Alexandria, VA- A North Carolina woman is facing charges in Virginia for allegedly assaulting a Federal Air Marshal during a flight to Dulles International Airport this past weekend.
On February 22, Dana Mustafa, 27, was on board a flight that departed from Frankfurt, Germany, when fight attendants were alerted to the activation of a flight lavatory smoke detector. Flight attendants saw Mustafa in the lavatory smoking and told her smoking was not allowed on the aircraft.
Court documents say Mustafa was crying and told flight attendants that she was returning home to see family because they died in a car accident.
A Federal Air Marshal then saw Mustafa leave her seat and walked to the rear of the plane towards the bathroom. A flight attendant tried to stop Mustafa when she pushed the flight attendant and tried to close the bathroom door. Federal Air Marshals intervened at which time Mustafa became combative and was resisting being handcuffed. Court documents also say she yelled and kicked at the Federal Air Marshals.
When Mustafa was relocated next to a Federal Air Marshal, court documents say she said: "I’m going to stab everyone on this plane. Then kill myself. I’m Palestinian! That’s how we get down."
When the plane landed at Dulles Airport, court documents say Mustafa was interviewed by an FBI agent and allegedly said the story about her family being killed was a lie.
Mustafa is charged with assaulting a federal officer. She faces up to 8 years in prison if convicted.
Spring Valley, NY- A man accused of stabbing a security guard to death in a New York library earlier this week also tried to rape a woman at a hospital last year.
On Tuesday afternoon, Sandra Wilson, 52, was killed at the Finkelstein Memorial Library. Wilson asked Glaudin Blanchard, 25, to turn down his music when he lunged at her, stabbing her with a large kitchen knife. Blanchard was help down by other patrons while waiting for police.
Wilson was taken to the hospital where she later died.
Blanchard was arrested and charged with murder in connection to her death.
Police say Glaudin was a regular at the library and knew the victim. The victim worked at the library for about 10 years.
Officials say that Blanchard attempted to rape a woman at a Nyack Hospital no November 9.
Blanchard entered the rape accuser’s room, help her by her throat and bit her neck. He then allegedly told her, “Shut up and do not scream. Pull down your pants. I do not care about your blood.” The woman managed to fight him off, and Nyack Hospital staff took him out of the facility. She suffered "visible physical injuries to the neck and throat," according to the complaint.
Blanchard was arrested and his bail was set at $100,000, but because of the new bail reform laws that were going into effect in the new year, he was released.
Nashville, TN-The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) has released details regarding a vehicle that is tied to the case of missing 15-month-old Evelyn Boswell.
The BMW that police believe is related to this missing child is a gray 2007 BMW was TN tag 3M96W9. On Friday morning, the TBI reported that the individuals traveling in the BMW have information regarding Evelyn’s whereabouts.
Evelyn Mae Boswell was last seen on December 26, 2019, however she was not reported missing until February 18.
Boswell is 2 feet tall and weighs 28 lbs, with blonde hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a pink tracksuit, pink shoes and a pink bow.
If you have seen Evelyn or this vehicle, immediately call the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office at 423-279-7330 or the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.
Austin, TX-Police say a drunk driver hit a pedestrian and kept driving with the man’s body inside the car.
Paul Joseph Garcia Jr, 24, struck 55-year-old Lee Martin Cagle on Saturday night. Garcia was driving his Ford Focus at a high rate of speed with his headlights off when he hit Cagle who was pushing a shopping cart on Menchaca Road on February 15.
When Cagle was struck, his body went through the front windshield and landed in Garcia’s front passenger seat. According to a police affidavit, the victim suffered extreme head trauma and significant damage to the extremities, enough to sever some of them. Body parts were later found both at the accident site and inside the vehicle.
Garcia drove half a mile to the South Austin Beer Garden where he stopped and went inside. Bartenders refused Garcia service and called police.
"He was in tears,” said David Pearce co-owner of the South Austin Beer Garden. “He was distraught. In a panic state. You could see he had tears in his eyes and he looked like he was running from something."
Garcia was charged with intoxication manslaughter and failure to stop and render aid.
Kinnelon, NJ-A school bus driver is being accused of sexually assaulting two young Kinnelon students.
Thomas Thomasevich, 70, of Oakland, bribed them with candy and donuts so they would not tell anyone about the months of molestation during daily games of “hide-and-seek” on the bus.
Thomasevich was arrested Tuesday on charges of sexual assault, child endangerment and multiple counts of neglect. He is currently being help in the Morris County Jail.
The sexual assaults began in October and continued until one of the girls reported the abuse by ‘Bus Driver Tom’ to guidance counselors on January 17.
The girls were under the age of 13. The sexual abuse occurred on the bus outside of the school after Thomasevich parked and allowed them to play “hide and seek” with their seat belts off. He arrived early so that the girls would remain on the parked bus and that’s when he sexually assaulted them.
He also allowed students to play on the bus while it was moving with their seat belts off.
When officer interviewed Thomasevich, he told officer he might have touched one student, but it was accidental and because his eyes were closed for the game. He denies touching a second student.
