Random Robbery or Hate Crime: 60 Year Old Brooklyn Orthodox Rabbi Joseph Raksin Gunned Down & Murdered While Walking to Bais Menachem Synagogue Saturday Morning in Northeast Miami-Dade, FL
Random robbery gone wrong or Hate Crime?
Joseph Raksin, a 60 year old rabbi from Brooklyn, NY who was visiting family, was gunned down and murdered as he was walking to a Northeast Miami-Dade synagogue at about 9 am Saturday for Temple services. The two young, black teen males fled the crime scene and are currently being sought by police. The shooting victim was airlifted to the Ryder Trauma Center, where he later died from his wounds. Police stated that Raksin was walking eastbound on Northeast 175th Street and Eighth Court when he was confronted by two young men and gunned down after an altercation in what was most likely a random robbery attempt.
A 60-year-old Orthodox rabbi from Brooklyn on his way to a Northeast Miami-Dade synagogue was gunned down Saturday morning during a likely random robbery attempt, according to Miami-Dade police and local Jewish community leaders.
The shooting victim, Joseph Raksin, was walking eastbound on Northeast 175th Street and Eighth Court at about 9 a.m. when he was confronted by two young men. Following an altercation, Raksin was shot by one of the men, police said.
The authorities were quick to call this a random act of violence as Miami-Dade police spokeswoman Elena Hernandez in a statement,“At this time there is no indication of this being a hate crime.” However, that is not what is being said from Yona Lunger, a local Jewish community activist and member of the Shmira Patrol, a neighborhood watch group. According to accounts, Lunger spoke to one witness who told him, that contrary to what Miami-Dade police reported, Raksin had no altercation with the two young men. Raskin was shot immediately after the two approached him on Northeast 175th Street. Also, The shocking crime took place in broad daylight was just a few blocks away from Torah V’Emunah, an Orthodox synagogue where swastikas were spray painted last month. Coincidence?
Raksin was on his way to Bais Menachem, 1005 NE 172nd Ter., when he was shot, said Lunger, who spoke to one witness who told him that — contrary to what Miami-Dade police reported — Raksin had no altercation with the two young men. He said the witness, whom he did not identify, told him that Raksin was shot immediately after the two approached him on Northeast 175th Street.
Another local Jewish community leader, Brian Siegal, director of the American Jewish Committee’s Miami and Broward Regional Office, said he believes Raksin’s shooting may be connected to the recent act of vandalism at the nearby Torah V’Emunah, an Orthodox synagogue, 1000 NE 174th St.
Two points to ponder with this story as to whether it was or was not a hate crime. First, other than the VIDEO from NBC News 6 above, no where is it referenced that the two murder suspects were two black teens. Also, just curious, would the police have been so quick to discount this as a hate crime if the murder victim was a religious leader with the name of Abdul or Mohammed? But of course that is the double standard we with in this politically correct world.
Things that make you go hmm …
A coroner has ruled that the death of James Baker, former White House Press Secretary under President Ronald Reagan, was a homicide. Hmm, I must admit like at Hot Air, I was a bit surprised to read the headline when it came across. I thought to myself, was he poisoned. How could 73 year old James Baker’s death have been a homicide? I did not remember reading anything of the sort when he died August 4, 2014 in in Obit. And now for something a little different. Brady’s death has been ruled a homicide 33 years after he was wounded in an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan at the hands of John W. Hinckley Jr.
The death this week of James S. Brady, the former White House press secretary, has been ruled a homicide 33 years after he was wounded in an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, police department officials here said Friday.
Officials said the ruling was made by the medical examiner in Northern Virginia, where Mr. Brady died Monday at 73. The medical examiner’s office would not comment on the cause and manner of Mr. Brady’s death.
“We did do an autopsy on Mr. Brady, and that autopsy is complete,” a spokeswoman said.
Gail Hoffman, a spokeswoman for the Brady family, said the ruling should really “be no surprise to anybody.”
“Jim had been long suffering severe health consequences since the shooting,” she said, adding that the family had not received official word of the ruling from either the medical examiner’s office or the police.
