Daily Commentary – Friday, August 1, 2014 – The Scared Monkeys Good Guy of the Week Award Goes to Charles Barkley
- Who is offering to pay for the funeral of 3 Philadelphia children killed in a carjacking. Kudo’s Charles!
Robert L. Ranson, Early-Release Felon Charged with Kidnapping, Rape, Torture of a 16 Year Old Girl in South Los Angeles, CA
Non-violent Offender, eh? With these felons, it’s not a matter of if they will escalate, but when!
30 year old Robert L. Ranson, an early release felon, has been charged with the kidnapping, rape and torture of a 16 year old girl in South Los Angeles, California. Ranson was on probation as a “non-violent offender” under California’s prison realignment program when he decided to escalate his crimes. This thug is also a suspect in 3 other recent murders. So much for the non-violent offender. Ranson had previously served time for two carjackings and an assault with a firearm. Since when is the use if a firearm in a commission of a crime considered non-violent? How nuts are they in California to be releasing a danger like this to the public?
So this is how the liberals in charge in California protect the public? Take the guns away from law-abiding citizens and let felons out of prison early who are far from “non-violent”. BRILLIANT!
Robert L. Ranson, pic – California Department of Corrections
A man on probation as a “non-violent offender” under California’s prison realignment program has been charged with kidnapping, raping, and torturing a 16-year-old girl in South Los Angeles, and detectives suspect he may be connected to three other recent murders.
Robert L. Ranson, 30, was arrested in late March after the girl escaped from a U-Haul van in an alley near Imperial Highway and New Hampshire Ave., according to police and booking records.
The girl was covered in gasoline and said her attacker, later identified as Ranson, had tied her hands and taped her mouth, and was trying to light her on fire when she ran away, naked.
Ranson was tracked by detectives and arrested March 27th. He was booked on a 10-day probation violation, known as a “flash incarceration,” while the case was investigated.
Prosecutors charged Ranson for the teenager’s kidnapping April 3. An alleged accomplice, Julian Tobar, was charged with robbing the girl.
Body of Missing Virginia Police Capt. Kevin Quick Found; 3 More Arrested in Officer’s Murder (Halisi Uhuru, Anthony Stokes Jr. & Leslie Casterlow)(Update: Suspects Had Gang Ties, Prior Criminal History)
Three more individuals have been arrested in the death of Waynesboro Police reserve Captain Kevin Quick. Halisi Uhuru, Leslie Casterlow and Anthony Stokes are accused of killing Kevin Quick during an abduction early this week. Quick’s body was found next to a road in Goochland County, about 60 miles west of Richmond, on Thursday afternoon. An autopsy has confirmed that found human remains are those of a Waynesboro reserve police officer who was reported missing a week ago.
Pic – From left to right, Halisi Uhuru, Anthony Stokes Jr. and Leslie Casterlow (Henrico Sheriff’s Office)
Three people were arrested after the body of a missing Virginia police captain was found dumped on alongside a rural road, according to a report.
The trio of suspects — Halisi Uhuru, Leslie Casterlow and Anthony Stokes — are accused of killing Waynesboro Police reserve Captain Kevin Quick during an abduction early this week.
“Unfortunately this case transitioned from an investigation into a disappearance, into a death investigation, and as a result we are still very actively pursuing new leads,” Geller said Friday afternoon, a week after Quick disappeared.
Late Thursday night police made more arrests in connection with the case; two men and a woman were arrested. Police believe additional charges could be made, and possibly additional suspects charged.
Forty-nine-year-old Leslie Hope Casterlow, of 10900 block Wild Ginger Cir. in Manassas, 31-year-old Anthony Darnell Stokes Jr, of the 10000 block Portsmouth Rd. in Manassas and 22-year-old Halisi Uhuru, of the 1700 block Franklin Tpke. in Danville, were charged with Principle 2nd Degree Capital Murder During Abduction.
This charge is different from Capital Murder in that it is not punishable by death penalty but is punishable by life in prison.
