Body of 17 Year Old Alexis Marie Garcia Missing Since 3/1/15 Found in Blount County, AL (Samantha Wright & Shannon Yager Charged with Murder)

The body of 17 year old  Alexis Marie Garcia was found Thursday in Blount County, Alabama. Her body was located in a wooded area off Tucker Mountain Road in Remlap. According to reports, she was found face down and  partially nude with no pants, underwear, socks or shoes. Garcia was reported missing March 5, 2015 by her mother; however, she was last seen on March 1. Garcia was the victim of a brutal beating death at the hands of one of her best friends and her friend’s 39 year old boyfriend. 18 year old  Samantha Wright of Helena and 39 year old Shannon Yager of Locust Fork have been charged with capital murder in the course of a robbery and kidnapping.

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Alexis Marie Garcia

The body of a 17-year-old missing Birmingham girl was found in Blount County Thursday, face down and partially nude in an area off of Tucker Mountain Road in Remlap.

Alexis Marie Garcia was last seen March 1 and reported missing by her mother several days later. Now, authorities say, Garcia was the victim of a brutal beating death at the hands of one of her best friends and her friend’s 39-year-old boyfriend.

Samantha Wright, 18, of Helena, and Shannon Yager of Locust Fork, are charged with capital murder, Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey announced this morning. The capital charge stems from Garcia being killed in the course of a robbery and kidnapping.

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Samantha Wright  & Shannon Yager

Missing Birmingham teen found dead in Remlap; 2 charged with capital murder:

According to court documents, on March 9, Blount County Sheriff’s Office investigator Scott Kanaday received a call from Wright’s father, saying she had called him and said she woke up in a room and was covered in blood. Wright told her father she didn’t know where she was because she had blacked out.

Wright told her father that she, Yager and Garcia had been walking through the woods and she believed something bad had happened to Garcia, and that she no longer knew her or Yager’s whereabouts.

On March 15, Deputy Mark Moon went to a Locust Fork home and again was told that two juveniles had information about Garcia’s disappearance. Garcia’s mother had told sheriff’s investigators there were some juveniles in Blount County with information about the case, according to court documents.

Court documents show that a 14-year-old and 13-year-old told Moon that Wright told them she had done something she was possibly going to regret — that she had possibly killed someone. Wright told them Garcia had gotten naked in the back of her car and was making advances toward Yager. Wright said she got mad and beat Garcia unconscious, court documents show.

During the interview with investigators, Wright admitted that she was wearing Garcia’s jeans and shoes.

Garcia’s body was discovered Thursday off Tucker Mountain Road. The affidavit states she was face down, and her body was partially nude with no pants, underwear, socks or shoes.

Ferguson, MO Police Shooting News Conference at 2:30 ET – VIDEO (Update: Suspect Named: Jeffrey LeeHoust Williams – Picture)(Williams was a Protestor)(Charged with 2 Counts of Aggravated Assault)

Ferguson, MO Police Shooting News Conference at 2:30 ET

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St. Louis Police Department

This afternoon St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch named 20 year old Jeffrey Williams named shooting suspect in the police shooting of two police officers in Ferguson, MO.

  • 20 year old Jeffrey Williams named shooting suspect in Ferguson, MO. Williams is currently in police custody.
  • The 20 year old suspect has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault, assault in the first degree, a class A felony.
  • Also charged with one count of firing a weapon from a vehicle, and thee counts of armed criminal action.
  • The individual in custody has acknowledged to firing the shots at the two police officers.
  • St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch confirmed that a weapon has been recovered.
  • The weapon recovered was a handgun recovered at his residence.
  • He was a demonstrator and has been a part of other protests in Ferguson, MO and from Ferguson.
  • There was an arrest warrant out for Jeffrey Williams previously who had not seen his probation officer for 7 months.
  • Williams does not live far from Ferguson.
  • He was currently on probation for receiving stolen property.
  • Suspect claims that he was not targeting at the police, claims he had a dispute with other people and were firing at them.
  • McCulloch said, “We’re not completely buying that part of it.”
  • McCulloch confirms the red vehicle is part of the investigation.

