last week was announced by the LAPD, Jaquan Murphy, 21, is not currently charged in connection to Pop Smoke’s slaying, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office said.

Murphy, who was being held in jail Monday evening, is charged in an unrelated murder, spokesman Greg Risling said.

Online jail records indicate that Murphy was being held in lieu of $1 million bail. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

Walker and Rodgers are also being held in lieu of bond, online jail records show. Arraignment was continued until Tuesday, the district attorney’s office spokesman said.

Pop Smoke collaborated on songs with artists such as Nicki Minaj, JackBoys and Travis Scott. His posthumous album, “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon,” was released Friday and was executive produced by rapper 50 Cent.

He the son of Panamanian and Jamaican parents and told Genius that the name “Pop Smoke” was born of a combination of “Papa,” which his Panamanian grandma used call him, and “Smoke Oh Guap,” a nickname his friends gave him.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom in March announced a moratorium on the state’s death penalty, but prosecutors are still free to seek the penalty. California’s last execution was in 2006.

When the five people were arrested last week, the LAPD in a statement referenced members of a Los Angeles street gang involved in the murder of Jackson.

More details on the connection were not immediately available, but the district attorney’s office said that the criminal complaint against Walker and Rodgers “also alleges gang and gun allegations.”

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Man arrested and charged over missing Amish teenage girl who vanished last month – ABC News

The man’s charges include felony kidnapping and misdemeanor false imprisonment.

July 12, 2020, 10:37 AM

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A Pennsylvania man has been charged with the kidnapping of an Amish teenager who has been missing since last month and has yet to be found.

East Lampeter Township Police in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, charged 34-year-old Justo Smoker on Friday with felony kidnapping and misdemeanor false imprisonment while investigators are still actively searching for the whereabouts of 18-year-old Linda Stoltzfoos whom they believe was harmed following her abduction after she was reported missing on June 21.

“Smoker became a person of interest in the kidnapping after police received information about a red/orange vehicle seen in the Gap area on the afternoon of the abduction,” said the East Lampeter Township Police Department in a press release. “Multiple witnesses in the area reported seeing an Amish female in the passenger seat of a vehicle driven by a male. Witness descriptions of the driver and vehicle are consistent with Smoker and his vehicle.”

Stoltzfoos was reported missing on the night of June 21 by her father when she did not return from a youth group she was supposed to attend. Investigators have confirmed that she did not ever make it to the social gathering that night.

Authorities have obtained and viewed surveillance footage that shows Stoltzfoos on Beechdale Road near the community of Bird-In-Hand, which would have been her walking route back home after church, as well as a red Kia Rio involved in the abduction that fit the description of Smoker’s vehicle registration and bumper stickers.

According to the East Lampeter Township Police Department, Smoker was arrested on Friday night at the place of his employment and arraigned on Saturday morning on the two charges of felony kidnapping and misdemeanor false imprisonment.

“District Judge Joshua Keller, at arraignment, made Smoker ineligible for bail, citing the nature of charges and the ongoing investigation,” said the East Lampeter Township Police Department.

Investigators searched a rural location in Ronks, Pennsylvania, on Friday evening which is where they believe Stoltzfoos may have been taken following her abduction and authorities found articles of clothing buried in a wooded area that they believe belong to Stoltzfoos.

“East Lampeter Township police is being assisted by multiple agencies, to include the FBI, Pennsylvania State Police and Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office,” police said.

Authorities are asking for anyone with clues or information to come forward as well as people who might have seen Smoker or his red Kia Rio sedan around the time Stoltzfoos was abducted.

Stoltzfoos weighs approximately 125 pounds and is 5’10” with blue eyes and brown hair, according to the FBI’s missing person report, and was last seen wearing a tan dress, white apron and black head covering.

The FBI is now offering a reward of $10,000 for information leading to her recovery.

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Man charged with aiding and abetting arson in Minneapolis police station fire – CNN

(CNN)Federal officials have charged a Minnesota man for his alleged role in the May 28 fire that heavily damaged the Third Precinct police station in Minneapolis during protests of George Floyd’s death days earlier.

Branden M. Wolfe, 23, of St. Paul has been charged with aiding and abetting arson, the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota said in a statement.
Wolfe was arrested June 3 while he was wearing several items stolen from the Third Precinct, including body armor, a police-issue duty belt with handcuffs, an earphone piece, a baton and a knife, according to the statement.
St. Paul police officers were called to a home improvement store June 3 on a complaint that someone, later identified as Wolfe, was trying to get into the store while wearing that police equipment, according to a criminal complaint.
Employees at the store told officers that Wolfe had been an employee, but was fired that day after “referring to social media posts about him stealing items” from the station, according to the complaint.
CNN has not been able to determine if Wolfe has an attorney. According to a statement from the US Attorney’s Office, his initial court appearance is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon.
A search of Wolfe’s apartment also turned up a riot helmet, a pistol magazine, police radio and police-issue overdose kit, according to the statement.
Wolfe admitted to authorities that he was inside the precinct that night, taking police property and pushing a wooden barrel into the fire, the complaint says.
Wolfe said “he knew the barrel would burn, make the fire bigger, and help keep the fire burning,” the complaint says.
The man also identified himself “in multiple witness photographs” that showed him “in front of the Third Precinct holding a police baton, with smoke and flames visible in the background,” the the US Attorney’s Office statement says.

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YouTuber Jake Paul has been charged with trespassing and unlawful assembly after he was at a mall that was being looted – CNN

(CNN)YouTuber Jake Paul has been charged with criminal trespass and unlawful assembly after video showed him at a Scottsdale, Arizona, mall as it was being looted, police said.

Paul, 23, was present during the looting and property destruction that occurred at the city’s Fashion Square mall on Saturday, the Scottsdale Police Department said in a Facebook post on Wednesday.
“The Scottsdale Police Department has received hundreds of tips and videos from the community in response to Saturday nights events at Fashion Square Mall,” the department said in a statement.
“During our ongoing investigation it was confirmed that social media influencer Jake Paul was in attendance and remained inside of the mall after an unlawful assembly was declared and has been charged with Criminal Trespass and Unlawful Assembly.”
CNN has reached out to the Scottsdale Police Department for further comment.
Video taken by his photographer and posted by another user to Twitter appeared to show Paul outside the mall as people were attempting to break in. Later, the footage appears to show him inside the mall along with others after it had closed. It is unclear whether Paul took anything, and he has not been charged with any theft or vandalism that occurred.
Paul said that he nor anyone else he was with was engaged in looting or vandalism, and that his group was tear gassed by police.
“We filmed everything we saw in an effort to share our experience and bring more attention to the anger felt in every neighborhood we raveled through; we were strictly documenting, not engaging,” Paul said in a statement posted to Twitter on Sunday.
“I do not condone violence, looting, or breaking the law; however I understand the anger and frustration that led to the destruction we witnessed,” he added. “While it’s not the answer, it’s important that people see it and collectively figure out how to move forward in a healthy way.”
CNN was not able to reach Paul immediately for comment.
Court records from the city of Scottsdale indicate that Paul’s arraignment is scheduled for July 8.

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