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Former teacher accused of kidnapping ‘troubled’ teenager captured at a remote California cabin

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/04/20/a-former-teacher-accused-of-kidnapping-a-troubled-teenager-has-been-arrested-in-california/?utm_term=.02ba413b9030

 

During the nearly six weeks that Tad Cummins and 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas were missing, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation received more than 1,500 tips.

Late Wednesday night, the tip they were desperately hoping for finally arrived.

It came from a caller who told investigators that the 50-year-old Cummins and the teenager he is accused of abducting might be living in a remote cabin near Cecilville, Calif., a onetime mining town about 100 miles from the Oregon border.

Speaking to reporters at a news conference Thursday afternoon, TBI spokesman Josh DeVine said investigators quickly coordinated with the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, which was able to locate a silver Nissan Rogue belonging to Cummins and keep the vehicle under surveillance for several hours.

“The area where the pair was reported to be is a very remote, isolated area with no or limited cellphone services,” DeVine said. “As daylight broke this morning, they were able to take Tad Cummins into custody and safely recover Elizabeth without incident.”

Authorities said Elizabeth was physically unharmed, but they declined to comment on her emotional well-being or where the pair has been since they vanished last month.

TBI Director Mark Gwyn said Elizabeth will be flown back to Tennessee in a TBI aircraft to be reunited with her family. At the same time, he noted, investigators from TBI, the FBI and the Maury County Sheriff’s Office are on their way to Northern California to continue their investigation.

NEW: Here’s the mug shot of Tad Cummins from California. He’s now facing state and federal charges.

Gwyn said Cummins — who is being held by the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department without bond — faces charges that “could keep him behind bars for many years.”

“What happened in California this morning, however, proves it only takes one person to lead to a successful end,” he added. “We are extremely thankful the hard work of all partners in this search has paid off. We’re also grateful for the public’s support and vigilance throughout this search effort.”

Once Cummins is extradited to Tennessee, he will be charged with sexual contact with a minor and aggravated kidnapping, authorities said.

Acting U.S. attorney Jack Smith said his office had also filed a federal charge of transportation of a minor across state lines for criminal sexual intercourse — a charge that carries a minimum 10 year sentence.

Anthony Thomas, Elizabeth’s father, told NBC affiliate WSMV-TV that he wasn’t surprised that they were in the northwest and said he’d heard the pair were in a commune.

“I’m very happy,” he said. “She’s probably going to be hungry.”

“We’re going to have to figure out what kind of state of mind she’s in, of course, and probably get her some help,” he said. “Maybe a long road, but at least we’ve got her back.”

Maury County Public Schools also issued statement Thursday, calling Elizabeth’s return “wonderful news for our community.”

“Thanks go to all who have kept the message of finding Elizabeth Thomas and working on her safe return as top-of-mind throughout the nation,” it said.

The teen and Cummins — a 50-year-old from Middle Tennessee — had been missing since March 13, when an Amber Alert was issued. Cummins was Elizabeth’s high school teacher at Culleoka Unit School.

“Investigative efforts have revealed a troubling pattern of behavior by Tad Cummins, suggesting the 50-year-old may have been abusing his role as a teacher to groom this vulnerable young girl for some time in an effort to lure and potentially sexually exploit her,” the agency said in a statewide Amber Alert.

“Having now been on the run for more than five days, Cummins may have taken her, frankly, anywhere,” the agency said last month.

On March 13, video surveillance at a Columbia gas station showed Cummins filling up his silver Nissan Rogue. A short time later, investigators say, he drove to a Shoney’s restaurant, where Elizabeth had been dropped off by a friend and was waiting. Investigators said they think he manipulated her into leaving with him, but he wasn’t authorized to take a minor, and she wasn’t old enough to consent. That afternoon, investigators say, they determined Elizabeth was 80 miles away in Decatur, Ala.

