A 24-year-old Queens woman was beaten to death at a Times Square club packed with rap royalty celebrating Lil’ Kim’s birthday, and the prime suspects are club employees, police sources said.
A maintenance worker Wednesday found Ingrid (China) Rivera’s battered body stuffed in a rooftop electrical room above Spotlight Live, the karaoke bar where patrons wait in long lines to sing with celebrities.
She had been missing since Sunday when, wearing a blue dress and silver heels, she spent the night at Lil’ Kim’s bash, which was attended by Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes, Lamar Odom and Wyclef Jean.
Updated Thursday, August 7th 2008, 8:12 AM
Ingrid Rivera’s body (below) was found Wednesday on rooftop at karaoke club in Times Square. Costanza for News
Ingrid Rivera’s body (below) was found Wednesday on rooftop at karaoke club in Times Square.
Rivera, whose body is wheeled out Wednesday night (below), had been missing since Sunday, when Lil’ Kim’s birthday was being celebrated at club.
Orange County News
Father arrested for stabbing daughters
Saturday, May 09, 2009
City News Service
CORONA, Calif. (CNS) — A father allegedly fatally stabbed his 2-month-old and 6- year-old daughters today at a home in Corona, and he and his wife were taken to a hospital with stab wounds before he was arrested, police said.
Amado Esqueda, 39, was arrested on suspicion of murder, said Sgt. Paul Luczenko.
He and his wife, who was not identified, were hospitalized with serious stab wounds, but are expected to survive, police said.
The stabbings were reported at 6:48 a.m. when police received a 911 call from a home in the 700 block of Via Paraiso Circle, said Corona police Sgt. Jerry Pawluczenko.
The girls were pronounced dead at Corona Regional Medical Center, he said.
Neighbor Diana Valencia awoke to screaming, the Press-Enterprise of Riverside reported.
“It was like frightened yelling in horror,” Valencia told the newspaper.
Los Angeles News
Homeless man beaten to death in Echo Park
Saturday, May 02, 2009
City News Service
LOS ANGELES (CNS) — The body of a homeless man who had been beaten to death was found today in Echo Park , police said.
The man’s body was found about 2:30 a.m. in front of a business at 533 Glendale Blvd., said Officer Jose Villalta of the Los Angeles Police Department.
The man appeared to have been “viciously struck in the head with a blunt object,” said April Harding of the LAPD.
A large pot or tree planter was on the victim’s head, Villalta said.
(see video on this page – the man had been beaten savagely to death)
Police identify man beaten to death
Updated: May 1, 2009 11:54 AMUpdate: Police have identified the victim as 78-year-old Ronald Dale North of Las Vegas.
The exact cause of death has not been released
Denise Rosch reporting
A man is dead after being left bleeding unconscious on the side of the road, and police need your help figuring out who he was. The victim was found early Friday morning on East Tropicana near Maryland Parkway.
It’s not the way detectives would prefer to solve this case: releasing the picture of an unconscious man in his hospital bed. But officers say they had no choice. Identifying the victim is step one in finding out who attacked him.
“It’s wrong,” says Las Vegan Darrayl Hayward. “It’s a sick town we live in.”
Adds local Edward Cox, “I think it’s horrible. Life is something. People have no mental morality at all.”
The man was found early Friday morning bleeding outside of an office complex on East Tropicana. Officers say the man had no identification and was unable to communicate anything. Now, he’s in critical condition at a local hospital with a brain injury.
The attack happened just steps away from a busy bus stop on Tropicana, so there’s always a chance the victim was a passenger.
Police say the victim was between 50 and 60 years old, stood 5’10” tall, and weighed about 155 pounds. He was wearing a white button-up shirt, white pants, and a black belt – the basic attire of countless restaurant and casino workers.
The mystery now is who he is and what exactly happened on the sidewalk across from the UNLV dorms?
Denise Rosch: Busy street. I know it is 2:00 in the morning, but busy street.
Darrayl Hayward: 24-hour town.
The man passed away Sunday night from a brain injury. If you know who this man was or have any information about what happened to him, you’re urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 385-5555. You can remain anonymous.
Boy beaten to death while mom serves in Iraq
Woman’s boyfriend charged with murder after 4-year-old found dead in bed
updated 4:44 p.m. ET, Sat., May 26, 2007
CALUMET CITY, Ill. – A man beat his girlfriend’s 4-year-old son to death after she left the boy in his care while she was deployed to Iraq, police said.