The question that arises is whether f John W. Hinckley Jr. can be tried for the murder of James Brady. Sorry to say, the answer is most probably no. However, hopefully this will allow for the nut job John W. Hinckley Jr. to forever stay in a mental institution until the day he dies.
As Eugene Volokh writes in the WAPO, “Could the shooter, John Hinckley Jr., be tried for murdering Brady, even though he has already been tried for attempting to kill Brady, and found not guilty by reason of insanity? The answer is no, likely for two different reasons.” He brings up the year-and-a-day rule, Double jeopardy and collateral estoppel. Please read Volokh’s reasoning and the many cited examples of case law.
Body of Missing 6 Year Old Jenise Wright found in Wooded Area Near Her Mobile Home Park in Bremerton, WA (VIDEO) … RIP (Update: Death Ruled a Homicide)
JUST TRAGIC …
The body of 6 year old missing Jenise Wright was found Thursday in a wooded area near her mobile home park in Bremerton, WA. Although the body found has not been officially ID’d, it is thought to be Jenise Wright. Authorities are considering this a criminal case. Kitsap County sheriff’s deputy Scott Wilson said at a late afternoon news briefing, “We suspect that she just did not go off by herself and fall into some bushes and die.” Jenise Wright was last seen Saturday night, August 2, 2014; however, was not reported missing until about 24 hours later. An autopsy will be conducted Friday to determine the 6 year old’s cause of death. No arrests have been made yet; however, the police said that they’re trying to narrow in on a suspect, and they’re “not ruling out anything.”
The body of Jenise Wright, the 6-year-old East Bremerton girl who has been missing since Sunday, was found in a wooded area near her mobile home park Thursday, authorities said, and that her death isn’t believed to have been accidental.
“This is going to be a criminal investigation, there’s no doubt about that,” Kitsap County sheriff’s deputy Scott Wilson said at a late afternoon news briefing. “We suspect that she just did not go off by herself and fall into some bushes and die.”
“It’s tragic circumstances that bring us here,” Frank Montoya Jr., FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Seattle office, said at the same news briefing at Jenise’s Steele Creek Mobile Home Park.
He praised the operators of the FBI’s K-9 teams. “The K-9s were so instrumental in actually locating the body of Jenise today,” Montoya said. “We couldn’t have done it without them.”
News conference on discovery of child’s body
The Sheriff’s Office said the remains appear to be the body of Jenise.
The body is expected to be positively identified Friday by the Kitsay County coroner, who will also determine the cause and manner of death.
Video from Chopper 7 showed several officers gathered at the entrance to a wooded area near the mobile home park. Police cars were seen in a field and investigators dressed in white protective suits were spotted going in and out of the mobile home where Jenise and her family live Thursday afternoon.
Anyone with information about the girl can contact Kitsap County’s Sheriff’s Office at 360-308-5400 or the FBI’s tip line at 1-800-225-5324.
Daily Commentary – Thursday, June 19, 2014 – Last Father’s Day Was Particularly Dangerous in Chicago
- 27 shootings, two of those shot died over the Father’s Day weekend
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Waffle House Employee Quintavius Martin Shoots and Kills Customer Adrian Mosley in South Fulton County, Georgia
Looks like the customer isn’t always right …
A Waffle House cook. 25-year-old Quintavius Martin, shot and killed a customer, 33-year-old Adrian Mosley, after an argument Friday morning at a Waff;e House in South Fulton County, Georgia. The police were called to the restaurant on Fulton Industrial Boulevard and Shirley Drive just after 4:30 AM. According to a witness, “Three people came in and they were being unruly.” They were asked to leave, one female did; however, the two guys hung around and one of them got into it with the cook and the security guard. According to accounts, one of the customers threatened Martin saying, “he’s from this side of town and you can take it outside because I’m going to fire you up.” Quintavius Martin has been charged with murder.
One might say that the Waffle House cook was defending himself and this was justifiable homicide.
Police say a Waffle House cook shot and killed a customer after an argument Friday morning.
Officers said they were called to the restaurant on Fulton Industrial Boulevard and Shirley Drive just after 4:30 a.m.
