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Elderly woman using her walker attacked by convicted felon using deadly weapon

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ORLANDO, FL- A Central Florida man who has a criminal history dating back to 2016, has found himself in trouble with the law yet again and this time it is for attacking an elderly woman with a deadly weapon.

25-year-old Prince Occenat has been accused of assaulting a senior citizen with a deadly weapon as she was using her walker in Paramore. Occenat has also been charged with possession of a weapon as a convicted felon.

Fox 35 reported that the elderly woman, named Linda, who did not give her last name out of fear of retaliation, said that she went outside for a brief moment to see a friend when Occenat offered her drugs. 

According to Linda, the man said:

“You want some weed?”

To which she responded:

“I don’t want nothing!”

Linda said that then, as she turned the corner, the man said:

“Hey you stupid (expletive).”

Linda said:

“He cussed me. I got so nervous.”

She then proceeded to tell FOX 35 what transpired next:

“He pulled the knife out of his pocket and opened it up like this and said, ‘I’ll ‘eff’ you up and that’s when he went like this and went like that.”

She said she started screaming for help and called 911. Linda said:

“I’m 68 years old. I can’t fight nobody!”

According to police, the suspect ran off, but they were able to catch him at W. Amelia Street and Paramore Avenue. This was not the first time Occenat’s been taken into custody. Back in 2017, Volusia County sheriff’s deputies arrested him for allegedly stealing a car from a funeral home and crashing it.

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According to a police report, Occenat is now homeless. Linda is not sure why he tried attacking her. She said:

“It’s pitiful. He couldn’t have been in his right mind.”

Linda, who is an ovarian cancer survivor is shaken, but escaped injury. She said:

“I went in two rounds of chemo.”

Linda believes that her faith got her through this horrifying situation. She said:

“I asked God. ‘Please help me! Give me courage to make it through it!’ I believe he was watching over me.”

Back in December 2020, an elderly woman was attacked in her own home. The incident took place in Wilton Manors, Florida on Monday, December 14th. The woman was taking our her trash and when she went back inside her house, she was ambushed by a man who snuck into the home. 

The woman, who is in her 80s, suffered non-life threatening injuries and was expected to be OK. Police said the intruder was wearing a black hoodie sweatshirt. In a press release, the police said:

“Officers immediately responded, but were unable to locate the suspect in the area.”

In DeLand, Florida, a 43-year-old man with physical disabilities was attacked, beaten, and robbed by two men. The incident happened on December 13, 2020 around 5:15 p.m. Christopher Vest, a barber who witnessed the event said:

“The way they attacked him and took off. It was horrendous.”

DeLand police said that surveillance video from a nearby business showed a man in a white T-Shirt punching the victim several times. A second assailant approached the victim and rummaged through the man’s pockets. 

Vest, who saw the attack unfold, said:

“The perpetrators were sitting there for at least 30 minutes watching him. He (one of the perpetrators) asked him if the barbershop was opened first and then hit him with brass knuckles and then once he was down on the ground, the other suspect came up, grabbed a hold of his stuff and then took off.”

The victim suffered a broken nose and two black eyes. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was later released. 

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Find them: Two suspects caught on camera beating and carjacking elderly victim at California gas station

November 17th, 2020

VICTORVILLE, CA A 67-year-old man who was pumping gas at a Chevron station in Victorville, California, was violently attacked and carjacked by two male suspects on November 11. 

While the victim tried his best to ward off the attackers, he was ultimately beaten and dragged from his vehicle before the suspects made off with his car. 

Authorities have not released the identity of the victim who was beaten and carjacked during the early morning hours. 

Officials say the incident occurred at approximately 4:06 a.m. at the Chevron station located on the 13300 block of US Highway 395 and Luna Road. 

The victim was pumping gas when the two suspects approached and encircle him at the pump. Some sort of exchange seems to take place before the two suspects launched their assault on the victim. 

To fend off his attackers, the elderly man began posturing himself to launch a counterattack, in certain instances even trying to wield the gasoline hose as a weapon to defend himself. 