PRESS CONFERENCE: St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch suspect arrest of two Ferguson police officers

Video Hat Tip -  The Gateway Pundit

UPDATE I: Protester charged with shooting officers in Ferguson.

County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch said Jeffrey Williams was charged with two counts of assault in the first degree, one count of firing a weapon from a vehicle, and thee counts of armed criminal action.

McCulloch said Williams admitted firing the shots, but said he was shooting at someone else.

“We’re not sure we buy that part of it,” McCulloch said, adding that the handgun used in the shooting has been recovered.

He said Williams was involved in the demonstration that was wrapping up when the incident took place. Williams, he said, was being held in lieu of $300,000 cash bail.

UPDATE II: Prosecutor: Man held in wounding of two officers at Ferguson may have been shooting at someone else.

A man who participated in a protest outside the Ferguson police station Wednesday returned and fired shots — possibly at someone other than police — that wounded two officers, authorities said Sunday.

Jeffrey Williams, 20, was charged with two counts of first-degree assault, one count of firing a weapon from a vehicle and three counts of armed criminal action. He was in custody, with cash-only bail set at $300,000.

“It is possible that he was firing at someone other than the police,” St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert P. McCulloch said at a press conference Sunday. He said there had been civilians between Williams and the officers who were wounded.

UPDATE III: Picture 20 year old Jeffrey Williams, individual with previous record who was on probation and in possession of a handgun. I am most certain he did not have a permit to carry a handgun, nor went through any of the hoop that we law-abiding citizens have to.

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Pic Hat Tip – The Conservative Tree House

EPIC: Spring Break Police Officer Sgt. Bryan Bingham Arrests Two Punks MMA Style in What May Be One of Greatest Ever

BAD BOYS, BAD BOYS. WHAT YA GONNA DO WHEN THEY COME FOR YOU …

Check out the VIDEO below of Pinellas County Sheriff police officer, Sergeant Bryan Bingham, on St. Pete Beach as he deals with two out of control and unruly, white trash punks, Josh McMahan, 25, and Justin Lewis, 24. His arrest of these two thugs MMA style is epic and has gone viral. Back up never arrived for officer Bingham to deal with these two rowdy beach-goers thugs, so he was forced to deal with it alone. And deal with it he did. Both McMahan and Lewis were charged with felony battery on a law enforcement officer and disorderly conduct. And of course they got the beat down of their lives.

Bingham went on to say as he approached the scene he saw two groups of people fighting and he had very little time to decide on whether to call somebody and wait or try to keep other people from getting hurt. He said he decided to act instead of waiting.

“My main goal was to control that situation,” said Sgt. Bryan Bingham.

He said he saw Josh McMahan, 25, and Justin Lewis, 24, were the “main aggressors” in the group and he tried to get McMahan out of the situation and de-escalate it.

At that moment, McMahan allegedly spit in Bingham’s face, so he took him down. Minutes later, Lewis interfered and tried to stop Sgt. Bingham from doing his job, so the sergeant took him down.

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Pic – You Tube video

What were these two idiots thinking in trying to mess with Sgt. Bryan Bingham, had they not noticed the guns on this officer, and I am not referring to one one in his holster. Sgt. Bryan Bingham may be in the wrong profession and might want to consider a future in MMA. He took these two fools on as he pressed his knee on one of their throats and wrestled the other to the grown, much to the cheers of the crowd. Maybe the best of all was when he put one of the punks in a sleeper hold and forced him to tap out.

At about that moment a bystander began videotaping the intense scene — and the now-viral clip shows Bingham calmly manhandling who Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri called a pair of “thugs.”

Bingham tried getting McMahan away from the fight to deescalate matters, grabbing him by the neck, throwing him to the sand and then using a jawline pressure-point technique to subdue him, Bay News 9 reported.