 

Then, nothing. After their disappearance, investigators said they had received hundreds of tips from 24 states, but not enough information to tighten the dragnet despite a multi-state manhunt and Cummins’s addition to Tennessee’s most-wanted list.

In a news release, the TBI said Cummins might be keeping Elizabeth out of sight of authorities, possibly sleeping in his car or in a rural community.

Last month, the agency released new images of Cummins in an effort to keep the case in the spotlight. The pictures were from a week before Cummins and Elizabeth disappeared, and they showed him wearing a camouflage cap and pushing a shopping cart at a store.

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Two gang members in U.S. illegally are accused of kidnapping 3 girls, killing 1 in a satanic ritual

Two MS-13 gang members from El Salvador, both in the United States illegally, held three teenage girls against their will and killed one of them in what was described as a satanic ritual, authorities in Houston said Friday.

Miguel Alvarez-Flores, 22, and Diego Hernandez-Rivera, 18, have been arrested and charged with aggravated kidnapping and murder — both first-degree felonies punishable by up to life in prison. Bond has been set at $300,000 for each, but immigration detainers will keep both behind bars.

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The 15-year-old girl’s body was found Feb. 16 with gunshot wounds to the face and chest. Homicide detective Sgt. Chris Sturdivant said that the girl’s identity has not been officially determined but that investigators are confident they know who she is — a girl reported missing in January in nearby Jersey Village, Texas.

The captives were three “young, impressionable women” ranging in age from 14 to 16 who succumbed to the allure of gang life before being taken to an apartment and held there against their will, Sturdivant said. The 14-year-old girl told investigators that they were fed drugs and alcohol and forced to have sex.

The girl said the 15-year-old was killed in a satanic ritual because she had struck the gang’s shrine to a satanic saint, according to investigators. She told investigators that Alvarez-Flores made a peace offering to the figure in the form of a cigarette.

“He returned from the statue and told the entire group that the beast did not want a material offering but wanted a soul,” state District Judge Maria Jackson said during the men’s initial court appearance Wednesday.

The 14-year-old said she later awoke to find the 15-year-old gone, according to investigators. The case comes as President Trump is promoting concerns over criminal immigrants living in the United States illegally.

He has announced that he plans to create an agency, called Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement, or VOICE, to serve victims of crimes committed by such immigrants. It would be part of the Department of Homeland Security.

“The majority of the MS-13 members we come into contact with are here illegally,” Sturdivant said. Attorneys for Alvarez-Flores and Hernandez-Rivera did not immediately return calls Friday night.

Sturdivant said both men admitted their involvement in the abductions and killing after their arrests Monday. An FBI multi-jurisdictional anti-gang task force continues to investigate, and Sturdivant said authorities are seeking other gang members who were possibly involved in the crimes.

MS-13, also called Mara Salvatrucha, is believed to have been founded in Los Angeles in the mid-1980s by immigrants fleeing civil war in El Salvador. It is now a major international criminal enterprise.

Pedro Hernandez Found Guilty of Kidnapping and Killing Etan Patz in 1979

Pedro Hernandez, a former bodega stock clerk who confessed to luring 6-year-old Etan Patz into a basement and attacking him, was found guilty on Tuesday of murder and kidnapping, a long-awaited step toward closure in a case that bedeviled investigators for decades and changed forever the way parents watched over their children.

A Manhattan jury convicted Mr. Hernandez on the ninth day of deliberations after the second of two lengthy trials that brought renewed attention to Etan’s disappearance on May 25, 1979, as he walked to his school bus stop alone in SoHo for the first time.

The mystery of what happened to Etan shook New York and the nation, with photographs of the smiling, sandy-haired boy ubiquitous on milk cartons, “missing” posters, newspaper front pages and television newscasts. The alarm caused by the abduction reverberated across America, evoking the worst fears of parents and helping to change the way the authorities tracked missing children.