The Commonwealth’s Attorney has also added a felony count of Gang Participation for each individual arrested Thursday, though investigators would not go into detail.
What a shock, some suspects involved in the death of Kevin Quick had a criminal history and had been let out on good behavior. Gert Wright, also known as Halisi Uhuru, was let out of prison early. Wright’s family wrote letters to the state requesting that he get out early, saying “Gert is destined for Greatness.” Yeah, this punk was destined for murder.
Court documents reveal a disturbing criminal history for two men arrested in connection with Waynesboro police captain Kevin Quick’s death.
The case has transitioned from an investigation into a disappearance, into an official death investigation. Late Thursday night police arrested three more people in connection with the case; two men and a woman.
Leslie Hope Casterlow, age 49, of Manassas, Anthony Darnell Stokes Jr., age 31, of Manassas and Halisi Uhuru, age 22, of Danville, were charged with Principle 2nd Degree Capital Murder During Abduction.
This charge is different from Capital Murder in that it is not punishable by death penalty but is punishable by life in prison.
The Commonwealth’s Attorney has also added a felony count of Gang Participation for each individual, though investigators would not go into detail.
The trio are being held at the Henrico County Jail West and will be in court on Monday.
A CBS 6 investigation revealed that 31-year-old Anthony Stokes and 22-year-old Gert Wright, also known as Halisi Uhuru, were recently released from prison.
In fact, 31-year-old Anthony Stokes spent 12 years, nearly half of his life in prison for crimes he committed when he was just 19. He was convicted on possession of a weapon, robbery, kidnapping and use of a firearm charges.
UPDATE III: Sixth suspect named in disappearance and death of Waynesboro officer Kevin Quick.
Police made another arrest Sunday in the disappearance and death of a missing reserve police officer from a small town in Virginia.
Anthony L. White, 22, of Mineral, Va., was taken into custody without incident in Louisa County and charged with one felony count of gang participation, according to Virginia State Police.
Three Arrests Made in Theft of Missing Virginia Police Captain’s Truck … 45 Year Old Kevin Quick Still Missing (Arrested: Daniel Mathis, Mersadies Shelton & Shantai Shelton)
Police have arrested three suspects in the theft of missing Virginia police captain’s vehicle.
Three individuals, Daniel Mathis, Mersadies Shelton and Shantai Shelton, have been arrested in connection with the theft of a missing police captain Kevin Quick’s truck and have linked the vehicle to a Sunday night robbery in which one person was shot. Virginia State Police said at a news conference Wednesday that two women and a man are siblings from the same address in Albemarle County, VA. However, 45 year old Keven Quick remains missing. Daniel Mathis and his sister Mersadies Shelton were charged with grand larceny in the theft of Quick’s 1999 Toyota 4Runner, while Shantai Shelton was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Louisa County, VA. 18 year old Daniel Mathis was also charged with robbery, malicious wounding and a variety of weapons-related charges in connection with the Sunday night robbery All three are being held at the Central Virginia Regional Jail without bond.
Arrested: Daniel Mathis, Mersadies Shelton and Shantai Shelton
Two sisters and a brother were arrested Tuesday night at a hotel in the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Geller said.
Daniel Mathis and his sister Mersadies Shelton have been charged with grand larceny in the theft of Quick’s 1999 Toyota 4Runner, while the second sister, Shantai Shelton, was picked up on an outstanding warrant from Louisa County, east of Charlottesville, where Sunday night’s armed robbery took place, she said.
The 18-year-old Mathis also was charged with robbery, malicious wounding and a variety of weapons-related charges in connection with the Sunday night robbery, but no details of that holdup were released. Mathis and his sisters were being held without bond Wednesday evening, Geller said.
The Waynesboro business community has offered a $30,000 reward for anyone with information that leads to Quick’s discovery. If anyone has information about his whereabouts of missing Kevin Quick, please call the Virginia State Police at 434-352-7128.
