Two teenage girls are facing felony murder charges after carjacking an Uber Eats vehicle with the driver inside and then crashing it ... ending in the death of the Uber driver.
Tuesday's incident was captured on video that is now circulating. The girls, ages 13 and 15, targeted the Washington D.C. car driven by Mohammad Anwar. They allegedly Tased the driver and then made their move to steal the vehicle.
You hear Anwar scream, "This is my car!" ... as the engine begins to rev.
The teenagers floor it as horrified bystanders look on. You see Anwar hanging out the front door of the vehicle ... and then you hear the crash.
The car was on its side and the teenagers then get out of the vehicle. Anwar is laying on the pavement, mortally wounded.
Anwar, who immigrated from Pakistan back in 2014, was pronounced dead.
And Uber spokesman said, "We are devastated by this tragic news and our hearts go out to Mohammad's family during this difficult time. We're grateful the suspects have been arrested and thank the Metropolitan Police Department for their diligence with this investigation."
Anwar's family set up a GoFundMe account, saying, "[He] was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend who always provided a smile when you needed one. He leaves behind a family, near and far, who cherish, love, and miss him dearly,"
Jacob Blake's seeking more than damages for being shot and paralyzed by a Kenosha PD officer ... he wants the entire department held accountable, and he's striving to make his community a safer place going forward.
Attorney B’Ivory LaMarr, part of Blake's legal team, tells TMZ ... Jacob's case is not just about a lawsuit, it's about social justice. They want the City of Kenosha and its police force to take responsibility for the shooting.
LaMarr says this can begin in the form of a public apology to Jacob, his family, and Kenosha residents who are still suffering from the incident. He adds ... "In 2021, accountability should be the expectation, not the exception."
Next, Blake's team is calling for the Kenosha PD to step up and initiate reform and make changes to its protocols ... such as requiring all officers to wear body cameras.
LaMarr says there's an adversarial relationship between cops in Kenosha and the community, so the PD also needs to open a line of dialogue with the people and implement racial bias training.
Lastly, Jacob's team believes the City of Kenosha should reach out to help his children who witnessed the shooting ... and address the trauma they experienced from watching him get shot just feet away.
As we reported ... Blake's suing the Kenosha officer Rusten Sheskey for excessive force in the August 2020 shooting that left him paralyzed from the waist down. Blake's going after Sheskey for unspecified damages and he wants a jury trial. Sheskey was not criminally charged for the incident.
We're told Jacob is still recovering at home and receiving 24-hour care.
Apparent helicopter crew members talking about lighting protesters on fire in L.A. are NOT with law enforcement, according to LAPD ... but it's still a mystery who made the vile comments.
A video began circulating Thursday afternoon with purported audio of a conversation between 2 helicopter pilots, in which one says he wants to dump fuel on protesters on Glendale Blvd. and the other responds ... "I'll bring the match."
Based on initial social media posts ... people believed these were LAPD crew members referring to people protesting the removal of a large homeless encampment for park repairs.
The LAPD responded to the allegations late Thursday night though, saying it investigated the disturbing commentary and "definitively determined" it did not involve LAPD employees.
So, the question remains ... who did joke about torching protesters?
Mystery aside, the protests still went down Thursday night in Echo Park and about a dozen people were arrested when LAPD declared unlawful assembly. Cops claim the large crowd used high-intensity lights to try to blind officers.
Jacob Blake is going after the police officer who repeatedly shot him in the back as he got in his SUV ... he's suing the officer for the injuries that left him paralyzed.
Jacob's legal team, led by attorney Ben Crump, just filed a federal lawsuit against Kenosha police officer Rusten Sheskey for the August 2020 shooting.
According to the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, Jacob claims he made no physical or verbal threats towards any officer and was trying to walk away from the situation when Sheskey shot him in the back 6 times.
In the docs, Jacob says he had a folding knife on him, but he never brandished it or threatened to use it, and when he dropped it on the floor of his SUV Sheskey still opened fire.
Jacob claims one of the bullets severed his spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. He says he still can't work and needs help with daily tasks ... despite surgeries and physical rehab.
In the suit, Jacob claims Sheskey fired 7 shots, including one that struck the side door of the SUV. He says the bullet could have ripped through the car and struck one of his kids had it not been stopped by the SUV's reinforced steel.
Jacob claims the shooting constituted excessive force under the circumstances and Sheskey must be held accountable ... remember, neither Sheskey nor the other cops involved were criminally charged.
Jacob's going after Sheskey for unspecified damages ... and he wants a jury trial.
New England Patriots offensive lineman Justin Herron was heralded as a hero Wednesday ... after cops say he helped stop a sexual assault at a park in Arizona over the weekend.
