Police: Four Florida students hack classmate with machete, have sex near scene

Published: Thursday, August 20, 2015 @ 2:29 PM
Updated: Thursday, August 20, 2015 @ 2:29 PM

            From top (left-to-right): Kaheem Arbelo, Christian Colon, Desiray Strickland, and Jonathan Lucas.
From top (left-to-right): Kaheem Arbelo, Christian Colon, Desiray Strickland, and Jonathan Lucas.

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Four Florida students conspired to kill a 17-year-old boy, leading him to a secluded spot and hacking him to death with a machete before two of the students stuck around and had sex, police said.

According to an arrest report, Desiray Strickland, Kaheem Arbelo, Jonathan Lucas, and Christian Colon worked together to kill 17-year-old Jose Amaya Guardado in Homestead on June 28, The Miami Herald reported. Arbelo, Lucas, and Colon were arrested and confessed to the crime last week, police said; Strickland was arrested on Wednesday.

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According to the report, the group plotted the killing for two weeks, going as far as to dig the grave and hide the machete prior to the act. The teens lured Guardado into the woods near the Homestead Job Corps school campus on June 28, ambushing him and striking him with the machete.

Strickland "complained that she had missed the first series of machete strikes because she had walked away for a few minutes to urinate in the woods,” the arrest report said.

Guardado tried to make an attempt at escaping, but was unsuccessful, and had his face caved in by the machete, the report said. He was ordered into the shallow grave where the group buried him alive along with their clothes and his belongings.

Following the murder, Lucas and Colon headed back to campus while Strickland and Arbelo stayed and had sex, police said.

The body was discovered by Guardado’s brother three days later, according to the Herald. Investigators said Guardado was killed over a debt he owed to Arbelo, who is a suspected drug dealer at his school.

Arbelo, Lucas, and Colon were brought in and confessed on video while Strickland fought with police, forcing them to shackle her to the interview room after she head-butted and shoved detectives before etching “MPD Go To Hell” onto the table.

The group was charged with second-degree murder and Strickland also faces resisting an officer with violence, battery on an officer, and criminal mischief charges.

Read more at the Miami Herald.

2 Chainz's 'Trap House' back for the holidays

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 11:13 AM

Trap House on Howell Mill Road
Photo via WSBTV.com
Trap House on Howell Mill Road(Photo via WSBTV.com)

The famous Atlanta Trap House is back for the holidays.

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Grammy-nominated artist 2 Chainz’s management agency, Street Execs, posted a video on its Facebook page on Thursday announcing the return of the house.

Over the summer, the house, located on Howell Mill Road in Atlanta, was painted pink with the word “TRAP” above the door, and a pink car was placed out front. The stunt was intended to promote 2 Chainz’s new album, "Pretty Girls Like Trap Music." 

Crowds of people showed up to see and take pictures at the house.

It was painted back to its original white color in the summer after the lease ran out, but it appears it will soon make its return in holiday style.

Street Execs held a grand opening of “Trap Wonderland” Thursday night at a new location -- 1740 Defoor Place.

It’s unclear how long the new attraction will be active.

Watch the teaser video below:

Restaurant employee helps disabled veteran with his meal

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 10:52 AM

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A Georgia man touched by a restaurant employee’s kindness has shared the message with the world.

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Dallas Smith Jr., of Sylvester, Georgia, was at Huddle House restaurant in Douglas, Georgia, on Wednesday around lunchtime, when he saw a customer trying to eat his pancakes, with one hand.

Smith said the man who was dining with him moved his plate to reach out and help the customer, but then a cook stepped in.

“She was on the other side of the counter and she saw that he was trying to cut his pancakes and she said, ‘I’ll get it,’” Smith said.

Smith said the employee put down what she had and walked over to the table, which is when he had the thought to start recording a video with his phone.

“It was kind of a warm feeling in there anyway because everyone knows everybody,” Smith said. “It threw me so far off-guard when she did it. For me, it was just a blessing to see.”

Smith said he posted the video on Facebook to share what he had witnessed with his friends and family. Since then, nearly 3,000 people have shared it. 

“This day and time, when you see that, it gives you hope,” he said. “I’m a Christian, and it’s the closest thing to Jesus I’ve seen in a long time.”

Smith said a family dining beside him noted that the man is a veteran.

He said that he is glad people are seeing the humble action the employee took, adding that we should help one another no matter race or age. 

Shoppers claim online company grabbed bargains to sell for profit

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 10:15 AM

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(Photo via WPXI.com)

Holiday bargains were scooped up at some stores before customers could buy them.

Hopeful Black Friday shoppers in Indiana, Pennsylvania, told WPXI an online company allegedly took advantage of store bargains with plans to sell the discounted items at a profit.

Customers were not happy about it.

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One shopper told WPXI a third-party company sent people into a local Walmart before the store's sale started, loaded up and then cashed out at 6 p.m. with all the sale toys and items.

"It's very frustrating because I saw a lot of young, hardworking people up here," said Edmund Porta, who sent photos and videos of the alleged incident. "I just think, at that point, Walmart should say, 'I'm sorry, we can’t let you buy all that stuff.' Like, you can only have five of each item,’ or something like that."

Walmart couldn't confirm what happened, but said it's looking into it.

Thieves steal woman's dog's surgery money; friends raise nearly 20K

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 11:26 PM


A week ago, Melissa Horstman's Worcester, Massachusetts, home was invaded by burglars who smashed the glass on her sliding door and took nearly $3,000 in valuables and cash. 

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Shortly after 9 p.m. last Thursday night, the thieves broke into her home and not only stole the money Horstman was saving for her dog's operation but left her sick pup Prince in a heap of glass.

Foreboding as he may look, Prince has bone cancer on his back leg and can barely move. Not only is Prince on heavy painkillers, but his leg will need to be amputated, and Horstman believes his condition is worsening.

"I'm just lucky they didn't kill my dog," Horstman said. 

Horstman says that after Boston 25 News interviewed her last Monday, one of her friends created an online fundraising page for Prince with the goal of raising $5,000 - the amount needed for his surgery.

However, to her surprise, the overwhelming generosity of those who contributed to the fundraiser help not only reach the goal but exceed far past just $5,000 .

"It is very close to $20,000 right now," Horstman said.

Initially, when Horstman posted about the burglary on Facebook, her mind was set on trying to catch those responsible for the theft.

She says she didn't ask for a dime, but is immensely thankful for those who helped. Prince will have surgery Tuesday and hopefully feel a lot better.

As for the rest of the money, Horstman plans on giving it to other pet owners who need it just as much as she did.

"I've decided to make some donations to Broken Tail Rescue that are here local in Worcester and possibly another rescue depending on how much is left over from Prince's surgery," Horstman said.

After our initial story on the burglary aired, Horstman said police told her this may be related to other recent burglaries. She is anxiously awaiting word of an arrest.

Horstman is urging people who want to help to give back to local animal shelters. She has since asked her friend to shut down the fundraising page.