40 Year Old Convicted Murderer Michael David Elliot Escapes Ionia Prison, Abducts Woman at Knife Point (Update: Woman Escapes at Gas Station) (Update: Michael David Elliot Captured in LaPorte County, Indiana)
BE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR ESCAPED CONVICTED MURDERER MICHAEL ELLIOT …
40 year old convicted murderer, Michael David Elliot, was discovered missing about 9:30 p.m. Sunday from the Ionia Correctional Facility in Michigan according to the Michigan Department of Corrections. Authorities say Elliot may be driving a 2004 red Jeep Liberty with license plate 5FTG55. Elliot was serving 5 life sentence for multiple first-degree murder convictions stemming from four 1993 killings.
Investigators told Fox 17 News that following his escape, Elliot abducted a woman using a knife or box cutter and made her drive to Elkhart, Ind., roughly 100 miles southwest of Ionia near the Indiana-Michigan state line.
The woman escaped when they stopped at a gas station, and she called police, Marlan said. He provided no information about the condition or identity of the woman, nor if she had any previous connection to Elliot.
Elliot is a white male, 5’8″ tall and 165 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He does not have any tattoos or scars. He also goes by the names Michael Delarosa and Michael Shreader.
Police believe that Elliot is driving a 2004 red Jeep Liberty with license plate 5FTG55. The vehicle also has Bugs Bunny and Tasmanian Devil decals.
A man serving life behind bars for murder in four 1993 deaths in Michigan has escaped from prison and apparently abducted a woman before she got away in Indiana, authorities said Monday.
Michael David Elliot, 40, was discovered missing about 9:30 p.m. Sunday from the Ionia Correctional Facility in mid-Michigan, Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan said in an email.
Elliot may have abducted a woman from Ionia using a knife or box cutter and drove to Elkhart, Ind., roughly 100 miles southwest of Ionia and near the Indiana-Michigan state line, where they stopped for gas. The woman got away at the gas station and call police, Marlan said.
Police made contact with the woman about 11:50 p.m. Sunday. Elliot left the gas station and was at large Monday morning, Marlan said.
“Citizens should immediately call 911 if they observe anything suspicious or possibly become aware of the whereabouts of … Elliot,” Marlan said in the email.
A manhunt is happening right now for a man convicted of killing four people. He escaped from a Michigan prison last night and abducted a woman who eventually got away at a Middlebury gas station.
Elliot is serving a life term for killing four people. He was convicted in the August 1993 murders of Vickie Currie, her boyfriend Michael Tufnell, his brother Bruce Tufnell and Kathy Lane. According to court documents, Elliot and three others planned to steal drug money. When they didn’t find the money, Elliot and another man killed the four and set Tufnell’s house on fire.
UPDATE III: Here is a full news release from the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Office:
A man convicted of four 1993 murders has escaped from the Ionia, Michigan Correctional Facility. Michael David Elliot, age 40, 5’8”, 165 lb white male with brown hair and brown eyes wearing a blue and orange state prison uniform escaped Sunday night.
Elliot forced his way into a Red 2004 Jeep Liberty with Michigan License Plate “5FTG55” sitting outside a residence on in Ionia, MI being driven by a female at approximately 8:00 pm. Mr. Elliot was armed with a hammer and a box cutter knife and threatened to cut the female.
They traveled into the Middlebury, IN area where they stopped at a Gallop’s gas station on State Rd 13 to get fuel. The female who had a cell phone hidden from Elliot, called 911 while he was pumping gas and the call was received by LaGrange County 911 Dispatchers. Dispatchers quickly asked the female to go inside the gas station to get away from the suspect. When the caller got inside the dispatcher asked her to lock herself in the restroom and not leave.
At one point Michael Elliot knocked on the restroom door and told the female that it was time to go. 911 Dispatchers were able to locate the gas station they were at using GPS from the cell phone along with the description that the caller was able to give. The other LaGrange County Dispatcher contacted Elkhart County right away to have officers en route.
