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FBI warns public: Virtual kidnapping scams

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FBI warns public in regards Virtual kidnapping scams that have scared people into paying thousands of dollars in ransom money..

FBI warns public in regards Virtual kidnapping scams that have scared people into paying thousands of dollars in ransom money.

The FBI and LAPD announcement, they have seen an increase in the crimes “Virtual Kidnapping Scams” for the past couple of years, which involve criminals calling people over the phone and telling them that they are holding a family member of theirs hostage. Usually, the calls are random, but in some cases, the criminals have researched their victims through social media, NBC news reported.

Between 2015 to 2017, Los Angeles Police have reported 252 incidents and victims have paid ransom more than $114,000 only to find out later that their relatives were never in danger. Frequently criminals pick any area code and make random calls, and when someone answers they claim they have a family member of theirs, often a child, and that they will kill them if they don’t send them money immediately. If the victim does not believe and hangs up, the criminals just move on to the next number until they find somebody who believes them.

“They might have someone in the background screaming to imitate their child,” said LAPD Capt. William Hayes at the conference at Los Angeles Police Department headquarters. “Then they would talk about taking fingers, killing them. That’s not so important if you’re a parent to know that you’ll want to do anything to protect your child.”

Authorities believe many of the criminals involved in the calls are making from Mexico and  FBI warns public if anyone receives a similar call should hang up and attempt to reach the missing family member before calling the police.

Last week the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested a Houston woman, Yanette Rodriguez Acosta in Texas and indicted on ten counts in relation to some alleged virtual kidnappings in Minnesota, California, Texas, and Idaho.

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Busy thief stealing packages from California house porch

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Authorities will usually describe what a suspect was seen wearing to get tips from the public, but a package thief in El Dorado Hills is getting attention for what woman wasn't wearing.

Authorities will usually describe what a suspect was seen wearing to get tips from the public, but a package thief in El Dorado Hills is getting attention for what woman wasn’t wearing.

Thursday in El Dorado Hills, Northern California was breezy and a chilly about 60 degrees.

But the thief, caught on surveillance video, apparently worked up a sweat. The video shows the woman grabbing boxes from a porch twice within an hour. In her first appearance, she’s wearing an open winter coat. After that, she ditches the outerwear. Fox 40 reported.

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“Today was actually kind of a cold day,” El Dorado County Sheriff’s Sergeant Anthony Prencipe said. “Usually you try to cover yourself up when you’re stealing stuff, this one was taking clothes off as she came in the second time.”

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office posted two surveillance videos to its Facebook page on Thursday and immediately began receiving tips and jokes!

“Maybe there’s a shirt in one of those packages,” one said.

“Give her a nice orange jumpsuit,” another said.

But the homeowner, which packages were stolen doesn’t find it as funny.

“It’s very difficult for us because it’s right before Chinese New Year and it was our gifts to our children,” she said.

Heather and her family were expecting Thursday’s delivery to celebrate the Chinese New Year on Friday. Without the six stolen packages, she won’t have time to replace those gifts for her kids.

“It’s just sad for us to see somebody would do that,” she added.

It turns out the thief’s bare midriff might help deputies identify her.

“We can see from the video her belly button ring and her tattoo on the left shoulder,” Heather said.

Detectives and the homeowners in the community ask everyone to keep an eye out for the woman and the car she got into a red two-door.

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Peru inmate drugged his twin brother and walked out of prison

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An inmate in a Peru prison allegedly drugged his twin brother, changed into his clothes and walked out from jail a free man.

An inmate in a Peru prison allegedly drugged his twin brother, changed into his clothes and walked out from jail a free man.

Alexander Delgado was serving a 16-year sentence for robbery and child sexual abuse in federal prison north of Lima, Peru when his brother, Giancarlo, went to visit him in January 2017. Alexander Delgado drugged his brother and swapped places with him, then walked out of prison. The Peru Ministry of Interior reported.

It took detectives more than a year to track him down. The switch was confirmed by Peru authorities, thanks to Giancarlo’s fingerprints.

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Alexander was arrested on Monday in the port city of Callao after over a year on the run. The Ministry of the Interior had offered a reward for information on Delgado’s location, which led authorities to his arrest. Fox News reported.

Local media reported the prisoner told Peru authorities he planned his jailbreak because he was desperate to see my mother.

Delgado is expected to be transferred to a maximum-security prison in the southern highlands, According to authorities.

His twin brother was detained and investigated on suspicion of having collaborated with Alexander. But he was not charged and was eventually released.

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Mexican man arrested for force-feeding goat cocaine and alcohol

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Gwinnett County Sheriff detectives were sent a disturbing video that showed two Mexican men force feeding goat cocaine and whiskey.

Gwinnett County Sheriff detectives were sent a disturbing video that showed two Mexican men force feeding goat cocaine and whiskey.

Sergio Palomares-Guzman, 28, was arrested in Grayson on February 15. Guzman faces charges of aggravated cruelty to animals after sheriff’s investigators saw Palomares-Guzman holding the animal horns with a different male suspect put cocaine into the goat’s nose. FOX 5 reported.

Sergio Palomares-Guzman started sharing the video clip, which eventually led to someone to tip authorities. He was taken into custody to the Gwinnett County Jail.

Detectives believe the second male suspect lives in North Carolina area and are working to identify the suspect.

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The animal was taken to the Gwinnett Animal Shelter and evaluated by a veterinarian. Doctors determine the animal was healthy.

Sergio Palomares-Guzman waived his ownership of the animal, and it is now available for adoption. Anybody interested in adopting the goat should call the Gwinnett Animal Shelter at 770-339-3200.

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