The vote to convict came after jurors returned to court Tuesday following a three-day weekend and watched — “for the 100th time,” one juror said — Mr. Hernandez’s recorded confessions. Around noon, the panel sent a note to the judge saying it had reached a verdict. Though jurors declined to discuss how their views had evolved while deliberating, they acknowledged overcoming significant divisions.

“Deliberations were difficult,” said Tommy Hoscheid, the jury foreman, “but I think we had constructive conversations based in logic that were analytical and creative and adaptive and compassionate, and ultimately, kind of heartbreaking.”

Years of fruitless searches and examinations of suspects had failed to yield answers for Etan’s parents, Stanley and Julie Patz, who still live in the Prince Street loft that was their home when their son vanished from what was then a semi-industrial area.

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“Deliberations were difficult,” said Tommy Hoscheid, the foreman of the jury. CreditLouis Lanzano for The New York Times

The authorities turned their attention to Mr. Hernandez, who lived in a small New Jersey town near Philadelphia, after his brother-in-law called detectives in 2012 to share his suspicion that he could be responsible.

For Stanley Patz, the verdict meant a vigil of almost 38 years was close to an end.

“The Patz family has waited a long time, but we finally found some measure of justice for our wonderful little boy Etan,” said Mr. Patz, who sat through every day of the trial, carrying his own cushion to use on the courtroom’s hard wooden benches. He said that he had called his wife, who was not at the courthouse, and that she had cried at the news.

“I’m really grateful — I’m really grateful — this jury finally came back with what I’ve known for a long time,” he added, “that this man, Pedro Hernandez, is guilty of doing something really terrible so many years ago.”

The outcome was a victory for the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., who chose to prosecute Mr. Hernandez a second time after the earlier mistrial. That proceeding ended in 2015 after 18 days of deliberations when a lone juror declined to convict. He said he had been persuaded by defense arguments that Mr. Hernandez had mental health problems that called his admissions into question and that another suspect could have been the killer.

“I’m relieved, and I’m relieved because I think it’s the right result,” Mr. Vance said in an interview. “I think it can bring all of us together in a moment of closure and healing,” he added, describing Etan’s disappearance as “something that has stayed with us as a city and as a community of New Yorkers.”

Mr. Hernandez, 56, is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 28. He faces up to 25 years to life in prison on both the kidnapping and murder charges, prosecutors said.

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Etan’s parents, Stanley and Julie Patz, in 1980. CreditJohn Sotomayor/The New York Times

Etan’s remains were never found, and prosecutors had no scientific evidence from crime scenes to corroborate their arguments. But the prosecution team, led by two veteran assistant district attorneys, Joan Illuzzi and Joel J. Seidemann, relied on Mr. Hernandez’s own words to build their case, pulling from the detailed confessions he gave to the authorities around the time of his arrest and to mental health experts who evaluated him later.

In interviews recorded on video, which prosecutors played repeatedly for jurors during the five-month trial, Mr. Hernandez described encountering a boy on a sidewalk outside the bodega and asking him if he wanted a soda.

Mr. Hernandez told investigators he had led the boy to the basement and started to choke him. He said he had put the boy into a plastic bag and put the bag into a box that he left with garbage nearby. He said he believed the child was still alive when he left him.

As part of his confession, he also signed a “missing” poster showing Etan, confirming to investigators that he was the boy he had attacked.

“I just couldn’t let go,” Mr. Hernandez said in one of the interviews. “I felt like something just took over me.”

He did not offer a motive and said that he had not sexually abused Etan or any other child. But in her closing arguments, Ms. Illuzzi argued otherwise, saying that sexual abuse was the probable reason for the attack.

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Stanley Patz, Etan’s father, spoke in the courtroom after Pedro Hernandez was found guilty of murder and kidnapping on Tuesday. CreditLouis Lanzano for The New York Times

Mr. Hernandez’s lawyers tried to undermine the credibility of his confessions, saying he was the only witness against himself and an unreliable one at that.