Gualtieri said McMahan then spit in Bingham’s face, so the deputy “took him to the ground.” The sheriff added that ”very few” in the crowd surrounding Bingham came to his aid.

What’s more, there was Lewis attempted to intervene — but his fate was similar, as Bingham easily overpowered him…

…and even used what appeared to be a sleeper hold until he was tapping Bingham’s shoulder for mercy.

EXIT QUESTION: Just curious, had the two thugs been black and this white officer did the exact same thing, would the race hustlers like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson come out of the woodwork, would Barack Obama defended them and said they could have been his son and would Attorney General Eric Holder begun a DOJ investigation into how white police officers treat blacks differently?

POROUS SOUTHERN BORDER: Increase in Sex Offenders Crossing the Mexican Border into the United States

FANTASTIC, NOW OUR POROUS SOUTHERN BORDER IS ALLOWING SEX OFFENDERS TO SNEAK INTO THE UNITED STATES.

When is the United States government actually going to care enough to actually prevent illegals for entering into the United States unlawfully? Now we have the US Border Patrol reporting that we have a spike in sex offenders entering illegally into the United States through Mexico. But I guess this is just more of those folks that Jeb Bush says come to America as an “act of love.”  I guess this is a special kind of love, Jeb. The Border Patrol is discussing the sex offenders that have been apprehended, imagine the number of the ones that have not? When will we ever wake up and protect our borders? We are supposed to be a sovereign nation with laws and borders, yet we act as if we do not care. First illegals. now sexual predators and coming soon … ISIS.

When is our government ever going to protect We the People? It is bad enough we let illegals into the country for political purposes in an effort to bolster the Democrat vote and to create low wager earners by the Corporate capitalists. Now we let sexual predators in to rape and sexually assault women and children. WHEN DOES IT END!!!

US Border Patrol

The Border Patrol is reporting a severe spike in sex offenders sneaking into the U.S.

According to the feds, illegal immigrant sex offenders have been caught in every corner of the Rio Grande Valley.

Border Patrol agents are running into more sex offenders this year than last year.

Within the last five months, 144 apprehended.

During the same time last year, 93 sex offenders were caught trying to fly under the radar.

In December, a woman from El Salvador was picked up, who was convicted of child sex assault back in 2009. It reportedly happened in Dallas County.

Later that month, three Mexican nationals were caught near Harlingen.

In February, seven sex offenders were rounded up near McAllen, Harlingen, Falfurrias and Kingsville.

Less than a week later, another two Mexican nationals were caught. Two days ago, two Guatemalan men were arrested.

The sex offenders go to great lengths to avoid capture. Agents said they often travel through South Texas brush and try to blend in with large groups of illegal immigrants.

‘See No Evil’ … Investigation Discovery Channel Premieres Tonight with Episode on the 2007 Abduction & Murder of Overland Park Teenager Kelsey Smith (VIDEO)

NEW TRUE CRIME SHOW SPOTLIGHTS THE  2007 ABDUCTION AND MURDER OF OVERLAND PARK TEEN KELSEY SMITH …

As reported at the Kansas City Star, comes a new true crime show that premiered tonight with an episode of an abduction and murder that we covered in 2007, the disappearance and death of  Overland Park, Kansas teen Kelsey Smith. Edwin R. Hall was later charged with the 1st degree murder and aggravated kidnapping in the murder of 18 year old Kelsey Smith. Hall would later plead guilty to the kidnapping, raping, sodomizing and murder of Kelsey Smith. How fitting the true crime episodes name is ‘See No Evil’ as discussed here on Scared Monkeys.

Kelsey Smith

Kelsey Smith – Rest in Peace

A new true crime show premieres Tuesday night with an episode centered on the abduction and murder of Overland Park teenager Kelsey Smith.

“See No Evil,” which focuses on surveillance video footage that helps solve crimes, premiers at 9 p.m. on the Investigation Discovery channel.