The Dispatcher kept the victim on the phone until officers arrived while her partner kept Elkhart County informed. 911 Dispatcher’s while on the phone with the victim were able to locate the news on the escapee from Ionia, MI.
The victim advised the Dispatcher that Michael Elliot had put on a pair of the victim’s black cargo pants and also had a jacket on. Elliot had short hair and facial hair. Elliot advised the female that he was in prison for 4 counts of murder.
The female stated that Michael Elliot had the keys to her Red Jeep Liberty and he stated that he wanted to get far away from Ionia, MI. The stop in Middlebury was their first stop since they left Ionia, MI.
Once officers arrived on scene, 911 Dispatcher’s confirmed this through Elkhart County before the female opened the door. Once this was confirmed, the female opened the door to find the police officers on scene and her Jeep Liberty was gone.
Michael Elliot was last seen on State Rd 13 just south of the Michigan State line.
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If located, please do not approach, contact 911 immediately. Michael Elliot should be considered armed and dangerous. Again, he was in prison for the murder of four people.
UPDATE IV: Woman’s Jeep Liberty in a residential area of the town of Shipshewana, about 20 miles east of Elkhart.
Michael David Elliot was arrested and taken to the LaPorte County Jail.
4 Arrests Made in New Jersey CarJacking at Short Hills Mall in Murder of Dustin Friedland … Press Conference 12/21/13 at 9 PM ET (Suspects Named [Pics]: Karif Ford, Bassim Henry, Kevin Roberts & Hanif Thompson Charged with Felony Murder, Carjacking, Conspiracy)
BREAKING OVERNIGHT … FOUR ARRESTS MADE IN SHORT HILLS MALL CARJACKING MURDER …
CNN is reporting that 4 people have been arrested and are in police custody in connection the the fatal carjacking murder of 30 year old Dustin Friedland. “We have four in custody,” said Katherine Carter, spokeswoman for Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray, in an email to The NY Post. Two men were present when the punks shot Friedland in the head as his horrified wife looked on. The two suspects then sped off in the victims SUV that was later found by police behind an abandoned house in Newark, NJ. I guess the police must have arrested two others and will be charging them with accessories after the fact.
Dustin Friedland & his wife Jamie Schare Friedland – Facebook
The uncle of a Hoboken woman whose husband was shot and killed during a carjacking at the Short Hills mall said he wants the men responsible “dead,” according to a published report.
“I want them dead,” Schare was quoted as saying by the Post. “In a heartbeat, I would like to see them dead because of what they did. And for what? What did they gain? It’s just evil. “
Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said it will release more details at a news conference Saturday morning at 9 pm ET.
UPDATE II: From the Press Conference:
The following individuals have been arrested in connection with the fatal car jacking murder of Dustin Friedland:
- Karif Ford, 31, of Newark, NJ
- Bassim Henry, 32, of Newark, NJ
- Kevin Roberts, 33, of Newark, NJ
- Hanif Thompson, 29, of Irvington, NJ
All are being charged with murder, felony murder, carjacking, conspiracy, possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose. It was not announced which suspect was the shooter. The target of the crime was the vehicle. The suspects are being held on $2 million bail.
From left: Karif Ford, Kevin Roberts, Hanif Thompson and Basim Henry – Courtesy of the NJDOC
From WRAL …
They are accused in the Dec. 15 carjacking and killing of Dustin Friedland outside The Mall at Short Hills. The 30-year-old lawyer from Hoboken was shot in the head in the mall parking garage after being confronted by two carjackers, authorities said. The assailants drove off in his silver Range Rover, which was found the next morning in Newark, about 10 miles from Short Hills.
The four face charges of murder, felony murder, carjacking, conspiracy, possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose. They were arrested between late Friday and early Saturday. Three of them were taken into custody in New Jersey, and Henry was arrested in Easton, Pa.
From NJ.com: “We believe that the four arrived in one vehicle, a Suburban,” she said. “Two left in the Suburban and two left in the Range Rover.”
