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Woman Seen on Video Taunting Lion at Bronx Zoo Turns Herself In: Police

Woman Seen on Video Taunting Lion at Bronx Zoo Turns Herself In: Police

The woman captured on viral video going into the lion’s enclosure at the Bronx Zoo in September has gone out like a lamb.

Myah Autry turned herself in to the NYPD in the Bronx Wednesday night, police said. She now faces two counts of criminal trespass.

According to the Daily News, the outspoken Autry has suddenly turned quiet, not telling police why she performed the strange stunt or why she finally turned herself in.

The woman spoke to reporters for the first time on October 31 after a court appearance for a shoplifting charge in Kearny, New Jersey.

Autry’s wild Halloween interaction with the media — almost as strange as her interaction with the animals at the zoo — began with her bowing to the reporters as she warmly greeted them with “shalom.”

In an often-rambling, 15-minute session outside the courthouse, Autry said her reasoning for jumping into the lion’s den was “a lot more spiritual” and that she was never afraid while she was in there.

“I fear nobody. No animal, no human, no one. So no, I wasn’t fearing of the lion because the lion loved me. That’s why he came to me and I let the lion know: Lion, I love you,” Autry said.

She said she would never have been injured by the lion, who eyed her as she seemed to dance while across a moat from the ferocious feline, because she and the animal are one.

“I am the lion now. Can’t you tell? Have you ever heard of reincarnation? Do your history young man!” she said before complimenting the reporter’s eyes and smile. “Do your history, it’s called reincarnation. I am the lion now.”

Autry refused to address the shoplifting charge, but made it clear she has no ill-will toward the NYPD.

“I love the NYPD. Hi NYPD,” she said into the camera, adding that she participated in a Police Athletic League and the DARE program for years. At the time, she did say she would turn herself in but, “I do know the law.”

“I don’t have no problem with the law. When we get together law, we will have a good time,” she said.

Autry also said she did not mean to disrespect the lion, who appeared more curious than annoyed for most of the video, before witnesses said it roared.

“I love you lion, hope they treating you right in the zoo. Know Myah love you. I didn’t mean to mistreat you or nothing,” she said. “I seen how you came to me. We connected. To the kids, respect your parents please. Your teachers. Authority.”

No word on if she has the same respect for the giraffe she was seen posing for a photo with inside its den. She did not say when she will turn herself in to the NYPD.

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A woman who has known Autry for years previously told NBC New York she is worried about her.

“Myah please get help. I dont know. I don’t know what is wrong with you,” said Eunice Walton. “I feel sad because she is like like my child. She is with my daughter since high school.”


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Missing Sylmar Couple, Three Young Children Found Alive, Police Say

Missing Sylmar Couple, Three Young Children Found Alive, Police Say

A Sylmar couple and their three young children that went missing and were suspected of possibly being involved in a kidnapping were found Tuesday at the United States border, Los Angeles police said.

Liliana Lopez and her three children made entry into the U.S. at the San Ysidro Port of Entry around 1:45 p.m., the Los Angeles Police Department said. Esteban Lopez is still in Mexico, police said.

After being interviewed, the LAPD said information will be presented to the LA County District Attorney’s Office to see if criminal charges are appropriate.

No other information was immediately available.

Police Continue to Search for Missing Sylmar Family

[LA] Police Continue to Search for Missing Sylmar Family


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Officer Injured During Attempted Bank Robbery in Colton, Police Say

Officer Injured During Attempted Bank Robbery in Colton, Police Say

A suspected bank robber was found dead inside a Chase bank in Colton after an officer was injured during a suspected attempted robbery Tuesday, police said. An initial report said the officer had been shot in the neck, but the exact circumstance of the injury is still unclear.

Police responded to an attempted robbery at a Chase bank location in the 2000 block of East Washington Street, where a suspected robber shot at an officer three times, according to the police helicopter over the scene.

The officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police on the ground said. He was being treated at Loma Linda University Medical Center. 

All bank employees were accounted for, with only the suspected armed robber believed to still be inside the bank, police said.

Police Surround Chase Bank in Colton After Officer Shot

[LA] Police Surround Chase Bank in Colton After Officer Shot

A window at the Chase bank appeared to be damaged and looked like it may have been struck by gunfire. A heavy police presence was visible, surrounding the bank as of 7:25 p.m.