They described Mr. Hernandez as having a low I.Q. and a personality disorder that made it difficult for him to distinguish between reality and fantasy. The defense contended that Mr. Hernandez’s admissions reflected a fiction he had concocted. They also argued that he was susceptible to pressure by detectives during an interrogation that lasted several hours.

Mr. Hernandez, who stared forward blankly through much of the trial, showed little emotion as the verdict was announced.

“We are obviously terribly disappointed,” Harvey Fishbein, the lead defense lawyer, said outside court. He said he planned to appeal, saying the grounds to do so were “too lengthy to start to list right here.”

“We’re confident we’ll be back here some day,” Mr. Fishbein said. “Unfortunately, in the end, we don’t believe this will resolve the story of what happened to Etan back in 1979.”

Prosecutors sought to portray Mr. Hernandez as mercurial and controlling yet deeply religious and desperate to unburden himself of the guilt he felt for attacking Etan. To support that argument, the prosecution called witnesses who testified about admissions Mr. Hernandez made over the years, with varying details, about killing a child in New York City.

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A member of a church group testified that Mr. Hernandez fell to his knees in tears, saying he had attacked a child. Mr. Hernandez’s former wife, with whom he has had an acrimonious relationship, recalled how he had pulled her aside before they married and told her he had killed a “muchacho,” which she inferred to be a teenage boy. She also testified that, after they were married, she found an image of Etan, taken from one of the missing posters, in a box of his in a closet.

The first prosecution witness to testify when the trial began in October was Julie Patz. She recounted a hectic morning and what turned out to be her final moments with her son.

It was the Friday before the Memorial Day weekend; she was busy tending to her other children, and Etan jolted out of bed. He had been pushing to be more independent, she said, and he pleaded with her to let him walk about two blocks to the bus stop on his own.

She said that she had reluctantly agreed and had walked him outside. He set off wearing an Eastern Airlines cap and carrying a $1 bill given to him by a neighborhood handyman on a visit to his workshop. He planned to stop in the bodega for a soda along the way.

That afternoon, when Etan did not return, Ms. Patz testified, she called around and learned that he had never made it to school or boarded his bus.

At the time, Mr. Hernandez was an 18-year-old high school dropout who had recently come to New York from Camden, N.J. Prosecutors said that soon after Etan disappeared, possibly within days, Mr. Hernandez returned to New Jersey, at some point taking a job at a dress factory.

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Cyrus R. Vance Jr., the Manhattan district attorney, leaving court in December.CreditAnthony Lanzilote for The New York Times

His lawyers depicted Mr. Hernandez as struggling with a mental illness that loosened his grip on reality. They said he had schizotypal personality disorder, a condition marked by symptoms that included severe paranoia, social anxiety and unusual beliefs. His youngest daughter, Becky, testified that he had discussed having hallucinations of demons and an angelic woman in white.

The defense also suggested that another man could have been the culprit. The man, Jose Ramos, a convicted pedophile, had a relationship with a woman who had been hired to walk Etan home from school. He was considered a suspect for years.

Prosecutors, citing a lack of evidence, dismissed the suggestion that Mr. Ramos was involved. They also said Mr. Hernandez was feigning symptoms of his mental illness.

At the start of deliberations, the jury was “majorly divided,” one juror, Cateryn Kiernan, said. The confessions and the testimony about Mr. Ramos were among the major points of discussion.

“We all had different hangups,” Ms. Kiernan told reporters. “It’s not a black-and-white case. There’s a lot of gray.”

Ultimately, the jurors agreed with the prosecution’s arguments discrediting Mr. Ramos as a potential suspect, and found that the defense had not raised enough doubt. Another juror, Mike Castellon, called the defense strategy “spaghetti on the wall” — tossing out numerous theories, none of which stuck for him.

Mr. Castellon said he found Mr. Hernandez’s confessions credible, and although he believed Mr. Hernandez might have a personality disorder, none of the experts who testified convinced him that it could make him confess to something he had invented.

“That didn’t make him delusional,” Mr. Castellon said of the disorder. “We think he could tell right from wrong,” he said. “He could tell fantasy from reality.”