Kelsey Smith went shopping on June 2, 2007, at a Target store in Overland Park. She never made it home. She was found dead four days later in Jackson County.

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Looks like an interesting new show. Check it out.

Only the Camera Knows the Truth

It Looked Like An Ordinary Shopping Trip

Vanderbilt University Rape Case: Cory Batey & Brandon Vandenburg Found Guilty of 16 Felonies, Including Aggravated Rape

TWO DOWN, TWO TO GO …

Former Vanderbilt University football players, 21 year old Brandon Vandenburg and 20 year old Cory Batey have been found guilty of 16 felonies, including several for aggravated rape in the sexual assault of a female student in a Vanderbilt dorm in June 2013. It took the jury just three hours to return guilty on all charges for both Batey and Vandenburg.  Both individuals were convicted of four counts of aggravated rape, one count of attempted aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery.  The trial took 12 days, but the jury deliberations took just a little more than 3 hours. The jury had their minds made up when lawyers were giving closing arguments. Their sentencing is scheduled for March 6, 2015.

These two idiots have ruined their lives with their poor and deviant decisions. They had the opportunity to attend Vanderbilt University, one of the best colleges in America and pissed it all away. Actions have consequences.

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Look how the two convicted rapists have been polished up by their attorneys for court

 Two former Vanderbilt football players were convicted on Tuesday of raping a fellow student in 2013 after a jury rejected claims that they were too drunk to know what they were doing and that a college culture of binge drinking and promiscuous sex should be blamed for the attack.

The jury deliberated for three hours before announcing its verdict against the two former players, Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey. Mr. Batey was stoic, staring ahead, and Mr. Vandenburg shook his head no, appearing stunned as the verdict was read. His father had an outburst and abruptly left the courtroom.

The victim, who was a 21-year-old neuroscience and economics major at the time of the attack, cried as each guilty verdict was announced.

Both men were convicted of four counts of aggravated rape, one count of attempted aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. They face decades in prison at their sentencing, scheduled for March 6.

 Vanderbilt rape suspects

Vanderbilt rape victim releases statement:

“Thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout this difficult process. I’m thankful that the criminal justice system will hold the defendants responsible for their violent crimes. The hard work of the law enforcement officers, prosecutors and victims’ advocates who dedicated so many months of their lives to this case has made justice possible.

I want to especially thank detective Jason Mayo, Sgt. Mike Shreeve, Detective Chad Gish, Deputy District Attorney Tom Thurman, Assistant District Attorneys Jan Norman and Roger Moore and victims’ advocates Wanda Swan, Lt. Rochelle Barrios and Teresa Shearon. You are my heroes and I am so proud of and grateful for each of you.

“I am also hopeful that the publicity this case has received will lead to a discussion of how we can end sexual violence on college campuses. Finally, I want to remind other victims of sexual violence: You are not alone. You are not to blame.”

Two other players, Jaborian McKenzie and Brandon Banks, were also accused in the rape. Both have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial.

3 Year Old Owen Collins Missing Since 1/17/15 in Bluffton, IN (Update: Body Found, Three People Arrested: Zachary S. Barnes, Breanna J. Arnold, Unidentified 16 Year Old Boy)

3 year old Owen Collins has been missing since January 17, 2015 in  Bluffton, Indiana. Owen was last seen at about 8 pm Saturday at his home when his parents put him to bed. His parents say when they woke up, Owen was gone. The police went to a home in the 500 block of Normandy Drive at 12:30 p.m. Sunday to check on the residents’ welfare and couldn’t find the child. Bluffton Police are currently looking for a missing autistic boy.

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Owen Collins – Missing

Police said at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, officers went to a residence in the 500 block of Normandy Drive to do a welfare check. Owen Collins, 3, couldn’t be found inside. Police, firefighters and citizens searched the area, but couldn’t find the boy. Investigators are also interviewing the people inside the home.