Officers had guns pointed at the entrance of the bank, and police established a barricade to keep the gunman inside. 

Families were escorted to safety, and others remained sheltered for more than two hours inside stores. 

“We were scared, I have my eight-year-old daughter with me,” Tiana Phipps, a woman who was shopping for groceries at the time, said. 

Around 9 p.m., a SWAT team moved into the bank and found a dead man who was believed to be the suspected robber, police said. They added that he most likely killed himself.

In addition, a bag was found inside the bank, and the bomb squad was on the scene investigating the bag.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.


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Police Pursuit Ends in City of Sylmar

Police Pursuit Ends in City of Sylmar

A police pursuit of an SUV in the San Fernando Valley area ended Tuesday night.

Newschopper4 Alpha was over the chase around 10:40 p.m.

The driver proceeded to pull over in the city of Sylmar a short time later and surrendered to police.

It was not immediately clear what led to the pursuit, and the identity of the driver was not immediately released.

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[LA] WATCH: SoCal's Wildest Police Chases


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Police are in Pursuit of a Lexus in the East LA Area

Police are in Pursuit of a Lexus in the East LA Area

Police were pursuing a Lexus in the East Los Angeles area Wednesday.

Newschopper4 Bravo with Gil Leyvas was over the chase around 5 p.m., as the driver in the car was driving on the wrong side of the road to avoid traffic.

It was not immediately clear why the pursuit was initiated.

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WATCH: SoCal’s Wildest Police Chases

[LA] WATCH: SoCal's Wildest Police Chases


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‘I Could Have Been Shot.” Man Mistaken for Police Sketch of Predator Gets Beaten Up

'I Could Have Been Shot." Man Mistaken for Police Sketch of Predator Gets Beaten Up

A man was left beaten in the middle of the road after an attacker mistook him for police sketch of a child predator, the man said Friday.

Kevin Martin pleaded for help on social media after people have mistaken him — more than once — for the person drawn in a sketch released by Corona police.

“It could have been worse. I could have been shot,” Martin said.

Martin said the brutal attack happened around 11:15 p.m. Thursday near a Norco In N Out on Hamner Avenue.

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He was inside a bar when he said a man approached him and asked him to have a chat outside.

When they got outside, another man pulled out a cellphone and showed him a composite sketch from Corona police of a child annoyance suspect.

“And he said.. That’s you isn’t it? And I go no that’s not me,” Martin said.

He said he had a feeling something bad was about to happen so he quickly grabbed his phone.

“I called 911, I put the phone in my pocket, and they heard everything,” he said.

He said one of the men got aggressive.

“He says he has a daughter of his own and he would kill people like me that do that. I knew right there I’m in trouble,” he said.

Martin alleged the man grabbed him by the neck, so he ran down Hamner Avenue to get away. But the attacker caught up to him at the center divider and started punching him, he said.

“And I said, you’re going to kill me if you hit me one more time the way you’re doing, you’re going to kill me,” Martin said.

Fortunately two witnesses scared the attacker off. Chris Ralph Arispe, 44, was arrested on suspicion of battery, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said.

Corona police detectives confirmed Martin was ruled out as a suspect related to the sketch.

Martin posted a heartfelt message to his 70,000 followers on his Facebook page, pleading for help so he isn’t attacked again.

He also has this advice for others.

“Don’t be a vigilante,” he said.

NBCLA reached out to Arispe for comment, but he has not responded.


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Videographer Captures Deadly Police Shootout in Riverside

Videographer Captures Deadly Police Shootout in Riverside

William Hayes is no stranger to witnessing violence. Several years into his job as a videographer with OC Hawk, he’s covered his share of shootings and mayhem.

But on Monday he found himself caught in the crossfire of a deadly police shooting in Riverside.

He found a relatively safe spot, perched behind his vehicle and the concrete bridge of a freeway offramp and then he let the video roll.

“Oh my god,” he said. “There’s a guy with a (expletive) rifle. Oh my God.

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“I’m in the thick of it. You know, ‘Holy crap.’ I’m looking around, seeing families running across the freeway. I’m seeing people ducking behind their cars, taking cover.”

Hayes says he tried to jump in to help officers, but was told to stay back.

“I wanted to go up and help pull that officer back,” he said. “That was the first officer they pulled out. And I just felt helpless.”

He captured the terrifying moments and later learned one of the officers was killed.

