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Published: Monday, February 26, 2018 @ 10:13 PM
Updated: Monday, February 26, 2018 @ 10:13 PM
WINGATE, N.C. — Police are searching for an armed suspect after a man was shot to death Monday morning in Wingate, North Carolina, while streaming on Facebook Live, authorities said.
Officials with Union County Emergency Medical Services said the shooting happened around 10 a.m. in Wingate.
Authorities identified the victim as 55-year-old Prentis Robinson.
Family members of Prentis Robinson, who was shot and killed in Wingate this morning, gave me this photo of him. They also told me he just had a birthday Friday. No arrests yet in his murder. pic.twitter.com/2UfPvmXirc— Greg Suskin (@GSuskinWSOC9) February 26, 2018
Robinson, an Atlanta musician, was seen on Facebook Live complaining about a family member stealing one of his three cellphones.
Viewers of his Facebook Live could see him stopping at the Wingate Police Department to report the theft. After he left the Police Department, he walked up a hill toward his home on Booker Street. Robinson exchanged a few words with another man and then there is gunfire.
Wingate Police Chief Donnie Gay was at a loss for words, noting that the deadly shooting happened moments after the man left the police station.
"I'd just spoke to him. It was, I just ... it's hard to say anything about that. I just got through talking to him," Gay said.
Robinson was found lying facedown in the street.
WSOC-TV spoke to Charles Baker, who knew Robinson for more than 30 years. He couldn't believe that someone could just shoot and kill Robinson.
"That just unreal for somebody to have that kind of heart to just walk out in the open like that and kill a man. That's just... It's nonsense," Baker said.
The deadly shooting caused a lockdown at Wingate University, which is less than a mile from the shooting scene. Wingate Elementary School was also placed on lockdown.
No shots were fired on campus but the shooting left students, teachers and staff members on edge.
Celestia Randolph told WSOC-TV that she and other students huddled in a teacher's office during the lockdown.
Victoria Shoaf saw police in bulletproof gears with rifles outside her dorm window.
"I just prayed ‘cause that's the only thing I could do," she said.
The man seen in the Facebook Live has not been arrested. Wingate University tweeted that police said the suspect is armed with a long gun. Authorities described him as a black man wearing a blue and black windbreaker and brown Timberland boots.
Wingate police said the Union County Sheriff's Office and the State Bureau of Investigations are assisting with the investigation.
University officials set up counselors for students who needed to talk about the lockdown and the fear they experienced when they believed there was an imminent threat.
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 11:11 AM
CARY, N.C. — A North Carolina man has been arrested after police said he walked past his mother as she laid on the floor dying.
Eric Paul Brunner was charged with second-degree murder and abuse of an elder with serious injury, WRAL reported.
Police said that Brunner’s 74-year-old mother, Cynthia Braverman Brunner, fell down the steps at least a day before he called 911.
Paramedics found the woman dead at the bottom of a staircase, lying in vomit and naked from the waist down, WRAL reported.
Brunner told police that she had fallen at least a day before the Feb. 19 emergency call and that he didn’t try to help her.
He was his mother’s caretaker, Raleigh’s News and Observer reported.
“Based on his statements that she was moving or ‘squirming,’ it is believed that she was alive for some time after falling,” police said in the search warrant application, WRAL reported. “Mr. Brunner admitted to investigators that his mother was alive and made attempts to communicate with him for some time after falling, however, he willfully failed to assist her. He further admitted that he knew his inaction would likely lead to her death and that he wanted her to die.”
Brunner told police that he thought that after she died, he’d be able to access $30,000 in her bank accounts, WRAL reported.
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 4:17 PM
— A cold case could soon be solved if the skeletal remains found in the basement of a Long Island home turn out to be the woman who has been missing since 1966.
Police recently reviewed the case of Louise Pietrewicz, after The Suffolk Times published a special report in October that brought the case back into view.
Pietrewicz disappeared more than half a century ago, WPIX reported. At the time she was in a relationship with William Boken, a police officer in the area. She had recently left her husband, who was accused of physically and mentally abusing her, the Times reported, and had started seeing Boken, who was married at the time.
In October 1966, Pietrewicz took more than $1,000 from her bank account, and closed it. The next day, she “disappeared in the company of a man friend,” a court document filed 10 years later stated. Pietrewicz left behind an 11-year-old daughter, the Times reported.
Boken died in the 1980s, but his former wife told police investigating Pietrewicz’s case that there was a body buried in a burlap bag in the basement of the Bokens’ former home, WPIX reported.
The house was searched in 2013, but nothing was found.
Last week, spurred on by the paper’s report, another search of the home was conducted. After Suffolk County police homicide detectives, along with Southold Police, used ground-penetrating sonar, they found skeletal remains in the home, WPIX reported. The remains have been taken to the medical examiner’s office to determine whose remains they are and to find a cause of death.
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 2:45 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 2:45 PM
AUSTIN, Texas — Police continue to investigate a series of deadly bombings in Austin after authorities said the suspect, identified as Mark Anthony Conditt, 23, apparently killed himself early Wednesday.
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 12:35 PM
MESA, Ariz. — A tip may have surfaced in a 19-year-old Arizona missing child case, but police and family aren’t too sure.
KPHO reported that a 2009 $1 bill has a message written along the edge that could be a tip in the 1999 disappearance of Mikelle Biggs. She went missing at 11 years old while waiting for an ice cream truck in Mesa, Arizona. The Arizona Republic reported that the girl's mother, Tracy Biggs, reported her daughter missing on Jan. 2, 1999.
“My name is Mikel (sic) Biggs kidnapped From Mesa AZ I’m Alive,” the message on the bill says.
The note, the publication reported, appears to be written in a child’s handwriting but has Mikelle’s name spelled wrong. The bill was reported to police March 14 in Neenah, Wisconsin.
“A man came to the front lobby and dropped it off,” Neenah Police Chief Kevin Wilkinson told ABC News. “He found it in a collection of money for Girl Scout Cookies.”
Neenah Police Investigator Adam Streubel told The Arizona Republic he was doubtful much could be done with the message to solve the Arizona case.
“There’s no way to trace (the bill),” said Streubel, who suspects the message could be a joke.
“There was a little spring of hope for a second, and then reality set in,” Streubel said. “There is nothing you can do with it, which is rather frustrating.”
One of Mikelle’s younger sisters, Kimber Biggs, is also doubtful.
“The fact that her name was spelled wrong was, you know, is kind of discredited,” Biggs told The Arizona Republic Tuesday. I don’t think that would be something she’d do.”
Biggs said she found out about the bill when a photo of it surfaced on a Facebook page she runs called Justice for Mikelle Biggs.
“I was looking at the bill, trying to look at the handwriting and see if it could mean something and I got sick about it," Biggs said. “‘Is this a hoax?’ ‘Did someone play a cruel joke?’ and that made me upset or 'Is it real?' and even the thought of that upsets me if it’s real."
Mesa, Arizona, police Detective Steve Berry told KPHO that his department plans to look into the note, even though changes of finding DNA or fingerprints are low.