That’s One Cross Dresser: Knifeman in Women’s Clothing Wanted for Stabbing

That’s One Cross Dresser: Knifeman in Women’s Clothing Wanted for Stabbing

A man wearing a dress, stockings and a pink sweatband on his head chased and stabbed a 52-year-old man several times in an underground parking garage in Greenwich Village, New York City police said.

The altercation occurred at mid-afternoon on Aug. 24 and was captured on closed-circuit television. The police released that footage in hopes obtaining the name and whereabouts of the attacker and are asking for the public’s help.

 

The video starts with the as-yet-unnamed victim fleeing his assailant, when he falls to the ground and is stabbed. A witness wearing a red shirt tries to stop the attack but is thwarted by the knife-wielding assailant. The victim manages to get on his knees, only to suffer another stab. He is finally able to stand up as the man in the red shirt helps him escape; the video then freezes to show a clear view of the suspect, who was subsequently seen fleeing west on 14th Street toward Fifth Avenue.

A police statement said the victim was stabbed multiple times in the neck and chest and taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he was initially listed in stable condition. His current status is unknown.

The alleged assailant dressed in black dress and pink headband, holding a knife in New York City in an undated photo. (Newsflash)

Police describe the assailant as a male between 20 to 30 years of age, 5-foot-11-inches tall and weighing 200 pounds. He is wearing a black dress, matching stockings and a pink bandanna. It’s unclear what started the argument that culminated in the attack.

Anyone with information on the attacker’s identity is asked to call the department’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477)  or by going to www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.  A tip that leads to an arrest and indictment is eligible for an award of up to $2,500.

(Edited by Matthew Hall and Stephen Gugliociello.)



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VIDEO: Man in Black Dress Wanted in Knife Attack

VIDEO: Man in Black Dress Wanted in Knife Attack

A man wearing a dress, stockings and a pink sweatband on his head chased and stabbed a 52-year-old man several times in an underground parking garage in Greenwich Village, New York City police said.

The altercation occurred at mid-afternoon on Aug. 24 and was captured on closed-circuit television. The police released that footage in hopes obtaining the name and whereabouts of the attacker and are asking for the public’s help.

 

The video starts with the as-yet-unnamed victim fleeing his assailant, when he falls to the ground and is stabbed. A witness wearing a red shirt tries to stop the attack but is thwarted by the knife-wielding assailant. The victim manages to get on his knees, only to suffer another stab. He is finally able to stand up as the man in the red shirt helps him escape; the video then freezes to show a clear view of the suspect, who was subsequently seen fleeing west on 14th Street toward Fifth Avenue.

A police statement said the victim was stabbed multiple times in the neck and chest and taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he was initially listed in stable condition. His current status is unknown.

The alleged assailant dressed in black dress and pink headband, holding a knife in New York City in an undated photo. (Newsflash)

Police describe the assailant as a male between 20 to 30 years of age, 5-foot-11-inches tall and weighing 200 pounds. He is wearing a black dress, matching stockings and a pink bandanna. It’s unclear what started the argument that culminated in the attack.

Anyone with information on the attacker’s identity is asked to call the department’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477)  or by going to www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.  A tip that leads to an arrest and indictment is eligible for an award of up to $2,500.

(Edited by Matthew Hall and Stephen Gugliociello.)



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IN PHOTOS: Child Rescued 22 Hours After Deadly Building Collapse

IN PHOTOS: Child Rescued 22 Hours After Deadly Building Collapse

MAHAD, India—A 4-year-old boy was rescued unharmed from the rubble 22 hours after an apartment building collapsed, killing at least 16 people in this western Indian town.

The five-story Tarique Garden building housed about 40 residents. So far, 78 people have been rescued.

Officials said the top three floors of the 10-year-old building fell on Aug. 25 in a way that experts describe as a “pancake building collapse,” in which the floors collapse into each other and debris is stacked on top like a pancake tower, making rescue operations very difficult.

Some residents managed to escape when the structure started shaking but before it came down a short time later. There have been newspaper reports that the building started developing cracks three years after it was constructed.

Seven excavators and heavy machines were seen clawing at the rubble throughout the night in an effort to find any survivors. By early the next morning, three teams from the National Disaster Response Force and three search and rescue dogs joined in the effort.

Intermittent rains disrupted the rescue operations, but in early afternoon, the dogs began circling an area of the rubble and rescue teams concentrated their excavation there. Hours later, the rescuers caught a glimpse of the little boy. Although he was crying, his only injuries appeared to be minor bruises. As news of the rescue spread, a crowd that had gathered started cheering.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday he was saddened by the incident.

“My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their dear ones. I pray the injured recover soon,” the statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office said.

 

 

Rescue teams clear the rubble and search for survivors at the site where the 5-story Tarique Garden building collapsed Aug. 26 in Mahad in the Indian state of Maharashtra. (Subhash Sharma/Zenger)

 

Rescue teams clear the rubble and search for survivors at the site of the collapsed building. (Subhash Sharma/Zenger)
Rescue teams clear the rubble and search for survivors at the site. (Subhash Sharma/Zenger)

 

Rescue teams clear the rubble and search for survivors at the site. (Subhash Sharma/Zenger)

 

A rescue team watches as excavators clear the rubble and search for survivors at the site. (Subhash Sharma/Zenger)

Residents who managed to escape were seen pulling whatever belongings they could salvage — documents, valuables, religious books — out from the rubble.