“Three people came in and they were being unruly,” said witness Ontray Haley. “The female that was with them they asked her to leave so she left, but the two guys hung around and one of them got into it with the cook and the security guard. Next this I know shots rang out and it was a chaotic scene. Everybody was running and ducking.”
Fulton County police detectives said the customer, identified as 33-year-old Adrian Mosley, may have thrown water into 25-year-old Quintavius Martin’s face before Martin, the Waffle House cook, pulled a gun.
“The guy was threatening the cook saying he’s from this side of town and (Martin) said you can take it outside because I’m going to fire you up, which I guess he meant he wanted to shoot him or whatever,” Haley said. “I didn’t know the cook had a weapon on him because I thought the security guard shot him.”
Quintavius Martin, the Waffle House employee charged with shooting and killing a customer during an argument Friday morning, waived his first court appearance Saturday, said Fulton County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan.
Fulton County police Cpl. Kay Lester said Martin, 25, has been charged with murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and carrying a concealed weapon without a permit. He is being held at the Fulton County Jail without bond.
31 Year Old Bianca Tanner Missing Since 6/8/14 in Charlotte, NC (Update: Police now Investigating as a Homicide)(Update: Boyfriend Angelo Grayson Smith, Jr. Arrested in Homewood, IL)
31 year old Bianca Tanner has been missing since Sunday, June 8, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Bianca Tanner is a second grade school teacher at the Fork Elementary School in Greensboro, N.C. Tanner was last seen Sunday on Druid Circle in Charlotte by her boyfriend, who also lives in Charlotte. The teacher and her son moved into Druid Circle apartments a week ago to live with her boyfriend. Tanner’s boyfriend reported her missing to authorities at 12:37 p.m. on Sunday. WSOCTV is reporting that police assured that Tanner’s son is not missing, but they won’t give any information about his whereabouts.
Tanner was last spotted Sunday on Druid Circle in Charlotte by her boyfriend, who also lives in Charlotte, Faulkner said. Tanner’s boyfriend reported her missing to authorities at 12:37 p.m. on the same day. His identity has not been released at this time.
Tanner recently moved from Greensboro to Charlotte, and may still have ties in the area, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said in a statement.
Tanner is described by authorities as 5-feet-3 inches tall, weighing 110 pounds, with brown hair and eyes. Police say she was last seen wearing a red tank top, black shorts and black flat shoes.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe said there are indications there was an argument between Tanner and her boyfriend Saturday night and Sunday morning.
Police said clues have led them to begin a homicide investigation.
“It’s unfortunate that we have to draw the conclusion at this point… based on our concerns, we have elevated it to a homicide investigation,” Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe said on Thursday.
Elevating the case to a homicide investigation will result in additional resources being added to the investigation, police said in a news conference on Thursday.
“We have interviewed several individuals known to Ms. Tanner,” Monroe said. “Some have yielded information that steered us into the direction of a homicide investigation.”
U.S. Marshals arrested the boyfriend of missing Guilford County Schools teacher, Bianca Tanner. Angelo Grayson Smith, Jr. was arrested in Homewood, Illinois on Thursday. Smith is charged with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police issued the warrant for Smith’s arrest on Sunday. On Wednesday, the agency requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals’ office to find and arrest Smith.
Smith was arrested about 35 miles south of Chicago. Charlotte police were in the area shortly after his arrest to confirm Smith’s identity.
It’s unclear at this point if Smith will waive extradition and agree to be placed in the custody of CMPD or if there will be an extradition hearing.
If anyone has seen or has information regarding Bianca Tanner, please contact Detective Faulkner at (704) 336-8970.