“It’s hard to comprehend,” he said. “We work with law enforcement on a day-to-day basis. And I’m close to a lot of the CHP Riverside family.”


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One Person Arrested After Attempted Bank of America Robbery in Glendale, Police Say

One Person Arrested After Attempted Bank of America Robbery in Glendale, Police Say

An attempted bank robbery in Glendale Tuesday ended with a man in custody and a bomb-sniffing dog being brought in to check out a bag or backpack that was left behind.

A suspected robber entered the Bank of America in the 3800 block of San Fernando Road about 3:55 p.m. and presented a demand note, according to Tahnee Lightfoot of the Glendale Police Department.

The suspected robber fled the bank and was taken into custody, but he left behind a bag or backpack, so a bomb-sniffing dog was brought in from the Pasadena Police Department to check the item, Lightfoot said.

The FBI also responded to the location.

2 Detained After Attempted Bank Robbery in Glendale

[LA] 2 Detained After Attempted Bank Robbery in Glendale

Cerritos Avenue was closed between Brand Boulevard and San Fernando Road, and San Fernando Road was closed between Brand and Central Avenue, as police conducted their investigation.

The all-clear was given about 6 p.m.


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Suspect Carjacks CHP Car, Second Car While Leading Police Chase

Suspect Carjacks CHP Car, Second Car While Leading Police Chase

A suspect wanted for speeding led police on a zig-zagging pursuit through three Southern California counties Monday, at least twice carjacking vehicles including a California Highway Patrol SUV to evade officers, CHP told NBC 7. 

The chase ended in Mission Viejo when the suspect, identified as a man in his 20s, stopped the vehicle in the middle of a street, exited the vehicle and surrendered to police, CHP Officer Rafael Reynoso said.

“The suspect just decided to give up,” Reynoso said. 

Ivan Flowers witnessed the chase’s end and described seeing cops with their guns drawn as the suspect exited the vehicle. 

“I’m seeing the guy get out of the vehicle, face down on the concrete. Seems like he gave up pretty easily but it was pretty nerve-wracking hearing all that noise,” Flowers said. 

The chase’s somewhat calm end was in contrast to its start in the Riverside Area. The pursuit began as a high speed stop near Temecula just after 10 a.m. Monday.

There was a foot pursuit and the suspect took control of an unoccupied CHP vehicle, an agency spokesperson said.

The suspect traveled southbound on Interstate 15 near Fallbrook and then moved west on State Route 78 to southbound Interstate 5 near Carlsbad. The driver then changed direction and heading north along I-5 once again.

At one point, the suspect bailed out of the CHP cruiser in Temecula, which appeared to have some minor damage and a flattened tire, and carjacked another vehicle.

CHP said a stolen silver Lexus was abandoned after crashing into some cars on Interstate 5 near Manchester Avenue. The suspects then stole a nearby Toyota Prius and began drving toward Orange County.

The CHP is working with San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department to determine the events of the crash. 

“We’re still trying to piece it together considering the size and length of the pursuit,” Reynoso said. 

No other information was available.

Please refresh this page for updates on this story. Details may change as more information becomes available.


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Police in Tenn. Warn That Flushing Drugs Could Lead to ‘Meth-Gators’

Police in Tenn. Warn That Flushing Drugs Could Lead to 'Meth-Gators'

Floridians know regular alligators are dangerous enough, but a police department in Tennessee is warning people about an even more menacing creature: the meth-gator.

The Loretto Police Department took to social media over the weekend to warn residents against flushing methamphetamine down the toilet, after they say they caught a suspect trying to do just that.

“Folks…please don’t flush your drugs m’kay. When you send something down the sewer pipe it ends up in our retention ponds for processing before it is sent down stream,” the department posted on Facebook. “Now our sewer guys take great pride in releasing water that is cleaner than what is in the creek, but they are not really prepared for meth.”

Officials said not only does the meth pollute the water, it can have a bad effect on wildlife.

“Ducks, Geese, and other fowl frequent our treatment ponds and we shudder to think what one all hyped up on meth would do. Furthermore, if it made it far enough we could create meth-gators in Shoal Creek and the Tennessee River down in North Alabama,” the post read. “They’ve had enough methed up animals the past few weeks without our help.”

Police suggested anyone who needs to dispose of any drugs should do so properly, including at a designated disposal container at their city hall.


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