(Edited by Judy Isacoff and Allison Elyse Gualtieri.)



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VIDEO: These Penguins Are Ready for Their Close-Up

VIDEO: These Penguins Are Ready for Their Close-Up

SYDNEY—Could it be that “little penguins” have a big ego? That’s one possible explanation for the reaction some members of a group of such penguins had when a camera was placed in their midst of their zoo exhibit here.

While many skittered around nervously, several put their beaks right up to the lens in a show of unabashed curiosity.

The footage of the so-called “little penguins” Eudyptula minor, was recently shared by the Taronga Zoo Sydney. Laura Minns, the zoo’s senior media relations director, told Zenger News that some of the flightless birds were indeed “quite interested in a GoPro placed in their exhibit.”

Little penguins from the Taronga Zoo examine the new GoPro camera. (tarongazoo/Newsflash)

The video shows several of the inquisitive animals gather around the camera. Some place their faces directly in front of it before losing interest and walking away, while others are more nervous, and an especially skittish one is startled and runs away after it was apparently surprised by the recording device.

Another of the birds pushes through other penguins and runs towards the camera, only to immediately turn around and return to the large group.

 

Mainly found on the coastlines of southern Australia and New Zealand, the “little penguins” are the smallest members of the species, with average height of just over a foot and generally weighing about 2 pounds.

In addition to their diminutive stature, such birds are the only type of penguin with blue and white feathers, rather than black and white ones.

(Edited by Stephen Gugliociello and Matthew Hall.)



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VIDEO: California Cop in Wild Shootout

VIDEO: California Cop in Wild Shootout

A police officer in Lodi, California, found himself in a gun battle that ended with a suspect shot several times and taken into custody. Footage of the 5 a.m. shootout, caught on the bodycam of Lodi Police Department officer Joravar Atwal, was just released by authorities.

In the video captured on Nov. 5, Atwal is seen driving in his patrol car, responding to the scene to investigate a report of shots fired. He suddenly stops the car and exits by rolling onto the ground. Once on his feet, Atwal fires his weapon multiple times at the suspect and is heard ordering the shooter to drop his gun.

A photo shows Officer Atwal’s vehicle in an unknown location at an unknown date. (Newsflash)

 

Officer Joravar Atwal shoots back at a suspect in bodycam footage dated November 5, 2020.
(Newsflash)

Atwal reloads his weapon and moves just off the rear of his car, firing his gun three times, after which the suspect can be heard screaming in pain. Informing his colleagues the suspect was “hit,” Atwal repeats the order to drop the weapon. The two exchange fire once more before the suspect apparently drops his weapon. Atwal, who was unhurt in the confrontation, holds the suspect at gunpoint, while officers from a second patrol car make the arrest.

Police later identified the shooter as Marco Aquino, 37, who suffered multiple non-fatal gunshot wounds. Police say he was armed with an assault rifle and a handgun. A motive for the initial reports of shots fired by Aquino was not released.

 

Aquino remains in custody at the San Joaquin County Jail, facing charges of attempted murder and gun violations. He is awaiting trial, but a court date has not been set.

Lodi, a town of about 68,000 in California’s Central Valley, is about 85 miles east of San Francisco.  The clash between Atwal and Aquino was one of 16 assaults on a Lodi police officer that year, according to the police department’s 2019 annual report. It also noted it was the only ambush attack.

The body cam Atwal used is becoming commonplace. The Bureau of Justice Statistics reported that by 2016, nearly half of the country’s 12,267 local police departments were using them. But given accusations of excessive police force by minority communities, various advocates and lawmakers have renewed a push for them.

However, they remain controversial in some quarters. Some police departments cite the costs; others claim a risk to officers. Some see an upside: Body cams help the police monitor a citizen’s behavior and have been used in prosecutions. A 2017 study in Washington, D.C., that examined more than 2,000 officers found body cameras had a negligible effect on officer behavior.

(Edited by Matthew Hall and Fern Siegel.)



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VIDEO: Let’s Face it—We’ve All Had Mask Anxiety

VIDEO: Let’s Face it—We’ve All Had Mask Anxiety

These days, chances are you’ve experienced this: you’re searching frantically for your face mask—only to realize it’s just out of sight, hanging around your chin. A reminder of this common annoyance has gone viral, in the form of a minute-long video of a forgetful young Thai boy who bursts into tears at school because he thinks he’s lost his favorite facial covering, which is all the while tucked under his chin.

With some patient coaching and coaxing from his teacher, he soon realizes the location of the pink mask (whose color roughly matches his smock) and breaks into a toothy smile before pulling it up.

Many localities have mandated mask use because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and even in areas where masks are not mandated many businesses bar patrons without them.

(Edited by Matthew Hall and Stephen Gugliociello) 



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