Four young women were found shot to death in the same apartment in a rugged part of south Tulsa on Monday,apparent victims of a midday shooting spree at a building near a park along the Arkansas River. A 4-year-old boy was found unharmed.
Police wouldn’t say whether the victims — all in their late teens or early 20s — were related or how they would have known each other, and wouldn’t say whether the boy was related to any of them. Police said they did not yet know not yet know why the women were shot, and officers were searching for whoever committed the crime.
“Right now, we have no clear-cut suspect we’re looking at at this point,” said police spokesman Leland Ashley. “I don’t want to strike fear in the community tonight, but we do have an individual or individuals who murdered four people. Do we know if there was a motive, like a jealous lover? We don’t know that. We can’t say if it was random or if someone knew (the victims).”
Ashley said detectives and officers were “beating the bushes” to figure out what happened.
The neighborhood around the Fairmont Terrace Apartments is a seedy oasis in the rest of south Tulsa. The Southern Hills Country Club is a mile east and Oral Roberts University is two miles southeast.
At the apartment complex, bed sheets or cardboard hang as improvised draperies in many windows behind a black wrought-iron gate. The guard shack is empty and signs read “Curfew 10 p.m. for everyone, everyday” and “Photo ID required to be on property.”
The building’s website says a courtesy safety patrol is available after dark, but police believe the killings occurred between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Officer Jill Roberson said police received a 911 call about 12:30 p.m., and Ashley said someone had spoken to someone at the apartment less than an hour earlier.
Frankie Williams, 25, an oil field worker, said his girlfriend lives about 100 feet from the apartment where the women were found dead.
“She’s going to be moving out right quick. This is not the place to be raising a 3-month-old,” he said. “This is pretty intense.”
Sennie Anderson, 20, is soon to mark two years at the apartment complex.
“I’ve been afraid since I moved in this place,” she said, clutching her visibly upset 3-year-old daughter, Da’Mya. “I think it’s getting worse.”
Ashley said police were hopeful someone in the community would come forward with more information about the shootings.
“We still have a lot of questions that need to be answered at this point. … Our concern is for the small child, possibly having to witness this horrific tragedy,” Ashley said.
Sure, CES 2013 is full of groundbreaking smartphone technology – the newest screens, processors and connectivity for our powerful phones – but sometimes all those fancy features can fail you, especially if they drain your batteries.
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SpareOne says the idea really isn’t to replace your more complicated and powerful smartphone. “This is meant to be an emergency and secondary phone for outdoor use or travel use,” Christian Scheder, the president of SpareOne, told ABC News. “The battery life of phones s getting worse and worse. We know there are a lot of times and people who cannot charge their phone.” Scheder cited Hurricane Sandy and other natural disasters as proof that it’s good to have a spare phone around to make emergency calls.
The phone comes with a waterproof bag, and SpareOne says a dry cell, unused, can keep its charge for years. There is a large emergency button on the phone for calling 911 – no SIM is required to make those calls. And there is a flashlight on the top, which provides 24 hours of continuous light.
SpareOne also makes an app that lets you use your smartphone to track people’s locations during emergencies. The SpareOne is available now for $99.99.
Special Agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement identified and arrested two suspects in a child pornography cases less than 24 hours after releasing photos of the alleged abusers to get the public’s help in finding them.
Federal agents and officers of the Los Angeles Police Department took Letha Mae Montemayor, 52, into custody on Thursday night after identifying her by both her facial appearance and her tattoos, which were present in the photographs depicting alleged child abuse. Montemayor was arrested hours after ICE placed photos of “Jane Doe” on line.
ICE officials say the incriminating photos of the suspect had been widely circulated and are believed to have been taken approximately 11 years ago. According to court records, the photos depict the suspect and an unidentified male allegedly abusing a young girl believed by authorities to be about 13 years old.
The images first surfaced in a 2007 investigation by ICE agents in Chicago, but agents had run out of leads to identify the alleged perpetrators and their victim before asking for the public’s help.
On Friday afternoon, 43-year-old Lance Robert Fries of Tucson, was taken into custody at his attorney’s Arizona office by special agents with ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Fries faces potential federal charges of production of child pornography and is expected to make his initial appearance in federal court today.
His arrest came after HSI released photographs Thursday of an unidentified man sought in connection with a child pornography case that involved the sexual exploitation of a pre-pubescent boy by an adult male. The images were first discovered in 2006. Just after 11:15 p.m. Thursday, special agents received a call to the ICE tipline regarding the suspect’s possible identity.
At 11:15 p.m. Thursday, HSI special agents received a call to the ICE Tip Line regarding the suspect’s possible identity.
Investigators were also able to identify the victim and confirm that the boy is now safe.
“This is truly a remarkable turn of events and it again demonstrates the collective power that can be brought to bear when law enforcement and the public team up to combat the sexual exploitation of children,” said ICE Director John Morton. “Those who produce and trade child pornography over the Internet believe they’re protected by the anonymity of cyberspace. Through our collective efforts, we’re proving these predators wrong and gaining justice for their innocent victims.”
On Thursday, ICE also released photos of two other John Does suspected of sexually abusing children. One of the suspects was subsequently identified via Interpol as a man already convicted and sentenced in France. Jean-Luc Desomber was sentenced to seven years in 2003, to be followed by ten years of supervised release. The fourth John Doe whose photo was released by ICE Thursday is still at large.
In December, less than 24 hours after asking for the public’s help in identifying and arresting another “Jane Doe” suspected of producing child pornography, federal officials arrested a suspect and rescued a child who was allegedly shown in an exploitative video.
Corrine Danielle Motley of Okaloosa County, Florida faces federal charges for the production and distribution of child pornography. Motley, 25, was arrested on Dec. 19 by Northwest Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force members and Homeland Security Investigations special agents.