Despite these numerous attempts to defend himself from these attackers, the victim eventually became overwhelmed by the attacks lodged against him.  

When the victim tried to re-enter his vehicle, one attacker began forcibly pulling him out of the driver’s seat, eventually dragging him on the ground while his accomplice hopped into the vehicle. 

According to Victorville Sheriff’s Spokeswoman Mara Rodriguez, authorities were able to recover the victim’s vehicle:

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“The victim’s Toyota was located on Luna Road, where the two suspects got out of the car and ran.”

However, authorities were unable to catch up with the suspects after they had fled the vehicle.

The incident remains under investigation as of the time of this report.

As for the 67-year-old victim from the attack, he was reportedly treated at a local hospital for minor injuries.

Investigators are asking anyone with information related to the identities or whereabouts of the two attackers, to please call the Victorville Police Department at 760-241-2911.

Persons with information who want to remain anonymous can also utilize WeTip at WeTip.com.

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Atlanta teen facing murder charges in carjacking and fatal shooting of 73-year-old man

November 13, 2020 – ATLANTA, GA – A 17-year-old male suspect who was already in custody at the Fulton County Jail on unrelated charges has now been charged with the carjacking and murder of a 73-year-old man that occurred on October 20th. 

According to Sergeant John Chafee from the Atlanta Police Department, the incident transpired during the early morning hours of October 20th. 

APD units responded to a report of shots fired at roughly 3:30 a.m. that morning within the 1100 block of Collier Road N.W., where officers found 73-year-old Lawrence Denney lying dead in the parking lot of a Goodwill Donation Center. 

Police say that Denney’s cause of death was an apparent gunshot wound to the chest, and investigators determined he’d been the victim of a carjacking when the shooting transpired. 

Investigators were said to have determined that 17-year-old Antonio Donta Sanders was the gunman and carjacker in question.

Atlanta teen facing murder charges in carjacking and fatal shooting of 73-year-old man
Antonio Donta Sanders – Fulton County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Chafee noted that the charges were handed down to Sanders while he was in the Fulton County Jail on November 11th. 

When commenting on the recent charges levied toward Sanders, Sgt. Chafee stated the following: 

“We are appreciative of the work our investigators put into this case and are pleased to have another violent felon off our streets.”

It is unclear what exact charges Sanders was previously being held under, as he’s amassed a considerable number of cases this past year, according to Fulton County Jail records

Atlanta teen facing murder charges in carjacking and fatal shooting of 73-year-old man
Antonio Donta Sanders criminal complaints – Fulton County Jail records screen shot

Sanders is shown to have been arrested on October 22nd for several offenses alleged to have been committed in 2020. 

One incident dated June 14th of 2020 shows that Sanders was charged with theft, a June 22nd incident was cited for armed robbery and possession of a firearm while in commission of a felony. 

Additional June 23rd incident date charges showcased an obstructing charge and possession of a pistol/revolver of someone under 18. A July 7th incident shows an arrest second-degree criminal damage and reckless conduct. 

According to an August 13th incident date, Sanders was shown as being charged with two counts of participation in criminal street gang activity.  

According to Georgia state law, if convicted of murder, Sanders could face life in prison or even the death penalty. However, considering the age of the suspect, mitigating factors could be introduced in the event of a conviction. 

Urgent Amber Alert issued after vehicle stolen with 4 year old boy inside

BRIDGEVIEW, IL – A young child was reported missing when a minivan he was riding in was stolen late last night has been found safe.

An AMBER Alert had been issued for four-year-old Liam Barbarasa. Liam was inside the vehicle as his dad ran into the 7-Eleven gas station at 79th Street and Roberts Road in Bridgeview when an unknown suspect stole it around 5:37 p.m., police said.

According to police, Barbarasa was located in the stolen van in Chicago, Illinois.

The stolen vehicle had been abandoned in Chicago and was located after people reported a suspicious vehicle around the area of the 4000 block of West Belle Plaine Avenue near a fire hydrant before 10 p.m. 

When police arrived, they located the vehicle with the young child inside, unharmed.