The story is terrifying ... Herron says he was walking around Kiwanis Park at 11 AM on Saturday in Tempe -- when all of a sudden, he heard screams coming from the middle of a field.
Herron says as he approached the scene ... he saw a man on top of a woman -- and acted quickly.
"I just knew that in that moment I had to go and had to put a stop to it," 25-year-old Herron said.
The 6-foot-5, 305-pound lineman -- who was in Arizona training after wrapping up his rookie season -- says he screamed at the man to get off, before he physically pulled the guy away from the woman.
"Then I told him to sit down," said Herron, who cops say was also joined by another good Samaritan, Murry Rogers, in putting a stop to the alleged crime. "And, he just sat down and waited."
Cops say when they arrived on the scene, they identified the suspect as 30-year-old Kevin Caballero.
The victim, police say, was a 71-year-old who Caballero had pushed to the ground and attempted to sexually assault.
Cops awarded both Herron and Rogers Outstanding Service Awards for their actions ... and Rogers said the alleged victim called the two men "her angels."
Herron played in 12 games for the Patriots last season ... starting six. He was picked in the sixth round of last year's NFL draft out of Wake Forest.
10:30 AM PT -- The team is rebounding well from Monday's terrifying incident ... players and coaches got in an outdoor workout Tuesday, stretching, jogging and getting some cardio in.
You can see the guys look to be in good spirits ... with some even rockin' smiles on their faces!
The Belize men's national soccer team was stopped by gunmen in Haiti just minutes after it had arrived in the country for a World Cup qualifier -- and video from the scene is beyond troubling.
The Belize national team officials said in a statement Monday they were making their way from the airport to their hotel 3 days prior to their big soccer match ... when a band of armed insurgents on motorcycles pulled them over at gunpoint.
You can hear the soccer players in the bus describing the demands the insurgents were making -- "They said, 'Pull over or else!'"
The footage shot from inside the team bus shows dozens of men -- some armed with large firearms -- order the driver to pull to the side of the road, despite the team having a 4-man police escort.
Belize officials said cops were forced to "negotiate" with the men in order to leave unharmed -- and, thankfully, they were allowed to move forward with no one getting hurt in the confrontation.
No word on what the team had to give the men in order to leave.
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"The situation is one that the team should have never faced," team officials said after the incident, "but we are pleased to report that our Jaguars, although shaken by the terrible experience, are safely at their hotel."
The team added it's "currently in contact with respective authorities from FIFA and Concacaf and are doing everything possible to get them to safer grounds."
"It is unfortunate that our Jaguars faced such a traumatic experience."
Belize is slated to play Haiti in Port-Au-Prince on March 25 -- a key game for Belize as it attempts to qualify for the World Cup (set for 2022 in Qatar) for the first time ever.
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THIS IS CRAZY VIDEO!!!
The fighting spilled into the stands at an MMA event in Florida over the weekend -- with punches and chairs thrown everywhere -- and culminated with someone firing a GUN twice!!!
... and TMZ Sports has the unbelievable footage.
Here's the deal ... the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident at the RIZE Fighting Championship event which went down on March 20 at the Bamboo Room in Lake Worth Beach.
The event was promoted as a bantamweight championship match between Alexis Fernandez and Filipe Valentim -- but there was more action in the stands than inside the cage ... when fans started to attack each other!!
Unclear how the brawl started ... but as several groups of people engaged in fighting, one man opened up a bag, pulled out a handgun and fired it into the air -- apparently hoping the gunshot would scare everyone into behaving.
But, watch the clip ... there are people watching the fights on the balcony, directly above the shooter -- and it's a miracle no one was hit!
We heard at least one shot -- but cops say at least TWO shots were fired into the air.
Former Bellator middleweight champ Hector Lombard -- who also fought in the UFC -- was in the crowd at the event and captured the shooting on video.
"This guy just shot his handgun in the middle of a melee at an amateur show," Lombard posted on IG ... "Shameful and pathetic cowardly behavior ruined a great night of fights."
When officials arrived on-scene, paramedics treated multiple individuals who were injured in the brawl portion of the incident.
So far, no arrests have been made -- but officials say they've launched an investigation in hopes of identifying the shooter and finding out why the hell he thought it would be a good idea to pop off a couple of rounds with so many people in close proximity!
Law enforcement is asking the public for help -- saying "anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS."
NBA YoungBoy is in FBI custody after LAPD cops pulled him over and tracked him down when he allegedly attempted to flee the scene.
We're told the bust went down Monday ... LAPD and the feds attempted to pull over a vehicle NBA YoungBoy was in because he has an outstanding federal warrant. That set off a short pursuit -- but once the car stopped, cops say the rapper bolted on foot.
