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Published: Monday, March 14, 2016 @ 5:45 AM
Updated: Monday, March 14, 2016 @ 5:45 AM
BOULEVARD PARK, Wash. — A masked customer attacked a 7-Eleven clerk in Burien, Washington, with a hatchet Sunday morning, slicing the clerk’s stomach.
Police say another customer pulled out a gun and shot and killed the attacker. The good Samaritan had been sitting in the store drinking his morning coffee.
The King County Sheriff’s Office responded to the gas station at about 5:45 a.m.
Kuldeep Singh, a clerk at the store, received a gash to his stomach but is OK.
Asked if the suspect hit him, Singh said, “Yes, yes, two three times in here," pointing to his stomach.
King County sheriff's deputies say a man wearing a mask and armed with a hatchet walked into the store and, without a word, started swinging the hatchet, hitting the clerk.
"This could have been disastrous," said Sgt. Cindi West.
The man also attacked a customer who was drinking coffee near the register.
The 60-year-old is a regular customer and a licensed concealed gun carrier, according to the sheriff’s office.
He took out his pistol and shot the suspect, West said.
Medics weren't able to revive the suspect.
"Had this [customer] not shot, who knows what would've happened. We might have a dead clerk right now and instead we have a dead bad guy," West said.
Singh said he thought the suspect was going to kill him. He said he is happy. Singh’s friend, who also works at a nearby convenience store, called the customer who shot the suspect "a good guy."
"We do not see any wrongdoing on the part of the customer. In fact, he probably saved lives in this case,” West said.
Boulevard Park-area deputies are calling the customer who killed the attacker a hero.
A motive may never be known, but West says the suspect did not ask for money before attacking the people inside the convenience store.
The man deputies call a good Samaritan was too shaken to speak.
Although charges are not expected, the case will be forwarded to the King County Prosecutor's Office for review.
The suspect is believed to be in his 40s.
The Medical Examiner's Office has not identified him or an official cause of death.
Published: Monday, February 12, 2018 @ 5:40 PM
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Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 2:10 PM
BROWNSVILLE, Texas — An unexpected doctor’s appointment -- and 800 pounds of fajitas -- proved to be Gilberto Escamilla’s undoing.
Escamilla, 53, of Brownsville, Texas, was sentenced Friday to 50 years in prison after pleading guilty to theft by a public servant, according to the Brownsville Herald. Escamilla is a former employee of the Cameron County juvenile detention center.
Prosecutors said Escamilla spent nine years scamming the county by ordering fajitas for the Darrel B. Hester Juvenile Detention Center, then intercepting the orders and selling them to his own customers. He was caught in August 2017 when he missed a shipment due to a doctor’s appointment.
Other employees of the detention center were baffled when a delivery driver showed up with 800 pounds of fajitas, a dish that is not served in their kitchen. The driver told them he had been delivering the Mexican specialty to the facility since 2008.
“It was selfish,” Escamilla said during his sentencing hearing on Friday, according to the Herald. “It started small and got bigger and out of control. It got to the point where I couldn’t control it anymore.”
Cameron County Assistant District Attorney Peter Gilman requested the stiff sentence to send a message to public servants willing to steal from taxpayers, the Herald reported.
“We feel a strong message should be sent,” Gilman said.
Under Texas law, Escamilla faced up to 99 years in prison for the first-degree felony, NBC News reported. Theft of property becomes a first-degree felony when a person steals property valued at $200,000 or more.
An additional theft charge against the defendant was dismissed as part of an earlier plea deal.
Escamilla was fired Aug. 8 and arrested at his home, where investigators found packages of fajitas in his refrigerator. The detectives were able to track down some of his customers, who cooperated with the investigation.
Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 10:49 PM
— A frozen novelty manufacturer is voluntarily recalling certain ice pops that are sold in 15 states for possible listeria contamination.
According to US Recall News, Ziegenfelder Co., of Wheeling, West Virginia, is recalling about 3,000 cases of Budget $aver Cherry Pineapple Monster Pops and Sugar Free Twin Pops because of the possible health risk.
The ice pops were distributed to retail grocers in 15 states:
The ice pop products were delivered between April 5 and April 19, US Recall News reported.
The Cherry Pineapple Monster Pops carry the UPC code 0-74534-84200-9, and have lot codes D09418A through D10018B.
The Sugar Free Pops carry the UPC code 0-74534-75642-9, and have lot codes D09318A through D10018B.
So far, there are no reported illnesses or incidents involving the products.
Published: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 @ 5:33 AM
Updated: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 @ 5:33 AM
— Tropical Storm Maria continues to churn in the Atlantic Ocean. The deadly storm has claimed lives on multiple islands in its path.