A judge denied bond on Saturday for Donell Parker, 23, who is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Cameron Smith. Parker was charged Friday, a day after the boy was found dead in his bed in a suburb south of Chicago.
Judge Frank Castiglione said at Saturday’s bail hearing that Parker showed a “wanton disrespect for human life.” Prosecutors told the court the boy suffered multiple rib fractures, damaged internal organs and swelling around his brain.
That’s the America I know – I don’t have any idea where the Republicans and their Rush “think’s he’s God” Limbaugh, Uncle Dick “don’t take him hunting” Cheney and other conservative demi-gods have been living but it must be la-la land. – my note
Happy Mothers’ Day in America
LOS ANGELES (KABC) – An AMBER alert has been issued statewide for 18-month-old boy Alexis Rodriguez. Francisco Rodriguez, a 33-year-old male, is suspected of kidnapping both the boy and his mother, Consuelo Gonzalez, in Pomona at approximately 7:43 p.m. Saturday after an attempted homicide. Gonzalez is Francisco Rodriguez’s wife.
UPDATE 8:21 a.m.: Francisco Rodriguez, the boy’s father, tried to run over Jose Chavez, 30, on Huntingon Street south of Third Street around 7:45 p.m. Saturday as he drove off, according to Pomona police. Chavez was airlifted to a hospital with a life-threatening head injury.
Police were on the scene of a potentially suspicious death at the Dickens Drive Group Home at 113 Dickens Drive in Raleigh on March 28, 2009.
Search warrant released in death of group home worker
Raleigh police investigate potentially suspicious death
Posted: Apr. 2, 2009
Raleigh, N.C. — A search warrant released Thursday listed the death of a direct-care worker at the Dickens Drive Group Home as a possible murder.
The warrant says that Rebecca Ezeoha Thompkins, 44, had a laceration on the left side of her face when a co-worker found her early Friday, March 27, in the home for mentally disabled patients. Another counselor and six residents were present at that time.
The warrant allowed police to search the home at 113 Dickens Drive and a Volvo 940 and Chevrolet van belonging to Thompkins’ boyfriend.
They also seized tire tools, candle holders, an ink pen and caulking tool.
Additionally, officers found credit cards belonging to Thompkins’ in her boyfriend’s car.
The co-worker who called 911 said that Thompkins was face-down in a bath tub and covered in blood when he found her.
(my note – autopsy reveals – )
autopsy reveals –
blunt force injury to the head
laceration to the left side of the face
fracture of the left zygomatic bone
fracture of the fifth cervical vertebral body
subarachnoid hemorrhage of the brain
(It means that somebody bigger than her beat her viciously)
(My Note – This is the America I know – a place of police brutality, cover-ups by police and authorities, abuses of power and conflicts of interest common among authorities and failures of a justice and law enforcement system that abuses citizens at every excuse while letting murderers go free. It is true that in America, especially in states controlled by the Republican party manifesto – you will spend longer in jail and pay more in fines for not paying parking tickets, or for having a married name on one ID but not on another, or for any misdemeanor than for brutalizing assault or murder – especially when perpetrated against a woman. But, the police will brutalize anyone that isn’t carrying a weapon, didn’t kill someone, and isn’t in a gang of some kind.)
This is just par for the course in America since the Republican conservatives have “fixed things” over the last thirty years to suit themselves and their way of doing things –
Documents suggest cover-up in Oakland beating
Jaxon Van Derbeken, Chronicle Staff Writer
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Jerry Amaro complained to everyone he knew that Oakland police had beaten him.
Few people outside his own family believed the 35-year-old drug addict’s story back in March 2000. It seemed no one ever would – he never lodged a complaint against police after being arrested in an undercover drug sting, his family found no witnesses to back his claim, and the lieutenant who led the operation denied that any beating had occurred.
A month after his arrest, Amaro died of pneumonia brought on by broken ribs and a punctured lung. Suddenly, police homicide investigators did find witnesses to back Amaro’s story, and at least one officer acknowledged that police had inflicted blows that night.
Police officials even ultimately concluded that their own criminal probe had been compromised by the “blatant” interference of the lieutenant who oversaw Amaro’s arrest.
Until recently, however, Amaro’s family never knew about any of it. Police shelved the case quietly, handing out a 10-day suspension to the lieutenant.
Eight years after Amaro’s death, that lieutenant, Ed Poulson, was promoted to captain and put in charge of police internal affairs. Only then did new allegations surrounding Amaro’s death come to light, prompting the FBI to open an investigation and Amaro’s family to file a $10 million civil rights lawsuit.