CNN Nigger Puppet Don Lemon on Blacks Kidnapping and Torturing White Man: “I Don’t Think It’s Evil”

http://www.renegadetribune.com/cnn-puppet-don-lemon-blacks-kidnapping-torturing-white-man-dont-think-evil/

 

 

Renegade Editor’s Note: I don’t think “hate crimes” should exist at all, but it should be pretty obvious now that White people have been the main targets for the campaign against “hate”, even though they are also the main targets of interracial violence.

by Piper McGowin of The Daily Sheeple

The liberal mainstream media talking heads propagating the “racism only happens against black people and minorities” narrative are having a really hard time spinning what is blatantly, obviously, in your face, couldn’t be more obvious if the perpetrators were all wearing shirts at the time that said “We’re committing a hate crime right now!” black hate crime against white a white person.

As previously reported, a group of four black young adults kidnapped a white, mentally challenged man in Chicago and tortured him live on Facebook. They said things like, “F*ck white people!” while doing it, making it pretty apparent to most adults with eyeballs who know what words mean that this is a hate crime.

The system, however, which has spent the majority of Obama’s second term whipping America into a race war is desperately trying to spin it that maybe four black people were just attacking a white guy and saying “F*ck white people” only because he was mentally handicapped, and they were just expressing hate toward mentally handicapped people…

No, his mental handicap is probably the reason why they were so easily able to kidnap the man in the first place. These demonic subhumans weren’t saying, “F*ck mentally handicapped people!” in the video, now were they?

Well, now chief CNN puppet Don Lemon (of drunken 2016 New Year’s Eve tirade fame) actually sat up there on television and argued with a guest who referred to these people’s actions as “evil”.

Daily Caller columnist Matt Lewis referred to the disturbing event as “sickening” and said,

At the end of the day, you just try to wrap your head around evil. That’s what this is: it’s evil, it’s brutality, it’s man’s inhumanity to man.”

Don Lemon, however, managed to disagree, saying, 

I don’t think it’s evil. (Stammer stammer.) I don’t think it’s evil. I think these are young people and I think they have bad home training.”

Watch:

“Bad home training”?

BAD HOME TRAINING? SERIOUSLY?!?!

I’m thinking… I’m thinking… hm… nope, my parents never specifically told me “kidnapping and torturing people is bad”. They didn’t have to because that’s just something the majority of everyone inherently knows is bad.

So, let’s try to get this straight.

Kidnapping someone based on not just their vulnerability but more specifically their race and then torturing them live on Facebook by cutting them and forcing them to drink toilet water isn’t “evil” Don Lemon says.

Wow.

Can you just imagine Lemon’s dramatic outrage if this had been a mentally challenged black kid yanked off the street by a group of giggling white people filming themselves torturing him and saying, “F*ck Obama! F*ck black people!”

He probably would have cried and held a candlelight vigil on air.

Some might wonder how an agenda-driven, propagandist race baiter like Don Lemon sleeps at night or is able to look himself in the mirror every day. Considering his net worth is $3 million, he probably sleeps very well on high thread count Egyptian cotton sheets.

Keep in mind CNN is the same “news” outlet that painstakingly listed out every instance of supposed hate crimes against minorities after Trump was elected (most of which were comprised of graffiti without witnesses, in other words, easily hoaxable), but when it came to a black mob yelling “You voted Trump!” while beating a white guy — and calling him “white boy” — all caught on tape (and in Chicago again no less)…

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Well, then the outlet refers to it with lines like, “And it’s not just incidents of hate crimes that have happened since the election. There have been reports of other attacks, too…”

See how they did that? Apparently this is an “other attack” according to CNN, not a hate crime:

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Because, in the Orwellian world of liberal mainstream media race baiting, hate crimes simply can’t happen to white people ever… even when hate crimes are clearly happening to white people.


This article originally appeared on The Daily Sheeple.