Our law enforcement sources tell us the cops set up a perimeter and brought in a K-9 to help find YoungBoy. BTW, we're told the police dog didn't bite him -- but did sniff him out.
We're told the cops found a firearm in the vehicle -- unclear if that belongs to YoungBoy, but we know the feds have him now.
We've reached out to his camp, but no word back yet.
Story developing ...
Try telling a bunch of Spring breakers they have to pack it in by 8 PM ... it doesn't work.
Huge crowds of partygoers filled the streets after curfew ... oblivious to or contemptuous of Mayor Dan Gelber, who tried putting the brakes on celebrations out of fear it would become a breeding ground for COVID.
The video tells the story ... it could be March 2019 from all appearances, because the crowd was wild.
The logic behind the curfew -- people drink as the evening wears on and getting increasingly unsafe.
The good news and the bad. First, the bad ... COVID cases in Florida have now topped 2 million. The good news ... despite the warnings that opening Florida too early would result in disaster, it hasn't materialized so far, and in fact, the state is doing better than states like New York and California which have much more rigid COVID restrictions.
Cops arrested at least a dozen partygoers for violating curfew and other misdeeds.
The curfew is in effect for 72 hours, but if Saturday night is any barometer of what's to come ... good luck.
This would have been a case for Erik Estrada ... because one good chip deserves another.
A dude in Oklahoma City thought it would be a good idea to steal a Doritos truck that was sitting unattended at a local gas station. Yeah, he did that.
The dude in question -- Joshua Karpe -- and we do mean in question because a Doritos truck wrapped in one gigantic advertisement is not exactly your run-of-the-mill Honda on the road.
This was a layup for cops, who easily spotted the ad for Doritos Nacho Cheese chips.
Karpe didn't go down easy ... police chased him through 3 counties -- 90 minutes in all -- before shooting the tires out and arresting him.
Police Captain Jeff Spruill was incredulous ... “I would love to know the motivation of stealing a truck that’s very, very easy to spot and doesn’t go very fast,” adding, “What do you think you’re going to do with a truck like that?”
Maybe Joshua was just in a crunch.
Sandra Oh spoke about fear in the Asian community for only about a minute-and-a-half, but it was emotional and downright stirring.
Sandra grabbed a bullhorn and addressed a crowd in Pittsburgh Saturday at the Stop Asian Hate Rally in the wake of the Atlanta massacre, and her words fired up the crowd.
She acknowledged the fear ... saying, "many in our community are very scared," and telling them the way to blunt that is to stand strong as a community.
She also noted the violence this past week was the first time her community could rise up to express fear and anger.
And then, her call to action ... "To everyone here ... I will challenge everyone here, if you see something, will you help me? If you see one of our sisters and brothers in need, will you help us?" she continues, as people yell back, "Yes!" "We must understand, as Asian-Americans, we just need to reach out our hand to our sisters and brothers and say, 'Help me and I'm here.'"
Sandra inspired the crowd with a chant ... "I am proud to be Asian! I belong here!"
Watch the video ... it's pretty inspiring.
The Tiger Woods crash investigation has unearthed some troubling evidence ... because law enforcement sources tell us they believe Tiger never hit the brakes as he careened off the road and there's no evidence he took his foot off the gas either.
The investigation has been going full steam since the accident nearly a month ago. The Sheriff's Dept. has been looking at the SUV, the crash site and many other pieces of evidence. They are also retrieving data from the SUV's black box. So far, we're told investigators believe Tiger did nothing to prevent the crash once he lost control of the vehicle.
Sources with direct knowledge say investigators have looked at various videos ... from the hotel where he started the ill-fated drive to various surveillance cameras along the way.
We're told before Tiger got to the scene of the crash he had been driving "normal" and not speeding, but the evidence indicates he accelerated and was speeding when he lost control.
As we reported, the Sheriff's Dept. says Tiger told one of the first responders he had no recollection of the accident.
This all leads to the question -- Could Tiger have lost consciousness just before the crash?
The Sheriff said almost immediately after the crash there was no evidence of impaired driving and there was no evidence of alcohol. That said, the Sheriff never attempted to get a warrant to draw blood in order to test for medications.
Tiger was recovering from back surgery at the time of the crash, and had been hosting a golf tournament -- he couldn't play because of his back.
Tiger suffered serious leg injuries. Law enforcement sources say he also suffered a "big gash" on his chin from the impact.
More quarterback drama for the Seattle Seahawks ...
The guy who backs up Russell Wilson is being investigated by police for allegedly punching a man in the face at a bar on St. Patrick's Day ... TMZ Sports has learned.