In a similar incident on November 10, Hartford police in Connecticut faced a similar situation when a vehicle was stolen with two children inside.

In that incident, a mother left her vehicle running, leaving her 15-year-old and her seven-month-old inside, while she went into a store. An unknown suspect entered her vehicle and fled the scene with the children.

Harford Police Department Lieutenant Paul Cicero reported that unknown persons got into the vehicle with the children inside and fled the scene.  

Lieutenant Cicero advised that every available unit had responded to the area to attempt to locate the stolen vehicle and children.   

The Hartford Connecticut Police released a statement on Twitter:

“Please, please, PLEASE don’t leave your running cars unattended, especially w/kids inside.  Scary moment tonight when mom briefly leaves running car unattended w/15-year-old and 7-month-old inside the south end (sic).  Every single HPD patrol and specialized unit reassigned until (1/2).”

Thankfully, a few hours after the report, the children were located safe. 

The agency said:

“The children were located.  Vehicle found in the north end IOA 131 Martin St.  Children accounted for and unharmed.  The search for the suspect ongoing at this time.”

It remains unknown if the crime of the stolen vehicle was because of the opportunity, or if the suspect(s) wished to do harm against the children involved.  

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Police charge couple with murder, kidnapping after killing two adopted children, holding third prisoner in basement

October 30, 2020

KINGSTON, TN – A Tennessee couple has pled not guilty to killing two of their adopted children while keeping a third as a prisoner in a partially flooded basement. Michael and Shirley Gray are charged with kidnapping and murder.

Michael and Shirley Gray were both arraigned on the 42-count indictment that was issued by a grand jury in Roane County.  The criminal charges stem from the death of two children that the Gray’s had adopted.

The investigation into the couple began in May of this year when a passerby noticed a boy walking alone along the roadway.  The boy, who appeared much younger than his age of 11, was taken home by the police, and child services was notified.

Police began interviewing Michael about the child and he allegedly confessed that he had an additional 15-year-old child that was locked in his basement.  If that was not shocking enough, he allegedly admitted to having a child buried in the backyard.

Police began searching the home and found the teenager locked in a dirty basement that was partially flooded.  The basement had no running water or electricity present and had been allegedly banished there for four years because he had stolen food at some point.

Detectives learned that at some point while the teenager was being held captive in the basement, the Gray’s allegedly moved his younger sister into the basement and kept her stored there until her death.  Michael allegedly admitted to police that the girl, who he estimated to be 10 at the time, died in 2017. 

Michael allegedly admitted to burying the young girl inside of a barn that was in the backyard of the residence.  Police searched the barn in the back yard and located the young girl’s remains buried where Michael allegedly admitted he buried her.

Two other living adopted children were also located inside the home and reportedly showed signs of abuse.  According to ABC News, both of those children had spent time locked in a wire dog cage.  None of the children had allegedly received any medical care for at least six years.

The Gray’s claimed that their children had all been homeschooled, yet two of them did not appear to have ever been educated in any way.  According to arrest warrants, the children “were, in fact, amazed by what a refrigerator does when they observed one in their foster home.”

The Gray’s never reported the deaths of either child, yet were still receiving $3,000 a month in support from the government for adopting the children.  The couple was able to get away with this because there is no provision in place to ensure the safety of the children once the adoption has been finalized, something that Republican Tennessee State Senator Ken Yager says needs to be changed:

“I would like to see it changed where instead of just a paper trail, we have the ability to make eye contact, physical contact with those adopted children to make sure that we see for ourselves what the adopted parents have said is true.”

Both of the Gray’s have been taken into custody after the indictment on October 20th.  They were each charged with four counts of felony murder, eight counts of aggravated child abuse, eight counts of aggravated child neglect, five counts of falsification of academic records, one count of abusing a corpse, and one count of theft.  In addition to these charges, they also face nine counts of aggravated kidnapping and six counts of especially aggravated kidnapping.

If the Gray’s are found guilty of the murder charges, they could receive the death penalty.  For now, they have both pled not guilty to all charges and are being held on $1.5 million dollar bond.

 

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