SACRAMENTO, CA – Sacramento Police averted possible mayhem early Sunday morning, after arresting a man in possession of Molotov cocktails.
The Sacramento Police Department responded to a disturbance in the 2700 block of Rio Linda Boulevard at 3 a.m. Sunday morning. According to the caller there was a fight involving a gun in progress.
Officers arrived and immediately started questioning the parties involved, when they discovered two beer bottles filled with flammable liquid and rags.
Arrested was 29-year-old Ahmed Lee on charges of being in possession of a destruction device and outstanding warrants.
The Sacramento Police Department is still investigating the death of John Torretti, who died while in police custody after a brutal confrontation with police officers.
The police department said in a press release that the department “appreciates those who resisted the urge to jump to conclusions during a very tragic situation,” referring to the negative reaction to a cell phone video that surfaced shortly after the incident.
According to a statement released by the Sacramento Police Department it all started on May 24 at 5:46 p.m., when Torretti entered a Metro PCS store on Folsom Blvd and started scaring an employee as he was talking incoherently. The employee called 911 and when officers arrived Torretti tried to barricade himself in the store.
After officers were able to get through the door, Torretti physically attacked one of the officers. The struggle continued outside the store where Torretti overpowered the officer.
The second officer, in an attempt to assist and free her partner, sprayed Torretti with pepper spray having no effect. A security guard jumped in to assist officers striking Torretti multiple times with a baton with little to no effect.
Several bystanders are credited for rushing to the aid of officers with one kicking Torretti multiple times in the head and body in an attempt to get him off of the male officer.
As the male officer was able to get out from under Torretti, Torretti started biting the male officer. That’s when the female officer started striking Torretti multiple times.
It was about this time a bystander started taping the incident with her cell phone, with some taking the scene out of context claiming police brutality. However, many witnessed came forward in defense of officers attesting to the violent nature of Torretti’s actions.
It wasn’t until an off duty law enforcement officer responded that they were able to finally subdue Torretti.
Torretti died a short time later.
On Tuesday the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office released their preliminary autopsy results revealing that Torretti did not sustain any fatal injuries as a result of the incident.
The results confirm what investigators determined in their investigation and officials believe the toxicology results will determine the cause of death.
The Sacramento Police Department said they wanted “to extend their gratitude to those courageous community members and private security personnel for assisting our officers during this violent struggle.”
SACRAMENTO, CALIF. – A video of a violent arrest which led to the suspect dying in police custody surfaced on Saturday.
It all started Friday evening when Sacramento Police were called to the Metro PCS store on Folsom Boulevard for a man acting strange. When officers arrived they found a white male, later identified as 42-year-old John Nat Torretti, who was attempting to barricade himself inside the store.
When the two officers arrived on scene and tried to arrest Torreti, things got violent as the suspect overpowered one of the officers.
During the fight, a female officer was hitting Torretti with a baton and others came to her aid including a security guard and an off-duty Sacramento County District Attorney investigator.
Towards the end of the fight, someone captured cell phone footage of the arrest as the female officer was hitting the suspect with her baton in an attempt to get the suspect to let go of her partner. In the video you can see the officer putting her baton away as others started prying the two apart.
The video has some claiming police brutality, with other eyewitnesses saying the man was out of control. According to officials, it was so violent that two shoppers tried to assist officers during the melee.
Shortly after the video was shot, Torretti was placed under arrest and taken into custody, which is when officers noticed he was unresponsive. The suspect was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Both officers have been put on paid administrative leave, which is customary in a case like this.
The cause of death is pending.
SACRAMENTO, CA. – The Sacramento Police Department is reporting that a man in his 40‘s has died after an altercation with officers.
According to Officer Doug Morse, officers were called to the Metro PCS store on Folsom Boulevard Friday evening, for a man acting strange. A female employee in the store said the man was acting strange and making unintelligible statements.
When officers arrived they found a white male in his early 40’s trying to barricade himself inside the store.
After officers physically forced the door open the man immediately started resisting arrest and was able to overpower one of the officers.
According to police, the struggle became violent as they moved to the outside of the store. A female officer was beating the suspect with her baton trying to assist the struggling officer. She also sprayed the subject with pepper spray with no success.
Some people who had gathered to watch the scene unfold, attempted to help the struggling officers. By the time the subject was subdued a security guard, an off-duty Sacramento County District Attorney investigator, and several backup units had joined the fray.
Shortly after taking the subject into custody, officers noticed the subject had become unresponsive. The Sacramento Fire Department responded to the scene and transported the subject to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The cause of death is still not known. The subjects identity has not been released.
One officer and the off-duty investigator were taken to a local hospital for treatment.
The Sacramento Police Department’s Homicide, Internal Affairs and Crime Scene Investigation Units are working the investigation in conjunction with the City’s Office of Public Safety Accountability and the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.