Daily Commentary – Monday, June 9 2014 – Suspect in the First Degree Murder of Three Canadian Mounties Needs no Publicity
- That’s what the shooter wants. We should be talking about those brave Mounties killed and not the perpetrator
Gunman Kills Three Three Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officers & Wounds Two Others in Moncton, Canada (Man Hunt for Suspect 24 Year Old Justin Bourque)(Update: Suspect Arrested)(Update: Fallen Heroes ID’d Const. David Ross, Const. Fabrice Georges Gevaudan & Const. Douglas James Larche)
Three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers have been killed and two other wounded at the hands of a gunman in Moncton, Canada. The gunman is still on the loose as there is currently a massive manhunt for the suspect. New Brunswick RCMP said the police received a call at 7:20 p.m. AT Wednesday about a man wearing camouflage and carrying guns. One resident, Joan MacAlpine-Stiles, recalled seeing the gunman when she opened a window and said, “Oh my God, there he is with camouflage and the headband and a gun, and it looked like a bow he had with him, and I mean he was just through our backyard.”
A man dressed in fatigues and carrying a rifle went on a rampage, killing three police officers and wounding two others.
Police posted to social media a photograph of a man dressed in fatigues, carrying what appeared to be a rifle.
Thursday morning, the shooter was still on the loose.
Residents were asked to keep their doors locked and their outside lights on, as helicopters hovered overhead and the hunt for the gunman continued.
The police have warned Canadian residents not to provide police movements on social media so not to put police in more danger in trying to apprehend the suspect, 24 year old Justin Bourque, the individual alleged to have killed three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers. Police state that Bourque is “armed and dangerous” and it warned residents to stay indoors away from windows and to lock their doors.
New Brunswick RCMP have confirmed that three officers were shot and killed and two other officers were wounded by a heavily armed gunman Wednesday evening in Moncton.
A police manhunt is still underway for Justin Bourque, 24. The RCMP say Bourque is considered “armed and dangerous.”
Paul Greene, an RCMP spokesman, said Bourque was last seen in the wooded area near the Pinehurst subdivision. Police are asking people to keep their doors locked and leave their outdoor lights on.
RCMP Const. Damien Theriault could not say how many police officers were involved in the manhunt.
UPDATE III: Murder Suspect Arrested:
Canadian police Friday arrested the suspected shooter who killed three police officers and wounded two others in a small city in eastern Canada, bringing an end to a 30-hour search that terrorized local residents and captured the attention of the country.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Justin Bourque, a 24-year-old who allegedly killed three RCMP officers and injured two others late Wednesday, was arrested in a wooded residential area in Moncton, New Brunswick, shortly after midnight. It said charges were pending.
Const. Dave Ross, a Quebec-born Mountie who had lived in New Brunswick for seven years, has been identified as one of three RCMP officers killed in Moncton, N.B., Wednesday night.
Ross was a married father of a 19-month-old with another baby on the way, his mother-in-law told CBC News.
Const. Dave Ross, pictured here with his wife on his wedding day
The RCMP has confirmed the identities of the fallen members are.
From left: Const. Dave Joseph Ross, Const. Fabrice Georges Gevaudan and Const. Douglas James Larche appear in photos released by the RCMP.
• Const. David Ross, 32, from Victoriaville, Que. Ross, a police dog handler, leaves behind his wife, who is six months pregnant, and their young son. He graduated from the police foundations program at La Cite college in Ottawa and joined the Codiac Regional RCMP in 2007. In a statement, La Cite president Lise Bourgeois described Ross as a “model student” and said the school will keep its flags at half-mast to honour him and the other fallen officers.
• Const. Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, 45, from Boulogne-Billancourt, France. Gevaudan was posted to the Codiac RCMP detachment in 2008 and worked as a general duty police officer.
• Const. Douglas James Larche, 40, from Saint John, N.B. Larche was posted to three RCMP detachments since 2002, most recently in Codiac where he worked in highway patrol and as a general duty officer. In 2008 Larche received a Commander’s Commendation for saving the life of an unconscious baby in Moncton.
The sick and reprehensible irony of radical Islam, killing a doctor who was trying to save others … Doctor loses his live trying to save others.
Mehdi Ali Qamar, an American doctor was killed when two gunmen on motorcycles shot him dead as he was visiting a graveyard in Pakistan. Dr. Mehdi Ali Qamar was a cardiologist and resident of Fairfield, Ohio. The murdered doctor had arrived in the Punjab province of Pakistan just three days ago to provide free medical cardiac care to heart patients. News travels fast in radical Muslim circles. It is reported that Dr. Mehdi Ali Qamar was shot at least ten times at close range. He was killed in front of his wife and son, who thankfully were not harmed.