The four were identified as Karif Ford, 31, Basim Henry, 32, Kevin Roberts, 35, all of Newark, and Hanif Thompson, 29, of Irvington. All were being held at the Essex County Correctional Facility on $2 million bail each.
Thompson was taken into custody at his home in Irvington. Ford and Roberts were arrested in Newark. Henry was arrested by an FBI task force at a hotel in Easton, Pa., said Anthony Ambrose, chief of detectives for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. He said the arrests began about 9 p.m. Friday and concluded today about 3 a.m.
On a personal note, I have been in this mall and that very parking garage too many times to even remember. When it is reported that this is an upscale mall, it is an upscale mall. I can remember visiting college friends back in the day and going to this mall around Christmas time with some buds dressed in sweat pants and, well let’s just say like typical college kids not caring about fashion design. We were actually followed by mall security and given the stink eye. It is sad to believe that such an act like this could happen at the Short Hills Mall. One has to be familiar with the Short Hills, Madison, Millburn, New Jersey area to understand what I mean. Thankfully they have caught this vermin and they need to be put down like the rabid animals that they are.
30 Year Old Hudson County Man Shot in the Head During Carjacking Outside Short Hills Mall in New Jersey … Two Suspects Fled in Stolen Range Rover (Update: Victim Dustin Friedland Pronounced Dead)(SUV Recovered in Newark, NJ)
Terrible crime occurs at Short Hills Mall as couple carjacked in mall parking deck …
A 30 year old Hudson County New Jersey man was shock in the head by two carjackers at the upscale Short Hills Mall in the parking garage Sunday night at about 9:10 pm. The couple, a man and woman, were approached by the two thugs who carjacked them as the couple returned to their Range Rover after Christmas shopping at the mall. The two thugs, after firing shorts, took off in the couple’s 2012 silver Range Rover with the license plate U26BVD.
The man who was shot once in the head and rushed to Morristown Medical Center where he was in “grave condition.” His wife was not injured.
An evening of Christmas shopping turned into a violent nightmare tonight when a man returning with his wife to their parked Range Rover at an upscale New Jersey mall was shot in the head, and their vehicle carjacked from a parking deck at the Mall at Short Hills.
Police said the two suspects both fled in the stolen car and had an alert out for the 2012 silver Range Rover with the license plate U26BVD.
The man, who was not identified, was shot once in the head and rushed to Morristown Medical Center where he was in “grave condition,” said Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray. His wife was not injured.
UPDATE I: 30 year old shooting victim pronounced dead at Morristown Memorial Hospital.
The man was pronounced dead at Morristown Medical Center at 11:45 p.m. Sunday. His name was not immediately released, but Murray said he was 30 years old and was from Hudson County, N.J.
How very sad and senseless. Dustin died a hero protecting his wife who had already got into the SUV.
The victim, Dustin Friedland, 30, wasn’t protecting his luxury SUV, says a source close to the investigation — but his beloved wife Jamie, already in the car. One thug had come close to her and ordered her out, but ‘she got a look at him,’ says the source.
Dustin Friedland & his wife Jamie Schare Friedland – Facebook
UPDATE III: Police Recover Carjacked Range Rover in Newark, NJ.
The man fatally shot outside a New Jersey mall during an apparent carjacking Sunday night has been identified as a 30-year-old lawyer from Hoboken.
Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray and Millburn Police Chief Gregory Weber identified the victim as 30-year-old Dustin Friedland of Hoboken, who was shot in the head at approximately 9 p.m. on the second floor of the parking lot outside the Short Hills Mall.
Authorities also found the carjacked silver 2012 Range Rover with New Jersey license plate U26BVD behind an abandoned house on Renner Avenue in Newark. There was damage to the driver’s side and the passenger’s side, and the rear window was shattered.
The Essex County Sheriff’s Crime Stoppers program is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspects in this case.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force tips line at 1-877-847-7432.