25-year-old Alex McGough -- a 7th round pick in 2018 out of FIU -- was allegedly at the Green Parrot Pub in Tampa, FL when an altercation broke out ... and things got violent.
TMZ Sports spoke with the alleged victim, 24-year-old Anthony Albino -- who tells us he was reconnecting with an old friend at the bar when McGough approached him and accused him of shooting his shot at his girlfriend.
Anthony says the NFL player got heated -- and all of the sudden, McGough socked him in the face out of nowhere.
In video taken after the alleged incident -- and obtained by TMZ Sports -- you can see Anthony with red marks on his face ... surrounded by bloody paper towels he used to clean himself up.
Anthony says he suffered minor injuries from the incident ... including a bloody nose and a gash to his elbow.
We're told Anthony went to cops the following day and filled out a report with the intention of pressing charges.
So far, McGough has neither been arrested nor charged with a crime -- but our law enforcement sources confirm the incident is under investigation and officers are hoping to speak with McGough soon
We've reached out to McGough's camp for comment ... so far, no word back.
The Seahawks signed McGough to its practice squad back in December 2020 -- and he's currently listed as the #2 quarterback on the team depth chart.
The Georgia sheriff under fire for saying the Atlanta spa shooting suspect was having a "really bad day" is having a bad day himself ... he's OUT as the spokesperson for the case.
Captain Jay Baker will no longer be giving updates and briefings on the case, according to a CNN report from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.
Baker's been catching tons of heat for Wednesday's news conference, when he said shooting suspect Robert Aaron Long "was pretty much fed up and had been kind of at the end of his rope. Yesterday was a really bad day for him, and this is what he did."
Long has been charged with 8 counts of murder for Tuesday's mass killing of 8 people, including 6 Asian women. Long told cops his alleged attack on massage parlors was motived by his sex addiction, not racism ... a point that has left many unconvinced.
Some folks viewed Baker's comments on Long as insensitive to the victims and wholly inappropriate ... and now the sheriff's office is responding to the backlash by giving Baker the boot.
11:03 AM PT -- Police say the handcuffed suspect who ran from cops was charged with escape, disorderly conduct and resisting an officer without violence.
Cops say they've also identified the person in the crowd who opened the door to let the shirtless kid out, and they say his arrest is pending.
If ya gotta get arrested during Spring Break, might as well get the entire beach cheering for you as you flee from cops while you're in handcuffs -- that was this kid's game plan, anyway.
The video from a beach in Clearwater, FL is pretty epic, and this guy is probably an instant legend with his friends. Law enforcement sources tell us Clearwater PD hit the sand to break up a fight ... and when the video starts they've already got a suspect handcuffed in the back of their car.
But, someone in the crowd opened the back door, and the shirtless kid starts racing down the beach, trying to make a getaway. The only problem is everyone on the beach cheered and started running with him -- so much for the element of surprise!
The hilarious scene looks like they all just heard there was a free beer giveaway. Alas, the cops were in better shape than the suspect, and eventually recaptured him.
Hope it was fun, since he'll probably get an added charge or 2 for evading arrest.
If nothing else, Flash's folly will live on in TikTok infamy.
Originally Published -- 8:30 AM PT
Dontavious Jackson -- a former star linebacker at Florida State -- says he was called a "f***ing n****r" during an altercation on a flight Wednesday ... and then he claims he was nearly arrested over it all.
Jackson spelled out the disturbing story on his Twitter page late Wednesday night ... saying he was on a United flight when a "racist family" began harassing him.
Jackson claims he was called racial slurs ... but says "flight attendants just let it happen!"
"Unacceptable!!" Jackson wrote of the incident.
But, Dontavious -- who played in 43 games for the Seminoles from 2016 through 2019 -- says when cops arrived to investigate the altercation in Miami, they nearly arrested HIM over it all.
Jackson claims the family "tried to play the victim card, telling the officers I punched/attacked them which was a lie."
Jackson says witness' statements -- and video a person had filmed from the scene on the plane -- was the only reason officers let him go.
"The officer told me if it wasn’t for the witnesses I would’ve been taken to jail," Jackson said. "@united this isn’t right & I’m not staying quiet!"
Jackson later added, "Just grateful to still be a free man smdh."
We've reached out to Jackson and United Airlines for comment, but so far, no word back yet.
Jackson was a solid player for Florida State during his 4-year career ... logging his best season as a junior in 2018, when he tallied 75 total tackles.
The linebacker -- who was one of the best class of 2016 high school recruits in the country -- had hoped to continue his career in the NFL ... but went undrafted and unsigned in 2020.