Warning: graphic image of murdered doctor can be seen HERE.
Doctor Mehdi Ali Qamar
A volunteer American cardiologist of Pakistani origin was shot dead in a remote Pakistani town on Monday, in the latest attack which underscored growing religious hatred across the south Asian country.
Doctor Mehdi Ali Qamar, who a Pakistani official said lived in Columbus, Ohio, and was visiting a family graveyard in the town of Chenab Nagar in Pakistan’s Punjab province early morning on Monday, was shot by two gunmen riding a motorcycle.
He belonged to the Ahmadi sect of Muslims whose members were officially declared to be heretics under Pakistan’s law in the mid-1970s. Qamar was a naturalized U.S. citizen who moved there about 15 years ago but visited Pakistan occasionally for volunteer work, said a senior police official in Pakistan’s city of Lahore, which is the local capital of the Punjab.
So why the senseless killing of a volunteer doctor who was just looking to help others? Does radical Islam really need an excuse to kill?
“The assassination of Dr. Qamar took place apparently because he belonged to the Ahmadi sect,” said the police official adding that the doctor was in Pakistan to perform medical procedures as a volunteer.
The Ahmadi movement is regarded by orthodox Muslims as heretical because it does not believe that Mohammed was the final prophet sent to guide mankind.
The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad confirmed the attack and the identity of the victim. Meghan Gregonis, a U.S. Embassy spokeswoman, said in a statement: “We express our deepest condolences to his family and friends. The U.S. Embassy is providing consular assistance. Out of respect for Dr. Qamar’s family during this difficult time, we have no further information to share.”
Three More Victims Identified After Elliot Rodger Deadly Killing Spree in Isla Vista, California … UCSB Students Cheng Yuan Hong, 20, George Chen, 19, and Weihan Wang, 20
Three more victims of the Elliot Rodger of the deadly killing spree have been identified. The three victims who were stabbed multiple times to death in unit No. 7 of a two-story, charcoal gray building on Seville Road have been identified as 20 year old Cheng Yuan Hong, 19 year old George Chen amd 20 year old Weihan Wang. The police state that Hong and Chen were listed as tenants at the apartment along with the 22 year old mass murderer Elliot Rodger. All three victims were students at the University of California Santa Barbara. Thirteen others were injured, some by gunfire and others by being hit by his vehicle. One was in serious condition at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.
The three victims who were stabbed in the apartment of the man who unleashed a rampage in the college town of Isla Vista, California, were identified by authorities Sunday, two days after the violent spree.
The victims were identified as Cheng Yuan Hong, 20, and George Chen, 19, both of San Jose, and Weihan Wang, 20, of Fremont.
Authorities said that Hong and Chen were listed as tenants at the apartment of 22-year-old Elliot Rodger, who was suspected of causing the rampage. It was unclear if Wang was a roommate, too. All three were students at the University of California Santa Barbara.
Early today the three other shooting victims that were killed were ID’d, 22 year old Katie Cooper, 19 year old Veronika Weiss and Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez. All 6 victims in Isla Vista murdered were UCSB students. That fact that an individual with so many mental issues and for some time was not flagged some where along the line had legally purchased guns is troubling, and personally I am as pro-Second Amendment as it gets.
Hidden in Rodger’s bedroom were three guns purchased legally from licensed dealers in Goleta, Oxnard and Burbank, authorities said. They said Rodger used the guns and his black BMW to wreak havoc across a square mile of the quiet college town — running down cyclists and skateboarders, shooting through shop windows and exchanging fire with officers.
Elliot Rodger had wrote in his 141 page manifesto the details to his deranged plans that stated, “The first people I would have to kill are my two housemates, to secure the entire apartment for myself as my personal torture and killing chamber.” The psycho then went on to write that he would lure people into the apartment and kill them before an “ultimate showdown in the streets of Isla Vista.”