According to The Union, things got ugly once the couple arrived home from the rodeo. Apparently 37-year-old Christina Marie Salinas had a few too many beers at the rodeo and became enraged once they arrived at their home on Highgrader Road. A home the happy couple shares with Salinas’ ex-husband and her four children.
According to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department, Salinas went to the rodeo with her husband, daughter and ex-husband. When her husband, Anthony Hill, wanted to leave early Salinas wanted to stick around and dance.
Once they arrived home Salinas went “Lorena Bobbitt” on Hill, attacking him with a pair of kitchen knives. Her ex-husband jumped into the fray convincing her to drop the knives.
Hill, trying to defuse the situation, started loading up the four kids into the car. Salinas went on the attack again, only this time punched her daughter in the head several times before attacking her husband. During the melee Salinas bit into Hills hand drawing blood and then bit him in the genitals.
Hill and the ex-husband were able to get the crazed woman into the home where Hill dialed 911.
But wait! That’s not all. According to Hill, this is perfectly normal behavior for the couple.
Hill told KCRA in an interview that he regrets calling 911, as he explained this is what they normally do with the exception of calling 911.
“I’ve assaulted her before in arguments,” Hill told KCRA. “We work it out and I went beyond that.”
We at CelebrityExaminer would suggest to Mr. Hill – Next time, wear a cup.
Just a suggestion.
According to a statement issued by the Sacramento Police Department, early Sunday morning at approximately 12:48 a.m., the Sacramento Police Department was called to the area of 18th and P Streets after receiving a call about a subject who was bleeding. When officers arrived on the scene several witnesses were administering CPR to a male victim.
The victim has since been identified as Midtown resident Josiah Humphreys.
It’s believed the victim was in a physical altercation between three adult males. During the fight the victim sustained injuries to the head prompting witnesses to call 911. Humphrey’s was transported by ambulance to the nearest hospital where he later died.
It’s unknown what prompted the fight and the investigation is ongoing.
Detectives believe that multiple people witnessed the altercation and are asking anyone with information to contact them. Police surveillance video and video from nearby businesses are being reviewed in hopes of identifying the subjects involved.
The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this investigation to contact the Communications Center at (916) 264-5471 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP (4357) or text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES). Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.
The finger pointing continued a day after a brawl in the parking lot of a North Hollywood recording studio, between Frank Ocean and Chris Brown, when on Monday Chris Brown’s attorney reportedly told police that Brown was “ready, willing, and able” to give them his account on the fight that broke out Sunday night.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials said in a statement that Chris Brown is under investigation for an alleged assault in a West Hollywood parking lot.
Sources close to the incident insist that Ocean started the melee, as his crew blocked Brown and his entourage from leaving the studio. Ocean was quoted as saying, “This is my studio, this is my parking spot.”
Ocean has already provide his account to authorities and is “desirous of prosecution in this incident,” according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s spokesman.
Brown’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, has been in touch with police. Geragos, who has represented some of the most sensational cases such as Michael Jackson, Winona Ryder, and murderer Scott Peterson, reportedly told police that Brown was not involved in the melee.
TMZ reports that unnamed sources have confirmed that Geragos’ team is in possession of a surveillance tape proving that Chris Brown did not participate in the fight, but it also shows that Ocean did not throw any punches either.
The video comes up short since the fight started in the parking lot and ended in the recording studio lobby, so the tape only shows the end of the brawl.
TMZ said Brown’s account is radically different from that of an unnamed witness, who has stated that Brown threw the first punch after Ocean refused to shake hands, angering Brown to the point of punching Ocean.
According to sources, once in the lobby, the fight caused major damage and they “managed to break almost everything in the room and scare all of the staff members,” before the receptionist called 911.
Brown is currently on probation for his assault with on-again, off-again girlfriend Rihanna, which could have serious consequences for the singer if convicted.
Early this morning the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement that Chris Brown is under investigation for an alleged assault in a West Hollywood parking lot.
While the sheriff’s departments sorts out the events from last night, sources close to the incident insist that Ocean started the melee, as his crew blocked Brown and his entourage from leaving the studio. Ocean was quoted as saying, “This is my studio, this is my parking spot.”
Early reports were six men fighting, but the scene was clear by the time sheriff’s arrived. Witnesses told the officers there was a brief fight over a parking space.
“The altercation allegedly led to Chris Brown punching the victim,” the department said in a statement released early Monday morning.
Ocean is one of the top nominees at the Grammy Awards next month. He later tweeted, “cut my finger now I can’t play w two hands at the grammys.”
Brown is known for his temper, especially around Grammy time, when in 2009, on the eve of the Grammy Awards, he attacked his then girlfriend and singer Rhianna. The two have continued to have an on again, off again relationship.