Owen is 3 feet 1 inch tall with blonde hair, blue eyes and has a one-inch scar under his left eye. He was last seen wearing dark pants.

UPDATE I: Bluffton Police Searching for Missing Boy.

Police interviewed residents of the home and conducted a search in the area.

According to a 21Alive viewer, Bluffton Police and the fire department used sonar on a pond near the boy’s home, as well as K-9′s, but did not find anything.

Viewers on our 21Alive Facebook page say Owen was last seen around 8 p.m. Saturday at his home when his parents put him to bed. They say the parents woke up and found the boy was gone.

UPDATE II: Body found believed to be missing 3-year-old THREE PEOPLE ARRESTED!!!

Bluffton police said they’ve recovered a body in a rural Wells County woods believed to be a missing 3-year-old boy.

Just before 8 p.m. Sunday, officers with the Bluffton Police Department and Indiana State Police recovered Owen’s body in the woods in rural Wells County. Bluffton Police Chief Nathan Huss said police were led to the area after interviewing people in Mobile Manor. The spot where the body was found is more than 10 miles away from the home police were called to for the welfare check.

Three people have been arrested in connection to the death. They face the following preliminary charges:

  Zachary S. Barnes, 30, Bluffton: neglect of a dependent resulting in death, a Level 1 felony; abuse of a corpse, a Level 6 felony
  Breanna J. Arnold, 21, Bluffton: neglect of a dependent resulting in death, a Level 1 felony;
Unidentified 16-year-old boy, Marion: abuse of a corpse, a Level 6 felony

If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Owen, please  might be should call the Bluffton Police Department at (260) 824-3320.

35 Year Old Wendy Holland Sentenced to 219 Years in Prison for Sodomy, Sexual Abuse & Incestuous Sex Ring in Molesting Children (VIDEO)

Wendy Holland sentenced to 219 years in prison and it probably wasn’t even enough for her heinous crimes …

On Thursday, 35 year old Wendy Holland was sentenced to 219 years for her role in an incestuous sex ring accused of molesting children for years. Holland was previously convicted of incest, sodomy, sexual abuse, sexual torture, child endangerment and molestation. Prior to sentencing Judge Jody Bishop stated in the ”Fourteen years I’ve been on the bench, I have never seen a case come as close as bad as this one has been in terms of acts of sexual abuse.”  Wendy Holland is the aunt of Brittany Wood who went missing at age 19 in May of 2012 and is now presumed dead. Defendant, William Brownlee, 50, received the maximum sentence of 20 year s for his crimes. This POS was convicted of sodomy and sexual abuse in October 2014. Judge Bishop stated the maximum sentence was not long enough. Agreed!

Wendy Holland

Holland, one of the leaders of an incestuous sex ring, was sentenced Thursday by a Baldwin County judge to 219 years in prison.

Holland, 35, stood expressionless as Judge Jody Bishop sentenced Holland for sex crimes she committed to children. She was convicted by a jury on charges of sodomy, sexual torture, and sex abuse to a child under age 12.

“Fourteen years I’ve been on the bench, I have never seen a case come as close as bad as this one has been in terms of acts of sexual abuse,” Bishop said before sentencing. “The court can’t … understand why you did all of this action.”

Also sentenced Thursday was family friend, William “Billy” Brownlee, 50, to 20 years in prison. He also participated in deviant sexual acts to children inside the Wood homes in Stockton and Fairhope.

Brownlee and Holland also face pending charges in Mobile County.

Facebook: Hometown Search for Brittany Wood.

Stephanie Hanke, Brittney Wood’s stepmom reacts to 219-year prison sentence given to Wendy Holland

Holland and Brownlee were among 11 people charged with sex crimes following the disappearance in 2012 of a suspected victim of the ring, 19-year-old Brittney Wood.

In a letter read in court, the underage female victim in both cases said years of abuse left her traumatized. She has a hard time trusting anyone, gets angry easily and rarely feels safe.

