SUSPECT: Darrell Lamont Scott
CHARGES: Kidnapping and theft of property
DATE OF ARREST: July 6
THE DETAILS: Police were stunned when they received a call from concerned parents who claimed their children had just been kidnapped by the Mayor’s brother. According to the police, the two children were sitting inside a running vehicle. The car was in a hospital parking lot. Suddenly, the suspect hopped into the car and took off. One of the children used their cell phone to call their parents. The kidnapper spoke briefly to the kid’s parents and told them, “Don’t worry, I’m the mayor’s brother.” Confused, the parents called the police. Authorities later found the suspect, vehicle and children at a nearby mall. No one was injured, but the suspect was arrested. The mayor later released a statement explaining that the family will be seeking medical and professional help for Darrell.
SUSPECT: Aaron Joseph Vodden
CHARGES: Sexual exploitation of a minor
DATE OF ARREST: July 6
THE DETAILS: Authorities have arrested a Utah resident after he reportedly contacted at least 100 minors online. Some of the suspect’s victims were as young as 12. According to reports, the suspect was caught attempting to exchange sexually-charged images of minors on his Twitter account. Upon further investigation, it was revealed that the suspect had dozens of videos and images of sexual abuse occurring to children. He’d also been in direct contact with minors, who he attempted to coerce into sending more illegal content. The suspect has admitted his guilt, and he remains behind bars.
SUSPECT: Unidentified minor
CHARGES: Sex abuse, menacing, assault, robbery, burglary and criminal possession of a weapon
DATE OF ARREST: July 7
THE DETAILS: Earlier this week, a 37-year-old woman was followed home by an attacker. When the victim attempted to return to her home, the suspect followed her into the building. Then, he attempted to slam the woman to the ground and remove her clothing. The victim was able to successfully push her attacker away from her before fleeing. The victim called the authorities and explained what happened. Initially, she described her attacker as a boy in his mid-20s. After reviewing surveillance footage of the attack, the police were shocked to learn the identity of the culprit – an unidentified 12-year-old. The child is now facing some very serious adult criminal charges including robbery, criminal possession of a weapon, and sex abuse.
SUSPECTS: Frank Montoya and Victoria Parra Carranza
CHARGES: Resisting arrest, trespassing
DATE OF ARREST: July 8
THE DETAILS: While many states are finally feeling some freedom after this pandemic, others are reversing course due to an increase in cases. Arizona is one of those states who have now mandated masks after previously bucking such an order. Two Arizona residents were recently arrested after causing a scene in a local Walmart over the new mandatory mask order. The suspects reportedly visited the Walmart without a mask. Employees asked the suspects to wear a mask, but they refused to comply. A manager was forced to speak with customers, and he explained that they’d need to leave the store unless they complied with the mask order. The two suspects refused to leave, so the manager called the authorities. Before cops could arrive, the two individuals intentionally coughed on multiple Walmart employees. Then, they became confrontational with the officers who arrived on-scene. One attempted to flee, while the other became physical with the police. Both were arrested on “multiple” charges.
SUSPECT: Corey Walker, Keandre Rodgers, and Jaquan Murphy, and two unidentified juvenile males
CHARGES: Murder, Attempted murder
DATE OF ARREST: July 9
THE DETAILS: Back in February, Bashar Jackson, formerly known as rapper Pop Smoke, was shot to death in his home. The victim was only 20-years-old at the time of his death, and he was well on his way to stardom. He’d already produced hits with famous musicians like Nicki Minaj and Travis Scott. Despite that, an early-morning break-in turned into a fatal shooting. Five men, some of whom were armed, attempted to rob Pop Smoke’s home. When they realized he was inside, they shot him. It took months of investigation, but authorities have finally identified and arrested those responsible. Among those arrested includes two juveniles. Despite his death, 50 Cent helped finish producing his album “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon.”