Wayne County, Michigan prosecutor Kym Worthy has announced that no charges will be filed against three men accused of beating a military veteran outside of a 7-Eleven convenience store last week after surveillance video proves that the veteran was actually the aggressor.
According to reports, 25-year-old Adam Wagner told police that the men had followed him out into the parking lot, mocked the military decals on his car, and attacked him. After reviewing surveillance video, however, Worthy says Wagner started the fight.
"The complaining witness is a military veteran who was the initial aggressor in a fight with three men,” said Worthy in a statement. “The complainant was the largest man and he began the fight by striking the smallest of the three men. After being hit the smallest man fled the scene. A fight continued with the complainant and the other two men. This is where this whole scenario should have ended, since the two men fled the scene. The complainant then continued to pursue them for over a half mile on foot while the two men tried to hide from him. When the complainant found the men, he started the fight all over again. During the altercation the complainant sustained some injuries consistent with a fistfight, but was treated at a hospital and was released. Since the veteran was the initial and only aggressor, the actions of the other three men are not a crime and we are declining to issue any charges."
Worthy says that even though Wagner claims otherwise, surveillance videos show exactly what happened.
“You cannot in this state start a fight, and when others disengage, track the people down to continue the fight and then claim that you were the victim,” said Worthy.
Wagner has yet to comment on the result of the investigation.
A Texas woman purchased a seemingly harmless burrito from a local Stripes convenience store in Midland while on her way to work, but when she was about halfway through eating it, she was shocked to discover that the finger of a latex glove was stuffed inside.
"I just wanted to stop by and get one, I hadn't had one in I don't know how long," said Cynthia Corrigan of the 86 cent fried burrito. "I couldn't wait."
"I was using taco sauce and when I was looking at my burrito to put it in, that's when I noticed the little blue speck in there," continued Corrigan. “I didn't even know what to expect at that point, what was coming out of there, it was so gross. t was nauseating. I kind of yelled and my boss came and asked me what was wrong. Luckily no finger in it!"
Corrigan says she reached out to the store's manager to complain and she was told that all the burritos come from an outside vendor and that all they actually do at the store is fry them.
"I filled out my incident report and he refunded my money for the one burrito," said Corrigan.
The company says it has pulled the burritos from all stores and has notified the outside vendor of the discovery. Corrigan says her main concern has been that someone who shouldn’t come in contact with latex winds up purchasing one of these burritos.
"It could've been someone with an allergy to latex, it could've been a child eating it and possibly choked on it," said Corrigan. "Numerous things could've happened and I'm just glad it was me."
Corrigan says that she would return to the convenience store to purchase a soda, but she plans to steer clear of their food going forward.
Disturbing surveillance video shows the body of 24-year-old Jheryl Wright lying in the doorway of a convenience store in Kalamazoo, Michigan while customers walked by unaffected.
Wright had been gunned down at the entrance of the convenience store just minutes before what’s shown in the video, and according to reports, the store clerks didn’t even check to see if he was alive or dead. People came in and out of the store, stepped over him, and acted as if there wasn’t a dead body in front of them.
"He was a father figure, provided for his family," said Wright’s uncle Barry. "He wasn't a troublemaker. He wasn't some street-type thug. I can't say a bad thing about him."
During Wright’s trial, prosecutors released the surveillance video to help convict the shooting suspect. Wright’s mother Jackel says she is disturbed after watching the video of people ignoring her son.
"When they told me people were still coming in that gas station, stepping over my child in the doorway, I couldn't believe it; I couldn't believe it," said Jackel. "I just can't believe people in this world would do something like that. I can't. How can you step over someone lying in the doorway and not help; how would they feel if that was one of their loved ones sitting there? I hope God have mercy on your soul because you was wrong, sitting there and not helping my son, like he was just a doormat; walking over him, laying there dead. I hope y'all can't sleep at night because that was awful. Just plain awful."
Eventually, as it shows in the video, a man stops and calls the police to report it. Watch the disturbing surveillance video below.
In a scenario similar to the angry villagers of olden days running a criminal out of town, local residents of a small Georgia town formed a mob and chased down the robber of a convenience store, ultimately cornering him and forcing his arrest.
The incident began when 60-year-old Rhine, Georgia resident Ken Lowery entered the local Aden convenience store and the woman behind the counter informed him that the store had just been robbed.
“The lady screamed at me and said ‘I’ve been robbed, he’s got a gun, and I gave him money,” Lowery told WGXA.
When Lowery noticed the alleged robber casually walking away in the distance, he began pursuing the man. Those that heard Lowery and the store clerk’s story quickly joined the cause, tracking the man by foot and in vehicles. Lowery described the scene, claiming that a mob quickly formed in order to catch the robber that had disrupted life in their town.
“People just kept coming around and they were mad, people in Rhine were mad. Here we had an armed robbery in the middle of the day at Aden’s and they wanted to form a posse.”
Lowery described the disorganized nature of the manhunt, claiming “we didn’t have no leader of it all, we just went all our separate ways and the people in Rhine they knew they were going to get that rascal.”
The suspect was eventually cornered in a shed nearby the store, where Lowery fired a warning shot from his rifle. The man stayed hidden in the shed until local police enforcement arrived and arrested the man, 24-year-old Damien Durham. The saying is “don’t mess with Texas,” but it appears as if the citizens of Rhine might have a new slogan for themselves after this most recent display of community unity.
Some pro-2nd Amendment sites, such as Bearing Arms, have begun framing the story of an instance in which guns were used in a positive manner. Major Donald Helms of the Dodge County, Georgia Sheriff's office concur with that sentiment, claiming that "it's just a story of good guys with guns."
An unidentified California stock clerk reportedly locked himself and robbery suspect Demetrus Olson in a convenience store Sunday, in an attempt to capture the thief.
The incident occurred early Sunday morning near N. California Street and E. Sonoma Avenue on the 3200 block in Stockton, according to a Stockton Police press release.
30-year-old Olson entered the convenience store and walked behind the counter to take a pack of cigarettes. When the clerk saw Olson reaching for the pack, he immediately locked the doors and activated the alarm.
When Olson realized he was trapped in the store, he allegedly pushed the clerk and threatened him.
The clerk eventually unlocked the doors and allowed Olson to escape.
Olson was later caught in Oak Park at 12:45a.m., where he was chased by two officers, and hit one before the second officer tackled him to the ground. He was then taken into custody.
Olson now faces charges of robbery, resisting arrest and battery of an officer.
He is currently being held in jail on bail of $303,000.
In 2010, the rate of property crime in the City of Stockton was 88% higher than the national property crime rate. It is 110% higher than the state crime rate.