“I was a little girl being held down and raped,” wrote the victim, who was in court.

Authorities said the two were part of a group of relatives and friends who sexually abused children and swapped their own kids for sex for years.

Holland is the widow of the alleged leader of the group, Donnie Holland, who was Brittney Wood’s uncle. The teen went missing around the time Holland was found with a gunshot to the head; his death was later ruled a suicide.

Even without Brittney Wood to testify, two of her uncles and an older brother already pleaded guilty to sex charges before juries convicted Wendy Holland and Brownlee.

13 Year Old Cheyenne Phillips Missing Since 1/3/15 in Grayson County, KY … Believed to be with 18 Year Old Dalton Hayes (Update: “Bonnie & Clyde” Wanted for Felony Auto Theft)

13 year old Cheyenne Phillips has been missing since January 3, 2015 in Grayson, Kentucky. The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office says that Cheyenne Phillips is believed to be with 18 year old Dalton Hayes. Phillips is registered as a missing juvenile and Hayes is wanted for custodial interference and other charges.  Both are suspects in two felony auto thefts. It looks like we have a modern day teenage Bonnie and Clyde on our hands.

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Description:

  • Cheyenne Phillips is a white female, approximately 5-foot-1-inches tall, weighs approximately 100-pounds with blonde hair and hazel eyes. Hayes is described a
  • Dalton Hayes is a white male, 5-foot-10-inches tall, approximately 175 to 180 pounds with a blond burr haircut and hazel eyes.

Cheyenne Phillips, 13, was reported missing on Jan. 3. Officials say they think she might be with Dalton Hayes, 18. Deputies say he is wanted for custodial interference and other charges.

Deputies say the behavior of the teens continues to become increasingly “brazen and dangerous.” They have both fled police on two occasions. They are possibly in a red 2006 Toyota Tacoma extended cab 4WD, but may have ditched it and stolen another vehicle.

Grayson County sheriff: Missing girl, boyfriend involved in car thefts.

Sheriff Norman Chaffins said the two have been evading deputies and they’re now accused of stealing two cars.  He said the couple stole one car, crashed it, ran from authorities, then stole another car.

They may still be in a red 2006 Toyota Tacoma.  Authorities say a gun was inside the stolen car, without ammunition.

“The situation has become increasingly dangerous, not just for those two, but for citizens and for law enforcement,” Chaffins said.

Deputies said the two likely have no money and the sheriff is worried what they’ll do to get some cash.

UPDATE I: Missing Kentucky teens spotted in South Carolina.

The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that a missing 13-year-old and her 18-year-old boyfriend were in South Carolina this week.

Cheyenne Phillips and Dalton Hayes were spotted Monday at a Walmart in the town of Manning.

UPDATE II: Kentucky police search for teen Bonnie and Clyde wanted after a brazen crime spree.

Hmm, looks like Scared Monkeys had the WAPO beat by numerous days in calling the missing, car robbing Kentucky teens, Bonnie & Clyde.

Cheyenne Phillips, 13, and her 18-year old boyfriend Dalton Hayes went missing two weeks ago. No one knows exactly where they are now, but police — guided by a trail of criminal activity and surveillance video that stretches through at least three states – know exactly where they’ve been.

“It is imperative that these two be located and apprehended as their behavior is becoming increasingly brazen and dangerous,” the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office in Kentucky said in a statement according to NBC News.

UPDATE III: Missing Kentucky Teens Dalton Hayes, Cheyenne Phillips Spotted in Florida.

Two missing Kentucky teenagers suspected of a crime spree across the South have been spotted in Florida, where they were seen panhandling, police told NBC News on Friday.

Grayson County, Georgia, Sheriff Norman Chaffins said 18-year-old Dalton Hayes and his 13-year-old girlfriend Cheyenne Phillips, may be staying in camps or homeless shelters and could have the weapons that were in one of the vehicles they allegedly stole.

UPDATE IV: Kentucky man who led ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ spree due in court today.