A spokeswoman for the bus company, First Student, said they will be conducted their own investigation and that Thomasevich has been removed from service.
He faces two charges of sexual assault, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, and six counts of cruelty and neglect of children.
Kansas City, KS- Bob Nill, 88, helped students every morning for the past five years cross the street outside of their school in Kansas City.
On Tuesday, Nill was struck and killed by a speeding sedan. Nill tried to save two young boys from being struck when he was struck and killed.
The principal at Christ the King Parish Catholic School, Cathy Fithian, told CNN that Nill put his arm out and told the boys, aged 8 and 11 to stop.
"He loved the kids. He was very friendly to everyone he spoke with," Fithian said. "They lit up when they talked to him."
Nill was taken to a local hospital where he later died of his injuries. The incident is under investigation at this time.
Fithian said the community and students loved Nill. "On Valentine's Day, they had given him gifts and cards," she said. "We're blessed to have him in our lives."
St. Charles, MO-Three relatives of an 11-year-old girl who gave birth in the bathtub of her suburban St. Louis home are facing criminal charges.
An adult female and adult male are charged with child endangerment. A 17-year-old male is charged with incest as well as statutory rape and statutory sodomy of a child younger than 12.
On February 11, police say an adult male brought the infant to a hospital with the umbilical cord and placenta still attached.
The man initially said that someone dropped off the infant on his front porch. He later told police that he was a relative, but he did not know he was pregnant or that she was being sexually assaulted until she gave birth.
During the investigation, the teen told police he had sex with the girl about 100 times but did not know she was pregnant.
The woman who was charged, is being accused of failing to provide the girl medical care when she gave birth.
The identity of all persons involved are not being realized in order to protect the victim’s identity.
Van Buren, AR-Dressed up and in her dancing shoes, a little girl from Arkansas had a great experience at her school’s daddy-daughter dance.
A school resource officer stepped in after the girl didn’t think she’d be able to go.
“I was excited because I never ever went and it would be my first time, and I actually been wanting to go,“ said 8-year-old Avey Cox.
The second grader always dreamed of going, however when her dad passed away during the holidays she didn’t think she would go.
After Van Buren School Resource Officer Corporal Nick Harvey’s chief reached out to his officers, Corporal Harvey decided to step in for Avey.
“I reached out to the other. The mother cam and said it was okay because the last thing I wanted to do was to get rejected by a second grader. So her mom talked to her about it,and the next day I formally asked if she’d be my date to the daddy-daughter dance,” he said.
Avey said yes! The duo coordinated their outfits, took pictures, and even rode in a limo to get pizza before the big event.
“It meant a lot because I actually got to go and see all my friends there and then I got to go with him and have a lot of fun,” said Avey.
“I embarrassed myself a little bit-I can’t dance at all,” he said.
Corporal Harvey has three daughters, but they all aged out of the daddy-daughter dance. He said he looks forward to going to them again now with his new friend, Avey.
Louisville, KY-Two married off-duty police officers are being praised for stopping an armed robbery during a date at a fast food restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky.
Detective Chase McKeown and Officer Nicole McKeown of Elizabethtown Police Department were on a weekly date night on February 15 at the Raising Cane restaurant when they were alerted of something going wrong.
A man wearing a surgical mask and a black hooded sweater pulled over his face was seen entering the popular fried chicken restaurant and threatened staff with a gun while pointing it at the cash register.
Nicole McKeown said, “That’s where that repetitiveness and that training kicks in.”
Surveillance video shows the McKoewns stand up and brandished their weapons while running through the restaurant towards the suspect.
The suspect, Justin Carter, is seen in the video running out the restaurant while the couple chased after him.
The McKeowns chased Carter through downtown Louisville and arrested him with the help of local police officers.
Elizabethtown PD praised the officers' "courageous and selfless" actions in a proud post on the department’s Instagram, adding the hashtag "#couplegoals."
“In marriage we’ve got each other,” Chase McKeown said. “We’re going to talk things out, we’re going to deal with whatever comes at us,” he added.
Arlington, TX- A 15-year-old boy from Texas is charged with murder after he allegedly killed a 16-year-old who stopped him from assaulting another teenager.
Officials say the 15-year-old suspect confronted 16-year-old Samuel Reynolds in the hallway of the Pinewoods Apartments in Arlington, Texas.
Surveillance footage captured the suspect pulling a .40 caliber gun and shooting Reynolds. Reynolds later died and the teen was arrested and charged with murder.
Police say a few days prior to the shooting, Reynolds saw the suspect bullying another student and sopped the assault.
“It’s just so senseless. It’s so tragic. It could’ve been avoided,” said Christopher Cook with the Arlington Police Department. “Our victim had broke up a fight a few days prior between what he described as a smaller boy, who was kind of being picked on. After he broke up the fight, he started having some trouble with the suspect,” Cook said.
Police say they will prosecute the person who is responsible for giving the 15-year-old access to a gun.
Police didn’t release a lot of information about the alleged shooter because he is underage, but they say he is a middle school student.