As of early this morning investigators want to speak to Brown and are continuing to refer to Ocean as the victim in the case.
It was a wild night at the taping of BET’s 2012 Hip-Hop awards (scheduled to air on October 9th) in Atlanta on Saturday night as Rick Ross and Young Jeezy got into quite the scuffle backstage. But wait! That’s not all.
There was another “scuffle” between Gunplay and 50 cent!
I remember when awards shows were all about going out and having a good time as the fans were able to watch their favorite performers gather up their awards, or pout, as the case may be.
Seriously guys! You have some young fans out there that look up to you and emulate everything you do.
Get a clue!
Having said all that, we should put this in perspective and make it clear that these were scuffles and not full on brawls as was initially reported by website TMZ and others. However, Gunplay and 50 Cent’s was pretty damn close to being a full on brawl.
Initial reports were brawls breaking out with shots fired causing quite a stir. Because of this the “Brawls” are taking center stage and may undermine the awards show airing on October 9th.
So for all you testosterone laden artists out there – You’re not only hurting yourselves, you’re also hurting the genre, the culture, you’re sponsors, and more importantly your fans.
Next time you’re facing your enemy and you want to push, shove, and blow their house down. Stop! Think about everyone else around you and how many people that are relying on, and looking up to, you as an artist, not a gangsta.
A few weeks ago I covered the Chippendales out at Thunder Valley Casino Resort. If you recall, I really started to question my “maleness,” since I kind of enjoyed the show. So to test my maleness I decided to take in a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event.
It just so happened that Gladiator Challenge, a promoter of all things MMA, was hosting an event out at Thunder Valley Casino Resort. There were sixteen fights on tap, so I was going to get my fill of fights.
It was nice of Gladiator Challenge to have some really nice young ladies walking around in between rounds letting us know what round it was. I found them extremely helpful.
For those of you who may not know, an MMA event consists of two fighters getting into a cage that resembles a boxing ring, only this ring has a cyclone fence encircling it so spectators don’t end up getting a lap dance from one of the fighters being thrown out of the ring. There are three rounds for non-championship matches and five rounds for championship matches, with each round lasting five minutes each with one minute breaks in between.
The two fighters wear small gloves and have complete control of their fingers, unlike boxing gloves. Some wear little booties while others go barefoot. I guess they probably don’t call them little booties. Let me see – tiny little shoes?
Just prior to entering the ring their faces are given a coat of grease. As the half-naked men enter the ring you get a sense that the grease is bothering them, because that’s when they start looking all mean and nasty like they want to kill somebody.
Keep in mind this is the first time I’ve watched an MMA match, so I’m still somewhat unclear as to the rules. It appears that once they’re in the ring, they are required to run around in circles screaming at the audience and pounding their chests for effect ““ such brutes.
With sixteen fights scheduled, I thought I would be there for quite some time. Turns out these fights don’t last nearly as long as a boxing match. Most ended just minutes into the first round. A couple went to the second round and that was it. One ended within 45 seconds!
First up were John Younger and John David Reynolds. Reynolds, fists blazing, had Younger on the mat and in less than a minute – BAM! Game over.
In the fourth bout it was Jamie Hantz and John Wigglesworth, with Hantz winning by a technical knockout. Hantz came into the ring kicking and screaming ““ seriously kicking, because he proceeded to kick the crap out of Wigglesworth. I don’t think Hantz threw a punch. All I saw were his legs pumping out the kicks.
Oh, yeah. In between bouts someone had the unlucky role of cleaning up the blood spattered on the mat. Oh, joy.
There were several title fights, which I’ve listed below with the winner in bold.
Light Heavyweight: Don “The Predator” Frye vs. Reuben Villareal
Heavyweight: Rob “The Caveman” Jackson vs. Josh Appelt
Welterweight: Jeff Morris vs. Justin Baseman
Super Fight: Chris Wood vs. Cal Worsham
So did I pass my latest maleness test? Yes and no.
Yes – I found it appalling that these guys would get into a ring and simply beat the crap out of each other for the sport of it, but at the same time I found it oddly entertaining. So I’m counting that as a good thing – in a macho kind of way.
No ““ I couldn’t help but think of the similarities between an MMA fight and the Chippendales. Both are half naked, in good physical shape, and greased down prior to the show.
Since you rarely see men out at a Chippendale performance it’s obvious that guys would rather watch half naked, greased up men, roll around with each other rather than watch them dance around.
Sadly I believe I have failed my maleness test yet again, since I would rather go to a Chippendales show than watch a fight.
The whole blood and sweat spraying all over the ring didn’t work for me, and I found myself surrounded by testosterone laden men.
Now at a Chippendales show, I’m guaranteed to be surrounded by women.
I rest my case.