The Kentucky man who, with his underage lover drew comparisons to Bonnie and Clyde before their multi-state crime spree ended in their arrest early Sunday, will “face the consequences” in a Florida courtroom this morning.

Tammy Martin, the mother of 18-year-old Dalton Hayes, who took off from his Kentucky home with a 13-year-old girl earlier this month, said she had urged the pair to surrender and “face the consequences.” They were arrested without incident as they slept in a stolen pickup truck in Panama City, Fla. Hayes was scheduled to make an 8:30 a.m. court appearance via video hookup, according to the Bay County jail records in the Panama City area.

Joshua Williams … Ferguson, MO’s “Peaceful” Protester Charged with Setting Fire at Berkeley Quik Trip During Riot

IT ALL DEPENDS ON HOW ONE DEFINES PEACEFUL: It is safe to say, anything you hear that the protesters are in Ferguson, Missouri, you can almost count on the opposite.

19 year old Joshua Williams has been arrested by St. Louis police on Friday after several local media outlets and store surveillance captured images of him trying to set a pile of wood on fire outside the QuikTrip on North Hanley Road in Berkeley early Wednesday during the riots following the police shooting of an armed black teenager.  According to court documents, Williams confessed to setting fires at the store in a videotaped interview.  Williams was charged with arson in the first degree, a felony. He is also charged with felony burglary and misdemeanor stealing for allegedly taking a lighter, gum and money from the store. Williams was being held Saturday on $30,000 bond.

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One of the most frequently quoted and photographed Ferguson protesters was charged Saturday with setting fire to a Berkeley convenience store last week.

St. Louis County police arrested Joshua Williams, 19, of St. Louis, on Friday after several local media outlets and store surveillance captured images of him trying to set a pile of wood on fire outside the QuikTrip on North Hanley Road early Wednesday.

Williams confessed to setting fires at the store in a videotaped interview, according to court documents.

Police say Williams entered the QuikTrip shortly after looters shattered its glass doors during protests of the death of Antonio Martin, 18, who a police officer had shot earlier at the Mobil station across the street. Surveillance footage from the Mobil store shows Martin point what police say is a gun at a Berkeley officer before the officer fatally shoots him.

Williams can be seen in videos both inside and outside the looted QuikTrip, authorities said.

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Joshua Williams (St. Louis County PD photo)

MSNBC profiled Joshua Williams as an advocate of peaceful protests. Of course they did. They also employ race hustler Al Sharpton and call him a journalist and doctored the George Zimmerman 911 calls to make him sound like a racist. Once again, those that the liberals make out to be heroes, turn out to be frauds.

Williams has been quoted as an advocate for peaceful protests.

An MSNBC profile of Williams in September quoted him as saying, “We have to come together as one and show them we can be peaceful, that we can do this. If not, they’re going to just want us to act up so (police) can pull out their toys on us again.”

Later, he continued: “I learned that we have to stand up and that you can’t get nowhere with violence but you can always move people without it.”

MSNBC – Portrait of a protester in Ferguson, Missouri:

When someone from the crowd threw a rock or a bottle, the officers fired rubber bullets and tear gas into the crowd of overwhelmingly peaceful protesters.

During one emotionally raw moment, Williams, also 18, screamed at officers until his eyes were red and wet. Beads of sweat bubbled from his brow and his body grew tense. His voice strained under the shrill of pain swelling from his throat.

As he stepped closer and closer to the police line, a young pastor, Willis Johnson, wrapped Williams in a hug and pleaded with him to calm down. Williams broke down in the older man’s arms and a single tear tumbled down each of their cheeks.

“I don’t know if most people will get over this or want to get over this,” Williams said, sitting across from the police station earlier this week. “I think we can be better if we can all come together. We might have to come together and show that we can work together and overthrow the system. But we have to come together as one and show them we can be peaceful, that we can do this. If not they’re going to just want us to act up so they can pull out their toys on us again.”

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