[ . . . ]
Someone within the Police Department then contacted the FBI, accusing Poulson himself of having kicked Amaro on the ground and then ordering officers to lie, according to authorities with knowledge of the case. News that the FBI had opened an investigation was first reported earlier this year by the Chauncey Bailey Project, a consortium of media outlets that does not include The Chronicle.In March, attorney John Burris – who had turned Amaro’s family away in 2000 – filed a $10 million lawsuit on their behalf.
“They beat my brother, they broke his ribs. He died in agony and pain,” said Amaro’s sister, Stephanie Montoya. “These police officers finally came forward after all this time.”
Another case involves Bruce Mendenhall, a trucker from Illinois charged with the June 2007 shooting death of Sara Nicole Hulbert, whose body was found in a Nashville truck stop along Interstate 24. After his arrest, Mendenhall implicated himself in other murders. He now has been charged with killing three women in Tennessee, Indiana and Alabama and is a suspect in at least two other homicides in Indiana and Georgia.
Indeed, the FBI initiative developed out of an Oklahoma case in 2004 when an analyst with the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation noticed that bodies of murdered women were being dumped along Interstate 40 in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Mississippi.FBI analysts checked records in the database to determine whether there were similar patterns of highway killings in other areas.
There were. Working with other agencies, the FBI developed a grid of more than 500 murder victims found along or near highways, along with 200 potential suspects, most of them truckers.
The FBI says the system is working. Since its inception, at least 10 suspects believed to have committed some 30 homicides have been arrested. All of them were long-haul truckers at the time, although not all were on duty when the crimes were committed. The FBI said it couldn’t speculate on whether the killers became truckers in order to gain access to victims.
In Kansas, Miss Molly was discovered on Jan. 25, 1986, when a trucker heading west on I-70 noticed a body lying in a creek below a bridge. The partially clothed woman was about 5 feet, 5 inches tall and 25 to 30 years old. Her clothing was expensive, with French and European markings.
She was well-groomed, and stretch marks on her abdomen indicated that she may recently have given birth. Though she was severely beaten and injured from the fall, the cause of death was determined to be drowning — in just a few inches of water.
“We have no idea who she is, where she originated from, where she was going to, absolutely nothing,” Saline County Sheriff Glen Kochanowski said. “We have been all over the United States talking to various task forces about this. Nobody has been able to give us anything on her.”
In Missouri, the body of Gloria Barnes was found July 13, 1997, behind the Seven Gables Truck Stop and Restaurant along Interstate 44 in Springfield. Her body was wrapped in carpet padding and she died from a blow to the head.
Barnes was last seen 400 miles away in Joiner, Ark., about three days earlier.
Woman found beaten to death in alley
by Eddi Trevizo – Apr. 21, 2009 11:20 AM
The Arizona Republic
Phoenix police found a woman beaten to death in an alley behind a pawn shop Tuesday morning.
Police responding to a call found the body of a woman, said to be about 45 to 50 years old, behind the shop near 27th Avenue and Bethany Home Road.
Empty plastic bottles, trash bags and debris were scattered around the body.
The victim has not been identified, but she was probably homeless, said Officer James Holmes, spokesman for Phoenix Police.
“We have a fairly messy scene that indicates a struggle,” Holmes said.
The victim’s boyfriend, whose identity has not been disclosed, was taken into custody and is being interviewed. The man has not been arrested, Holmes said.
Zee did not see the woman until several moments later when another employee told him there was a body behind the building.
“She was so beat up she looked swollen; I didn’t know if it was a man or a woman,” Zee said.
Police have not determined the extent of the woman’s injuries and have not determined the cause of death pending an autopsy.
South Bend woman attacked by boyfriend, suffers severe stab wounds
Posted: 10:23 PM May 4, 2009
Last Updated: 4:06 PM May 5, 2009
A man came to the rescue of his neighbor Monday night after the woman’s boyfriend allegedly attacked her with a knife as she held her infant daughter.
It happened around 6:15 p.m. at the Miami Hills Apartments in South Bend, just north of the Erskine Golf Course on the south side of town.
Police say 24-year-old Katrina McMillen was in her apartment arguing with her boyfriend, 27-year-old Victor Henderson. While she was holding her baby, the boyfriend attacked her with a kitchen knife.
McMillen ran downstairs and out of the building, still holding her child, but Henderson chased after her and began stabbing her again.
At one point, the McMillen dropped her baby on the pavement.
That is when a neighbor, 26-year-old Dennis Johnson, attempted to fight the man off.